written and photographed by Bill Purcell
Considering Olympia is the capital of Washington, people are often surprised at how small the city of Olympia is. However, despite its size, Olympia has a large and robust community of performance artists. On any given day throughout the city, it is easy to find yourself entertained and awed by the talents of these artist — from aerialists performing high in the air at a local park (or bar!), an impromptu concert on a neighborhood porch, to a clown … well … clowning around in the streets. This encouraging and inclusive artistic community is truly unique and at the heart of what gives Olympia much of its character.