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Tacoma Light Trail

  • Dates:
    Dec 30 - Jan 24 2021
  • Ages:
    All ages.
  • Where:
    Tacoma
  • Tickets:

    Free!

  • Accessibility:

    Outdoor activity connecting multiple locations throughout Tacoma.

The History Museum lights up its towering front archways in a blast of colorful hues as part of the Tacoma Light Trail. The diversity of colors echoes the Historical Society’s ongoing work to examine and highlight the history of all Washingtonians.

At our stop on the Tacoma Light Trail, enjoy the shining lights and listen to the late Harold Moss, Tacoma’s first Black mayor, in a brief oral history as he tells the story of when he first arrived in the city. You can play the soundtrack from the WSHS stop on the Tacoma Light Trail website; or, you can download the free Echoes mobile app to your phone, sign in and turn on location, and the sounds will automatically play as you visit each location on the trail. Read more about that on the Tacoma Light Trail website.

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What is the Tacoma Light Trail?

The Tacoma Light Trail brings light art downtown. A Sound Trail pairs music and poetry with each light location. It’s FREE, and walkable or drivable every night. The goal: To uplift and unify our community at a dark time of year.

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Who’s behind it?

Rosemary Ponnekanti (director of Tacoma Ocean Fest) started the Tacoma Light Trail in 2020. It is a collaborative event brought to life through tthe generosity and creativity of many:

Tacoma Ocean Fest, Foss Waterway Seaport, Washington State History Museum, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, Tacoma City Ballet, The Grand Cinema, Puget Sound Revels, First Night, Pax Tahoma, Seymour Conservatory (Metro Parks Tacoma), Symphony Tacoma, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Refugee Choir, Alma Mater, Spaceworks, Tacoma Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Permaculture Lifestyle Institute, Campfire Coffee, Corina Bakery, Alchemy Skateboarding, Rainbow Center, Tacoma Art Walk, LeRoy Jewelers, Good Design Works, Mad Hat Tea Co., Michael Haeflinger, Erin Guinup, Paul Chiyokten Wagner, Ralph Reign, Rosemary Ponnekanti, Steve LaBerge, Paul Blanchard, Ulysses Martin, Kareem Kandi, University of Washington Tacoma, Cheryl Rux, Laila Tova, Lisa Fruichantie, Stink, Tacoma History Museum, School of the Arts, Tacoma Youth Theatre, Tacoma Arts Live and more.