Wednesday, July 26, 2017 This Week's Paper

So Just Festival’s 5th Anniversary

On Aug. 20, local social justice advocates will turn out their fifth-annual arts and education forum that puts local issues in the community’s spotlight.

From 2-6 p.m. at Evergreen State College’s Tacoma campus, local artists and organizations will share their words with Tacoma at this free event.

“Our ultimate goal is to bring awareness to social justice issues,” said event co-chair Keith Blocker. “We want to try to bring people together who are normally not engaged with each other. This event is designed to be diverse, and intergenerational – and try to have something for everyone to participate in.”

For the fifth anniversary event, audience members will be able to register to vote and put in their pick for their favorite performing artists from a range of hip-hop, rock, folk, R&B, dance and poetry artists who all have a social justice connection. The winning artist receives a $500 prize.

To break up the musical guests, there will also be two education sessions, including a panel discussion on local education, as well as an education-related video.

The event includes informational outreach booths from organizations such as REACH, Tacoma Urban League, Hilltop Artists and the local chapter of the NAACP.

There will be free food, kids activities, Evergreen State College’s annual rummage sale, and the announcement of three very special “youth of the year” nominated by local organizations.

“The purpose is to highlight local artists and musicians whose work is connected to community betterment and social justice,” said Sonja Morgan, co-chair for the event. “We want to bring different genres of art and music and different generations together to have a community event that pulls from various areas in a place where people can have dialogue, meet their neighbors and be exposed to new things.”

Check out the fifth annual So Just Festival from 2-6 p.m. at the Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus, located at 1210 6th Ave.

For more info find So Just on Facebook.