Homelessness is dehumanizing, ubiquitous, and often misunderstood. A Tacoma-based community art project called “In Our Backyard” aims to destigmatize homelessness and spark conversation between those with and without homes in the Tacoma area.
Five free events, which will take place between July 25 and August 16, will use visual performance art to incite these conversations.
“Each event features a participatory performance created and performed by individuals experiencing homelessness in Tacoma, as well as a video art installation presenting conversations between housed and homeless residents, filmed in each other’s backyards,” said Roni Chelben, City of Tacoma Artist in Residence, in a statement. “The project brings the experience of homelessness to the forefront, with the goal of sparking conversation and public awareness around the challenges of homelessness and the social responsibility of the community at large toward its homeless residents.”
The event lineup is as follows:
Wednesday, July 25
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tacoma Rescue Mission cafeteria, 425 South Tacoma Way
Saturday, August 4
3 – 5 p.m.
Charlotte’s Blueberry Park, 7402 East D Street
Tuesday, August 7
6 – 8 p.m.
Tacoma Community College, 6501 South 19th Street
Sunday, August 12
1 – 3 p.m.
Portland Avenue Community Center, 3513 Portland Avenue East
Thursday, August 16
-5:30 p.m. performance at Tollefson Plaza, 17th & Pacific Avenue
-6:30 p.m. artist talk at Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue
-9 p.m. video projection on exterior of Tacoma Art Museum, facing Pacific Avenue
If you are interested in attending an event, RSVP in advance on Facebook.