Call to Indigenous Youth Fashion Designers


Indigenous Youth Fashion Show  at Tacoma Art Museum

Saturday, August 10, 2024


The Tacoma Art Museum in partnership with the Washington State History Musuem and fashion designer Mary Kelsay, founder of MEKA, are in search of Indigenous youth (ages 16-19 years old) who have a passion for clothing design to create a new piece for TAM’s annual In the Spirit fashion show, with the theme Protectors.

Five youth designers will be selected and each will be awarded $100 towards supplies to create a new piece, and $100 stipend to keep, for their participation. Each youth will show their finished design in the In the Spirit fashion show on Saturday August 10 at the Tacoma Art Museum!

Leading up to the show youth will have one virtual and one in-person mentorship sessions with designer Mary Kelsay: one meeting will be to go over expectations and theme, and one in person meeting at TAM to finalize designs before the fashion show. These meetings are mandatory, and we ask youth to be committed to participating.

Mentorship Schedule:

Date for virtual meeting 1: June 9th

In-person check in at TAM: TBA


  • Must be 16-19 years old
  • Must own or have access to a sewing machine prior to entering
  • Must have experience with sewing, and making clothing
  • Youth must submit 3-5 images of pieces they have created, or a link to a digital portfolio
  • Youth must submit an artist bio explaining their goals with fashion, or concepts behind their designs.
  • Youth must be fully committed to participating in the entire process, selected youth will be asked to sign a contract agreeing to this commitment

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Deadline to submit requirements is May 31, 2024

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