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In this Issue — April 2011
 Nominations open for Mayor's Arts Awards
 Funding available for Seattle arts organizations
 Proposals sought for temporary projects at Occidental Square
 Seattle seeks artist to develop artwork for King Street Station
 Jennifer Dixon to create artwork for Interurban Trail
 Opening for new Storefronts installations, April 7
 Exhibition Animalia on view at Seattle Municipal Tower
 Seattle Parks seeks providers for summer art program
 Honor Japanese culture at Seattle Center
 Poetry, art and rock 'n' roll on Art Zone



Call: Artist to develop artwork for King Street Station
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Seattle Arts Commission meeting

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Sev Shoon: 20 Years of Printing
Through April 18
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Animalia
Through July 5
 
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Image: John Ackermann in AWESOME's Savory Onyx Machine performed in a Storefornts Seattle space during a special Arts Crush event presented by Theatre Puget Sound. Photo by Mike Hipple.
 

 
Nominations open for Mayor's Arts Awards
 
Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle through arts and culture? Nominate them for a 2011 Mayor's Arts Award.

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Thursday, May 5. 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 annually.

"Forty years ago during another difficult economy, city leaders founded the Seattle Arts Commission because they believed support for the arts would enrich urban life. They were right. The arts have helped make Seattle the rich cultural city it is today," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "I look forward to honoring the inspiring accomplishments of artists and cultural organizations that have been shaping our city for many years."

As the goal of the awards is to reflect the diversity of artistic achievement throughout the city, there are no preset award categories. However, it's the 40th anniversary of the arts commission and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and nominators are encouraged to mark the milestone by putting forward people or organizations that have made a significant impact in the arts in Seattle during the last four decades.

McGinn will honor recipients of the 2011 Mayor's Arts Awards at a public ceremony, 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, at Seattle Center. He will also open the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits, which will be free and open to the public that day. The awards, in their ninth year, are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts magazine.
Funding available for Seattle arts organizations
 
 
Malgorzata Walewska as Azucena with chorus and supernumeraries in Seattle Opera's production of Verdi's Il Trovatore. Photo by Rozarii Lynch.
 
Mark your calendars. On Monday, April 4, we'll open applications for the city's Civic Partners funding program for 2012-2013. Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations and arts-service organizations of all sizes and disciplines with a not-for-profit business structure (does not have to have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status) and a minimum three-year history of continuous programming serving Seattle residents and visitors are eligible to apply. Application deadline is Wednesday, June 8.

The two-year funding program promotes a healthy and diverse arts and cultural community and supports organizations' core program goals. Funding awards underwrite public access to a rich variety of arts and cultural opportunities and help recipients attract other supporters.

Click here to preview the guidelines. The application will open April 4, but you can create your profile now.

Organizations interested in applying may attend an information session, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12 at the Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch. Free hands-on computer labs to help familiarize applicants with the online grant application will be held 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, May 2, at the Seattle Municipal Tower. We especially encourage first-time applicants to attend the information session and a computer lab. Please register in advance for the computer lab. No advance registration is needed for the information session.
Proposals sought for temporary projects at Occidental Square
 
 
Celeste Cooning, Celebration and Fanfare, 2010, Tyvek paper cut-outs. Temporary art installation at Occidental Square in Pioneer Square. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
The city is seeking artists to bring temporary site-specific art and performances to Occidental Square this summer. Called ARTSparks, the program transforms the Pioneer Square neighborhood park into a showcase for the creative imagination.

All arts disciplines are welcome, and artists and organizations are encouraged to submit up to three original proposals for installation or performance. Artists are invited to produce temporary sculpture, environmental installations, media art, street theater, dance or music, making the park a lively, welcoming and unexpected venue for art from June through October.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience in producing public arts events or installations. Application deadline is Friday, May 6. Download the guidelines here.

ARTSparks is a partnership between the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture's site-specific program and Seattle Parks and Recreation.
Seattle seeks artist to develop artwork for King Street Station
 
 
King Street Station. Photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection.
 
We're seeking an artist or artist team to create a temporary, site-specific public art project for the new Jackson Street Plaza at King Street Station. The station is located in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. The temporary artwork will enliven the space and offer passersby a new and energized view of the historic train station. Possible approaches may include projections or light, participatory or interactive artworks, and/or a temporary installation in the plaza. The artist will develop the artwork in summer and fall 2011, and the temporary project will take place in 2012.

The call is open to artists living in Washington; Oregon; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; or British Columbia, Canada. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, April 27. The budget for the project is $35,000, all-inclusive.

Click here to read the full call for artists and to apply. The project is in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Jennifer Dixon to create artwork for Interurban Trail
 
 
Jennifer Dixon, Flip Books (detail), 2008, digital print on aluminum, located on the Interurban Trail. Photo by Jim Tillman.
 
Artist Jennifer Dixon will create a public artwork for a fence that is part of the Linden Avenue North corridor along Seattle's Interurban Trail. The trail is located between North 110th and North 128th streets.

Dixon recently completed FlipBooks, a series of five "flip books" that animate through a progression of colorful photographic/digital images and celebrate the journey along the Interurban Trail. Dixon will use her experience with the site to create the artwork for Linden Avenue. Her new artwork may take cues from FlipBooks.

The project is part of Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) Linden Avenue North Complete Streets Project that will complete a missing link on the trail. The major road revision will include new sidewalks, curbs, roadway alignment and a cycle track.

The art project is funded with SDOT 1% for Art funds administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Opening for new Storefronts installations, April 7
 
 
Storefronts artist John Fleming prepares his installation in a vacant storefront. Photo courtesy of Storefronts Seattle.
 
Nine artists will develop temporary, site-specific installations for vacant storefronts in Seattle's Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District neighborhoods for the ongoing project Storefronts Seattle. This round will be on display through June.

The opening, with artists present, will take place at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at xom fine woodworking gallery. Vincent Kitch, new director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, will give remarks.

The featured artists are: Romson Bustillo, John Fleming, Elizabeth Gahan, Cassie Hibbert, Ben Hirschkoff, The New Mystics, Alyson Piskorowski, The Poster Museum and Kristin Tollefson.

Storefronts Seattle debuted in September 2010 as a pilot program to make vacant storefront space available for creative uses in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District. Partner organizations for Storefronts Seattle are the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Shunpike, 4Culture, Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation and Development Authority, Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area, The Alliance for Pioneer Square, Seattle's Department of Planning and Development and Seattle's Office of Economic Development.
Exhibition Animalia on view at Seattle Municipal Tower
 
 
Claudia Cave-Sumner, Pig Lid, 1982, graphite, colored pencil on paper, 24" x 24". Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Animalia is a show of animals, sometimes literal and sometimes mythical, and of the imagination. The exhibition, on view at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery April 5 through July 5, features artworks by 17 artists in a variety of media, including painting, print, tapestry, sculpture, photography, drawing and mixed media.

Featured artists include Rick Bartow, Xavier Viramontes and Claudia Cave-Sumner.

"With a sense of humor, Claudia Cave-Sumner's drawing Pig Lid portrays a woman opening a box decorated with pig imagery, while a stylized pig pops from beneath the lid. Rick Bartow's pastel and graphite-on-paper drawings are fraught with animal iconography deeply seated in his Native-American culture, where beast is made up of both animal and man," explains city curator Deborah Paine, who selected the artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection managed by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Seattle Parks seeks providers for summer art program
 
 
 
Othello Playground
 
Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks proposals for fun, innovative, curriculum-based visual and performing arts programs at five Seattle parks this summer. Individuals, groups or organizations are eligible to apply.

The Summer Art in the Park program aims to increase learning opportunities for youth, build self-esteem and promote cross-cultural experiences. The parks are Othello Playground, Powell Barnett Playground, Little Brook Park, Judkins Park and Playfield and Maple Wood Playfield.

The budget is $8,400 for each park. Proposal deadline is Friday, May 6.

Learn about the program and the RFP process at a free workshop, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, at Jefferson Community Center.

For more information and to download a proposal packet, go here, or contact Daisy Catague at (206) 615-0303.
 
 
Performer at the 2009 Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival. Photo by Staci Johnson.
 
Honor Japanese culture at Seattle Center
 
Explore Seattle's deep connections with Japan, celebrate the beauty of spring and learn about earthquake and tsunami relief efforts at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, April 1-3, at Seattle Center. Delicious food, Taiko drumming, Japanese artisan demonstrations, skate board routines and artwork will present both a modern and ancient view of the culture.

It is a Japanese tradition to celebrate the coming-of-age of youth. Surviving communities of the recent earthquakes and tsunami will honor this tradition and celebrate new beginnings at a ceremony, 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2, at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion. Mayor Mike McGinn's wife, Peggy Lynch, who is of Japanese heritage, will speak during the ceremony.

Cash donations will be taken at the festival to support the American Red Cross' earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan. You can also purchase tsunami awareness T-shirts designed by artist Junichi Tsuneoka. All proceeds will be donated to the relief effort.

The festival is presented by the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival Committee and is part of Festál, a year-long series of free events that honor cultural richness and diversity. Seattle Center presents Festál in partnership with community organizations.
 

 
Poetry, art and rock 'n' roll on Art Zone
 
Tap your inner poet. Experience Nirvana. Meet a master of physical comedy. You can do it all on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy this month. Here's what's coming up. (Art Zone will not air on April 22.)

On April 1, hear new music from Joseph Giant. Celebrate National Poetry Month at Richard Hugo House. And watch a profile on master of physical comedy Bill Robison.

On April 8, tour the new Nirvana exhibit at the EMP. And get an overview of the Burke Museum's new exhibition The Owl and the Woodpecker.

On April 15, listen to singer/songwriter Kim Virant. Catch UMO Ensemble, rock 'n' roller Rob Femur, writer/performer Elizabeth Kenny and singer/songwriter Jim Page.

On April 29, meet poet Elizabeth Austen and learn about her new book. Northwest pianist Walt Wagner plays a few tunes. And get a preview of Kaleidoscope Dance Company's annual spring concert.

Watch the show on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays; and on KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Sundays. You can also watch Art Zone on the web.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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