Hosted by Tacoma’s former Poet Laureate, Kellie Richardson, Summer SOULstice is an intersection of creativity, community and commerce. Summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year, SOULstice will hold space to celebrate this annual miracle by featuring emerging and established artists from marginalized communities.
The work featured will carry themes of awakening and healing, personal connection to Earth and spirit, as well as the threat of human experience that connect us all. The weight of historical oppression, generational trauma has never diminished the indelible joy, creativity, innovation and pride of those on the margins. SOULstice underscores this victory.
Featured Artists and Performers
- DJ Smokey Wonder, local hip-hop and funk DJ, artist and producer
- Paul Richardson, internationally-known smooth jazz and pop musician
- NW Qweenz, a space for womxn, femmes, non-binary and trans breakers who are often marginalized in the Bboy/Bgirl community.
In addition, a gallery space and artist market will feature work from local artists and entrepreneurs. Work will include every medium and price range. Tiffany Hammond, painter and muralist will also create a live painting during the performance.
This event is FREE and open to the public.
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).”