‘In Our Backyard’ uses art to explore issues of homelessness

“In Our Backyard” is a series of arts events that will be held around Tacoma to shed light, through art, on issues of homelessness. Photo courtesy of In Our Backyard

Do you believe in art as a vehicle for social change? Are you invested in your 253 community? Mark your calendars for In Our Backyard, a series of traveling community events in Tacoma that brings people together for a conversation about homelessness, its causes, challenges, and possible approaches.

​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. 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 towards its homeless residents. 

The project runs from July 26 through Aug. 16 and is funded by the City of Tacoma’s Neighborhood and Community Services Department, in partnership with the Office of Arts and Cultural Vitality.

Event location and dates:

Dome District

  • Wednesday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
  • Tacoma Rescue Mission cafeteria, 425 South Tacoma Way

South End

  • Saturday, Aug. 4, 3 p.m.
  • Charlotte’s Blueberry Park, 7402 E. D St.

West End

  • Tuesday, Aug. 7, 6 p.m.
  • Tacoma Community College, 6501 S. 19th St.


  • Sunday Aug. 12, 1 p.m.
  • Portland Avenue Community Center, 3513 Portland Ave. E.


  • Thursday Aug. 16 (as part of Tacoma’s Third Thursday Art Walk)
  • 5:30 p.m. performance at Tollefson Plaza, 17th and Pacific Ave.
  • 6:30 p.m. artist talk at Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave.
  • 9 p.m. video projection on exterior of Tacoma Art Museum, facing Pacific Avenue 

Learn more at cityoftacoma.org/inourbackyard and www.facebook.com/events/1699534013433783.

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