Category Archives: Education

Shaun Peterson’s “Welcome Figure” Restoration Project

According to Puyallup historians, Native American travelers knew the tough part of their journey lay behind them when they were greeted by a welcome figure like this on the shores of Puget Sound. Carved by Qwalsius (Shaun Peterson), in a style unique to the Puyallup People, spuy’elepebS/Welcome Figure is a modern take on a local … Continue reading Shaun Peterson’s “Welcome Figure” Restoration Project

Connecting Kinsey and TAM: Connections to Our Community

With The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, connections run deep. No matter where it travels, the works featured in the show offer an opportunity to delve into the unique Black histories of the communities it touches. Tacoma is no different. Because of this important exhibition, we are able to truly explore the impact … Continue reading Connecting Kinsey and TAM: Connections to Our Community

In the Spirit Vendor Spotlight

Alexander McCarty; Makah Alex McCarty is a member of the Makah Nation, a skilled artist, and teacher. He obtained his Bachelor’s in Visual Arts and Social Studies, and his Master’s in Teaching from The Evergreen State College. Alex is currently teaching woodcarving and printmaking in the Native American and Indigenous Studies Programs at Evergreen. His … Continue reading In the Spirit Vendor Spotlight

Honoring Toni Morrison: Lessons Museums Can Learn from the Iconic Author

February 18, 2021 marked what would have been Toni Morrison’s 90th birthday. A timeless person and ancestor to many Black people who honor and revere her work, Morrison provided us with the gift of language, forcing us to look at the ugly and painful truth of Black life, specifically Black girlhood. As I reflect on … Continue reading Honoring Toni Morrison: Lessons Museums Can Learn from the Iconic Author

Find Your Way Back Home: Aminah Robinson’s Lessons of Grounding Community in Art

An artist that I have truly come to admire and study is Aminah Robinson. I came across Robinson’s works last year and have been moved by her process and purpose since. I even selected her work, Come Sunday, from TAM’s collection to be included in our current exhibition  South Sound Selects: Community Choices from the … Continue reading Find Your Way Back Home: Aminah Robinson’s Lessons of Grounding Community in Art