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Making space for creativity

26 Jan

creative spaceJoin us on February 1 for the City of Tacoma’s next Monday Mixer networking event which will be about adaptive re-use and creative space! You’ll learn about actual live/work and creative space projects that are currently being built in Tacoma. You’ll also learn about a new City ordinance supporting work/live development. Developers and artists will discuss how work/live developments will support a growing creative sector while providing ground floor vitality in Tacoma’s business areas.

At this event, there will be representatives from the Station Artists’ Lofts, Valhalla Hall, the Kellogg Sicker and Pochert buildings, and several other affordable and mixed-use projects that will be ready for leasing soon. There will also be representatives from new artists’ community spaces and incubators like the Carpenters Building, FEAST Arts Center and Spaceworks. Key staff from the City of Tacoma’s Community and Economic Development Department will also be in attendance, along with various community leaders.

What: Adaptive Re-use and Creative Space Monday Mixer
Where: 1120 Creative House, 1120 Pacific Avenue, 2nd floor
 February 1, 2016 @ 5 – 6:30 pm
Cost: Free!

Light refreshments will be provided. Your RSVP is requested to Chrisy Vindivich at cvindivich@cityoftacoma.org.

Creative Space – you have needs, we are listening

11 Dec

creative space

Help support the growth of Tacoma’s creative community by taking an online survey!

Are you an artist or engaged in creative pursuits?
Do you lead an arts or cultural organization or creative business?
Do you need affordable space to live, work, create, rehearse, perform, or conduct business?

If so, we want to hear from you! Please take our comprehensive online artist market survey that will help the City and local developers understand the needs of the creative community in Tacoma. Our goal is to maintain and develop new affordable space for living, working and creating in Tacoma. Data from the survey will show the need, build support, help secure funding, and assist developers and creative space providers like Spaceworks Tacoma to help them make decisions that best benefit creative use within existing and future developments. Your input and a large response is critical to the project’s success – help us spread the word!

"Seal of Approval", version 1, created by Jessica Spring.

“Seal of Approval”, version 1, created by Jessica Spring.

Take the survey at creativespacetacoma.org by February 9, 2015. We’ll even send you a piece of original letterpress art created by Jessica Spring, while supplies last!


"Seal of Approval", version 2, created by Jessica Spring.

“Seal of Approval”, version 2, created by Jessica Spring.

This survey is a partnership between the City of Tacoma, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, and Artspace with generous support from JPMorgan Chase. The survey is being conducted by Artspace, the nations’ leading non-profit developer of affordable artists’ live/work spaces.  Artspace has been hailed by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation and others as an inspiration for the emergent creative placemaking movement. For more than 30 years, Artspace has brought its expertise to more than 200 cultural facility planning efforts from coast to coast.


Artist Live/Work Space: Can It Work in Tacoma?

9 Nov

Join Arts Leadership Lab on November 28th for a panel discussion and question and answer time exploring what live/work space is, some of the issues and benefits related to artist live/work spaces, how it can be done sustainably and affordably, ways to use/reuse Tacoma’s current architectural assets, and other related topics.

Who Should Attend: Artists, advocates, developers, and anyone interested in continuing a conversation about artist live/work space and the reuse of historic buildings in Tacoma

When: Wednesday, November 28, 6 – 8 pm
Where: The New Frontier Lounge, 301 East 25th St, Tacoma
Cost: FREE, no RSVP needed

The panel of experts includes:
Rebecca Morton, ArtSpace
Ben Ferguson, BLRB Architects
Deanne Belinoff, artist and resident at Tashiro Kaplan live/work space
Sharon Winters, Historic Tacoma

Introduction by Amy McBride, Arts Administrator for the City of Tacoma
Moderated by Traci Kelly, Tacoma Arts Commission and Arts Leadership Lab

For more thoughts about re-activating Tacoma’s historic buildings with artist live/work spaces, check out this article, written by Dan Rahe, from Post Defiance.

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