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TACOMA – Dynamic. Captivating. Various parts forming a beautiful whole. It’s Mosaic: Tacoma’s Arts & Culture Festival, the new name for Metro Parks Tacoma’s popular Ethnic Fest, which returns to Wright Park July 23-24 after a two-year pandemic hiatus.

Why has the name changed?

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“The pandemic closures have given us all an opportunity to take a step back and really evaluate all of our programs and events,” says Sophia McKee, marketing manager for Metro Parks Tacoma’s Parks and Recreation Department. “We wanted a name for this community festival that truly celebrates the brilliant diversity of cultures in our city, without an offensive term in how it’s often used.”

In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word “ethnic” is defined as “of or relating to large groups of people classified according to racial, national, tribal, religious, linguistic, or cultural origin or origin.”

In festival terms, it could refer to German bratwurst, Korean pop music, or Texas line dancing. But the term is often misused, especially by whites, to designate, as Washington Post Food Writer Lavanya Ramanathan says it, “to cuisines that seem the most alien, often cooked by the darkest of people” – and by extension to music and other art forms as well.

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In its place, meet Mosaic. The free festival will continue its 34-year-old tradition of bringing together a kaleidoscope of dance, music, art, food and family fun, under the shady trees of the downtown park.

And while Mosaic’s exact range will be announced later, the new name comes with a new logo and new look, launching this week.

WHEN: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. July 23-24

OR: Wright Park, 501 SI Street, Tacoma

LEARN MORE: Discover Mosaic on mosaictacoma.com.