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In this Issue - August 2007

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Image: John Hay Festival of the Arts at John Hay Elementary School. Photo courtesy of the John Hay Foundation.
New Manager of Visual & Performing Arts joins School District
Carri Campbell

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Arts Commission Education Committee welcome Carri Campbell, Seattle Public Schools District Program Manager of Visual & Performing Arts. Campbell started work July 9. She was chosen following a national search that drew candidates from as far away as Australia.

"Carri was the unanimous choice. Besides her strong background and familiarity with the Northwest education community, she is articulate and passionate," said Seattle Arts Commissioner and Education Committee Chair Deborah Semer, who served on the search committee. "We know she will be a great addition to the district's academic team, a creative leader and a voice for arts for all Seattle school students."

Campbell's appointment is a milestone in a multi-year collaboration between the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Public Schools on behalf of arts education. The next step will be building and sustaining a team of four arts "coaches" who will help Campbell reach out to individual schools, support principals and teachers, and increase students' access to arts education opportunities. The first coach position, in music, is posted now on the Seattle Public Schools Web site with a closing date of July 31.

Skip Cunningham of The Masters of Lindy Hop & Tap, Aug. 16 at City Hall
Outdoor summer concerts continue at City Hall
The Seattle Presents concert series on the City Hall Plaza continues in August with hot acts including the punky power pop trio Visqueen, the contemporary calypso sound of Yahboy!, the flying feet of The Masters of Lindy Hop & Tap and the salsa beats of Carlos Cascante y Su Tumbao. The 90-minute sets begin at noon every Thursday in August.

The first 100 people to attend each of the City Hall concerts in August will receive a CD sampler highlighting an array of Seattle musicians performing live at City Hall as part of Seattle Presents, the free year-round lunchtime concert series presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For a listing of upcoming concerts, click here.

Traffic Jam: a Hip Hop and Spoken Word Mashup at City Hall
Gabriel Teodros

Skip the afternoon commute and get stuck in our Traffic Jam,
5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 16, on the City Hall Plaza,
600 4th Ave.

What happens when you give the City Hall mic to hip-hop wordsmiths, poets, and performance artists during five o'clock traffic? You get a traffic jam of a different brand with fresh beats, compelling social and political commentary, and hopefully a less stressful commute.

Top Seattle spoken-word and hip-hop artists will convene for Traffic Jam - Hip Hop & Spoken Word Mashup, a special Seattle Presents evening performance. The jam will feature Seattle MC Gabriel Teodros with DJ-WD4D, two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Buddy Wakefield, poetry slam diva Melissa Noelle Green, and Seattle Poet Populist Jourdan Keith.

Free snacks will be provided by neighborhood restaurants, including McCormick's Fish House, Hole in the Wall BBQ, City Grind Coffee and more. Traffic Jam, a program of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, is presented in partnership with KEXP 90.3 FM, Allied Arts, and the Guthrie Foundation.

New OnHold music mix in August
The latest Seattle OnHold music mix will go live Aug. 1 featuring several self-released tracks by local musicians. The mix's eclectic lineup includes music from the Seattle Conservatory of Music, Clever Bastards, the Tudor Choir, Groove for Thought, Billet-Deux, and Fruit of the Month Club.

Seattle OnHold, managed by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, treats callers to a broad selection of local music if they are placed on hold. An innovative program, OnHold uses the city's telephone lines, Web site, and podcasting technology to spotlight local artists.

The latest OnHold mix features nine tracks. Music selections change every three months. Local musicians are invited to submit recordings for consideration. For details and to listen to music by OnHold artists, visit the OnHold Web site.

Firefighters' Memorial, Ellen Ziegler, 1987, Fire Station 10 Lobby
Artist selected for Fire Station 35
Seattle Artist Kay Kirkpatrick has been selected to work with the design team for the new Fire Station 35 in Crown Hill. Kirkpatrick was selected from a pre-qualified artist roster for public art projects at several neighborhood fire stations being renovated or rebuilt throughout the city under the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy.

Kirkpatrick is a studio and public artist with a background in ceramics, mixed-media sculpture and installation art. Kirkpatrick has a master of fine art in ceramics from Wichita State University in Kansas. She has completed public art projects at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Seattle's Southwest Police Precinct and the Wenatchee Convention Center. She has an ongoing interest in the repetition of forms found in nature, man-made textures that mimic natural ones, and the layering of idea and image.

Sail Light Armatures, Vicki Scuri, 2002, West Galer Street Flyover
Public artworks profiled on Seattle Channel
Embark on an engaging video tour of the studios and sites where public art is created and sited in Seattle. Public artworks and the artists who created them are the subject of Seattle's Public Art, a new series of short video profiles airing on Seattle Channel. Filmmaker and producer John Forsen, of Fidget, produced the videos with support from the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Channel. The featured public art projects are: Perri Lynch's Straight Shot at Warren G. Magnuson Park, Monad Graves' Unity and Oneness of All at the Southeast Seattle Community Health Center, Vicki Scuri's Sail Light Armatures and Wave Wall at the West Galer Street Flyover and John Young's The Fin Project at Warren G. Magnuson Park.

Office seeks public relations specialist
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs seeks a public relations professional to join our Community Development and Outreach team. This position will help ensure customer access to programs and services, promote the value of the arts and culture in Seattle and raise the visibility of the public benefit provided by the department. The public relations specialist will edit this monthly enewsletter, assist with production and distribution of funding applications, calls for artists, agency publications, public information/press packets, invitations and other materials. Application deadline is Aug. 12. Read the full job description and link to the online application on our Web site.

Opportunities abound on our new Web site
We have a nifty feature on our new Web site. The Opportunities Section is designed to be a one-stop shop for the following arts-related opportunities:

With a few simple clicks, you may peruse or post opportunities in the arts. Bookmark this page, and let your friends and colleagues know about this rich resource of information.

Arts Resource Network has a new Web address
The Arts Resource Network, an online resource administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, helps artists, arts organizations and our community thrive.

Find out more at our new Web address:

Please update links and bookmarks to reflect this change. The Arts Resource Network links artists and cultural organizations to services and information about workshops, resources, best practices, tips and opportunities that can help them strengthen and grow. It offers around-the-clock technical assistance, connecting artists and arts organizations with the services, support and information needed to sustain their lives and work in the arts.

Monica Vendiola, Southern Cheyenne, photo by Jack Storms
Seattle artist and heritage guides debut
Seattle's Convention & Visitors Bureau's (SCVB) Cultural Tourism program has introduced two new cultural and heritage guides for travelers.

The Artists' Guide to Seattle introduces visitors to the city from the viewpoints of 16 local artists. Profiles include artists such as Emmy Award-winning actor and Seattle Arts Commissioner Tom Skerritt, internationally-known opera soprano Jane Eaglen, musician Chris Ballew and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Timothy Egan. Artists tell what inspires their work, how they connect with creative communities and where they like to take visitors.

The Seattle Native American Heritage Guide features significant Native American attractions, museums, galleries, heritage sites, historic background and special events information. Next in this series will be the Asian American Heritage Guide, due out in August. Several more editions are planned.

The new guides are free of charge and can be mailed to travelers upon request. The guides are also downloadable from the SCVB Web site and available at the Citywide Concierge & Visitor Center and other Seattle-area locations. The guides are supported by funding from 4Culture and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

Cultural heritage tourism conference to meet in Seattle

Seattle will host the Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance (CHTA) Annual Conference, Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. This is the first time Seattle has hosted the prestigious conference, which promises to reinforce the city's reputation as a leading cultural tourism destination. Some 150 of the top cultural tourism professionals from across North America will gather together. Representatives from local and regional arts, cultural, historic preservation and heritage organizations are encouraged to attend.

Online registration will open in August. The Grand Hyatt Seattle is the conference hotel, and "mobile workshops" and receptions will showcase many venues around the city. Tracey Wickersham, cultural tourism director at Seattle's Convention & Visitor's Bureau is the conference chair and serves on the Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance National Steering Committee. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is proud to be a sponsor of the conference. For more information, or to sign up on the conference e-news list, please visit the conference Web site.

Bumbershoot '06 Blue Bottle Gallery. Photo by Christopher Nelson
Vote for the nation's top arts festivals
Seattle offers an extraordinary array of arts fairs and festivals. Vote for the nation's top 10 arts fairs and festivals in AmericanStyle magazine's readers' poll. Seattle finished fifth among big-city U.S. arts destinations in the magazine's recent readers' poll ranking the nation's top 25 arts destinations.

Cast your online ballot by Sept. 25, and be entered to win a $500 airline travel certificate. Voters may select from a list of festivals or add their own favorite fair or festival. (Hint, a few notable Seattle festivals aren't on the list). Look for the Top 10 Fairs and Festivals survey results in the February 2008 issue of AmericanStyle magazine.

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