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Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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Image: Kabuki Academy performs at the 2008 Ethnic Arts Connection. Photo by Jennifer Stanton.
Funding available for Seattle arts and cultural organizations
Spectrum Dance Theater performs Donald Byrd's Interrupted Narratives/WAR. Photo by Gabriel Bienczycki.
Seattle-based arts and cultural organizations are invited to apply for funding in 2009 and 2010. The Office's Civic Partners program, which provides organizational support, awards two-year funding commitments with allocations made annually. Funding is intended to promote a healthy and diverse arts and cultural community and support organizations' core program goals. Funding awards underwrite public access to a rich variety of quality arts and cultural opportunities and help recipients attract other supporters.

Cultural and heritage organizations of all sizes and disciplines with a minimum three-year history of continuous operation and programming and a not-for-profit business structure (does not have to be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status) are eligible to apply.

Workshops to introduce applicants to the program, answer questions and assist with applications will be held in several locations, including our office. For details visit our Web site.

Apply through the new online application. The deadline to apply is Monday, May 19. For more information about the Civic Partners program, visit our Web site or contact Melissa Hines, (206) 684-7175.

Artistic rendering of Seattle Civic Square courtesy of GGLO.
Artist sought for Civic Square artwork
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the city's Fleets and Facilities Department and Triad Development Inc., seeks an artist to serve on the design team for the Seattle Civic Square — an open space planned for the downtown block where the city's Public Safety Building once stood. The project connects Third and Fourth Avenues between James and Cherry Streets in downtown Seattle. Triad will develop the site, which will combine a large public open space designed to resurrect the social, cultural and civic functions of traditional village squares with 21st century office, residential and retail space.

Artists who work in glass or light media are encouraged to apply. The selected artist will work with the international design team of Atelier Dreiseitl, a German landscape architecture firm; lead architects GGLO of Seattle; and architecture firm Foster + Partners of London.

The commission for the plaza artwork is between $250,000 and $300,000 for design, fabrication and installation. The artist will contract with Atelier Dreiseitl.

The call is open to established professional artists living in Washington, Oregon, California or British Columbia. The Office reserves the right to invite artists to apply who live elsewhere in the United States or Canada. Application deadline is Friday, May 2. The application is available on our Web site.

Nominations for 2008 Mayor's Arts Awards due April 7

Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle communities through the arts? Nominate them for a 2008 Mayor's Arts Award. The nomination deadline is Monday, April 7. The nomination form is available here. If you are unable to download the nomination form, contact Tamara Childress, (206) 733-9591.

The Seattle Arts Commission will review nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor. Mayor Greg Nickels will present the awards at the sixth annual 2008 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony at Seattle Center, noon, Friday, Aug. 29. Following the ceremony, the mayor will open Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits, which will be free and open to the public that day.

The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented by the Seattle Arts Commission, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, with media sponsor Encore Arts Programs.

Council forum to address cultural space on Capitol Hill
Oddfellows Hall on Capitol Hill was sold in October 2007.
Seattle City Councilmembers will host a public forum titled "Make Room for Art: Cultural Overlay Districts for Seattle," 5 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, in City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 Fourth Ave. A cultural overlay district is a land-use designation that allows cities to promote and preserve the arts in certain neighborhoods.

Councilmember Nick Licata, who chairs the Council's Culture, Civil Rights, Health and Personnel Committee, is sponsoring the event. He will be joined by co-sponsoring Councilmembers Sally Clark, Jean Godden, Bruce Harrell and Tom Rasmussen.

The forum will focus on whether to establish Capitol Hill as the city's first cultural overlay district. It will address incentives, such as tax credits, and design guidelines intended to help preserve cultural spaces. Councilmembers will hear suggestions from Seattle residents, representatives of arts and entertainment venues and organizations, property owners, developers, and other government officials. The forum follows a Jan. 16 meeting sponsored by the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce which drew more than 200 people to discuss affordable space for arts and culture. The sale last fall of Capitol Hill's Oddfellows Hall prompted some of the building's arts tenants to relocate to avoid rising rents.

Josh Hickman performs at Hing Hay Park.
Buskers sought for downtown parks
Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks individual street performers—including mimes, jugglers, minstrels, musicians and actors—to perform outdoors during the spring and summer. Performances will take place at the following downtown parks: Freeway, Hing Hay, Pioneer Square, Westlake, Waterfront, Occidental Square, Victor Steinbrueck and Counterbalance (Queen Anne). Selected artists will receive a nominal stipend and must commit to scheduled, two-hour performances with two breaks.

Download an application. Application deadline is Monday, March 31. Applicants must audition. For information, contact Adrienne Caver Hall, Seattle Parks and Recreation, (206) 684-0766.

Herschensohn to lead AYP Centennial celebration
Michael Herschensohn

Michael Herschensohn, former executive director of Northwest Folklife, will join the Office to manage the citywide Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (AYP) Exposition Centennial celebration in 2009.

Held on the University of Washington campus in 1909, the AYP attracted 3.7 million visitors to Seattle's first World's Fair. The event put Seattle on the map and showcased Washington as an international gateway. In 2007, a mayoral task force finished a plan for the centennial, and efforts are well underway to create a wide range of exhibitions, publications and events in 2009.

"I'm thrilled to be part of the city of Seattle's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition," said Herschensohn. "In 2009, we will again celebrate Seattle's reputation as a hotbed for innovation and envision a dynamic future that offers remarkable potential for responsible growth while responding to our historical roots."

Prior to joining Northwest Folklife, Herschensohn was director of Seattle Children's Museum and the Museum of History and Industry. He has more than 25 years experience managing nonprofit cultural organizations, a doctorate in romance languages, and masters degrees in French language and literature and urban planning. Herschensohn starts March 31. His position managing the AYP Centennial will span 18 to 24 months.

Register now for Public Art in a Nutshell workshop
Ashley Thorner, JUMs, 2005, at the Southwest Community Center.
Register soon for the Office's free workshop Public Art in a Nutshell. Space is limited. The workshop is designed for visual artists interested in making the transition from studio art to public art. Experienced public artists Cheryl dos Remedios and Horatio Hung-Yan Law will talk about the skills and strategies they draw upon to realize creative and successful projects for public spaces. The workshop is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave.

The workshop inaugurates the Office's 2008 public art workshop series. A June workshop, Behind Panel Doors, will demystify the public art application and artist selection process. In September, Getting it Made, will offer tips to visual and public artists interested in learning more about working with a fabricator to see a project from concept to construction. In November, Green Art? What Does "Sustainable Design" Mean in Public Art? will discuss the implications of green design for public artists.

To register for Public Art in a Nutshell, contact Eleanor Beerman, (206) 233-3930.

Youth Arts funding applications due April 28
The application deadline for the Youth Arts program is Monday, April 28. Youth Arts is an annual funding program that supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth outside of school hours. The program provides project-based support in all artistic disciplines. Funding awards range up to $10,000.

The application deadline is earlier this year to allow for projects to begin in the fall. Projects must take place between September 2008 and September 2009. An application and guidelines are available on our Web site.

Office seeks marketing and events intern
We're looking for a marketing and events college intern to provide support for various programs during the summer months. Projects will include assisting with Seattle Presents, a lunchtime concert series at City Hall; the Mayor's Arts Awards; possible expanded evening performances in downtown parks; and other office events and projects. Applicants must have strong written and verbal communications skills. Experience in marketing and/or performing arts event management is a plus. Visit our Web site to learn more and apply.
A bicyclist pedals by FlipBooks by Jennifer Dixon.
New artwork on Interurban Trail
FlipBooks, a newly installed public artwork by Seattle artist Jennifer Dixon, greets bicyclists and pedestrians as they pedal or walk on a recently opened section of the Interurban Trail. The trail is located between North 110th and North 128th Streets at Linden Avenue North. Developed in conjunction with the bike path, Dixon created a series of five "flip books" that animate through a progression of colorful photographic/digital images and celebrate the journey along the trail. Each book offers trail users a whimsical look at some of the natural wonders seen and experienced throughout the Northwest, with storylines such as a blossoming tree, a fish swimming in a river, or a deer sprouting flowers from its antlers.

"I was inspired by a photograph in the collection at the Shoreline Historical Museum depicting a series of Burma Shave-style advertising signs along the original Interurban. I wanted to create a larger-than-life, flip-book-style animation that would provide a continuous experience for users of the trail," said Dixon. "The artwork whimsically invites users of the trail to experience a sense of movement and play along the public right-of-way."

FlipBooks was funded with Seattle Department of Transportation's 1% for Art funds.

Michael Killoren elected president of national arts federation
Michael Killoren

Michael Killoren, director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, was recently elected president of the United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF). The USUAF is an alliance of the chief executives of arts agencies in the nation's 60 largest cities. The group explores issues relevant to city agencies and meets twice annually to discuss the social, educational and economic impact of the arts in their regions. Americans for the Arts' research and information staff conducts an annual USUAF survey on budgets, budget histories and arts-related programming and publishes a report on these findings.

For more information on USUAF, visit Americans for the Arts' Web site.

Kosher Red Hots will perform Thursday, April 17 at City Hall.
Eclectic performances this spring at City Hall
Celebrate spring with an eclectic lineup of free noontime performances at City Hall, featuring flamenco, klezmer, classical strings and spirituals. On April 3, Marcos, Rubina and David Carmona of Carmona Flamenco join Savannah Fuentes for a performance of flamenco music and dance. The Kosher Red Hots open the rich treasury of Jewish music on April 17 with whirlwind klezmer dance music, swing and Spanish-flavored love songs. On April 24 bassist Geoff Harper and drummer Eric Eagle join maverick composer and pianist Wayne Horvitz, whose music has been described as a "...sonic experiment gone horribly right" by Guitar Player magazine.

The Young Eight, America's only string octet, returns to City Hall on May 1 with an inventive program of classical and contemporary works. On May 15 Ensemble Sub Masa takes a musical trek to Budapest cafés, Transylvanian villages and back-street Bucharest clubs with dance tunes and tangos. The award-winning singer-songwriter Ryan Shea Smith brings his trio to City Hall on June 5 for an acoustic set of his signature melodies on keyboard and guitar. Concluding the spring shows on June 19, Brownbox Theatre and the Mahogany Project share spirituals and theatrical performance to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States and tell the story of Juneteenth.

The Office presents the lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series year-round. All concerts are held from noon to 1 p.m. in the City Hall Lobby, 600 Fourth Ave. Visit our Web site for more information.

Magnuson Park proposal to expand arts and recreation
Civic Light Opera proposes to renovate an auditorium at Magnuson Park's Building 47.
Mayor Greg Nickels last week sent to City Council legislation that will renovate three deteriorating, former military buildings at Warren G. Magnuson Park into spaces for arts and recreation.

The proposals will tap up to $16.8 million in private investments, to renovate theater space for Civic Light Opera, create a new home for the Cascade Bicycle Club and save a popular sailing program, among other benefits.

"We've long faced the challenge of just how do we reuse these rundown buildings in a way that contributes to the life of the park," Nickels said. "These partnerships bring us a big step closer to completing this spectacular waterfront park without taking resources away from other projects around the city."

Civic Light Opera proposes a $5 million project to revamp the auditorium in the Magnuson Community Center. Civic Light Opera and other theater organizations currently use the space, but the facility needs substantial upgrades. In exchange for a long-term lease, the opera would raise funds and improve the theater in phases. Other theater groups could use the space, which would continue to serve youth theater programs operated by the community center. The City Council is reviewing the proposals.

City Hall photography exhibition features unique views of cityscape
Christiana Tortuga's New Frames Old, 2005, shows the First United Methodist Church wrapped in the silhouette of the Seattle Central Library.
The Office presents Seattle artist Christiana Tortuga's photographs in Seattle Above: A Picture Taker's Eye on Her City, through April 15 at two City Hall galleries: the lobby gallery on the first floor and Anne Focke Gallery on the L2 level.

Seattle Above features more than 30 prints that incorporate both film and digital photographic methods. Inspired by the views of the cityscape through the frame of a bus window, Tortuga photographs buildings from a variety of vantage points: parking garages, high rises and the streets below. Her dramatic "upshot" building portraits contrast the new and old in the city landscape.

Tortuga is an emerging artist who has shown her work at several exhibitions in Seattleand two gallery group shows in California.

View the 2008 gallery lineup on our Web site. City Hall is located at 600 Fourth Ave. and is open to the public 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Seattle Presents concerts available via stream or podcast

City Hall became a concert hall thanks to the Seattle Presents concert series. Now anytime becomes showtime, with audio from select Seattle Presents performances available on-demand via stream or podcast. Visit our Web site to hear Episode 1 with Japanese koto and shakuhachi group Duo En and Episode 2 featuring Seattle Symphony harpist Valerie Muzzolini and flutist Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby.

Seattle Presents is a free lunchtime concert series presented year-round by the Office at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. See our Web site for the full spring concert schedule.

The cover of the March/April issue of City Arts Tacoma features photographer Walter Gaya's self-portrait of a soldier and artist.
New Seattle arts publication seeks content
Want to tell your story? City Arts Seattle magazine, covering art, culture and creativity in Seattle, is seeking content, contributors and collaborators. Encore Media Group will launch the publication in July 2008.

The pages of City Arts will provide a window into the exciting worlds of the city's most creative elements, from high culture to popular art forms to what is happening on the streets. Monthly editorial coverage will aim to strengthen the local arts community by making connections between artists, arts organizations and their audiences, and the businesses and agencies that provide support.

City Arts began in Tacoma in 2006 as a bi-monthly magazine, and will increase to monthly release this July due to enthusiastic support from both readers and advertisers. For more information, visit the City Arts Web site or email Terry Coe, publisher.

Jose Carrion and Todo Folklore Cubano perform at the 2008 Ethnic Arts Connection. Photo by Jennifer Stanton.
2008 Ethnic Arts Connection a success
More than 300 ethnic artists and arts presenters gathered at Intiman Theatre for a day of colorful performances and networking at the Ethnic Arts Connection, March 10. A total of 26 artist groups performed for more than 75 people who book performing arts events. Attendance increased 50 percent from the first Ethnic Arts Connection in December 2006.

Performances by diverse groups included West African harp, East Indian classical dance, Spanish flamenco, Senegalese hip-hop, Irish dance, Latin jazz, Cuban folkloric dance, Japanese kabuki theater, reggae, zydeco music and more.

"It was one of the best days I have experienced as an artist!" said jazz vocalist Mercedes Nicole. "The workshops gave me nuts-and-bolts information about how to work with presenters and how to take my career to the next level."

Hosting performances, workshops and one-on-one consultations, the free mini-booking conference aims to increase opportunities for ethnic performing artists and broaden the diversity of arts programming statewide.

The Ethnic Arts Connection is a collaborative project of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Center, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, Ethnic Heritage Council, Festál, Northwest Folklife and Arts Northwest.

Mayor wants young adults for city boards and commissions

Mayor Greg Nickels is looking for young adults aged 18 to 29 interested in making a difference through public service. As part of the Get Engaged program, Nickels will appoint young adults to one-year terms on 13 of the city's boards and commissions this fall.

Get Engaged is an innovative program that is a partnership between the city of Seattle and the Metrocenter YMCA. The program aims to give young adults a voice in city government and foster long-term citizen participation in government. Participants serve on boards and commissions that advise city government, including the Seattle Arts Commission, Human Rights Commission, Historic Preservation Board, and Seattle Planning Commission.

If you are an adult aged 18 to 29, reside in Seattle and are interested in applying to the Get Engaged program, please visit or contact Mona Grife, Civic Engagement Programs Director, (206) 382-5005. Application deadline is April 28.

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City of Seattle
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