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In this Issue — August 2011
 Message from the director: $1 million for arts education, Western Building
artists to participate in Art Walk
 Artist-in-residence sought for Seattle City Light conservation programs
 Seeking artists for public art project roster
 Save the date for Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, Sept. 1
 Seattle ranks third in nation on Vitality Index
 Retro pop, reggae, samba on August concert bill at City Hall
 Seattle as Collector extends to City Hall, celebrates Office's 40th anniversary
 Seattle Mural, other public artworks get facelift
 What are your priorities for Seattle?
 Watch the trees come alive, get an artistic license, and more at Occidental Square
 City campaign features Seattle's "hidden gems"



Call: Artist-in-residence for Seattle City Light conservation programs
Call: Artists for public art project roster
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Curtains for You, free concert

Kore Ionz, free concert

Show Brazil, free concert

Doctorfunk, free concert


City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Seattle as Collector
at City Hall

Aug. 10 to Dec. 30
Seattle Municipal Tower:
The Built Environment
Through Sept. 30
Special Exhibition at Seattle Art Museum:
Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40
Through October 23
 
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Image: Visitors to Occidental Square enjoying the ArtSparks installations. Pictured are Celeste Cooning's Honeycomb Clouds and Suzanne Tidwell's Knitted Trees. Installations, performances and happenings are transforming Occidental Square into an engaging, outdoor experimental art gallery this summer. Photo by Kathy Hsieh.
Message from the director: $1 million for arts education,
Western Building artists to participate in Art Walk
 
 
Students work with teaching artist Willow Heath to create small sculptures and paintings at Gage Academy of Art. Photo by Ferdora El Morro.
 
It feels like summer has finally begun in Seattle, which seems strange to me as it's already getting close to back-to-school time. While it doesn't affect me personally, I'm looking forward to the start of a new school year, thanks to the recent announcement that Seattle Public Schools is the recipient of a $1 million planning grant from the New-York based Wallace Foundation to engage the community in developing a plan to enhance arts instruction in the classroom.

This week, I along with representatives from the Seattle Arts Commission met with Interim Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield to discuss the planning grant, which will support the development of a comprehensive K-12 arts education plan aimed at increasing quality arts learning opportunities for all students in Seattle Public Schools, especially those with the least access.

Seattle was selected from a pool of 53 cities to apply for the Wallace Foundation Arts Learning Initiative planning grant, thanks in large part to the progress of the Seattle Arts Education Partnership—a multiyear collaboration between the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Public Schools—to put the arts back in education for all students.

There is no disputing that the arts are an essential ingredient in a complete education. Evidence suggests that when schools invest in arts education, students demonstrate academic gains. And when students engage in creative expression, they benefit from increased self confidence, sharpened attention and teamwork skills, which lead to success in career and life.

As part of the planning process, which will conclude in January 2013, the district will engage the community in a coordinated effort to develop a comprehensive arts education plan. To help shape the plan, the school district will tap teachers, arts organizations, city and community agencies, families and funders through focus groups, surveys and meetings. I am very excited that OACA and the Seattle Arts Commission will work with the district to implement this important work for the future of our students.

While arts education is at the heart of our policy work, so is advocating for affordable, dedicated cultural space. You've likely heard the news that more than 100 artist tenants in the 619 Western Building must move out to make way for the Highway 99 tunnel project by Oct. 1, several months earlier than planned because city inspectors recently deemed the building unsafe.

The shoring work required for the tunneling triggered an inspection by the city's Department of Planning and Development (DPD), which led to the discovery that repairs required by the city in 2002 following the Nisqually Earthquake had never been made by the building owner. The safety risks are simply too great to allow the artist tenants to remain in the building.

In the short term, we worked with DPD to allow limited general public access to the building during the First Thursday Art Walks today and Sept. 1. We also worked with The Alliance for Pioneer Square to help secure the use of a private parking garage next to the building, allowing artists to bring their work outside during the Art Walks.

For more than 30 years, 619 Western has been an important cultural presence in Pioneer Square. We continue to work with other city departments and community partners to research other potential location options in the neighborhood to keep arts and culture a vital part of Pioneer Square.

Sincerely,

Vincent E. Kitch
Director
 
Dan Corson and Lyn McCracken, Within Disease and Health: Flow, 2002. Exhibited at Union Substation, Union and Western avenues, from August to October 2002.
 
Artist-in-residence sought for Seattle
City Light conservation programs
 
We're seeking an artist-in-residence to highlight Seattle City Light's conservation projects. Beginning in the fall the artist will study the utility's energy conservation programs and develop a series of innovative projects to bring awareness to conservation. Seattle City Light, the first carbon-neutral utility in the nation, released its 2010 annual report last week.

The artist-in-residence will develop his or her own projects and identify conservation-related art projects for other artists. The artist will also address City Light's partner programs, including the Office of Sustainability and Environment's Community Power Works Program—a neighborhood-based building-upgrade program to achieve energy savings and create "green" jobs. The artist will also create a project illuminating City Light's conservation and sustainability efforts for display at Seattle Center's Next Fifty anniversary celebration in 2012.

The call is open to individual artists residing in the United States. The budget is $15,000 for the initial three-month residency, with additional funding to extend the residency up to a year. Approximately $140,000 is available for implementation of artwork projects by both the artist-in-residence and other artists. Fees are all-inclusive of travel expenses, taxes and other project costs.

Application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29 (Pacific Daylight Time). Click here for more information and to apply.
 
Kay Kirkpatrick, Rescue, 2010. Located at Fire Station 35, 8729 15th Ave. N.W. Photo by Peter de Lory.
 
Seeking artists for public art project roster
 
We're seeking approximately 50 to 75 artists for a juried roster of professional artists eligible for consideration for future public artworks. The projects will be at city utility facilities, parks, in the street right-of-way and at other locations.

The roster will include pre-qualified artists who can create free-standing or integrated, site-specific artwork for locations managed by Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Parks and Recreation and other city of Seattle departments. The projects will vary in size and complexity, with budgets ranging from $30,000 to $150,000.

The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Applicants must have successfully completed two permanent or temporary, site-specific commissions.

Application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29 (Pacific Daylight Time). Click here for more information and to apply.
Save the date for Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, Sept. 1
 
 
Audience members watching the 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
 
Our favorite end-of-summer arts celebration is almost here. Save the date for the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1 at Seattle Center on the North Fountain Lawn and join Mayor Mike McGinn in honoring the 2011 award recipients. Please note, the event previously held on a Friday is on a Thursday this year.

The 2011 award recipients are: Donald Byrd, choreographer and artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater; Jack Straw Productions; Quinton I. Morris, violinist and professor; On the Boards; Pratt Fine Arts Center and Tet in Seattle, producer of the annual Tet Festival. The Seattle Arts Commission recommended the recipients from a pool of more than 300 public nominations.

The outdoor ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will feature award presentations and the official opening of the Bumbershoot 2011 Visual Arts Exhibits. The free public preview of the exhibits will be open 3 to 9 p.m. and are a great way to kick off or close First Thursday.

The Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony is presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival with support from City Arts magazine and Chihuly Garden and Glass.
 

 
Seattle ranks third in nation on Vitality Index
 
A new Vitality Index shows Seattle has among the strongest vital signs of cities across the nation. Creative Cities International, a New York-based urban development company, recently released its Vitality Index rankings for the top U.S. cities. Seattle is strong at number 3, preceded by New York and Chicago and followed by San Francisco and Boston. The variables are based on quantitative factors including economic development and education levels and qualitative measures ranging from what city dwellers like best about their city to what could make it livelier.

The index hopes to encourage policy-makers to focus on choices that enrich the lives of residents. Download the report here. The creative, cultural and economic strengths of a city were key aspects in the assessment, as well as community gathering places such as public plazas and art festivals.

The report states, "The vitality of a creative city distinguishes it from just any urban environment. The exemplar creative city is full of energy, opportunities and interesting people combined with a bit of edginess. That creative tension, which is the result of an entrepreneurial spirit combined with restless talent wanting the city to be more remarkable or provide better outlets for ideas and energy equals what we call 'good messiness.' It is the energy we find in exciting places that is difficult to define but immediately felt."
Retro pop, reggae, samba on August concert bill at City Hall
 
 
Kore Ionz performs Thursday, Aug. 11 at noon on City Hall's outdoor plaza.
 
Dance the samba and groove to reggae at concerts on City Hall's outdoor plaza, noon to 1:30 p.m. every Thursday through August. The performances are part of Seattle Presents, the free lunchtime concert series produced by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

On Aug. 4, five-piece band Curtains for You will perform retro-pop melodies. On Aug. 11, Kore Ionz will deliver groove-heavy reggae. This local group has shared the stage with The Wailers, Third World and New Zealand's Katchafire, as well as two-time Grammy-award winner Common.

Show Brazil will get you on your feet with their Brazilian samba beats on Aug. 18. This special show directed by Eduardo Mendonça will showcase dancers in full costume and Brazilian Carnaval music. On Aug. 25, the 10-piece soul-funk band Doctorfunk echoes the legendary passion of famed horn band Tower of Power, but brings its own sizzle, pop and scream to the scene.
 
Michael Schultheis, Confocal Cycloids 08, 2005, acrylic paint on stretched canvas, 48" x 36". Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Seattle as Collector extends to City Hall, celebrates Office's 40th anniversary
 
An extension of the exhibition at Seattle Art Museum Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40 will open at City Hall Aug. 10 and run through the end of the year.

The smaller-scale City Hall exhibition—Seattle as Collector at City Hall—continues the celebration of our agency's 40th anniversary and features works by 49 artists collected by the city over the past four decades.

See artworks by regional favorites such as Judith Poxson Fawkes and Michael Schultheis, as well as national luminaries such as Richard Serra and Pat Steir.

City Curator and Collections Manager Deborah Paine selected the featured artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection, which includes more than 2,800 artworks.
 
Paul Horiuchi, Seattle Mural, 1962, Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle Center between Center House and Pacific Science Center, Gift of Century 21 Corporation.
 
Seattle Mural, other public artworks get facelift
 
The landmark glass mosaic Seattle Mural at Seattle Center is getting a makeover. Conservators are replacing missing glass pieces and cleaning the surface of silica deposits.The work will be finished early this month.

Created by artist Paul Horiuchi for the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the mural provides the backdrop for the Mural Amphitheatre, a venue for events from rock shows to Shakespeare plays. The restoration is a joint project of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Center, with grant support from 4Culture and National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Our conservation staff and consultants have also been hard at work cleaning and restoring many other treasured Seattle public artworks. Staff restored the Seattle Totem Pole at Pioneer Place Park, a replica of an original 1899 totem pole carved by Charles Brown and William H. Brown, along with other Tlingit artists in 1940. Staff has also restored a number of other artworks at Seattle Center in preparation for The Next Fifty, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.

Through our conservation program, staff inspects and maintains approximately 400 permanently sited artworks in the city's public art collection. Read more about current conservation projects on our blog.
 

 
What are your priorities for Seattle?
 
Artists and arts supporters: here's your chance to weigh in on how the arts add to our quality of life in Seattle.

Please take a minute to complete this survey which will help inform updates to the Seattle Comprehensive Plan, the document that guides development, services and amenities in Seattle.

Survey topics include housing, transit, healthy communities, growing neighborhoods, climate issues and design. The survey will run through the summer. Your input will inform recommendations made to the Seattle City Council this fall.

For more information on the Comprehensive Plan, watch this video.
 
Rendering of Lifelines provided by Sarah Ferreter and Jenny Kempson.
 
Watch the trees come alive, get an artistic license, and more at Occidental Square
 
The London plane trees have come alive at Pioneer Square's Occidental Square with Sarah Ferreter and Jenny Kempson's Lifelines, Aug. 1 to 14. Silvery, reflective rings appear to hover around the tree trunks. On the ground, colorful rings radiate from the trunks and begin to converge, intersecting with each other in a vivid confluence of color. The artwork evokes ripples on water and the growth-rings of trees. Lifelines is part of ARTSparks, a series of installations, performances and happenings is transforming Occidental Square into an engaging, outdoor experimental art gallery this summer.

From Aug. 24 to Sept. 30, Perri Lynch's artwork Shoreline will feature split boulders, chalk drawings, photographs and text as contemplative waymarkers that highlight the tale of Seattle's shoreline.

From Aug. 29 to Sept. 30, LSq pays homage to one of Pioneer Square's most frequent occupants. Flock of Seagulls is a kinetic sculpture that will float within the tree canopy.

And Erin Shafkind will open a "Department of Artistic Licensing" and issue "Universal Artistic Licenses," 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aug. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19; and 4 to 7 p.m., Aug. 6.

ARTSparks is a collaboration between 4Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
 
The Columbia City Theater is one of the hidden gems of Seattle. Learn about other local businesses that deliver one-of-a-kind experiences at OnlyinSeattle.org.
 
City campaign features Seattle's "hidden gems"
 
Discover Seattle's locally owned "hidden gems" that help shape our neighborhoods. The Office of Economic Development's 2011 Only in Seattle campaign celebrates local businesses that deliver one-of-a-kind experiences. The website OnlyinSeattle.org highlights unique spots that include a bookstore/gallery, quilting store, independently owned record shops, restaurants, wine shops, butchers and the home of one of the largest video collections in the world. Follow the website, Facebook and Twitter for information on the businesses and to receive announcements about discounts, special events, new business openings and neighborhood news.

Only in Seattle currently features 36 new businesses in eight neighborhoods: Belltown, Capitol Hill, Chinatown/International District, Madison Valley, Phinney/Greenwood, Queen Anne, South Lake Union and the University District. By the end of the summer, the campaign will grow to spotlight 58 businesses in 13 neighborhoods.

Originally launched in 2010, the campaign's "buy local" mission encourages people to shop locally and aims to inspire people to discover and explore new neighborhoods and businesses throughout the city.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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