Tacoma Poet Laureate to Host Summer SOULstice

Tacoma’s 2017-2019 Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson will present Summer SOULstice from 5:30-8 p.m. on June 21 at the Tacoma Art Museum.

The free event is described as being “at the intersection of creativity, community, and commerce” and takes place on the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

“SOULstice will hold space to celebrate this annual miracle by featuring emerging and established artists from marginalized communities,” Richardson said. “The work featured will carry themes of awakening and healing, personal connection to Earth and spirit, as well as the thread of human experience that connects us all. The weight of historical oppression, generational trauma has never diminished the indelible joy, creativity, innovation and pride of those on the margins. SOULstice underscores this victory.”

Featured performers include Thy Nguyen, a poet, artivist, and former Tacoma Poet Laureate; Oliva Thomas, a visual artist and vocalist; Hybrid, a local funk and soul band; and Tiffanny Hammonds, a muralist who will create a live painting during the event.

Work from multiple artists will be on display and for sale. F.O.A.M., Tacoma Art Museum’s teen council, will host an all-ages printmaking workshop during the event as well.

Summer SOULstice is co-sponsored by the Tacoma Art Museum, The Tacoma Arts Commission, and the City of Tacoma’s Office Equity and Inclusion.

Find out more about the event and RSVP here.

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