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August 27

THE TACOMA FOOD FOREST: Art, Edibles + Sustainable Culture

Saturday, August 27 (10:00am - 2:00pm)

Enjoy an eco-art show in a one-of-a-kind setting, Tacoma's Swan Creek Food Forest.

This event presents the work of 15 regional artists/teams whose environmentally-sensitive sculptures and installations interact with the landscape and highlight the critical importance of clean water, re-localized food production and sustainable habitat for humans, wildlife and salmon.

undefinedSwan Creek Park is 373 acres and the 15 artworks are spread out. Watch for the bright green word "ART" and directional arrows stenciled on the roads in the park - they will help lead you to the artworks.

The installations will be in place August 27 to October 31.

On opening day, August 27, we invite you to take a self-guided tour of the artworks, enjoy talks by a permaculture expert, mushroom expert and master gardener, and release your inner musician playing in a drum circle!

At the entrance to the park at E. 42nd St. & Roosevelt Ave. (driving directions below), take a stroll by the open-air picnic pavilion and the flourishing Swan Creek community garden. Threading through the woods are 6-miles of well-groomed trails.

Free opening day events run from 10 am until 2 pm.

  • 10:00 am - Hey kids, want to make art in the forest? Join artist Kate Cendejas as she crafts giant carrots onsite from wood rounds, tree limbs and brush! Meet up at the gazebo by the community garden then walk to the art site.
  • 10:30 am - Permaculture expert Ulysses expert gives a talk on "What is a   Food Forest?" Meet at the gazebo by the parking lot and community garden.   
  • 11:00 am - Drum circle with Phil Harty! Drum and handshakes will be provided to the public to participate.
  • 1 pm - Local mushroom expert Daniel Heath gives a talk on "Stalking the Mighty Mushroom". Meet at the gazebo by the parking lot and community garden.

This project is made possible with support from a Make A Splash Grant/Tacoma Environmental Services, and Metro Parks Tacoma.
Jennifer Bennett
Gabriel Brown
Kate Cendejas
Elizabeth Gahan
Acataphasia Grey
Lisa Kinoshita
Tim Norris + April Norris
Nicholas Nyland
Deanna Pindell + Polly Thurston
Miranda Pollitz
Terri Placentia + School of the Arts
Carlos Taylor-Swanson
Anthony Kosnjek
Curator: Lisa Kinoshita 

Parking: There is a small parking lot at the park entrance, some street parking in the adjacent neighborhood, and a bus stop at E. 42nd St. & Roosevelt Ave.

Directions: From Portland Ave., turn on East 44th St. into the entrance of the Salishan community. Drive east to East Roosevelt, turn left at the T, drive 2 blocks and turn right on East 42nd into the parking lot.