IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition, and IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival

Exhibit opens June 30 and runs through August 12, 2018.

In the Spirit, celebrating its 13th year, offers an opportunity for contemporary Native artists to display their work at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma.  Accepted artwork will also be eligible for awards and monetary prizes including Best of Show, Honoring the Northwest, Honoring Tradition, Honoring Innovation, and the People's Choice awards. 

Call to Vendors: 

Are you a native artist interested in vending at this year's IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Art Festival? Applications will be accepted now through June 1, 2018.  Please fill out this application and return it to:

Molly Wilmoth
Lead Program Manager
Washington State Historical Society
1911 Pacific Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98402

If you have any questions about the application process or In the Spirit exhibition or festival, please contact me at or 253-798-5926.

IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival

The History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum will partner to host IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival in mid-August. This indoor/outdoor celebration of Native cultures encompasses a day of dancing, drumming, singing, shopping, and a Native designer runway fashion show, with booth space for vendors in and around both museums. The festival is open to the public free of charge and provides an opportunity to connect with a diverse group of Native artists selling a wide range of exquisite work in all price ranges. 

The festival is the final celebration of the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition. We'll present  the People's Choice Awards, announcing which works of art in the exhibition received the most visitor votes. 
View a photo gallery of artwork, performances, and vendors from past IN THE SPIRIT exhibitions and festivals. 
Questions about IN THE SPIRIT exhibition or festival? Contact Molly Wilmoth at 253-798-5926 or