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Ends September 11
Closing soon is In the Spirit, an annual summer celebration of diverse, contemporary Native American arts and culture. It’s a juried exhibition (with a formal panel and people’s choice awards!!) that opens every June and is on view through the summer at the Washington State History Museum. Many of the pieces also comment on social issues facing Indigenous communities.
There’s an accompanying arts market and Northwest Native Festival with performances by Native singers, dancers, and musicians, plus artist talks and an awards ceremony for the exhibit winners. (I’m incredibly bummed I missed out on TAM’s Native designer fashion show at this year’s festival.)
While TAM’s already announced this year’s winners, the exhibit is still on display until September 11. If you have yet to see it, I’d recommend making some time to visit, not just to see the winning pieces but to appreciate the entire lineup. And while you’re there, you might as well, y’know, explore the rest of the history museum.
📸: Washington State Historical Society