Lourdes Jackson paints “Flower Power,” a mural presented by Spaceworks, at 11th Street and Market Street last month. The piece is a birthday gift for Jackson’s six-year-old daughter, Adriauna, who also served as the model and muse for the work. “At the bottom [of the mural] the two of us free-styled on the wall in an attempt to open her creative freedom on a larger canvas than usual,” says Jackson, who typically works as a graphic designer and fine artist. Photo by Silong Chhun

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The Spirit and Substance of a Changing Tacoma

A deep look at the current state of Tacoma's creative community.

As the city faces breakneck growth, Margo Vansynghel reports on the state of the city’s art scene and some of Tacoma’s leading voices share their perspectives as artists working in various disciplines, among them lifelong Tacoma residents and transplants alike.

City In Flux

For more than two decades, Tacoma has used arts as a tool. What if it has become a weapon?

BY MARGO VANSYNGHEL


Bloom Where You’re Planted

“Tacoma is my place. My life takes me around the world but Tacoma is at the center of the story.”

BY DARRYL CREWS


Gritty, Gray and Familiar

“I like that Tacoma’s streets are empty late at night, that there are places where you can be alone.”

BY RENEE SIMMS

 


Cognizant of the Balance

“A lot of us went out to New York and are now trickling back.”

BY ASIA TAIL

 


The Vapors

“Writing out of place allows for distance, and rumination, rolling the world around until emerges out of the darkness a something that is useful, if not perfect and far from it.”

BY C. ROSALIND BELL

 


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Dear Seattle, 16 warnings from Tacoma before you pack your bags

Are you considering a move to Tacoma? If so, you are on notice. There is no such thing as “gentrification done right.”

BY CHRISTOPHER PAUL JORDAN

 


Tacoma Funny

Tracking the city’s comedy boom.

 


Spaces and Places

Tacoma venues you should know.

 


 

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