In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival

This annual arts exhibit, market and festival event now boasts a powerful new partner...the Tacoma Art Museum!

The Washington State History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum are thrilled to announce In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival, a free indoor-outdoor community festival to be held Saturday, August 19, 2017.  

This festival is a new spin combining two popular festivals. For about ten years, both WSHM and TAM have celebrated Native arts and culture. WSHM has featured an annual juried exhibition of Native American art, culminating with their In the Spirit festival; and TAM has held the Northwest Native Free Community Festival with an art market and Native-designer fashion show. We’ve heard from our community that more collaboration among the museums would be fun and interesting, so we’ve worked together to combine these events and bring you an even more exhilarating opportunity to meet, hear from, and be inspired by our region’s leading contemporary Native artists. 

Additional details will be announced as summer approaches but for now, we hope that you share in our excitement for this new partnership. We know how quickly summer schedules fill, so please mark your calendar and plan to join us on Saturday, August 19 for In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival! And don't forget, the IN THE SPIRIT art exhibit at the Washington State History Museum opens June 15 and runs through August 20, 2017.

Are you a native artist interested in vending at the In The Spirit Northwest Native Festival? Just fill out this application and submit it by 5pm on June 16, 2017. You may submit applications to:

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

Held in August, In The Spirit Northwest Native Festival encompasses a day of dancing, drumming, singing, and shopping with a diverse group of Native American artists. The festival is the final celebration of the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibit held annually at the History Museum and now in partnership with the Tacoma Art Museum, during which we will present the People's Choice Award. Both museums will be filled with vendors selling exquisite artwork in all price ranges. Round out your festival experience by catching performances of native singers, musicians, and dance groups throughout the day. Admission to the History Museum and and Tacoma Art Museum as well as all festival activities are FREE and open to the public.
View a photo gallery of artwork, performances, and vendors from past IN THE SPIRIT exhibitions and festivals. Questions about IN THE SPIRIT? Contact Molly Wilmoth at 253-798-5926 or