News Release

Washington State Historical Society 

The annual IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival is back for 2021. The festival will be held in person on Saturday, August 7, from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in the Tacoma Museum District. This beloved summer tradition celebrates the diverse Native cultures of our region and is hosted by the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass. The indoor/outdoor event is free and open to the public, including free admission to all three museums.

IN THE SPIRIT festival guests can see exhibitions featuring Native artists in the museums; talk with artist vendors and shop for original art, jewelry, textiles, and other hand-crafted products; participate in art-making activities at all three museums; watch artists work in the Hot Shop at MOG; and enjoy cultural musicians and dancers in the outdoor amphitheater at the History Museum. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the TAM Cafe, and the Price Family (Navajo/Port Gamble S’Klallam) will sell their famous fry bread tacos at the History Museum.

Pictured: Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers will be hosted by the Washington State History Museum during the 2021 IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival on August 7.

Pictured: Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers will be hosted by the Washington State History Museum during the 2021 IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival on August 7.

Indigenous dance, music, and artist demonstrations are a festival highlight. The Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers (Haida and Tlingit) have participated every year since IN THE SPIRIT began 16 years ago (with the exception of 2020 due to the pandemic). Returning favorites also include musician Vince Redhouse (Navajo) on Navajo flute and Rona Yellow Robe (Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, Montana), an award-winning flute player and vocalist. Artist Raya Friday (Lummi Nation) will be on deck in MOG’s Hot Shop, creating with molten glass. ”I'd like to give a big hysh'qe to the big three museums of Tacoma - MOG TAM, WSHM - for carving a space and amplifying the voices of Indigenous artists like myself. Thank you for the opportunity,” Friday shared.

“The museums have been working with Native artists, curators, and community members through the IN THE SPIRIT Advisory Committee to develop a gathering where our visitors and artists can safely reconnect and celebrate in person,” said Molly Wilmoth, lead program manager at the Washington State Historical Society. “We are grateful for all of the talented artists and vendors who are participating both in-person and virtually. Along with the outdoor arts market and cultural performances, we welcome guests to view the exhibitions in the museums, including the 16th annual IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition at the History Museum. Visitors can vote in the gallery for the coveted People’s Choice awards.”

“Last year, the IN THE SPIRIT festival went fully online and was extended for a month-long period,” added Amelia Layton, public programs manager at Tacoma Art Museum. “We’re thrilled to be back in person this year to support Native artists. We’re also continuing with some online programming. The August 7 in-person festival is accompanied by an online arts market and several virtual programs that run July 30 through September 3, so we can provide even greater access to the outstanding Native artists of our region.”

Pictured: IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival, vendor talking with visitors on the plaza at the Washington State History Museum (left) and visitors looking at Native carving. Visitors can shop among multiple artist vendors for a wide range of original art, textiles, leather goods, carvings, and more.

Pictured: IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival, vendor talking with visitors on the plaza at the Washington State History Museum (left) and visitors looking at Native carving. Visitors can shop among multiple artist vendors for a wide range of original art, textiles, leather goods, carvings, and more.

All-day festival activities, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.:

  • Arts Market: Meet artist vendors to learn more about their crafts and shop for original art, jewelry, textiles, and a wide range of hand-crafted products.
  • Art-making: Engage in hands-on activities at all three museums. Quinault artist and storyteller Harvest Moon will facilitate making corn husk dolls at the History Museum. TAM and MOG will have button-making activities.
  • Food: Purchase a tasty fry bread taco at the History Museum or stop by the TAM Café for additional eats and refreshment.

Timed festival events:

  • 12:00 p.m., History Museum outdoor amphitheater: Community blessing and welcome with Connie McCloud, Cultural Director of the Puyallup Tribe.
  • 12:15 p.m., History Museum outdoor amphitheater: Musician Vince Redhouse on Navajo flute. Redhouse has played woodwinds and created music from the age of seven.
  • 2:00 p.m., History Museum outdoor amphitheater: Singer/songwriter Rona Yellow Robe will sing and play flute, demonstrating a variety of instruments and styles from different cultures.

Get all the details for the IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival at https://www.inthespiritarts.org.

Pictured: Artist Raya Friday, Lummi Nation. Friday began her career in glass in 1996 in Seattle where she was born and raised. The source and purpose of Friday’s current work is to explore the influence of the modern world on the Native American aesthetic. She mixes traditional elements and ideas with metal and glass to re-imagine her culture and its traditions through the lens of the word she grew up in.

Pictured: Artist Raya Friday, Lummi Nation. Friday began her career in glass in 1996 in Seattle where she was born and raised. The source and purpose of Friday’s current work is to explore the influence of the modern world on the Native American aesthetic. She mixes traditional elements and ideas with metal and glass to re-imagine her culture and its traditions through the lens of the word she grew up in.

RELATED Event and Exhibition dates/links:

IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival (event)

August 7, 2021, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

At the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass

FREE museum admission at all three locations, indoor/outdoor arts market and festival

IN THE SPIRIT Northwest Native Festival (inthespiritarts.org)

IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts

Exhibition on view through August 29, 2021

Washington State History Museum

https://www.washingtonhistory.org/exhibit/in-the-spirit-contemporary-native-arts-2021

As Grandmother Taught: Women, Tradition, and Plateau Art

Exhibition on view through November 28, 2021

Washington State History Museum

https://www.washingtonhistory.org/exhibit/as-grandmother-taught-women-tradition-and-plateau-art

Native Portraiture: Power and Perception

On extended view

Tacoma Art Museum
https://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/exhibit/native-portraiture/

2021 Visiting Artists

Ongoing

Museum of Glass

The Museum’s Visiting Artist Residency Program has returned in 2021. Watch as MOG hosts visiting artists it’s world-class Hot Shop to create new works in glass with the Hot Shop Team.

https://www.museumofglass.org/visiting-artist-lineup2021

About The Washington State Historical Society and History Museum

The Washington State Historical Society partners with our communities to explore how history connects us all. The Society’s most visible activity, the Washington State History Museum is located in downtown Tacoma on Pacific Avenue among a thriving cultural scene. The museum features interactive permanent exhibitions about Washington’s past in the Great Hall, unique rotating exhibitions highlighting the Society’s collections, and dynamic feature exhibitions, and hosts events and programs on a wide range of historical topics. The WSHS also offers curriculum, downloadable exhibitions, and statewide educational support as well as consultation, support and programs for history and heritage organizations across the state.

Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

Hours: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM Tues.-Sun. Third Thursday of each month, 10:00 AM–8:00 PM.

Admission: FREE for members; Adults $14; seniors (age 65+), students (age 6-17) and military (with ID) $11; free for children 5 and under; family rate $40 (up to two adults and four children under age 18). Patrons with a Washington Quest card and licensed Washington Foster Parents can attend for $1 per person or $2 per family. FREE for active duty military and up to 5 family members with ID as part of Blue Star Museums, through September 5, 2021.

Website:  www.WashingtonHistory.org

About the Tacoma Art Museum
Celebrating over 85 years, Tacoma Art Museum is the leading resource for art of the Pacific Northwest and greater western region. TAM’s mission is to transform our communities by sharing art that inspires broader perspectives and cultivates a compassionate future. TAM’s collection contains more than 5,300 works, with an emphasis on the art and artists of the Northwest and broader Western region, 25% of which consists of studio glass. The collection includes the largest retrospective museum collection of glass art by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly on permanent view; the most significant collection of studio art jewelry by Northwest artists; key holdings in 19th century European and 20th century American art; and one of the finest collections of Japanese woodblock prints on the West Coast.

Address: 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

Hours: Friday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.

Admission – $18 Adult, $15 Senior (65+), Children 5 and under free every day. Free for children 18 and under, TAM Members, active duty military, reservists, veterans, and their families.

Contact– 253-272-4258 | www.tacomaartmuseum.org

About Museum of Glass

Located in Tacoma, Washington, Museum of Glass is a premier contemporary art museum dedicated to glass and glassmaking in the West Coast’s largest and most active museum glass studio. Opened in 2002, the Museum has established a reputation for hosting impactful and engaging artist residencies, organizing nationally traveling exhibitions, and creating unique programs for visitors while building a growing permanent collection chronicling the development of modern and contemporary glass. Museum of Glass provides an environment for artists and the public to ignite creativity, fuel discovery, and enrich their lives through glass and glassmaking.

Hours – Thurs–Sun 10 am–5 pm; Third Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m..

Admission – $17 Adult, $14 Student/Senior (62+), $5 Children (6-12), Museum Members/Children (under 6) free every day.

Website: www.museumofglass.org

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