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Tacoma’s Spaceworks Turns 5

To celebrate five years of activating Tacoma storefronts and supporting local artists and creative businesses, Spaceworks is throwing a party, and everyone's invited.

The celebration will be held in Hilltop this Saturday, September 12, beginning at 4 p.m. Spaceworks will take over People's Park, showcasing current and past program participants. There will be a skateboard ramp with free lessons for all ages from Alchemy Skateboarding, as well as performances, booths, games, and activities from various Spaceworks' alumni and partners.

Along the 900 block of MLK, Spaceworks businesses and artists will open their doors to show you what they do with their spaces. Visitors can enjoy hands-on activities, art exhibits, free ice cream, and a food truck. The event invite also promises a "backyard party," with a DJ, beer garden, food, and games; and at 8 p.m. an outdoor movie (short films followed by Ghostbusters).

More details on the Spaceworks fifth anniversary celebration here.


Do you know Spaceworks?

As Spaceworks turns five, it seems like as good a time as any to take a look at what the program does.

It's one part arts, one part economic development, one part small business support. It's a partnership between the City of Tacoma and the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce that fills empty storefronts with creative enterprises.

In this video, Spaceworks alum, Nathaniel Dybevik, shares a little about his experience with the program as a creative entrepreneur. Find even more on how the program works, its history, ... in a recent Tacoma Daily Index interview with Spaceworks manager, Heather Joy.


Over the last five years Spaceworks has filled dozens of storefronts, started dozens of businesses, and shared countless art installations with the passing public. Do you have a favorite Spaceworks business or project?

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