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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: 31 individual artists awarded funding through Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs CityArtist program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
10/22/2012  3:00:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Calandra Childers  (206) 684-7306


31 individual artists awarded funding through Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs CityArtist program
2013 awards total $160,000, support dance, music and theater arts


SEATTLE — The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announces $160,000 in awards to 31 individual artists working in the dance, music and theater arts. Seattle's CityArtist Projects annual funding program assists individual artists based in Seattle to develop and present their work.

The 2013 program received 100 applicants. Thirty percent of the awards will go to first-time recipients. Request amounts are set at $4,000, $6,000 and $8,000, though award amount may be less than requested based on the ranking of the application. Projects must be realized within a year. A peer-review panel evaluated proposals based on criteria such as artistic merit, public access or impact and innovation.

"Individual artists are the foundation of a creative community," said Randy Engstrom, Office of arts & Cultural Affairs director. "By investing in artists' work, we help bring their visions to life and engage and inspire the community in a range of topics, from the changing character of our neighborhoods to race and identity."

Awards for 2013 include $3,000 to Kathya Alexander to revise and complete a script about homosexuality in the Black church and gang violence in the Black community; $4,500 to Samantha Boshnack to develop eight new jazz pieces to be performed by a new group of musicians in disparate venues around Seattle including an elementary school; $8,000 to Rose Cano to develope staged presentations of a bilingual play based on Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as homeless characters for homeless audiences and advocacy organizations; $8,000 to Jessika Kenney to compose, record and perform new work exploring secular court music, vocals and associated literature from Iran and Java; $6,000 to Jody Kuehner for a theatrical performance inspired by the parallels between drag culture in Seattle and authentic Mardi Gras culture in New Orleans by The Cherdonna and Lou Show; $6,000 to Li Hengda to develop a new, collaborative dance drama with the Chinese National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing; and $6,000 to Anna Telcs to present a live show exploring the ritual of dressing and ceremony of fashion to be presented concurrently with fashion week 2013.

For a complete list of 2013 CityArtist Projects, visit the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs website: http://www.seattle.gov/arts/funding/individual_partners.asp

The CityArtist Projects program supports new works, works-in-progress or works taken to the next stage. All projects must incorporate a public presentation. Funding is offered to different artistic disciplines in alternating years. In 2012, CityArtists awarded $156,000 to 45 individual artists working in literary, media, film and visual arts. CityArtist Projects is part of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs "cultural partnership" investments ensuring Seattle residents access to a wide variety of arts and cultural opportunities.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs supports the health and vitality of our city by providing access to arts and culture, advancing the role of the arts in our community, and advocating for issues that affect the entire cultural community. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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