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.

Washington State History MuseumWashington, My Home Exhibit
WHEN: Ongoing
WHERE: Washington State History Museum (1911 Pacific Ave.)

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.


Mariachi HuenachiMariachi Huenachi
WHEN: Friday, September 15 | 3-4:35 PM
WHERE: Schneebeck Concert Hall, UPS (1500 N. Warner St.)

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.

“A Fresh Look Inside and Out” Art Reception
WHEN: Saturday, September 16 | 12-1:30 PM
WHERE: Morgan Family YMCA (1002 S. Pearl St.)

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 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.


Chalkboard Mural
WHEN: Tuesday, September 19 – Saturday, September 23
WHERE: Morgan Family YMCA (1002 S Pearl St.)

An interactive mural that explored identity and place-making.


Voices from LGBTQ Immigrants & Refugees
WHEN: Wednesday, September 20 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE: Rainbow Center (2215 Pacific Ave.)

This panel featured LGBTQ immigrants and refugees from Russia, Mexico, and Colombia. Attendees had the opportunity to engage in Q&A with the panelists.

Immigrant Detention: Histories, Hopes, and Current Realities in a Welcoming City
WHEN: Thursday, September 21 | 5:30-7:30 PM
WHERE: Washington State History Museum (1911 Pacific Ave.)

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.

Art Workshops
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.