Spaceworks information sessions are first step to making dreams real

Isaac Martinez (left) is the graphic designer and business owner of He is a participant of Spaceworks Incubator (since 2014) and currently rents Co-working studio at 1120 Creative House. Photo by Crews Creative

Spaceworks Tacoma is a public/private venture geared to fostering creativity among Tacoma’s residents with the view that such creativity is key to a vital and dynamic city. This joint initiative of the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber is designed to activate empty storefronts and vacant spaces in Tacoma with art and creative enterprise.

Property owners donate their vacant spaces and program participants transform them into dynamic points of interest with creative businesses, site-specific art installations, special short-term projects and pop-up events.

Those interested in starting up a business venture or getting their art out where it can be seen by the public can learn more about Spaceworks programs and services, including Artscapes, Incubator, Special Projects and Co-working at one of the information sessions held by Spaceworks.

The next session takes place Jan. 9 at the City of Tacoma Lincoln District Office, 750 S. 38th St., Tacoma. The session runs from 6-7:30 p.m. To sign up, go to and fill out the online form. Otherwise, contact the Spaceworks main office by e-mail at or by phone at (253) 682-1722.

Spaceworks Tacoma makes space, training and technical assistance available to artists, creative entrepreneurs, organizations, and community groups who are transforming Tacoma into an economically stronger and more culturally vibrant city. From growing your business through Incubator and Co-working to elevating your artistic profile through Artscapes, the organization can make your dreams a reality.

Spaceworks operates three programs:

1. Creative Enterprise provides the opportunity to test new ideas, products and services in a low-cost space for up to six months to artists, fledgling creative entrepreneurs, designers, crafters, consultants, organizations and community groups (non-profit or for-profit). But it’s not just about space. Spaceworks’ Creative Enterprise Program provides relevant and meaningful business training and peer-to-peer support to the participants to systematically grow Tacoma’s creative class and generate destination-quality activity that will engage and transform our community.

2. Artscapes temporarily places 2D, 3D, mural, or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces and an outdoor video gallery in the city of Tacoma. The program offers an artist stipend to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work.

3. Special Projects provides short-term space (one day up to six months) to individuals or groups who want to pursue or present art of any discipline, a creative special project or a pop-up store/event. Space is provided dependent on space availability and project needs. Examples range from a one-day pop-up gallery, a one-night art exhibit, a one-month theatrical rehearsal with readings, a three-month residency for a band to record their album, or a six-month artist residency and beyond.

Sign up to attend an information session and attend and find out how to bring your dreams and ideas to life.

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