SAM Community Day Festival: Indigenous Beauty, Feb. 28.
Seattle Art Museum celebrates the creativity and beauty of Native American art and culture at Community Day Festival art activities, tours and performances for all ages Saturday, Feb. 28. Museum admission and activities are free, with 500 free tickets for the special exhibition “‘Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection,” available starting at 10 a.m., while supplies last. The exhibit of more than 100 works of art by indigenous artists from across North America, the most comprehensive collection of North-American native art ever shown at SAM, is on view through May 17.
Festival events feature a hoop-dance performance and storytelling with artist Ty Defoe of Wisconsin’s Oneida and Ojimwa tribes; comic book design inspired by native symbols with local S’Klallam Tribe artist Jeffrey Veregge; and necklace-weaving using natural materials and other art-making with local artists throughout the day. Community Day culminates in a 3 p.m. performance by the Git Hayetsk Dancers, “People of the Copper Shield” in the Sm’algyax language of their family ties to the Haida, Tlingit, Haisla and Musqueam nations.
Ongoing exhibits at SAM include “Art and Life Along the Northwest Coast,” “African Art Takes a Stretch,” “Europe Imagines the East” and “Glass at Pilchuck: Making History.” Special exhibits include “From Abstract Expression to Colored Planes” through August 1; “Personal Histories” through May 3; and “Visual Verigo” through March 1.
SAM has three shops open museum hours, SAM Books arts and design bookstore, SAM Shop with locally made arts and crafts and SAM Gallery, original art by contemporary artists for rent or purchase. Taste Cafe is open Wednesdays through Sundays for lunch, happy hour, dinner and Sunday brunch, and the Bullitt Library provides research on art history and objects in SAM’s collection, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
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Admission is free for everyone the first Thursday of each month and free for seniors ages 62 and older the first Friday of each month, with music, tours and discounted special-exhibition prices.
The museum is wheelchair-accessible and offers wheelchairs for rent, among several services to provide accessibility to all, including monthly guided tours for visitors with low or no vision.