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In this Issue — August 2009
Image: Jen T. Mills, Untitled (Wave II) (detail), 2009, ceramic and paint, 36" x 103" x 14". Photo by the artist.
An aerial artist from Vau de Vire Society glides above the Bumbershoot crowd at Seattle Center. Photo by Christopher Nelson.
Message from the director
There are three priorities in city government right now: jobs, jobs and jobs. With more arts-related businesses per capita than any other city, Seattle's arts jobs are critically important to our cultural life, the health of our city, and our economy.

Thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), nearly $1 million will flow to the region for arts employment through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Along with our peers at 4Culture, this office is honored to have been selected as one of only 16 local arts agencies nationwide to receive funding to support jobs in Seattle's nonprofit arts sector. We will each distribute $250,000 in funds. An estimated 215 organizations currently funded through our Civic Partners program or 4Culture's Sustained Support program are eligible to apply. Twelve Seattle-based organizations also received $450,000 in direct funding from the NEA. Here's an example of how stimulus funds will maintain jobs in the arts.

Earshot Jazz is already a lean organization. With two full-time staff, it's facing budget cuts of about 25 percent, according to Executive Director John Gilbreath. With $25,000 in funding from the NEA, Earshot will be able to maintain current staffing levels, enabling the organization to continue to keep programming and services as robust as possible.

NEA stimulus funding of $50,000 for On the Boards will prevent staff layoffs or furloughs, according to Managing Director Sarah Wilke. The award will help OtB remain strong and healthy.

While the stimulus dollars aren't a cure for the economic crisis—and clearly, there is not enough funding to go around—they will provide some short-term relief. Local arts organizations will have a chance to think long-term when Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser comes to town, Aug. 20, as part of his national tour based on Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative. Kaiser, author of The Art of the Turnaround: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations, will provide practical advice for troubled arts organizations and speak about the relevance of arts in challenging times. Read more about Kaiser's visit in this eNews. Hope to see you there.
Photographs being hung for the Museum of History & Industry's exhibition Picturing What Matters. Photo courtesy of MOHAI.
City to distribute stimulus funds for arts jobs
The Office will distribute $250,000 in one-time federal funding from the National Endowment of the Arts to preserve nonprofit arts jobs impacted by the economic downturn. Seattle nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are current recipients of the Office's 2009-2010 Civic Partners organizational support program are eligible to apply. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Aug. 10. Go here for the online application.

"We are focused on creating and saving jobs in all areas of our local economy. The arts are essential to the health and vitality of our city," said Mayor Greg Nickels.

Organizations with FY 2008 budgets less than $150,000 are eligible to apply for $5,000. Organizations with FY 2008 budgets greater than $150,000 are eligible for $15,000.

The Office and 4Culture, King County's cultural services agency, each applied for and received the maximum $250,000 award from the NEA to support staff salaries or fees for contract jobs that have been reduced, eliminated or are currently threatened. Both agencies will distribute funds, but organizations should submit only one application to either the Office or 4Culture. Click here to see a side-by-side summary of the two programs.

The NEA had $50 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to distribute nationwide to preserve nonprofit arts jobs. In all, the Seattle region received nearly $1 million in federal stimulus dollars for arts jobs. The NEA made direct allocations totaling $450,000 in federal stimulus funds to support jobs at 12 Seattle nonprofit arts organizations. Go here for a complete list of funded local arts organizations. To track the city of Seattle's progress as it seeks federal stimulus funds, visit
Kennedy Center president to talk on art of the turnaround

Michael M. Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, will share his basic rules for reviving financially distressed arts organizations in a down economy, 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Aug. 20, at Benaroya Hall. Kaiser will also speak in Tacoma, 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 21, at the Pantages Theater.

The free discussions are aimed at arts organization's staff, trustees, volunteers, funders and leaders in arts education and are part Kaiser's national tour based on his work Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative. Kaiser, author of The Art of the Turnaround: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Arts Organizations, will provide practical advice for the troubled arts organization and speak about the relevance of arts organizations in a rapidly changing cultural landscape.

Congressman Norm Dicks will give opening remarks, and the event will include a meet-and-greet session with Kaiser. Register online to attend the Seattle event or Tacoma event. Listen to a recent interview with Kaiser on NPR. ArtsEd Washington, a Kennedy Center affiliate through the Alliance for Arts Education Network, is sponsoring the events with support from the Office.
Neighborhood artist sought for Central District signal boxes
Anne Stevens, Mobilize the Signal Cabinets!, 2008. Photo courtesy of the artist.
The Office and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks an artist to develop artwork for signal boxes in Seattle's Central District. The selected artist must be a resident of the Central District, Judkins Park or Squire Park neighborhoods. The application deadline has been extended to 5 p.m., Friday,
July 31. Click here for information or to apply.

Signal boxes are metal boxes located at intersections with traffic lights. The selected artist will receive $2,000 to create two to three designs for decals the city will place on signal boxes in the Central District. There are no set themes, but images relating to the history and culture of the neighborhood and to traffic safety, pedestrians and bicycle riders are encouraged. The project is part of the SDOT Art Plan and is funded by SDOT 1% for Art dollars.
LaSheera Hutton, a participant in an Arts Corps' spoken word class, shares her work. Photo by Joan Swearingen.
City awards $225,000 for Youth Arts projects
Fifteen high school students will create a public artwork from recycled materials at Jimi Hendrix Park next summer, thanks in part to a $3,208 city youth arts grant awarded to the Northwest African American Museum. A $10,000 award will allow 12 youth with critical health needs to create audio stories at Jack Straw Productions. And a $2,000 grant will help expose three dozen young people to Haida tribal traditions, including lessons in carving a canoe at the Center for Wooden Boats.

The grants are part of the Office's annual Youth Arts program, which recently awarded $225,000 to 36 youth arts programs that provide arts training outside of school hours for Seattle's middle and high school youth. An annual funding program, Youth Arts provides up to $10,000 to programs in which experienced teaching artists lead training programs in all arts disciplines, with priority placed on serving youth and communities with limited or no access to the arts.

About half of the 71 applicants received funding with an average award of $6,250. It's estimated the projects will engage 7,297 young people in 26,189 hours of after-school arts training throughout the city from September 2009 through September 2010.
Kinu Watanabe, Afterimage-Sleeping Baby, 2008, clay and underglaze, 13" x 17" x 6". Photo by the artist.
Pottery Northwest ceramics at City Hall Gallery
See two dozen works from Pottery Northwest's artists-in-residence program at City Hall through Sept. 4. The exhibition, Pottery Northwest at City Hall, showcases a range of ceramic art from Jen T. Mills' abstract blue wall-mounted wave forms to Erin Campbell's life-size sculpture of a blue-jean clad female form. The exhibition also includes artworks that combine clay with mixed-media and digital prints.

Other artists featured in the exhibition include: Alicia Basinger, Wally Bivins, Kevin Erhard, Alya Khan, Larry Laughlin, Julie Lindell, James Lobb, Natsue Makino, Larry Naylor, Drew Nicklas and Kinu Watanabe.

The Pottery Northwest exhibition spans the City Hall Lobby Gallery on the first floor and the Anne Focke Gallery located on the L2 level of City Hall.
The Bobs, swing masters and blues on August City Hall concert bill
R&B artist Toni Hill will perform on City Hall's outdoor plaza, Aug. 6. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Enjoy some fresh air, summer sun and free music on the City Hall plaza, Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., through Sept. 17. Here's what's on tap in August.

On Aug. 6, R&B songstress Toni Hill performs music from her new album Only Love with an eight-piece band featuring special guests Syndel of Sirens Echo and DJ B-Girl. The Century Ballroom brings together Lindy Hop and tap dance masters for a free lesson and open swing dance, Aug. 13. On Aug. 20, the sensational and zany a cappella quartet The Bobs bring to City Hall a slew of quirky originals and eyebrow-lifting classics, including Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and Cream's "White Room." On Aug. 27, lace up your dancing shoes and prepare to sweat as the scorching hot 11-piece timba band Pedrito Vargas y su Grupo Ashé turns up the heat!

Go here for the complete Seattle Presents concert lineup.
The new Seattle OnHold mix features the song "Sally All My Days" from Alyse Black's CD, Too Much & Too Lovely.
New local music mix on city phone lines
Seattle OnHold features a new diverse music mix, including nu-jazz from The Pegues Project, an original clarinet/piano duo performed by Florie Rothenberg, soulful pop/rock by Alyse Black, and smooth R&B from Toni Hill. OnHold plays a rotation of music by Seattle artists when callers to the city are placed on hold.

Listen to a free podcast of the new OnHold mix here.

The OnHold music mix changes four times a year. Have a favorite local band you think should be featured? Drop us a line!
2008 CityArtist John Grade stands inside his sculptural installation made of rubber, fabric and foam. Photo by Richard Nicol.
Funding deadline for individual artists, Aug. 11
Applications for 2010 CityArtists Projects are due Tuesday,
Aug. 11. The online application and guidelines are available here. Individual artists working in visual, literary and film/media arts may apply. Funding awards range up to $10,000.

CityArtists Projects is an annual funding program that provides support to individual Seattle artists to conceive, develop and present new, in-progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. Projects must include a public presentation in the city. Funding is offered to artists in clusters of disciplines in the visual, media and literary arts and performing arts in alternate years.
SAM panel to address art in sustainable cities, Aug. 27
Photo by Ian Edelstein.
How do we ensure that urban revitalization benefits both the arts and artists? Join Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Cascade Land Conservancy for a free panel discussion that will explore this and other issues, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 27 at Olympic Sculpture Park's PACCAR Pavilion.

The conversation, titled Art and Sustainable Cities: A Dialogue, is part of SAM's Pivotal Perspectives: Conversations on Art and Culture, a series of discussions exploring the intersection of art, culture and the environment.

American political journalist Michael Kinsley will moderate the conversation featuring panelists D.K. Pan and NKO, co-founders of the Free Sheep Foundation; Randy Engstrom, founding director of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and Seattle Arts Commissioner; public artist Buster Simpson and Beth Takekawa, executive director of the Wing Luke Asian Museum.

The Office is a sponsor of the discussion. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
Westlake Park. Photo by Beth Somerfield.
It's a walk in the park with art
Visit one of three downtown parks this summer to experience all kinds of art. ArtSparks, a program of site-specific arts in center city parks, features free art events at Victor Steinbrueck Park, Occidental Park and Westlake Park through October. Here are a few August highlights.

Occidental Park will feature a 24-hour reading of Haruki Murakami's works, beginning at 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 3.

Westlake Park will feature poet-performer A. K. "Mimi" Allin, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, Monday, Aug. 10. Allin will move among a collection of television and radio antennas and satellite dishes, continuously adjusting and arranging them in an attempt to get "better reception."

At Victor Steinbrueck Park, Charlotte Thistle will bring to life Mark Twain's historical novel Joan of Arc and the Magic Fairy Tree, 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19. Thistle will interpret the story through dance and music and incorporate Twain's poetry in songs.

ArtSparks is part of Seattle Parks and Recreation's summer events at downtown parks and is supported by the Office. For a complete lineup of ArtSparks events visit the Web site.
Warren Dykeman, FULLNESS (detail), is featured on the 2009 Bumbershoot Fine Arts Poster.
Save the date for Mayor's Arts Awards, Sept. 4
Don't miss this end-of-summer arts celebration! Mayor Greg Nickels will honor the 2009 Mayor's Arts Award recipients at an outdoor ceremony, noon, Friday, Sept. 4 at Seattle Center's Northwest Court. And stick around for a sneak peak of the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits open from noon to 7 p.m. in the Northwest Rooms.

The 2009 award recipients are: Artist Trust, a support organization for individual artists; visual artist Jesse Higman; Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins; South Seattle dance studio Northwest Tap Connection; and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, the largest youth symphony organization in the country. Read more about the recipients.
Greet Nordic Spirit, commemorate centennial of A-Y-P Norway Day
The "Viking" ship the Raven, shown here at the 1893 Chicago world's fair, crossed the Atlantic that year.
Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sailing of a "Viking" ship from Kirkland across Lake Washington to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition for the fair's Norway Day,
Aug. 30, 1909. The Nordic Heritage Museum will host a ceremony 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 30, to rename an early 19th-century Norwegian fishing vessel Nordic Spirit. The museum recently restored the old boat to look like the original ship that sailed into Seattle on Norway Day. The celebration is at Fisherman's Terminal on the south edge of the Lake Washington Ship Canal in lower Magnolia.

The Nordic Spirit will sail to Magnolia for the ceremony from the Ballard side of the ship canal near the site of the new Nordic Heritage Museum. The event will feature music by the Norwegian Male Chorus and Norwegian Ladies Chorus, along with food, games and activities for kids.

The event is part of this year's A-Y-P Exposition centennial celebration managed by the Office in collaboration with nearly 60 community partners. Read more about the renaming ceremony and check out the film on Norway Day 1909.
Nominate your favorite arts business
Seattle is home to the nation's most arts-related businesses per capita. Know a small arts business or organization worthy of recognition? Nominate them for a 2009 Mayor's Small Business Award. The Office of Economic Development is accepting nominations until Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The awards honor the diversity and excellence of small businesses in Seattle and their contribution to the city's economic vitality and quality of life. Download the nomination form here.
Paul Horiuchi, Olivo Santagostino and Paul Thiry, Seattle Mural (detail), 1962, permanently sited at Seattle Center. Photo by Tiffany Hedrick.
Summer nights mean free movies and music
Take advantage of the warm summer nights with free outdoor movies and concerts on Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre lawn. Here's what's in store in August.

Picnic by moonlight and enjoy favorite flicks, from the romantic, fairy tale comedy The Princess Bride to the film version of the hit Broadway musical about 1950s teen angst, Grease. Movies at the Mural begin at 9 p.m. For the complete lineup, go here.

Seattle Center teams up with KEXP to present Concerts at the Mural, a series of all-ages shows featuring favorite acts on the local independent music scene. Concerts are Fridays, 6 to 8 p.m. The KEXP BBQ, Saturday, Aug. 8, will feature bands from 2 to 9 p.m. The lineup includes experimental folk rock band Blitzen Trapper, indie rock band The Dodos, and hip-hop artists Dyme Def and Fresh Espresso. For more information and the complete lineup, go here.
New Artist's Guide to Seattle offers inside scoop
What do local artists like about Seattle? What are their favorite spots? Get the artist's perspective on our city in the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau's The Artists' Guide to Seattle. The recently released second edition profiles 22 local artists, including Emmy Award-winning actor Tom Skerritt; glass artist Preston Singletary; filmmaker Lynn Shelton; Tony Award-winning theater director Bartlett Sher; and our office's own Paul Rucker, composer and cellist. They tell in their own words why they choose to make Seattle their home.

Download the guide here. The guide was supported with funding from the Office, 4Culture and the Paul G. Allen Foundation.
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