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Mighty Tieton Block Party

Sat. July 30, 2016       4–10 p.m.

Mighty Tieton Warehouse, 608 Wisconsin Ave., Tieton, WA 98947

Be Inspired. Be Creative. Be There.

You’re invited to a can’t-miss party in one of Washington’s hidden gems—the art-filled community of Tieton!

Open to the public at large, this is your chance to experience a flourishing community of artists and dreamers at a road trip-worthy, town-wide block party. Take in the tastes, sounds and sights of everything this growing hub for innovation and the arts has to offer, including:

Artist studio tours | Sound installations by Trimpin
DJ + dancing | 
Art-making activities | Letterpress demo
UW faculty shop talks | 
Food trucks | Wine + cider tastings
Beer garden | Photo booth | + More


4:00 p.m. Doors, galleries and beer garden open; cider/wine tastings begin; drop-in Husky mosaic-making workshop opens
4:30 p.m. Shop Talk: Sandra Kroupa — Connecting Creativity: Artists’ Books at the University of Washington Libraries
4:45 p.m. Walking tour of Tieton Mosaic Project with Lucas Spivey, ’09
5:15 p.m. Shop Talk: CoMotion — Design as a Mindset and Practice
5:30 p.m. Food trucks open
5:45 p.m. Demonstration and tour of Trimpin sound installations
6:45 p.m. Shop Talk: Jack Hunter, ’10 — Architecture: New Tools in a Traditional Craft
7:00 p.m. Walking tour of Mighty Tieton with Ed Marquand
7:30 p.m. AU Collective dance performance, followed by a dance party for all

Be Inspired.

Mighty Tieton tours with Ed Marquand

Join Mighty Tieton founder and owner of Paper Hammer Books, Ed Marquand, for a tour of Mighty Tieton and learn the story of how this tiny town came back to life through creative practices. Get an inside look into the artist studios and learn about the ins and outs of creative enterprise as civic activism.

Mosaic walk tour with Lucas Spivey, ‘09

Explore the role of civic investment in the arts on a walking tour of Tieton with Lucas Spivey, ’09, partner at Services Invisible and Executive Director of Tieton Arts and Humanities.

Studio tour & sound installation by Trimpin, kinetic sculptor

A MacArthur “Genius” Award and a Guggenheim Fellow, Trimpin is a German-born kinetic sculptor, sound artist and musician.  He “manufactures orchestras that play themselves,”  and is described in New York’s Village Voice as “a genius at circuitry and machinery as well as acoustics and musical structure.” He has been hailed as “one of the awesome musical geniuses of the early 21st century.”

Shop Talk: CoMotion — Design as a Mindset and Practice

Vikram Jandhyala, UW Vice President for Innovation Strategy and Executive Director of CoMotion, will moderate a panel of distinguished UW faculty on Design as a Mindset and Practice. This cross-disciplinary panel will broach topics including the role of design in innovation and education, how to elevate design, design as a theme-based methodology and beyond. The panel includes Linda Wagner, senior lecturer in Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) and the full-time director of the Master of Human-Computer Interaction & Design (MHCI+D) graduate program; Thaisa Way, an urban landscape historian teaching history, theory and design in the department of Landscape Architecture in the College of Built Environments; and Tad Hirsch, associate professor of Interaction Design and director of the Public Practice Studio, a multidisciplinary, public-interest design group.

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery: This Is Everything That One Needs

Jacob Lawrence Gallery interns Kalina Chung and Joanna Lee have selected exemplary work by recent graduates of the UW School of Art. Works include an array of media from all departments. The title of the exhibition, This Is Everything That One Needs, is a sly acronym of “Tieton” reflecting the importance of such opportunities for young artists as well as a contemplating imperative for viewers.

Shop Talk: Sandra Kroupa — Connecting Creativity: Artists’ Books at the University of Washington Libraries

This illustrated talk by Sandra Kroupa, Book Arts & Rare Book Curator at the UW, features the major thematic areas of collecting for the Special Collections Book Arts Collection. Building the Collection for over 48 years, Sandra has witnessed and responded to shifting artistic styles, subjects of significance and changes in the basic composition of the field. The talk will focus on work from the United States in the last 30 years, with a hands-on opportunity to experience items from her personal collection.

Au Collective

Au Collective invites you to dance with them! They are made up of eleven dancers exploring hardships, relationships and the infinite power of community through movement. Within this multi-cultural family of artists, Au Collective celebrates the inherent diversity in unison. They believe that it is only through the conscious blending of different realities that we can create the joyous world we want to live in: “We move from/for the earth, we move from/for our ancestors, and we move from/for each other, and we want to share that with you.”

Be Creative.

Mosaic making with Lucas Spivey, ’09, sponsored by Arts UW

Try your hand at some Tieton inspired art-making. Join Lucas Spivey for a make your own mosaic workshop and get the opportunity to take the W home, Husky style.

Letterpress Demo

Experience the roar of the letterpress with an onsite demo from Paper Hammer Press, and leave the event with a unique souvenir to call your own.

Shop Talk: Jack Hunter, ’10 — Architecture: New Tools in a Traditional Craft

The UW Architecture Department has a long history of enriching design studies through direct engagement with making and building. UW College of Built Environments lecturer Jack Hunter will lead a brief discussion on the integration of digital design and manufacturing tools with traditional craft practices. You’ll then have the opportunity to use computer-driven precision CNC (Computer Numerical Control) tools to craft your own memento of your Tieton experience.

Be There.

DJ + dancing | Food trucks | Wine + cider tastings | Beer garden | Photo booth

Mix and mingle with Huskies from across the state. Local food trucks, brews and ciders will be available and the night will be punctuated with UW alumni artist performances. What are you waiting for? Grab some grub, pull up a chair and enjoy a summer evening with friends old and new.

Wine tasting with alumni-owned Gilbert Cellars

Enjoy Gilbert Cellars’ “craft ultra-premium, true-to-varietal wine from Washington vineyards that express a sense of time and place.”

Cider tasting with Tieton Cider Works

Try delicious ciders from a third-generation Yakima Valley apple farming family.

Beer garden hosted by alumni-owned Bale Breaker Brewery

Brewed with hops from their own family fields, Bale Breaker is the newest craft brewery to open in the heart of our nation’s hop country.

Food Trucks from Crafted and HopTown Pizza


UWAA Members: $35
General Public: $45
25 & Under: $35

Admission includes:

  • One meal ticket
  • Two drink tickets (used for either a drink or tasting)
  • A 9×9″ UW mosaic
  • 11×17″ one-of-a-kind letterpress print
  • UWAA members receive a commemorative canvas tote bag
  • Admission to all Block Party events
  • Free parking
  • Shuttle service to and from Yakima

The MIGHTY TIETON BLOCK PARTY is designed and programmed for an adult audience. Many of the demonstration areas are not necessarily kid-friendly and some do not allow unmonitored children; the Beer Garden is restricted to adults 21+ and children may not be left unattended. Babes in arms are free, otherwise admission is $35 for ‘25 and Under’ (drink tickets for alcoholic beverages included only if 21+).

Parking & Shuttle Service

Shuttles to and from Tieton will be available at the Fairfield Marriott Hotel in Yakima. Shuttle service is FREE, and open to all Block Party Attendees. Shuttles will leave for Tieton at 4, 5, 6 and 8 p.m.

Please note: Parking at the Fairfield Marriot Hotel is for hotel patrons only — if you are not a hotel patron and plan on using the shuttle from Yakima to Tieton, please plan on arranging a drop off/pick up from the hotel, or parking elsewhere nearby.

There will be ample FREE parking at the Tieton Block Party.

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