Alma Mater at the Carpenters Building is an artist-driven work, performance, and gathering space opening. 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 houses our public spaces and programming: Fawcett Hall, our performance venue, Honey, an all-day café and community room, Matriarch cocktail lounge, and an outdoor green space. Our recording studios, shared artist work spaces, and artist incubator will live on the second floor and be open for business later this summer. 


Our Office

1322 South Fawcett Avenue
Tacoma, WA, 98402
United States

or email us at info@almamatertacoma.com