University of Washington Tacoma Campus

253 Collective intern lends a hand

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Design promo material, help staff a shift, set up a show and in general,  lend a helping hand. That’s what Thierry Fortuner has been doing for the past few months. He’s interning with the 253 Collective and helping with normal operations of the member-run group. We asked him a few questions about his education, future plans, and his take on the importance of art in the community.

  • What is your educational background? My educational background includes studying digital media at Clover Park Technical College, as well as fine art and animation at The Evergreen State College.
  • What are you currently studying? I am currently studying nonprofit management at University of Washington Tacoma. The class is a study on nonprofit ideals and community development, and how to expand and grow nonprofit organizations.
  • What are your future educational goals? I might pursue a master’s degree in the future, but I am not sure at this time.
  • How did you hear about the 253 Collective group? My teacher in the program at UwT, Stephen DeTray, recommended the group as an arts collective in the Tacoma area.
  • What do you like most about working with the 253 Collective group? I believe that the group serves an important function of bringing local art to the area, especially in the city of Tacoma.
  • What do you think about the importance of art in a community, and how can individuals get more involved in the arts? Any community artistic endeavor is important, as local art reflects the spirit of it’s origins. I believe it allows members of a community to connect with each other through shared ideas. I believe that due to it’s nature anyone can become involved in local art, either through direct cultural contributions or recognizing it’s reflection of the community.

For more information about the 253 Collective and to apply for membership email us at or fill out our Contact Form.

The Color of Winter | Dec. 15th, 3 – 8pm

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December 15th, 3-8pm | 1901 South Jefferson,  Tacoma WA. Join the eclectic artists of the 253 Collective as they reveal their interpretations of an enigmatic quote about winter.“…The color of winter is in the imagination.”

New artwork will include paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil; as well as photography.

Unveiling and opening reception on December’s “Third Thursday Art Walk”, December 15, 3 – 8 p.m.

Show runs December 15 – January 30
1901 S. Jefferson Suite #100, Tacoma WA 98402