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In this Issue — April 2009
Image: Etsuko Ichikawa, Trace 349-389, 2009, glass pyrograph on paper, 11" X 38.5".
The Office's director Michael Killoren, Mayor Greg Nickels and Peter Donnelly at the 2005 Mayor's Arts Awards. Photo © 2005 Chris Bennion.
Message from the Director
Seattle grieves the loss of Peter Donnelly, a powerful leader and arts broker whose work traversed many cultural, business and political lines. Peter had a talent for dispensing pearls of wisdom born out of decades of experience. I am fortunate to have benefited from his knowledge, connections and generosity of spirit. Peter cared deeply about the arts in this community, and his legacy continues through the good work of the people and institutions he nurtured. Peter received a 2005 Mayor's Arts Award. Watch the Seattle Channel profile here. Read The Seattle Times obituary.

In these troubling economic times, we must follow Peter's lead and continue to champion the arts as a catalyst to create a better environment in which our communities can thrive.

We were a partner in the release of a report in early March, which found regional arts organizations are feeling the recession's pinch. They are dealing with dwindling endowments and a drop off in contributions. About half of the 28 organizations surveyed reported staff cuts. Read The Seattle Times article or download the full report. We plan to do our part to help.

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will administer $50 million in funding to support jobs in the nonprofit cultural sector. The Office is applying for $250,000 to re-grant to eligible organizations we currently fund through our Civic Partners program. We expect notification from the NEA by July 1. To date, Seattle has received millions in federal stimulus funding to support a variety of projects, including the environment, social services and transportation. Visit, a new Web site to track the city's progress.

At a recent City Club event, journalist Knute Berger remarked that Seattle has experienced boom and bust times, and that it's during the bust cycle that Seattle finds its soul. If he's right—and I think he is—Seattleites are searching for authentic experiences, and finding arts and culture as a tonic for tough times.

In these unsettling times, I encourage you to lend your support, as a patron or volunteer. Working together with United Way of King County, Mayor Greg Nickels invites you to explore new volunteer opportunities. Click here to discover ways you can lend a helping hand.

Michael Killoren

Noted author, former NEA chair to speak at national arts convention in Seattle
Noted author and scientist Dr. Peter M. Senge will present the keynote address at the Americans for the Arts annual convention in Seattle, June 18-20. Senge will discuss how today's challenging times require innovative leadership strategies that guide the sustainability of organizations, communities and the world.

Senge is senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning. He authored the popular management book The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization and last year's The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World.

The convention—themed Renewable Resources: The Arts in Sustainable Communities—addresses arts education, economic development, advocacy, public art and more. Featured speakers include Bill Ivey, former chair of the National Endowment for the Arts and a member of the Obama transition team, and Terre Jones, president and CEO of The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.

View the conference schedule here. Register by April 13 and save $50 off the regular rate. If you hurry, you can apply for registration assistance through the Washington State Arts Commission. The application deadline is April 1 (postmark deadline). For guidelines and forms, visit WASAC's Web site.

The Office is leading local planning efforts in partnership with Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and Washington State Arts Alliance.
Jenny Heishman, Water Mover, 2008, permanently sited at A.B. Ernst Park.
Save the date for 2009 public art workshops
Artists, mark your calendars! Learn new approaches to compete for and create successful public art projects in our 2009 public art workshop series. Here are the details to date.
  • Public Art in Two Dimensions, 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, May 18. Artists will share their experiences translating two-dimensional work into art for public spaces.

  • Public Art One-on-One, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19. Experienced public artists and arts professionals will be available for one-on-one consultations on a range of public art topics.

  • Chasing the Big Idea, 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10. Artists will share strategies for developing innovative design concepts in this hands-on workshop.
The workshops are free and will be held at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. Advance registration is required. To register, contact Elly Beerman, (206) 233-3930. Look for more information about guest speakers and workshop details in upcoming issues of our eNews or on our
Web site.
Artist selected for South Park drainage art project
Horatio Hung-Yan Law, Gilded Bowls Column, 2008, ceramic bowls, aluminum frame. Commissioned by Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Seattle. Photo by the artist.
Portland artist Horatio Hung-Yan Law will develop site-specific artwork for one or more Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) properties in the South Park neighborhood. Potential artwork locations include the new South Park pump station, scheduled for completion in 2010, and Marra-Desimone Park. The artwork will be completed in 2011.

Law's artwork includes mixed-media installations, public art projects and community residencies. He uses common cultural artifacts to explore issues of identity, memory and cross-cultural struggle in the evolving global community. His public art projects include work for the New Columbia housing development and the Old Town/Chinatown Light Rail Station in Portland, Ore.

A panel of artists and arts professionals, community representatives and city employees selected Law. SPU's Drainage and Wastewater division is responsible for the collection and distribution of storm and wastewater to control flooding and to keep our local waters clean.
Artist selected for Madison Valley Stormwater Improvement Project
Adam Kuby, Eventually #2, 2008, at Lynn Canyon, Vancouver, B.C. Photo by the artist.
Portland artist Adam Kuby will develop artwork for two sites associated with Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) Madison Valley Stormwater Improvement Project. Kuby will work with SPU, community members and design consultants to include artworks at stormwater detention facilities. The facilities hold water above and below ground during extreme storm events.

Kuby has created permanently sited artworks in the Northwest and Canada and has exhibited his artworks throughout the country. Kuby's works "are collaborations with the built and natural worlds" that explore the interactions between infrastructure and natural habitats.

A panel of artists and design professionals, community representatives and SPU employees, selected Kuby. SPU's Drainage and Wastewater division is responsible for the collection and distribution of storm and wastewater to control flooding and to keep our local waters clean.
Seattle City Light purchases artworks from emerging artists
Hugo Ludeña, Danza Azteca, 2008, Seattle City Light Portable Works Collection.
Seattle City Light recently purchased 87 artworks from 56 emerging Northwest artists for City Light's Portable Works Collection.

The selection panel, comprised of curators, an artist and City Light staff, reviewed images submitted by 191 Northwest artists.   

The selected artists are: Abra Ancliffe, Stephanie Ashby, Sonny Assu, Nola Avienne, Justin Beckman, Wanda Benvenutti, Leo Berk, Evan Blackwell, Gabriel Brown, Christopher Buening, Buddy Bunting, Dawn Cerny, Diem Chau, James Cicatko, Cat Clifford, Claire Cowie, Tim Cross, Jesse Durost, Chris Engman, Tia Factor, Carl Faulkner, RoseAnne Featherston, Derek Franklin, Julia Freeman, Geoff Garza, Justin Gibbons, Kevin Haas, Kristina Hagman, Stan Hammer, Sean Healy, Fred Herzog, Midori Hirose, Ben Hirschkoff, Christopher Hoff, Jenny Hyde, Etsuko Ichikawa, Margot Knight, Stott Kolby, Counsel Langley, Fulgencio Lazo, Julie Lindell, Hugo Ludena, Anne Mathern, Jennifer McNeely, Steven Miller, Fred Muram, Melody Owen, Chauney Peck, Jamie Potter, Adam Satushek, Samantha Scherer, Matt Sellers, Lanning Shields, Adam Sorenson, Kinu Watanabe and Claude Zervas.

The artworks will be on view in two separate exhibitions at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery in mid- and late 2009. Portable works are exhibited throughout the utility's offices, engaging both employees and the public by helping to create an interesting and diverse work environment. City Light 1% for Art funds supported the purchase.
Iranian music, film about rock camp for girls at City Hall this spring
At City Hall on April 16, SIFF will dim the lights for Girls Rock! a documentary film by Arne Johnson about rock 'n' roll camp. Photo by Nicole Weingart.
Get out of the office this spring and enjoy free lunchtime performances at City Hall. The Seattle Presents spring concert series features ancient Iranian and Persian music, an adventurous composers' orchestra, romantic classical music, improvisational guitar and a film about a rock 'n' roll camp for girls.

All concerts are from noon to 1 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For the complete spring lineup, visit the Web site.

Seattle Presents features regional artists and is presented year-round by the Office.
City Hall exhibition spotlights daily life of Native American youth
Jessica Peele (Haida/Puyallup tribes), age 20, Consumed, 2008, digital photograph.
A dozen Seattle-area Native American youth offer a glimpse into their daily lives in Native Realities: Expressing Ourselves, Preserving Traditions, a photography exhibition at City Hall through May 1.

The photographers, ages 13 to 20, represent 13 indigenous tribes from Alaska to Central America. United Indians of All Tribes invited the young photographers to capture on film one week in their lives. The exhibition features images as diverse as the students who snapped them, and portray anything but stereotypical images of beads and feathers. A bass guitar and basketball feature prominently in two photographs, as do friends and families in others.

The exhibition spans the City Hall Lobby Gallery on the first floor and the Anne Focke Gallery located on the L2 level of City Hall.

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; monthly visual art exhibitions at City Hall; 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. Application deadline is April 13. Visit our Web site to learn more and apply.
Welcome spring with colorful festivals at Seattle Center
Dancer at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival at Seattle Center. Photo by Staci Johnson.
Spring over to Seattle Center in April for Whirligig, a lively kid-focused festival, or celebrate the season at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival.

Whirligig, a wacky world of child-sized action, takes place at the Center daily through April 12. The event transforms Center House into a veritable "house of bounce" with an assortment of super-sized inflatable rides, roaming clowns and face painters. Free entertainment choices abound, including Radio Disney and student showcase performances. Whirligig is suitable for children 12 and under and charges a nominal single-ticket and day-use fee. Kids ride free in Center House on Thursdays.

Explore Seattle's deep connections with Japan at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, April 17 to 19. From the booms of taiko drums to the silence of ikebana flowers, the event is a feast for the senses. Japanese food, tea ceremony demonstrations and artwork will offer modern and ancient views of Japanese culture. The event commemorates Japan's gift of 1,000 blossoming cherry trees to Seattle in 1976. The trees were planted along Lake Washington Boulevard, in Seward Park and other places around the city.
Still time to submit a nomination for the Mayor's Arts Awards

Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle's communities through the arts? Don't delay. Nominate them for a 2009 Mayor's Arts Award. The Seattle Arts Commission will review nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor. The mayor will present the awards at the seventh annual 2009 Mayor's Arts Awards on the eve of the Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot festival at Seattle Center, noon, Friday, Sept. 4. He will also open the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits, which will be free and open to the public that day.

The nomination deadline is Wednesday, April 8. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. or postmarked by the deadline. The nomination form is available here. If you are unable to download the form, contact Tamara Childress, (206) 733-9591.

The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts magazine with support from Seattle Channel.
Mayor seeks 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. Application deadline is April 19.

Get Engaged is a partnership between the city of Seattle and the Metrocenter YMCA. The innovative 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, visit or contact Alexandra Davis, Metrocenter YMCA, (206) 382-5005.
Participants at the Reel Grrls VJ Workshop document their fellow students. Reel Grrls was a 2008 Youth Arts partner. Photo by Andrea Horns.
Youth Arts funding deadline, April 14
The Office is accepting applications for the Youth Arts program, an annual funding opportunity that supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth outside of school hours. The program provides funding in all artistic disciplines. Funding awards range from $1,500 to $10,000. Projects must take place between September 2009 and September 2010. Application deadline is Tuesday, April 14.

Individual artists, arts/cultural organizations or groups and youth-service agencies with nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship are eligible to apply. Priority is placed on serving youth or communities with limited access to arts and culture. The application and guidelines are available on our Web site.

Artist sought to design on-street bike parking
The Office in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks an artist or artist team to design on-street bicycle parking. Artist-designed bicycle parking is a product of the SDOT Art Plan. The application deadline is Monday, April 13. A link to the online application is available here.

The selected artist will work with SDOT staff to design, fabricate and install bicycle parking at two to four on-street locations. The call is open to established professional artists living in Washington. The project budget is $30,000 for design, fabrication and installation.

The new program addresses the expanding need for bicycle parking and is part of the city's Bicycle Master Plan, which aims to triple the number of people bicycling in Seattle over 10 years.
1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition grounds at the University of Washington campus. Photo by Frank G. Nowell, UW Special Collections, Ph Coll 727.57.
Moving the mountain for the 1909 A-Y-P
If you thought you could trust a historic photograph from 1909, think again. In this image of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition grounds, Mount Rainier is far too close to the University of Washington campus. Photographer Frank Nowell brought the mountain—the symbol of Washington state's natural beauty and bounteous natural resources—about 60 miles closer to the site than it really is.

To learn more about the story and how photographer Nowell moved the mountain, go here.

This year's centennial celebration of the 1909 A-Y-P is a project of the Office in collaboration with dozens of individuals and organizations throughout the region. To learn more about the 1909 A-Y-P or A-Y-P centennial events, visit the A-Y-P Web site.
Art Zone is action packed in April
Tune in to Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on Seattle Channel 21 every Thursday at 8 p.m. during an action-packed April. Here's what's coming up.

On April 2, Kathy Hsieh drops by the studio to talk all things theater. Local band Scarlet Room brings its rockin' cabaret sound to the studio. Tour local indie radio station KEXP, and remember beloved local artist, Lynne Saad. On April 9 Art Zone will profile Daemond Arrindell, curator of the Seattle Poetry Slam. Journalist Phyllis Fletcher and Lyall Bush, executive director of Northwest Film Forum, talk literature. And a cappella trio Fasten with Pins bring their harmonic sound to the studio.

On April 16, preview Arts West's new production of Gutenberg! The Musical! Watch a profile of Whiting Tennis and Alex Kajamulo perform Tanzanian music. On April 23, KUOW's Marcie Sillman interviews dance company Manifold Motion about their new performance. KEXP's Sharlese Metcalf will provide an update on the local music scene. And get a sneak peek of this year's Seattle International Children's Festival, now called Giant Magnet.

To finish the month on April 30, five local performers will each have three minutes to do what they do.
Seattle conference to link technology and classical performance

Bach to Byte, a one-day conference linking technology and classical performance will examine how technological advances are redefining the music industry. The conference, presented by the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra, will take place 9 a.m. to
3 p.m., Thursday, May 7, at Benaroya Hall.

The roster of speakers is a who's who of leaders in the technology and classical performance industries. Panelists include Pamela Rosenberg, managing director of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gerard Schwarz, music director of Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Peter Wilson, director of engineering for Google, Julie Borchard Young, director of the Metropolitan Opera's HD broadcast programs, and Christina Calio, director of the Music and Entertainment Services Division at Microsoft.

Seats are limited. Tickets for a half-day are $55 and $95 for the full day. For information or to register, click here, call (425) 455-4171, or e-mail The Office is a sponsor of the Bach to Byte event.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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