A guide for students and visitors
to the UW Tacoma neighborhood

253 Collective

The 253 Collective is a retail space for local artists in the city of Tacoma. We opened in March of 2009. The Collective was founded by Tacoma visionary Linda Danforth and is currently a cooperative between local artists. The goal of the cooperative is to provide a retail location while keeping the cost to each artist as low as possible.  Each artist pays $20 a month as a membership payment and has an assigned job (marketing, art rotation etc.).  There is no commission collected on anyone’s work so artists receive the full payment when their work is sold.  Each artist handles their own bookkeeping.