In The Spirit Northwest Native Festival

We’d like to share some terrific news with you: another beneficial partnership! The Washington State History Museum (WSHM) and Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) are thrilled to announce In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival, a free indoor-outdoor community festival to be held Saturday, August 19, 2017.

This festival is a new spin combining two popular festivals. For about ten years, both WSHM and TAM have celebrated Native arts and culture. WSHM has featured an annual juried exhibition of Native American art, culminating with their In the Spirit festival; and TAM has held the Northwest Native Free Community Festival with an art market and Native-designer fashion show. We’ve heard from our community that more collaboration among the museums would be fun and interesting, so we’ve worked together to combine these events and bring you an even more exhilarating opportunity to meet, hear from, and be inspired by our region’s leading contemporary Native artists.

WSHM’s Director Jennifer Kilmer shared, “Tacoma Art Museum has been an exceptional neighbor and partner of ours for many years, and this collaborative approach is a truly exciting new endeavor. Our staff are working together with a commitment to bring the community an immersive, engaging festival. I hope you will make plans now to join us in August as our museums come alive with the celebration of Northwest Native artists, contemporary art, and time-honored traditions.”

TAM’s Director of Education Samantha Kelly is also delighted about the collaboration. She commented, “In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival is going to be an opportunity for visitors to actively explore the vibrant contemporary Northwest Native art scene. We’re looking forward to working with the History Museum and our other partners. Together, we’re creating a memorable event for our visitors and an occasion for them to personally connect with many of the outstanding artists in our region.”

Additional details will be announced as summer approaches but for now, we hope that you share in our excitement for this new partnership. We know how quickly summer schedules fill, so please mark your calendar and plan to join us on Saturday, August 19 for In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival!

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In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival is sponsored by The Bamford Foundation, Tacoma Arts Commission, ArtsFund, and media sponsor KUOW.