IN THE SPIRIT is an annual celebration of diverse Native cultures and includes a two-month long juried art exhibition at the Washington State History Museum (mid-June through mid-August), capped off with a free cultural festival in August (this year, August 10). The festival is an indoor/outdoor event collaboratively hosted by Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass; all three museums are free for the day of the festival and feature Native art exhibitions.
Now in its 14th year, IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts is a summertime favorite in the South Sound. This juried exhibition features work in a wide variety of mediums created by Native artists from throughout the Northwest and beyond. Special events for the exhibition include an Artist Awards Ceremony on opening night, and a gallery talk presented by one of the artists on the third Thursday evening in July.
FREE! Hear Indigenous artist Samuel Stitt, an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, discuss his works in the In The Spirit Contemporary Native Arts exhibition. His works Isht Vskufvchi Achvffa and Certificate of Degree of Caucasian Blood are two unique works embodying the complexity of contemporary Native arts.
Native arts market 12:00-5:00 PM at WSHM and TAM. Items at all price points! See artist deomonstrations and participate in hands-on art making in the TAM and MOG studios.
Native Designer Fashion Show accompanied by Drumming Circle, 12:30 PM at TAM. Models will walk the runway in clothing by mulitple Native designers. Several designers will also sell clothing and accessories at TAM.
Family Weaving Activity, 1:00-3:00 at WSHM. Artist Kathey Ervin will demonstrate basketry and weaving while guiding families in their own hands-on projects.
Artist Panel Discussion, 2:00 PM at MOG. Glass artist Preston Singletary will participate with others in a discussion about contemporary Native art.
Rona Yellow Robe on flute, 3:30 PM at WSHM See artist demonstrations, watch a Native designer fashion show, and participate in hands-on projects. Learn about the diverse Native cultures of the PNW through song, dance, music, a discussion panel, and more. Try fry bread tacos! Don't miss the finale with glass artist Preston Singletary's band Khu.eex' in the History Museum's aphitheater from 5:30-7:00 PM.
Final purchases, 5:00 Art Market vendor booths close up shop, time for final selections!
Closing Celebration: Khu.éex', 5:30-7:00 PM in the WSHM amphitheater. You'll be transfixed by this performance. Preston Singletary, Tlingit, an internationally recognized glass artist, founded this one-of-a-kind collaboration with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell of PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC and TALKING HEADS, Skerik collaborator with PEARL JAM, Stanton Moore of GALACTIC, Captain Raab of RED EARTH, and tribal members Clarissa Rizal, Gene Tagaban and Nahaan. Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex) translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language, a Native group from Southeast Alaska. Singletary thought of the name Khu.éex' because of the notion of sharing culture, stories, and music. This is the intent of Khu.éex', to present a contemporary interpretation of our culture to empower others.
2019 In The Spirit Northwest Native Festival Vendors
All three museums offer FREE admission on August 10 and feature Native arts exhibitions in addition to festival activities.
Are you a Native artist interested in vending at this year's IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Arts Festival on Saturday, August 10? Click here to download the vendor application guidelines and form to be considered as a vendor at one of the three museums participating this year including Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition and Northwest Native Festival!