Welcoming Week is a two-week period in September when communities across the United States work to build cross-cultural relationships and strengthen their commitments to welcoming immigrants and refugees. This year, Tacoma celebrated its status as a Welcoming City with the events below (September 15-24, 2017). 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 that celebrated community and diversity.
A free musical event that featured 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 explored what has made them who they are today and what makes us community. Attendees explored ways to create a more welcoming community and participated in a celebration of Mexican Independence Day with a performance by Esplendor Mexicano.
Sponsored by YMCA and Catholic Community Services. Light refreshments provided.
City Council proclamation of Welcoming Week in Tacoma.
An interactive mural that explored identity and place-making.
This panel featured LGBTQ immigrants and refugees from Russia, Mexico, and Colombia. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in Q&A with the panelists.
This event assessed 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
This annual dining fundraiser for Tacoma Community House brought together immigrants and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity and welcoming.
WHEN: Saturday, September 23th | 12-3 PM
WHERE: Morgan Family YMCA (1002 S Pearl St.)
12:00-1:30 PM: Margaret Doty, Tacoma Community College, “Who Am I?” A visual arts workshop explored identity through mixed media collage.
1:30-3:00 PM: Ala Talo, Asia Pacific Cultural Center and Hearts for Kids. This cultural arts workshop featured a Pacific Island dance performance and Samoan Dance workshop.