IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival

Tacoma Art Museum is proud to continue to partner with The Washington State History Museum and the Museum of Glass to bring you the IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Arts Market & Festival, an annual celebration of contemporary Native art and artists!

This longstanding indoor/outdoor festival is an opportunity for visitors to experience traditional and contemporary art, music, fashion, and dance from a diverse group of Native Artists and Makers. With something for everyone, bring the whole family to see performances, shop the art market, hear from local artists, explore all three museums for free, and make art of your own!


IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival


IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition & Northwest Native Festival 2020

The year 2020 marks the 15th annual IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition & Northwest Native Festival. A partnership between the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass celebrating traditional and contemporary Native and Indigenous art and cultures.  Normally held as a free, day-long indoor/outdoor festival at all three museums, this year the celebration will take place online with events held on multiple days from September 10-October 17, 2020. Explore the festival here!


Tacoma Art Museum hosts one of the festival’s most popular events each year, a runway fashion show with clothing by Indigenous designers. This year, we cannot hold the fashion show in person, but we are excited to interview two past designers from the In the Spirit Festival.

Meet Mary Kelsay (Unangax / Unangan) of MEKA Clothing. She has shown her beautiful work at TAM since 2013. Kelsay invites us into her home studio where we ask her about her influences and how the pandemic has changed her work.

Meet Jacinthe Demmert, a Haida weaver who uses traditional weaving techniques to create beautiful wearable art. We are excited to learn more about her process and learn about her influences and inspiration.

Free Community Festivals are generously supported by the Tacoma Arts Commission, Tacoma Creates, ArtsFund, and by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission. In the Spirit: Northwest Native Festival is also made possible through the generous support of the Haub Family Endowment, and YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties.