Welcoming Week is celebrated nationally as a time for communities to build cross-cultural relationships and strengthen their commitments to welcoming immigrants and refugees. This year, join Tacoma in celebrating its status as a Welcoming City by participating in these free community events September 15-24! Click here to download our printable Welcoming Week guide!
Through oral histories and artifacts, this permanent exhibit explores migration and immigration through the experiences of diverse individuals who, over time, have come to live in WA.
Togetherness Handprint Collage
WHEN: Friday, September 15 | 12-5 PM
WHERE: University Y Student Center (1710 Market St.)
A collaborative artwork celebrating community and diversity.
A free musical event featuring Wenatchee High School’s advanced mariachi class, Mariachi Huenachi. Program students confront the challenges of poverty, legal status, and societal expectations as they strive for better lives for themselves and their families.
Sponsored by Latinx Unidos and The Associated Students of the University of Puget Sound.
An afternoon to celebrate the artwork of refugee and immigrant youth from the South Sound that explores what has made them who they are today and what makes us community. Attendees will explore ways to create a more welcoming community and will participate in a celebration of Mexican Independence Day with a performance by Esplendor Mexicano at 1:15PM.
Sponsored by YMCA and Catholic Community Services. Light refreshments provided.
City of Tacoma Welcoming Week Proclamation
WHEN: Tuesday, September 19 | 5 PM
WHERE: Council Chambers, City Municipal Bldg. (747 Market St.)
City Council proclamation of Welcoming Week in Tacoma.
An interactive mural exploring identity and place-making.
A panel featuring LGBTQ immigrants and refugees from Russia, Mexico, and Colombia. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in Q&A with panelists. Refreshments provided.
An event assessing Tacoma’s status as a Welcoming City in light of the Northwest Detention Center’s presence in the Tide Flats, drawing perspectives from national and local history, community panelists, and facilitated discussions.
Sponsored by Tacoma Community House and the Washington State History Museum.
FLAVOR: Stand Up for Immigrants, Sit Down for a Meal
WHEN: Thursday, September 21
WHERE: See this link for participating restaurants
An annual dining fundraiser for Tacoma Community House that brings together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity and welcoming. Participating restaurants will donate 25% of your bill to TCH.
12:00-1:30 PM: Margaret Doty, Tacoma Community College, “Who Am I?” A visual arts workshop that will explore identity through mixed media collage.
1:30-3:00 PM: Ala Talo, Asia Pacific Cultural Center and Hearts for Kids. A cultural arts workshop featuring a Pacific Island dance performance and Samoan Dance workshop.