Alma Mater Update: end of September

It’s official: summer’s gone, school’s in, and Fall has decided to pull up a chair and stay awhile. Around the Carpenters Building, the bite in the air has us thinking about food, and the many meals we’ll share together here. We’re working on menu concepts and design for our future cafe, and it’s getting juicy (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Over the next several months, we will be on the hunt for people that love food, art, and hospitality as much as we do, so keep a look out for job announcements in our updates. Better yet, shoot us a message with your interests and resume here and we’ll contact you when it’s go-time.

Outside of our building, we are looking for a special someone to scout, research, and connect with artist communities beyond Tacoma, and are recruiting for a Community Relationship Lead to head up efforts in the Northwest. If you or someone you know are interested, send us an email here and we’ll send you the job description.


This week, we’ll be attending Check the Volume: a Revolution of Self-Love , a gallery and community event hosted by The People’s Assembly Thursday at the YWCA. On the 21st, the indomitable Dolly Parton will be performing a sold-out show at the ShoWare Center in Kent, proving that no matter how far north we are, we all bear a bedazzled southern streak for Dolly. On Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th, Fawcett neighbor and indie theater jewel, The Grand Cinemawill screen Phantasm remastered at 9:09pm as part of their Weird Elephant series. To kick off October and Tacoma Arts Month, the Tacoma Arts Commision and Spaceworks will throw a party on the 29th honoring the 2016 Amocat Award recipients at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, where we're excited to see Tinkertopia's life-sized kaleidoscope. And on the final day of the month, electroclash icon and punk, Peaches, will be performing at the Neptune Theater in Seattle.

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Right now we’re reading Wild Artby David Carrier and Joachim Pissarro, a compendium of “alternative and underground art” (aka art unrecognized by the establishment) alongside this editorial piece in Artsy. We recommend that you start with the essay, which poses the idea that “The structures by which art is typically presented are not a predetermined, natural way to look at art. They are constructs (gasp), carrying all the baggage of our society and benefiting those who are usually benefited.” Then move on to the book to celebrate the infinite ways in which we create, regardless of the structure or established rules.


In our office space downstairs, we have Ben Von Wildenhaus on heavy rotation. If you have yet to listen to his record in its entirety, featuring world famous hits The Knife Thrower (I&II), we suggest you stop everything and do so immediately. Your day will become 33% more cinematic, guaranteed.

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