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In this Issue — April 2013

 Seeking artists to develop temporary artworks for 'Art Interruptions 2013'
 Call for Nominations: Mayor's Arts Awards
 Artwork by Native American artists featured at Seattle Municipal Tower
 Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, April 13 to 21
 Join in Cultural Congress and Arts & Social Change, April 22 to 24
 Civic Partners funding opens April 17
 Roger Fernandes to create artwork for Landsburg Park
 Rebecca Cummins to create artwork for SPU project
 Seeking events and marketing intern
 Welcome to new staff
 You are invited to the City Hall Open House
 Proposals sought for temporary projects at Occidental Square
 Art & the Environment Panel to feature Randy Engstrom, April 4
 Theater, film festival, dance and musical prodigies on 'Art Zone'



Call: Temporary artworks for 'Art Interruptions 2013' Deadline May 3
Other:
Jobs
Funding
Training

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Performances at Langston Institute:
2013 African American Film Festival

International Children's Friendship Festival


City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
A Wider View
Through April 30

Opening reception: 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 4
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Native American Artwork in the Seattle Public Utilities' Collection
April 3 to July 8
 
Image: Langston Hughes African American Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a nine-day festival featuring over 50 feature-length and short films. Read more.
Seeking artists to develop temporary artworks for 'Art Interruptions 2013'
 
 
Mary Iverson, Flip, Marion Street Pedestrian Overpass, Art Interruptions 2012. Photo by Lara Swimmer.
 
We're seeking emerging public artists to create temporary art installations along the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway and the Central Waterfront for the project Art Interruptions 2013, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). The artworks will inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor. Up to 12 artists will be selected to develop a series of artworks for a six-week period beginning in August 2013.

The call is open to emerging public artists living in Washington state. Emerging public artists are defined by the office as artists who have a documented track record of making art, are interested in creating art in public places, and may or may not have a formal art education. Applicants must be over 18 years old and interested in working collaboratively in public settings. Applicants are not eligible if they have received a permanently sited public or private art commission of more than $10,000.

Each selected artist will receive a $1,500 stipend. The application deadline is 11 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 (Pacific Daylight Time). Go to the Art Interruptions Call for Artists to apply.

Free, optional workshops will be available on Monday, April 8 and Monday, April 22, offering an introduction to the Art Interruptions program and CaFÉ online application system. Go here for details.

Art Interruptions is commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
 
Call for Nominations: Mayor's Arts Awards
 
 
Audience members at the 2012 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
 
We bet you know somebody doing awesome work in the arts. Nominate them for a Mayor's Arts Award. The nomination period runs from April 15 to May 15.

The awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts.

The Seattle Arts Commission will review nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor for final selection. This is the 11th year of the awards, which are non-monetary.

Mayor McGinn will honor recipients at a public ceremony at Seattle Center, 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30. The Mayor's Arts Awards are part of a day of free kick-off events at Bumbershoot, including the Visual Arts Preview at 3 p.m., School of Rock performance at 5:30 p.m., and Film Festival Preview at 7 p.m.

The awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts.

Check out last year's recipients here.
 
Artwork by Native American artists at Seattle Municipal Tower
 
 
Ruth Peterson, Salish Serpents Comb, 2012, carved panel, 25" x 9". Photo courtesy of the Steinbrueck Gallery.
 
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) recently purchased 12 artworks by eight Native American artists for its Portable Works collection. The recent purchase, along with eight other artworks by six Native American from a previous purchase, will be on view at the Seattle Municipal Tower in the exhibition Native American Artwork in the Seattle Public Utilities' Collection, April 3 to July 8.

SPU's collection is exhibited throughout the utility's offices, engaging its employees and visitors by helping to create an interesting and diverse work environment. The purchase was made possible with SPU 1% for Art funds.

Read more about the exhibition Native American Artwork in the Seattle Public Utilities' Collection.
 
Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, April 13 to 21
 
 
Actor/director Robert Townsend and screenwriter Cheryl West will be in attendance for the screening of In the Hive, April 21, 7 p.m.
 
The Langston Hughes African American Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a nine-day festival featuring nearly 50 feature-length and short films, 30 of which are either world or Seattle premieres.

The festival kicks off on Saturday, April 13 with a 30th anniversary screening of the sci-fi classic Brother from Another Planet. Actor Joe Morton will be in attendance to lead a discussion. The festival closes on April 21 with a presentation of actor/director Robert Townsend's newest independent film In the Hive at 7 p.m. and a 4 p.m. screening of his 2009 film Why We Laugh. Townsend and In the Hive screenwriter and playwright Cheryl West will be in attendance.

Many films will be screened together in mini-fests featuring shorts, family-friendly selections and LGBTQ-themed films, among others. Individual tickets can be purchased at here. Gold, silver and bronze festival passes that allow access to multiple days of films are also available. Details on all films are available at langstoninstitute.org or by calling (206) 684-4758.
 
Join in Cultural Congress and Arts & Social Change, April 22 to 24
 
 
Roberto Bedoya
 
The Cultural Congress will be held April 22 to 24 at Seattle Center. The annual collaborative conference, produced by the Washington State Arts Alliance, brings together a diverse group of cultural leaders to strengthen skills and cultivate partnerships through intensive workshops, peer dialogue and dynamic speakers.

Register here for the event.

This year's keynote speaker is Bill Ivey, respected author and founding director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy at Vanderbilt University. Ivey has served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in the Clinton-Gore administration and a team leader in the Barack Obama presidential transition. He was twice elected board chairman of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and is a four-time Grammy Award nominee (Best Album Notes category).

On Monday, April 22, programming will feature a continuing dialogue from the Arts & Social Change symposium last October. Roberto Bedoya, executive director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, will deliver the keynote address in a conversation facilitated by Huong Vu of The Boeing Company. Cultural leaders will deliver "Lightning Talks" before and after the keynote, with facilitated "Round-Robin Responses" following each set of presentations. Bedoya is also a writer and arts consultant who has worked on projects for the Creative Capital Foundation, Arizona Commission on the Arts, The Ford Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation and The Urban Institute.
 
Civic Partners funding opens April 17
 
 
April McMorris in The Moon Maid, a perfomance by The Anunnaki Project. Photo by Giles Clement.
 
Mark your calendars. On Wednesday, April 17, we'll open applications for the city's Civic Partners funding program for 2014-2015. 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 12.

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.

Organizations interested in applying can attend an information session, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, or 1 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, May 20 at the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave. Computer labs to familiarize applicants with the online grant application will also be available in May at the Seattle Municipal Tower. We especially encourage first-time applicants to attend an information session and computer lab. Register for the sessions by contacting Kathy Hsieh, (206) 733-9926.
 
Roger Fernandes to create artwork for Landsburg Park
 
 
Roger Fernandes; Eagle Rock Mural; 2004, cedar planks, wood and copper sheets; 10' x 12' x 1'. Located at Eagle Rock School, Duvall, Wash. Photo by the artist.
 
Seattle artist Roger Fernandes will create a permanent site-specific artwork design for Landsburg Park as part of Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) Landsburg Facilities and Chlorination Project near the Cedar River Watershed in Ravensdale, Wash. The Landsburg Facilities site is a pristine forested area in the western foothills of the Cascade mountain range.

Fernandes is a member of the Lower Elwha Band of the Klallam Indians from the Port Angeles area of Washington. As an artist, his work relates to art, language, ceremony and story. Fernandes tells Native American stories from this region for his tribe and other tribes of the Puget Sound area. He has completed pieces for the King County Arts Commission, King County Metro, the Highline School District, Kent Schools, and a project in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation.

Fernandes was selected through an open call by a panel of arts professionals and SPU staff. The artwork is commissioned with SPU % for Art funds.
 
Rebecca Cummins to create artwork for SPU project
 
 
Rebecca Cummins; Log Cam; 2010; log, lens, glass screen, pedestal; 3' x 1.5' x 5'. Located at Kirkland Arts Center. Photo by the artist.
 
Seattle artist Rebecca Cummins will create a permanent artwork for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) South Delridge Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Artwork Project in Seattle's Delridge neighborhood.

Cummins explores the sculptural, experiential and sometimes humorous possibilities of light and natural phenomena, often referencing the history of optics. Some of her photography projects record the movement of shadows in daylight and moonlight over regular time intervals. She is currently working on commissions for the Washington State Arts Commission and the Exploratorium in San Francisco. She has exhibited widely in the U.S., Australia and Europe, with exhibitions at the Shanghai Biennial, Shanghai, China; the South Australia Biennale of Australian Art; the Biennial of Seville in Seville, Spain; and the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA in Helsinki, Finland.

Cummins was selected through the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs prequalified roster by a panel of art professionals, community members and SPU staff. The artwork is commissioned with SPU % for Art funds.
 
Seeking events and marketing intern
 
 

 
We're seeking an intern to work with the Community Development & Outreach team to provide events and marketing support for various programs during the summer. Projects will include assisting with Seattle Presents, the summer lunchtime concert series at City Hall; the Mayor's Arts Awards; and other office events and projects. Responsibilities will also include drafting content for our e-newsletter, blog, website and social media sites.

The internship is paid and open to full-time junior and senior-level college students studying marketing, public relations, journalism, English, visual or performing arts, arts administration, or an event-management related field. The internship will begin in June and last until the first week of September 2013. Strong written and verbal communications skills are required and experience in planning, promoting and executing performing arts events is a plus.

Application deadline is 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 16. Go here to learn more and apply.
 
Welcome to new staff
 
 
Jeremy Morton
 
We are delighted to announce that Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute has a new staff member. Jeremy Morton will be the new stage technician lead.

Jeremy graduated from Western Washington University, where he majored in technical theater. He has worked as a technical director, designer and lighter for off-Broadway shows and as a stagehand for the city in various venues. Jeremy is a bit of a "Renaissance man," with skills in construction, fabrication, design and remodeling, and is a cellist who has managed bands Slimmer Means and Blue Checkered Record Player for the Sasquatch Music Festival and other select venues.
 
You are invited to the City Hall Open House
 
 
Massive Monkees. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
 
We hope to see you at City Hall Open House between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday, April 6.

The day will be filled with activities that include performances by School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts (SANCA) at 11 a.m., Massive Monkees at noon, kids' art-making activities and storytelling, tours of the Mayor's Office and of public art throughout the building, animal adoptions and food trucks. Meet with representatives from city departments and attend low-income utility assistance workshops. And see a slideshow of our latest public artworks at the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' table.

No reservation required. We hope to see you there!
 
Proposals sought for temporary projects at Occidental Square
 
 
Christopher Reitmaier, Difference and Repetition, 2010, Occidental Square.
 
ARTSparks—a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs—is seeking proposals for art projects for Occidental Square during June through September. All arts disciplines, collaborations or simultaneous projects are welcome to apply.

Projects must activate the park for a least one week in duration and may extend to several weeks. Applicants must have demonstrated experience in producing public arts events or installations. Priority will be given to applicants with experience producing programs in outdoor, public settings in collaboration with one or more sponsoring organizations.

The goal of ARTSparks is to help bring a lively and creative atmosphere to our downtown parks, converting them into showcases for the imagination where, simply by entering the park, people are encouraged to experience, question, interact with, investigate and respond to art—for free and as a natural part of daily, downtown life.

Proposals are due 5 p.m., Friday May 10 (Pacific Daylight Time). Go here for details and application guidelines.
 
Art & the Environment Panel to feature Randy Engstrom, April 4
 
 

 
Join us at 7:30 p.m., this coming Thursday, April 4, at Olympic Sculpture Park for the next conversation in Seattle Art Museum's Art & the Environment series. Sow, Harvest, and Eat: Seattle Grows Sustainable Agriculture brings together figures working across the landscape of agriculture, art and food, including artist Nicole Kistler, Cristina Orbé of Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team, Native foods educator Valerie Segrest, and Robert Servine of Seattle Youth Garden Works. The panel will be moderated by Randy Engstrom, with opening remarks by Seattle Tilth Executive Director Andrea Platt Dwyer. The group will consider how their work fosters community, advances environmental justice, and helps local residents forge connections to our regional environment.

Click here to register and for more information.
 
Theater, film festival, dance and musical prodigies on 'Art Zone'
 
 

 
Check out what's happening in the arts this month on Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. The show highlights the local arts scene at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Fridays and Sundays. You can also watch Art Zone on the web. Art Zone will not air on April 19.

On April 5, watch an all-interview episode featuring conversations with musician John Roderick, filmmaker Dayna Hanson and writer Nicole Hardy.

On April 12, New Century Theatre Company presents The Trial. The African American Film Festival kicks off at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. And hear music from Ayron Jones and The Way.

On April 26, watch a profile on photographer Ernie Sapiro. Dancer/choreographer Ezra Dickinson premieres Mother For You I Made This. And Arni Adler of Uncle Bonsai fame celebrates her new book with a release party at The Triple Door.
 
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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