Before Mark and I moved to Tacoma in 2010, we came up from Los Angeles for a couple of exploratory visits.  There were a lot of things about Tacoma that appealed to us, but it was ultimately the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) that played a pivotal role in our decision to make the move. We were impressed by the beauty of the building, the quality of the exhibits and the way that the spaces made us feel welcome.  It was a real “aha” moment for us.  If a city the size of Tacoma could support a museum of this caliber, we knew it was a place we could be proud to call home.

Tacoma Art Museum 2

Mark and I became actively involved at the museum soon after moving to Tacoma, attending exhibits and getting to know the staff and other museum supporters.  I was asked to join the museum’s board of trustees in 2012, and I’m now serving as Board President.  TAM is currently hosting a thought provoking, life-changing exhibit that I wanted to highlight here —

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection celebrates the achievements and contributions of Black Americans from 1595 to present times. Considered to be one of the most comprehensive surveys of African American history and culture outside the Smithsonian Institution, the collection features the shared treasures amassed by Shirley and Bernard Kinsey during their five decades of marriage. The collection includes masterful paintings and sculptures, photographs, rare books, letters, manuscripts and other documents that offer a well-rounded look at the African American experience and provide new perspectives on the nation’s history and culture.

Slow Drag
Ernie Barnes
Woman Wearing Orange Scarf
Laura Wheeler Waring

Those of us involved at the museum fully expect this exhibit to be a blockbuster. It’s open until November 28th. Don’t miss it. For more information, please visit:

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