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The #253waterfront Instagram Contest  

Instagram users, we need your help to create a community collection of working waterfront images!
In celebration of the National Working Waterfronts & Waterways Symposium, and Memories and Meditations: A Retrospective of Michael Kenna’s Photography, Tacoma Art Museum wants to create a community collection of working waterfront images. What better way to create a collection of digital photos then with a contest? We want to see your best instagram photograph of the Northwest Working Waterfront to add to a digital collection. Here is how to enter – Next time you are walking around the Puget Sound and see a working waterfront take a photo on your smartphone. Apply any changes you desire and upload it to your instagram account. Add hashtag: "#253waterfront" along with email address and get your friends and followers to like the photo. The photo that receives the most "likes" will receive a one year family membership to Tacoma Art Museum and is invited to attend the NWWWS banquet dinner on Tuesday, March 26 where the winning image will be shown. The contest is open to anyone in the Puget Sound region and will be going on until March 20. The winner will be contacted through email. Please contact if you have any questions. For more information about Tacoma Art Museum, please visit


Event Details

ocean-frontiersFilm Screening, Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship
UW Tacoma, Philip Hall
Monday, March 25
6:45 PM—9:00 PM

Free to Symposium Registrants

Katrina Lassiter, Dept of Natural Resources

  • Angie Fredrickson, Port of Seattle
  • Leesa Cobb, Port Orford Ocean Resource Team
  • Paul Dye, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jacque Hostler, Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria

Join us for a special Working Waterfronts and Waterways premiere of the highly-acclaimed film, Ocean Frontiers. Audiences across the country are raving about this film. Far from doom and gloom, Ocean Frontiers takes us on an inspiring voyage to seaports and watersheds across the country where we meet an intermingling of unlikely allies, of industrial shippers and whale biologists, pig farmers and wetland ecologists, sport and commercial fishermen, port operators, reef snorkelers and many more, all of them embarking on a new course of cooperation, to sustain the sea and our ocean economies. Includes reception, film and Q&A with a panel of experts.

Film Premiere

Download 11” x 17” color poster PDF
Please print and post, or share via email with contacts who’ll be in the Tacoma area for this film screening! Tickets $4/ $6 for people not registered for NWWWS.


Banquet Dinner
Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum
Tuesday, March 26
6:30 PM—9:00 PM
Transportation from Hotel Murano to Museum is provided.
(Tickets may be purchased for $25 with your symposium registration. Extra guests, $40.)

Please join us for a very special evening at the newly renovated Foss Waterway Seaport Maritime Museum! The event is our opportunity to welcome you to the Symposium and boatshopTacoma, and your opportunity to share and network with fellow Symposium guests over local Pacific Northwest cuisine and beverages. Themed around the maritime history of Tacoma, the evening includes a welcome blessing from the Puyallup tribe; a historical perspective of boat building and maritime activity on Washington’s waterfronts from local historian Michael Sullivan; and a debut performance of original composition, “Sound of the Tideflats” by local composer, Joshua Parmenter.
Enjoy a photographic display of “Waterfronts of the Pacific Northwest” (see details about the photo contest above) and stroll around the museum’s many interesting displays, including a visit to the boat building shop, to learn more about the art of shipwrighting. The event will close with a salty rendition from David Densmore, fisher poet.

fishSeafood Reception
Pavilion Rotunda, Hotel Murano
Wednesday, March 27
5:00 PM—6:30 PM

A variety of regional delights!
Free to symposium registrants.


Questions? Please contact:
Ms. Syd Fredrickson
Conference Coordinator
UW Conference Management