Tacoma Poet Laureate Kellie Richardson presents Summer SOULstice

The public is invited to join Kellie Richardson, Tacoma’s 2017-2019 Poet Laureate, for Summer SOULstice, an event at the intersection of creativity, community and commerce.

Free to the public, Summer SOULstice will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. at Tacoma Art Museum (1701 Pacific Ave.).

“June 21st marks summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year,” Richardson explained. “SOULstice will hold space to celebrate this annual miracle by featuring emerging and established artists from marginalized communities. 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 will include:

Thy Nguyễn – poet, artivist and former Tacoma Poet Laureate

Olivia Thomas – vocalist and visual artist

Hybrid – local funk and soul band featuring celebrated bassist Annie Jones-Barnes

Painter and muralist Tiffanny Hammonds will create a live painting during the performances. In addition, an exhibit space and artist market will feature work from local artists and entrepreneurs. Work will include every medium and price range. Artists currently scheduled to exhibit work are: Nori Kimura, Collin Veenstra, Darishma Alphonse, Nina Vichayapai, Andre Pace, Andrew Lui Robinson, Christina Butcher/Blue Cactus Press, Amanda Drewniak, Kemba Opio, Sojourner Duxbury, Amelia Foster, Apple Cox, MiYoung Margolis, Chardanae, Elizabeth Archer Klein, and Kellie Richardson.

Tacoma Art Museum’s teen council, F.O.A.M., will also host an all-ages printmaking workshop during the event. For more information and free tickets, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/201063730503749/.

Summer SOULstice is produced in partnership with Tacoma Art Museum, the Tacoma Arts Commission and the City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.

– City of Tacoma

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“Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people—the beauty within themselves.”  – Langston Hughes

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