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In this Issue - August 2008
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
Image: Jose Orantes, Rush Hour (detail), 1983, acrylic on canvas, 26" x 38", featured in
Water Matters, Aug. 5 to Oct. 24 at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery.
Eric Olson, Reversal of Fortune 2 (detail), 2005, acrylic on aluminum, 48" x 49".
City seeks artworks from emerging artists
The Office, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks to purchase existing two-dimensional artworks by emerging artists for SPU's Portable Works Collection. The application deadline is Monday, Aug. 25.

An emerging artist is in the early stage of his or her career (generally five years or less), or is an artist who has caught the eye of an art critic and/or gallery, but has not yet established a solid reputation. There is no age requirement. Artists may or may not have gallery affiliation. Students are not eligible to apply.

The call for artworks is open to emerging artists who are residents of the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and British Columbia). The Office encourages works by diverse artists in the city collection. All types of two-dimensional media will be considered with special consideration given to colorful artworks

A link to the application is available on our Web site.
Zorah Fung paints artwork for Macy's windows as part of a Coyote Central youth arts project. Photo
© Jerry Satterlee.
City invests in 31 Youth Arts projects
The Office announces $225,000 in grants to 31 youth arts programs that will provide arts training outside of school hours for Seattle's middle and high school youth in 2008 and 2009. An annual funding program, Youth Arts provides up to $10,000 to programs in which experienced teaching artists lead youth training programs in all arts disciplines. The program supports learning beyond the school day and the classroom, with priority placed on serving youth and communities with limited or no access to the arts.

"Arts education helps kids become critical and independent thinkers," said Mayor Greg Nickels. "These programs give young people an opportunity to express themselves in a constructive way beyond the school day and to develop positive goals for the future."

Youth Arts projects will take place between September 2008 and September 2009. Funded programs will teach filmmaking, theater, spoken word, dance, visual arts, music composition and more. More than half (56 percent) of the applicants were funded, with most receiving the full amount requested. The average award is $7,258. It's estimated the projects will engage more than 300 teaching artists who will offer nearly 15,000 hours of training to more than 2,500 youth in neighborhoods throughout the city.

The funding awards were recommended by a peer review panel and approved by the Seattle Arts Commission. For a complete list of funded organizations and artists, visit our Web site.
Celebrating Seattle Art Museum (SAM) at the 2007 Mayor's Arts Awards. From left: Maryann Jordan, SAM's senior deputy director; Robert Cundall, SAM's chief operating officer; Dwight Gee, ArtsFund's executive vice president; and Mimi Gardner Gates, SAM's director. Photo by Chris Bennion.
Celebrate Mayor's Arts Award recipients,
tour Bumbershoot visual arts
You're invited to celebrate the 2008 Mayor's Arts Award recipients and tour the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits. The festivities begin at noon, Friday, Aug. 29 at Seattle Center's Northwest Court. The outdoor ceremony and visual arts exhibits are free and open to the public. Seattle Channel's Nancy Guppy will emcee the sixth annual Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, noon to 12:45 p.m. The visual arts exhibits will remain open until 8 p.m. in the Northwest Rooms.

The recipients of the 2008 Mayor's Arts Awards are 14/48: the world's quickest theater festival; arts education nonprofit Coyote Central and Marybeth Satterlee, executive director; Hugo Ludeña, photographer and founder of Latino Cultural Magazine; Nonsequitur, a contemporary and experimental music presenter; Cathryn Vandenbrink, regional director of Artspace Projects; and the recently reopened Wing Luke Asian Museum.

Following the ceremony, beat the Bumbershoot crowds and tour the visual arts exhibits, which include the Henry Art Gallery Satellite; "The Power of One," curated by Benham Gallery; Gage Academy of Art's Drawing Jam; The Seattle-Tehran Poster Show and One Pot in Residence.

The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music and Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts Seattle, a new city magazine discovering creativity throughout Seattle.

To read more about the recipients, click here.
The Young Sportsmen perform Aug. 28 on the City Hall plaza. Photo © Joey Walker.
Concerts heat up City Hall Plaza in August
The City Hall plaza will hop with outdoor performances by leading Seattle-area performers every Thursday in August. City Hall is located at 600 Fourth Ave. (downtown between Cherry and James streets).

Enjoy blue-collar rock with alt-country leanings from Massy Ferguson on Aug. 7. On Aug. 14, the Century Ballroom brings together some of the world's greatest Lindy Hop and tap dance legends for Century Masters of Lindy Hop & Tap. A 30-minute lesson will precede an open dance backed by Seattle swing hounds Casey McGill and the Blue 4 Trio.

Traffic Jam, a special evening event from 5 to 7 p.m. on Aug. 14, will feature Seattle's leading ladies of hip hop and spoken word. Cambalache performs on Aug. 21, with seductive rumba and nueva salsa rhythms. The Young Sportsmen end the summer concert series on Aug. 28 with their blend of power pop and crunchy chords.

The Seattle Presents concert series is presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The summer performances are made possible with the generous support of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union and Triamp Productions. All performances are subject to change. For more information or rain-out updates, visit our Web site or call (206) 684-7171.
Traffic Jam features leading female hip-hop artists at City Hall
Hollis Wear and Madeleine Clifford of Canary Sing. Photo by Sean Klosterman.
Skip the afternoon commute and kick back with the women of Seattle hip hop and spoken word. Smart rhymes, provoking ideas and compelling beats collide as Seattle's top female hip-hop artists gather for Traffic Jam, 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14 outdoors on the City Hall plaza, 600 Fourth Ave.

This special evening performance features Canary Sing, Julie C, DJ B-Girl, 1st Quarter Storm and rising stars from Youth Speaks. Neighborhood restaurants will provide free snacks, featuring beverages and bites from City Grind Espresso, Hidmo Eritrean Cuisine, McCormick's Fish House and O'Asian Bistro.

Seattle's hip-hop culture boasts a growing number of gifted female artists rising to the forefront of the hip-hop scene. The women of Seattle hip hop and spoken word are revolutionizing the way Seattle hears music by wielding poetic thought to change society and empower individuals.

Traffic Jam is part of Seattle Presents, a free year-round concert series at City Hall presented by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit our Web site or call (206) 684-7171.

The 2008 Traffic Jam is made possible with the generous support of KBCS 91.3 FM, Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union and Triamp Group.
UW World Series holds photography exhibit at City Hall
Lee Talner, Helping Hand 2, 2006, digital photograph, 10" x 15". A member of The Young Eight interacts with a student at T.T. Minor Elementary School as part of the UW World Series program, Community Connections.
When some of the world's best performing artists engage Seattle school children in dance and music, the impact on both groups is immediate and profound. Lee Talner's photographs capture these moments of artistic inspiration and connection in an upcoming City Hall exhibition titled Moments of Inspiration. The exhibition will be on display Aug. 6 to Sept. 12 in two City Hall galleries: the Lobby Gallery on the first floor and Anne Focke Gallery on the L2 level. City Hall is located at 600 Fourth Ave.

Talner's photographs chronicle school residencies, master classes and matinee performances presented by the UW World Series. The UW World Series has brought international artists from many world cultures to Seattle for more than 20 years. Artists perform onstage at Meany Hall and participate in the series' outreach and arts education program, Community Connections.

An artist's reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20, at City Hall. Please RSVP by Aug. 18 to, or call (206) 616-6296. The exhibition is sponsored by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the UW World Series.
Water Matters coming to Municipal Tower Gallery
Betsy Best-Spadaro, Water Ring, 2000, linoleum print, 33" x 34".
Water Matters, on display Aug. 5 to Oct. 24 at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery will examine artists' response to water. The show features works by more than 25 artists in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, ceramics, photography and mixed media.

See Ed Wicklander's Under the Bridge, a fanciful three-dimensional bridge with waterway constructed of rocks, cement, metal and glass. See Susan Point's Native American serigraph, Preservation, and Barbara Earl Thomas' elegant exploration of people interacting with waterways in the painting Swift Water Bird. View SuttonBeresCuller's photograph, Fish Bowls, which documents the artist team's installation at the outdoor sculpture exhibition, From the Ground Up, in Duvall, Wash., in 2000.

The gallery is located on the third-floor concourse of Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave. It is free and open to the public Monday to Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Curator Deborah Paine selected the pieces for Water Matters from the city's Portable Works Collection, which is managed by the Office.
Mark your calendar for the Arts Education Forum, Oct. 21

The Office and the Seattle Arts Commission Education Committee will hold the Fourth Annual Arts Education Forum, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, in the newly re-opened Garfield High School Performing Arts Center, 422 23rd Ave.

Parents and the community will hear from Seattle Public Schools' district leaders on the progress of the Arts Education Partnership Initiative. The initiative was launched in 2008 by the city and the school district to help provide access to arts education for all students in Seattle Public Schools. Mayor Greg Nickels will open the forum, and Seattle Public School's district leaders will discuss the initiative and answer questions.

The forum will also showcase student artists and provide an opportunity to donate instruments to Rotary Music4Life, an initiative to expand access to elementary music education in Seattle public schools.
New public art map features downtown artworks
Discover downtown art with the new Seattle Public Art Map: A Guide to Public Art in Downtown Seattle. The map is a guide to more than 160 diverse public artworks in downtown, including pieces in the city of Seattle's collection, as well as select artworks in other government and private collections.

The map will soon be available at various downtown locations, including galleries and hotel lobbies. It is also available for download on our Web site. For more information on the city's public art collection, visit our Web site.
Merrily Tompkins, Big Tesla, 2002, permanently sited at Seattle City Light North Service Center. Photo by user Lisa Gardner.
Hunt for public art in Seattle
Gadget geeks, outdoor enthusiasts and art lovers can join a high-tech hunt featuring more than 300 public artworks in the city of Seattle's collection. Dubbed "Art & Seek," the summer search is a joint venture of and the Office. is a Web site where people can mark, locate and log unique and interesting locations around the world using handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and the Internet. The formal contest began July 14 and ends Aug. 24, but anyone can join the hunt in progress as there is plenty to discover. Clues are posted weekly and lead to the location of about 50 public artworks. In all, more than 300 artworks will have been featured over the course of the six-week contest.

Here's how to participate. Log on to the Web site. Use the online hints to locate the artwork and record its latitude and longitude coordinates via GPS units. Submit a blog-like "waymark listing" to detailing your visit and the artwork. Waymarking differs from geocaching (GPS-based treasure hunting) in that there is no physical container with treasures to locate at the given coordinates.

Staff from and the Office will review waymark listings weekly. Players who submit the best listing for each artwork posted that week will receive a serial-numbered, limited-edition Waymarking bounty coin. Official rules and information are available at is a division of Groundspeak, a Seattle-based company in the business of location-based adventures since 2000.
Seattle tourism up, cultural tourism program promotes arts and culture

Tourism is up in Seattle, according to the report 2007 Market Profile and Economic Impact of Seattle-King County Visitors, released in July by Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCVB). According to the report, overnight visitor numbers in Seattle and King County increased to a record 9.5 million in 2007, up nearly one percent from 2006. These visitors spent a record $5.16 billion while visiting the city and county, up 8.6 percent.

Cultural tourism plays a large part in these numbers. The SCVB's cultural tourism program promotes Seattle and King County as a destination for travelers to experience arts, history, culture and heritage. The program draws cultural travelers to Seattle through a comprehensive Web site, an events calendar, a suite of publications and cultural marketing campaigns.

Next year, 1,600 arts leaders from across the country will discover the arts at work in this region at the Americans for the Arts 2009 Convention in Seattle, June 17-20, 2009. The SCVB is partnering with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs to host the event and showcase Seattle as a cultural destination. 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and Washington State Arts Alliance are also partnering in local planning.

"Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau is delighted that Americans for the Arts chose Seattle for its 2009 convention location," said Tracey Wickersham, director of cultural tourism for the SCVB. "We're happy to be part of the community effort to host the best AFTA conference yet! It's an ideal opportunity to show off Seattle's extensive cultural scene to arts administrators from around the country."

Session proposals for the 2009 Americans for the Arts convention are due Aug. 1. Go to the Americans for the Arts Web site for more information.
Fisher Ensemble's Psyche, 2008, at The Chapel, Seattle, Wash.
Photo © Maya Vajra.
Experience opera in the park
There's Shakespeare in the park, art in the park and movies in the park. Here's your chance to see opera in the park. The Office will present the Fisher Ensemble's original symphonic opera, Psyche, in two cycles beginning at 3 pm and again at 4:30, Aug. 9 and 10, at Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill. The Fisher Ensemble will perform twelve essences of Psyche at different locations throughout the park. The piece will begin in the grassy knoll area, just north of the baseball field, and it will move around the park at different points in a very fluid format. Drop by any time, or stay for the entire event, to experience the ongoing performance. The event is outdoors, free and open to the public.

The performance is presented by the Office as part of 4Culture's Site-Specific King County Performance Network. A collaboration between 4Culture, King County local arts agencies and King County artists, the King County Performance Network was created in 1997 to link contemporary artists and organizations with suburban arts commissions and councils, their performance venues and their audiences. In 2005 the Network began a new focus on site-specific performances, taking contemporary art out of the theater and integrating it into daily life.

Psyche is composed by Garrett Fisher, with words by Thom Schramm, choreography by Christy Fisher, direction by Ken Cerniglia, and puppets by Tori Ellison. Psyche tells the story of the wrathful Greek goddess Aphrodite's quest to ruin Psyche, a mortal who is considered to be more beautiful.

Told in five movements, each from the perspective of a character who loves Psyche, the piece is a symphony of singers, actors, dancers, life-size puppets and eclectic instruments. Psyche features vocalists Linda Strandberg and Ben Black; actors Vanessa DeWolf and Gary Zinter; and dancers Ines Andrade, Mary Cutrera and Archana Kumar. Dean Moore performs on gongs, Esther Sugai on Indian harmonium, Steven Cresswell on viola, and Greg Bagley on acoustic six-string bass and recorded beats. Stan Shikuma performs Taiko.

More than 30 site-specific performances will take place in various locations around King County in 2008. The event is also sponsored by the Cal Anderson Park Alliance and received support from the 4Culture Special Projects Program. For more information, visit the Fisher Ensemble Web site, or call (206) 679-5914.
Guide to heath care for artists published
Trying to work your way through the complexities of health care coverage? Washington Artists' Health Insurance Project (WAHIP) and Artist Trust, working with The Health Insurance Resource Center of The Actors Fund, have published a 10-page health care guide specifically for artists. How to Access Health Care in Washington provides explanations of the types of insurance and health care available in the state and includes information on various programs.

The guides are available at multiple locations, including the Artist Trust office at 1835 12th Ave. You can also download the brochure online. Contact Miguel Guillen if you'd like a guide mailed to you or have a suggestion for a distribution location.

For more information about WAHIP, click here.
Olmsted Brothers designed 1909 A-Y-P grounds

America's most famous landscape architects, the Olmsted Brothers, designed the University of Washington campus for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle's first world's fair. Today, the campus still reflects the fair's original footprint. From Drumheller Fountain, known as Geyser Basin in the busy summer of 1909, the vista of Mount Rainier has been preserved. Both Architecture Hall and the Women's Center (known today as Imogen Cunningham Hall) survive from the A-Y-P.

Other notable parks the Olmsteds designed include the United States Capitol and White House grounds, the Great Smoky Mountains and Acadia national parks, Yosemite Valley and New York's Central Park.

Next year marks the centennial celebration of the 1909 A-Y-P Exposition. Visit the A-Y-P Web site to find out more about A-Y-P centennial events, the Olmsted brothers, and many other curiosities that made our region what it is today.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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