WHO WE ARE
Alma Mater is a space to celebrate, nurture, and evolve with the Tacoma Community through food, performance, work, education, and social exchange. 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 Alma Mater houses our public spaces and programming: Fawcett Hall, our performance venue and event space, Honey, an all-day café and community room, Matriarch cocktail lounge, and an outdoor green space. Our own Mothership recording studio and The Hive Cowork space, live on the second floor.