Alma Mater at the Carpenters Building is an artist-driven work, performance, and gathering space opening in Tacoma later this fall. The idea for a building that encompassed an incubator for artists, areas to perform and display their work, and an economical engine to support them was activated by Jason Heminger’s own creative journey after a three-year stint in Colorado working in education. In the summer of 2015, Jason brought on long-time friends and like-minded thinkers Aaron Spiro and Rachel Ervin to help develop his vision into a concrete plan. Since then, the Alma Mater team has received generous investment, support, and excitement for what’s to come.

Where we’re going

Because we wanted to create a lasting, sustainable model that doesn’t rely on non-profit funding cycles and the whims of a fickle creative market, we decided to build something that doesn’t look like the typical arts organization. Instead, we opted for a for-profit (or slim-profit, as it may be) approach to providing opportunities for artists. The structure that emerged was an ecosystem of artists, programming, hospitality, and the public.

The first floor of the Carpenters Building will house all of our public spaces and programming: a venue that will hold up to 500 people, an all-day café with an adventurous chef at the helm (no, we can’t tell you who yet, but soon!), a cocktail lounge and community room, and an outdoor green space. Our recording studios, shared artist work spaces, and artist incubator will live on the second floor. Sign up for our newsletter to get regular updates, or visit our Work With Us page to submit your resume.