Spaceworks Tacoma seeks energetic projects

Spaceworks Tacoma is seeking artists, artist groups and creative entrepreneurs to energize empty spaces in downtown Tacoma. Participants of Spaceworks are temporarily provided space, exposure and consultation in exchange for creatively activating vacant spaces.

The goal is to transform empty storefronts with artistic enterprise in an effort to make Tacoma a stronger, more vibrant City. There are three opportunities currently available as part of this call:

Artscapes — Temporarily places visual art installations in interior window storefronts. Exhibit dates: March 15 – July 1, 2012;

Creative Enterprise — Provides designers, crafters, consultants and other fledgling entrepreneurs with the chance to test new products and services in a physical space;

Special Projects — Offers the chance to pursue projects and develop work in any artistic discipline. This could include individual artist residencies, but preference will be given to especially active projects.

“Providing space to artists and entrepreneurs is one way we can support and help grow innovation in this City. In return for rent-free space, we’re looking for projects that will go above and beyond and really become part of the social and economic fabric of Tacoma,” says Amy McBride, the City of Tacoma’s Arts Administrator.

Applications for storefront installations are due Jan. 16, 2012; applications for creative enterprise and special projects are accepted on a rolling basis, but preference will be given to applications received by Jan. 16, 2012. Visit or to apply. For more information, http://www.visit .

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