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In this Issue — April 2010
  Message from the director: Youth, arts education and the Cultural Congress
  New sound sculpture at Lake Union Park
  Michael Seiwerath joins arts commission
  Deadline approaching for Mayor's Arts Award nominations
  Mid-career artists work at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
  Creation Project and Bernstein fest at City Hall in April
  Seeking events and marketing intern
  CityClub to address creative use of space, April 19
  Alt-country, comedy and dance on Art Zone in April
  Seattle Center abloom with Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Fest
  Get in on Census action

Calls for Artists

The CREATION Project, free concert
Seattle Arts Commission Meeting
Municipal Tower Gallery artist reception
Tingstad & Rumbel, free concert
Seattle Celebrates Bernstein, free concert

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Incubator for Artists: Revitalizing the Seattle Arts Community
March 2 - April 13

American/Asian: A Tale of New Cultures
April 15 - June 14, 2010
Seattle Municipal Tower:

Northwest Mid-Career Artists: Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works
April 6 - July 2
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Image: Jaq Chartier, Color Chart (August) (detail), 2009, acrylic, stains, paint on wood panel, 24" x 30". Photo by Jaq Chartier.
Message from the director: Youth, arts education and the Cultural Congress

Mayor Mike McGinn recently convened five community workshops to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing youth and families in Seattle. More than 1,500 people from incredibly diverse sectors of our city attended these meetings to discuss priorities and launch the first phase of the Youth and Families Initiative, one of the top priorities of the mayor's administration.

The initiative will help shape the mayor's agenda on issues affecting youth and families from a child's birth to their successful career track, with the goal of eliminating racial disparities in education, child care, children's health and the criminal justice system. This ambitious work will involve a wide range of city departments and services, Seattle Public Schools, nonprofit and community organizations, the business community, the philanthropic sector, and many others - including arts and culture.

There's still time to get involved. You can post your comments online here or here. You can also encourage the young people and students you know to sign up to attend the Mayor's Youth Summit at City Hall, 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 8. More than 300 youth have already signed up!

Smaller community caucuses will continue through April. The caucuses will culminate in a Kids' and Family Congress on Saturday, June 5. In the fall, planning groups will build on the work accomplished at the congress, mapping out detailed action plans and identifying the resources and partnerships to implement the initiative.

For our part, the Office and the Seattle Arts Commission continue to work in partnership with Seattle Public Schools to ensure every student in the school district has access to a quality arts education. We're pleased to report incremental progress in building capacity with district leadership, which includes hiring the first district-wide music coach in 25 years; improving coordination of the approximate $10 million annual investment by Seattle arts organizations in Seattle Public Schools; and supporting additional training for arts teachers and principals.

Finally, as one of the proud sponsors of the 2010 Cultural Congress, we encourage you to attend this annual statewide convening of arts and cultural leaders, April 26 through 28 at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson along the scenic Columbia River. Take Charge of Change is the conference theme this year, featuring several inspiring keynote speakers and peer workshops designed to help you navigate the challenges and opportunities of the current environment.


Michael Killoren
Peter Richards and Sue Richards, Blanche, 2010, permanently sited at Lake Union Park. Photo by Patricia Hopper.
New sound sculpture at Lake Union Park
Visit Lake Union Park and see the new artwork Blanche, a floating sound sculpture by San Francisco artists Peter Richards and Sue Richards. The artwork is located near the South Lake Union Historic Ships Wharf.

Peter and Sue were inspired by Seattle's boating history and our city's relationship to the Puget Sound and surrounding waterways. They created Blanche to bring Seattleites close to the water and evoke the feeling of being in a boat. The sound sculpture sits on a floating platform and creates music generated by the lake's waves. The lake's sounds travel up through a series of pipes into a sound chamber constructed from an upturned Blanchard Junior Knockabout boat (a type of sailboat). The Blanchard Boat Company operated on the shore of Lake Union from 1900 to 1963. The Center for Wooden Boats donated the boat and worked with the artists to restore it.

The artwork will be dedicated in September when phase two of the Lake Union Park project is complete. The project was commissioned with Seattle Parks and Recreation 2000 Pro Parks Levy 1% for Art funds.

Read about the artwork in the Seattle P.I. and the Seattle Times.
Michael Seiwerath. Photo by Chase Jarvis.
Michael Seiwerath joins arts commission
The Seattle City Council recently appointed Michael Seiwerath to a two-year term on the citizen-advisory Seattle Arts Commission. Seiwerath helped build Seattle's filmmaking community at Northwest Film Forum before launching a career in housing and community development at Capitol Hill Housing.

Seiwerath is the founding executive director of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, a new nonprofit that supports the work of Capitol Hill Housing. He oversees fundraising and outreach and is involved with community efforts to preserve and expand affordable arts space in Seattle.

"Michael provides a valuable asset to the arts commission," said Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata, chair of the Housing, Human Services, Health & Culture Committee. "His leadership in nonprofit arts and in housing will greatly advance the commission's work toward preserving and creating affordable space for arts and culture throughout Seattle."

Before joining Capitol Hill Housing in 2008, Seiwerath spent a dozen years at Northwest Film Forum raising the organization to a position of national prominence through expanded screenings, film productions and a capital campaign to open a new permanent home for the film arts organization in Capitol Hill.

Seiwerath served on the City Council's Cultural Overlay District Advisory Council. He is a member of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Arts and Culture Committee, the Capital Campaign Cabinet of Velocity Dance Center and the Cal Anderson Park Alliance Advisory Board. He received the 2005 Stranger Genius Award for Film and the 2008 Seattle Mayor's Award for Excellence in Filmmaking.

Seiwerath is filling Maureen Wilhelm's expired term on the commission. Wilhelm, a scenic artist and president of IATSE Local 488, served six years on the commission.
Deadline approaching for Mayor's Arts Award nominations

Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle through arts and culture? Don't delay. Nominate them for a 2010 Mayor's Arts Award. Nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 7.

The Seattle Arts Commission will review public nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor for final selection. The awards, which are non-monetary, are presented each year. Mayor Mike McGinn will honor the recipients at a public ceremony noon, Friday, Sept. 3, at Seattle Center on the eve of the Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot festival. He will also open the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits, which will be free and open to the public that day.

This is the eighth year of the awards, which are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts magazine. View past recipients here.
Mid-career artists work at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
Marie Watt, Signature #1, 2009, reclaimed wool, satin bindings, thread, 26" x 29". Photo courtesy of the artist.
Visit the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery and see paintings, photographs, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics, baskets and mixed media artworks by 20 mid-career Northwest artists. The exhibition includes 21 artworks and will be on display April 6 through July 2.The artworks were recently purchased for Seattle Public Utilities' Portable Works Collection. Meet the artists at a reception, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery.

Featured artists are Rick Araluce, Ross Beecher, Mark Calderon, Jaq Chartier, Scott Fife, Joanne Hammer, Michael Hensley, Jesse Higman, Ken Kelly, Sherry Markovitz, Dorothy McGuinness, Roy McMakin, Peter Millett, Saya Moriyasu, Joseph Park, Elise Richman, Eva Sköld Westerlind, Marie Watt, Ed Wicklander and John Wimberley.

Seattle Public Utilities' Portable Works Collection is exhibited throughout SPU's offices, engaging both employees and the public and creating an interesting and diverse work environment. The purchase was made possible with city 1% for Art funds.
Creation Project and Bernstein fest at City Hall in April

On April 29, cast members from the theatre's On The Town and Candide join with members of Seattle Jewish Chorale and Seattle Women's Chorus to celebrate Leonard Bernstein at City Hall.
From American home-style music to a slice of the Seattle Celebrates Bernstein festival, free concerts will warm up City Hall this month. The lunchtime concerts are from noon to 1 p.m.

On Thursday, April 1 Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas presents The CREATION Project with writer/performer Amontaine Aurore, performance artist Okanomodé (a.k.a. SoulChilde), singer/multimedia artist Cristina Orbé and poet/vocalist Storme Webber. The CREATION Project is a yearlong professional development program that supports the creation of new work by Seattle's African-American performing artists in the formative stages of their careers.

On Thursday, April 15 savor the sound of American home-style music seasoned with fingerstyle guitar, double reeds and ocarina (ancient flute). Grammy Award winners Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel celebrate 25 years of music making with a trio performance featuring bassist Garey Shelton.

On Thursday, April 29 get a sneak peek of the Seattle Celebrates Bernstein festival as the casts of The 5th Avenue Theatre's On The Town and Candide join with members of Seattle Jewish Chorale and Seattle Women's Chorus to honor the genius of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein. Seattle Celebrates Bernstein is a citywide arts festival celebrating the life and music of Leonard Bernstein. Through June 19, leading Seattle arts organizations will present theatrical performances, lectures, film screenings and special events.

Check out the full Seattle Presents spring concert lineup here.

Seeking events and marketing intern
We're looking for an events and marketing intern to provide support for various programs during the summer. Projects will include assisting with Seattle Presents, the lunchtime concert series at City Hall; the Mayor's Arts Awards; monthly visual art exhibitions at City Hall; and other office events and projects. The internship is paid. Applicants must be undergraduate college students and have strong written and verbal communications skills. Experience in marketing and/or performing arts event management is a plus. Application deadline is Monday, April 19. Visit our website to learn more and apply.
CityClub to address creative use of space, April 19
Ben Hirschkoff, "Accumulus" was featured in MadArt's exhibition in windows of Madison Park neighborhood businesses. Photo by Wanda Holt.
We're pleased to serve as a co-presenter of CityClub's next Arts & Culture Series panel discussion, From Vacancy to Vibrancy—The Creative Use of Space, noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 19 at Rainier Square Atrium. Registration and networking begins at 11:30 a.m.

The pre-recession construction boom resulted in an overabundance of space. How are the development and business sectors coming together with individual artists and arts organizations to get creative? What can the cultural sector do to benefit the long-term economic picture of our community? Is there a way to bring space to artists and new life and capital to existing space?

Moderator Marcie Sillman, of KUOW 94.9 FM, will lead a panel discussion comprised of Kate Joncas, president of the Downtown Seattle Association; Jim Kelly, executive director of 4Culture; Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata; and Kerry L. Nicholson, senior managing director of Legacy Partners Residential, Inc.

To register click here.
Alt-country, comedy and dance on Art Zone in April

A punk musician turned alt-country crooner. Music inspired by 1920's Weimer Berlin. Contemporary dance and comedy. Watch it all this month on Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. You can catch the show on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on KCTS Channel 9 at 7 p.m., Wednesdays. Or catch episodes on the web. Here are a few of this month's highlights.

On April 2, see artwork by visual artist Kelly Neidig. Watch a profile on filmmaker Zia Mohajerjasbi. And hear some tunes from alt-country musician Rocky Votolato.

On April 9, watch original dance from Amelia Reeber. Preview the band Awesome's theatrical/musical performance The West. And Art Zone host Nancy Guppy tours the Frye Art Museum and cafe on her lunch hour.

On April 16, listen to the 1920's German-inspired music of The Love Markets. Watch a profile on pianist Tiffany Lin and an interview with actress Amy Thone. And comedian Lauren Weedman visits the studio.
Seattle Center abloom with Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Fest
Performer at the 2009 Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival. Photo by Staci Johnson.
Stop and smell the cherry blossoms and explore Japanese traditions at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival at Seattle Center House and Fisher Pavilion, April 16 to 18. Taiko drums, food, tea ceremony demonstrations and artwork will present both a modern and ancient view of Japanese culture. The event is presented by the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee.

The festival is part of Festál, a yearlong series of free events that honor cultural richness and diversity, presented by Seattle Center in partnership with community organizations.

Get in on Census action
April 1 is Census Day. If you haven't already, stand up and be counted. In mid-March the Census questionnaire was delivered to every household. The 2010 Census asks 10 questions and takes only 10 minutes to fill out. Your participation is essential to ensuring a brighter tomorrow for our community.

Census data directly affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal funding is distributed to states and local communities. At stake is an estimated $14,400 per person that will come back to our community over the next decade to help fund many local programs and services, including those that support the arts and education. Census data are also used to determine how we are represented at all levels of government. Equally important, census data provides a picture of who we are as a nation and community. Responses are required by law and are strictly confidential. For more information about the Census, visit the city of Seattle's Complete Count Committee website.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
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