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In this Issue — August 2010
 Message from the Director: "Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights?"
 Seattle seeks artist for Mount Baker fire station
 Seeking artist to develop artwork design for new sidewalks
 Seeking artist to create artwork for Mercer Street underpass
 Celebrate new artwork by SuttonBeresCuller in Squire Park, Aug. 21
 Eight emerging artists to produce artwork for downtown construction fence
 Crank up your summer with outdoor concerts at City Hall
 Artist talk features Bumbershoot visual art talent
 Exhibition features rarely seen artworks from Seattle's portable works collection
 Get your groove on with our free podcast
 Free outdoor movies and concerts this summer at Seattle Center



Mercer Street underpass project
Sidewalk artwork design project
Mount Baker fire station
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

The Tallboys, free concert
Handful of Luvin', free concert
Latin Expression, free concert
Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band, free concert

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Umbrella for the Arts:
40 Years of Bumbershoot Artworks

Through Sept 7, 2010
Seattle Municipal Tower:

Evocative: Artworks that Invite Conversation
Through October 1
 
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Image: John Fleming, 17 Year Old Eyes 2009, recycled stencils, chipboard, and plywood, 25" x 50". Artwork will be photographed and produced on a temporary panel surrounding the Civic Square construction site. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Message from the Director: "Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights?"
 
 
 
Middle school students participate in Scribes, a summer creative writing camp for youth offered by Richard Hugo House. Photo by Fay Gartenberg.
 
This infamous billboard, posted in 1971, commented on a terrible economic downturn in Seattle's boom and bust history. That same year, the city of Seattle established the Seattle Arts Commission. Even in tough economic times, the city deemed it important to give Seattleites a sense of hope and joy through arts and culture.

Over the past 40 years, Seattle has nurtured an arts and cultural sector that is now widely recognized nationwide for its innovation, quality and sheer abundance of talent. Our creative industries add to the magnetism of our city's natural beauty, attracting talented people from around the world. On any given day, Seattle residents and visitors can choose from an incredibly diverse menu of performances, exhibitions, presentations, lectures and readings. And during the glorious months of summer, festivals in every neighborhood engage artists and arts and culture to build and create community and a sense of place, and to celebrate our cultural heritage.

Yet even in a city so steeped in artistic talent, there is still room for improvement. You may have come across a recent Newsweek article that describes a worrisome American "creativity crisis," deriving from inadequate integration of creativity training into our standard academic curriculum, which is now dominated by standardized testing in three subject areas. Seattle has borne the brunt of this trend; over the past 40 years, arts education classes have been systemically cut in most of our public schools.

We think that now is the right time for a course correction. We must build upon the existing strengths of Seattle Public Schools' arts programs so that every student has access to quality arts education and training, which is good for our children, our families and our community. Seattle Arts Commissioners are working hard to make sure that arts and culture are part of the solution in community and economic development—in helping young people achieve academic success, in creating better public spaces, and in ensuring greater public access to Seattle's cultural assets.

I am deeply honored to work with this smart and dedicated group of people, who give generously of their time and talent to make Seattle a better place. In these tough times, like their predecessors 40 years ago, Arts Commissioners have stepped up to make sure that arts and culture continue to play a significant role in Seattle's dynamic urban development. Please join me in thanking them for their good work and advocacy, and stay tuned. And please join us as we recognize several more outstanding bright spots in our community at the 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards on Sept. 3.

Sincerely,
Michael Killoren
Seattle seeks artist for Mount Baker fire station
 
 
 
Stephen Glassman, Thornton Creek, 2010, permanently sited at Fire Station 39 in Lake City. Photo by Stephen Glassman.
 
The Office, in partnership with the Fleets and Facilities Department (FFD) and the Seattle Fire Department, seeks an artist to develop a site-specific art project for Fire Station 30 in Seattle's Mount Baker neighborhood. The artwork should address the work and spirit of firefighters and the cultural diversity of the Mount Baker community and nearby Franklin High School.

The call is open to established professional artists living in Washington and Oregon. The budget for the project is $80,000 all-inclusive to design, fabricate and install artwork. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5. Go here for the guidelines and a link to the online application.

Fire Station 30 is currently under construction with completion expected in spring 2011. The artwork project is funded with FFD Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy 1% for Art funds. The levy is a program to upgrade, renovate or replace 32 neighborhood fire stations in Seattle.
Seeking artist to develop artwork design for new sidewalks
 
 
 
Stacy Levy, Cornerstones, 1998. One of 32 cast-glass and stone sidewalk insets that depict different microorganisms found on Lake Union or on its shores.
 
In partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), the Office is seeking an artist or artist team to develop and fabricate a single artwork design to inlay at 10 to 15 new sidewalk locations throughout Seattle.

In 2011, SDOT will build up to 15 blocks of new sidewalks in various parts of the city through the Sidewalk Development Program. Staff from our office and SDOT will determine the locations of the artwork inlays. SDOT will install the inlays beginning summer 2011.

The call is open to professional artists residing in Washington state. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16. The selected artist will receive a commission of $30,000 all-inclusive to design and fabricate the artwork. Go here for the online application and guidelines.

The artwork project is funded with SDOT 1% for Art funds.
Seeking artist to create artwork for Mercer Street underpass
 
 
 
Mercer Street underpass at Aurora Avenue. Photo by Eric Stuhaug.
 
The Office, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), is seeking an artist to develop site-specific artwork for the Mercer West street improvement project. The artwork will be located in an underpass and along adjacent concrete retaining walls at Mercer Street and Aurora Avenue. The artwork should treat the underpass as an architectural environment and transform the underpass with light or material applications.

The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Public art experience is required. The estimated budget is $335,000 all-inclusive to design and fabricate the artwork. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 25. Go here for the online application and guidelines.

The artwork project is funded with SDOT 1% for Art funds.
Celebrate new Squire Park artwork by SuttonBeresCuller, Aug. 21
 
 
 
Salon, SuttonBeresCuller, 2009, stamped concrete, concrete stain. Located at Morgan Junction Park in West Seattle. Photo by the artists.
 
The Office will celebrate Salon, a new public artwork by artist team SuttonBeresCuller, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 21, at Spruce Park in Seattle's Squire Park neighborhood. SuttonBeresCuller's interactive sidewalk artwork invites the public to use chalk to create their own works of art inside a series of frames stamped into concrete.

Salon's museum-style frames are stained in rich tones and assembled gallery-style in the sidewalk's surface. The ever-changing, community-created artworks will add to the vibrancy and character of the neighborhood and its park. The artist team will greet guests and answer questions at the dedication, which will be part of the neighborhood's annual Art in the Park festival.

In 2008, SuttonBeresCuller was commissioned to create the artwork at two sidewalk locations in the city. The first edition of Salon was installed at Morgan Junction Park in West Seattle in 2009.

Salon was funded with Seattle Department of Transportation Emerging Funds, 1% for Art funds and Bridging the Gap transportation levy funds.
Eight emerging artists to produce artwork for downtown construction fence
 
 
 
Mark LaFalce, Running Reds on Airport Way (detail), 2008, watercolor on paper, 22" x 30". Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Eight local emerging artists will provide images of original artwork for temporary panels for the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction site in downtown Seattle. The Civic Square site is located between Third and Fourth avenues and Cherry and James streets. The five-foot-high by 10-foot-wide panels will be on view beginning fall 2010 for approximately one year.

The artists are Laura Castellanos, Anna Mia Davidson, John Fleming, Mark LaFalce, Maria Meneses, Scott Schuldt, Kate Sweeney and Patrice Tullai. A panel selected two or more artworks by each artist, for a total of 24 pieces. The artworks will be photographed, produced on panels, and installed on the fence.

A panel of art professionals, including representatives from the Seattle City Council, the Fleets and Facilities Department, and Triad Development, selected the artists from a pool of 62 applicants. Funding for the Civic Square temporary artwork program is provided by Triad Development, Inc.
Crank up your summer with outdoor concerts at City Hall
 
 
 
The Tallboys will perform at City Hall on Aug. 5. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Kick it this summer with free concerts at City Hall's outdoor plaza, Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Direct from the Century Ballroom's ongoing Urban Square Dance, the beloved string band The Tall Boys calls all ya'll to City Hall, Aug. 5. No dance experience is required to have a rollicking good time. On Aug. 12, Handful of Luvin's fiddle-driven roots rock will cheer the hardest of hearts. On Aug. 19, bring your dancing shoes; The Seattle Times raves that the 12-piece band Latin Expression "serves its salsa HOT, HOT, HOT!! Power salsa that gets people dancing." And Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band bring original Jamaican reggae grooves to City Hall, Aug. 26.

In case of rain, all shows except Latin Expression will move inside City Hall lobby and end at 1 p.m.

These concerts are part of Seattle Presents, the free year-round concert series at City Hall. Summer concerts are supported by Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Summer in the City and Triamp Group.
Artist talk features Bumbershoot visual art talent
 
 
 
Juan Alonso, Kipunie, artwork used for the 1999 Bumbershoot Fine Arts Poster.
 
Don't miss a rare chance to hear Bumbershoot visual artists and designers dish about their work and the wild muse that is Seattle's Music & Arts Festival. This free artist talk will take place 5:30 to 7 p.m., Aug. 3, in the lobby of City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. The talk is presented in conjunction with Umbrella for the Arts: 40 Years of Bumbershoot Artworks, an exhibition of original artwork and posters for Bumbershoot over the past 40 years. The exhibition is on display at City Hall through Sept. 7.

Speakers are Juan Alonso, painter of Kipunie, artwork used for the 1999 Fine Arts Poster, and 2010 Mayors Arts Award recipient; Chelsea Conboy, graphic designer of the Bumbershoot 2010 campaign; and Rich Lehl, painter of Backyard Boogaloo, artwork used for the 2006 Fine Arts Poster. Daniel R. Smith, designer and curator of three exhibits at Bumbershoot 2010, will moderate the talk.
Exhibition features rarely seen artworks from Seattle's portable works collection
 
 
 
James Pridgeon, Technology Leading the People, 1992, mixed media, 73.5" x 25.5" x 61".
 
Visit the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery and see 28 rarely seen artworks from the city of Seattle's portable works collection. The exhibition, Evocative: Artworks that Invite Conversation, will be on view through Oct. 1 and features works by 21 national artists working in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography and mixed media.

"This exhibition is intended to evoke conversation and features artwork that attracts the curious eye. The viewer will want to figure out the mechanisms and wonder at their implications," says city Curator Deborah Paine with the Office.

The city's portable works collection is exhibited throughout city offices, engaging both employees and the public and creating an interesting and diverse work environment. The collection is managed by the Office. Artwork purchases for the collection are made possible with city 1% for Art funds.
 
 
The new Seattle OnHold mix features the song "The Breath-Width Isthmus" by Bill Horist from the CD Covalent Lodge.
 
Get your groove on with our free podcast
 
Once again, we've spruced up city phone lines with local music. The latest Seattle OnHold mix is available by podcast so you can rock out to a new tune every seven to 11 days. The lineup features a hip hop ode to Seattle by Canary Sing, ethereal guitar improv by Bill Horist, the masterful voices of Choral Arts, Latin grooves by Miho & Diego and much more.

Call the city, and if you're put on hold, you'll also hear the tunes.
Free outdoor movies and concerts this summer at Seattle Center
 
 
 

 
This summer, take advantage of the warm nights with free outdoor movies and concerts on Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre lawn. Here's what's coming up in August.

Picnic by moonlight and enjoy some of your favorite movies, from the blockbuster teenage/vampire love story Twilight to sci-fi flick Star Trek, at Movies at the Mural. Movies begin at 9 p.m. For the complete lineup, go here.

Seattle Center has also teamed 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 at 6 p.m. The KEXP BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 14, will feature bands from 2 to 9 p.m. The lineup includes experimental folk band Suckers, indie rock band The Lonely Forest and more. For more information and the complete lineup, go here.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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