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Message from the Director: $1 million added to 2008 budget
The 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (AYP) Exposition. $200,000 of the Office's budget will fund preparations for the centennial of the AYP Exposition in 2009.
We have much to be thankful for this season. Last week, the Seattle City Council approved the city's 2008 budget, which adds more than $1 million to the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' budget as proposed by Mayor Greg Nickels. We will stretch the dollars to fund new investments in arts education, history and cultural heritage and cultural facilities, and boost awards to arts, cultural and community organizations.

Public investment in the arts improves quality of life by supporting cultural institutions and initiatives that provide services essential to Seattle's creative vitality. We know investing in the arts results in big returns. Arts and culture add one-third of a billion dollars a year to Seattle's economy. That's a lot of economic activity.

We're not the only city department to receive dollars earmarked for arts and culture. The parks budget includes $2.7 million to renovate the west wing of Building 30 at Warren G. Magnuson Park to create a 28,000-square-foot multi-arts facility, including studios (30 to 40 spaces for visual and performing artists), exhibition and office space for artists and arts and cultural organizations. The city-owned building was part of the former Sand Point Naval Air Station. KUOW's Marcie Sillman recently reported on the project.

The $1 million add for our agency amounts to a 17-percent increase in the Office's 2007 budget of $6.5 million. When the mayor proposed his budget earlier this fall, we outlined his proposed investments in this newsletter. Here's a recap of what we plan to do with the dollars.

Celebrate the holidays with free concerts
From medieval choral music to Latin Jazz, the Seattle Presents concerts series will bring good tidings and great music to City Hall and the Seattle Municipal Tower with six holiday-themed performances, noon to 1 p.m., Dec. 4 to 20. Tuesday concerts will take place at Seattle Municipal Tower. Thursday performances will take place at City Hall. See our Web site for the line-up.

The performances are part of the free lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series presented year round by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Concerts at Seattle Municipal Tower are presented in partnership with the city's Fleets and Facilities Department.

Alejandra E., Untitled.

City Hall Gallery features Youth in Focus
Pike Place Market is one of Seattle's dominant icons for both residents and visitors. In celebration of the market's centennial, four youth photographers and their mentors from Youth in Focus have captured imagery of Pike Place Market, its people, its products, its history and its significance to the city.

Pike Place Market as Seen by Youth in Focus, on view Dec. 3- Jan. 1 at the City Hall Lobby Gallery, consists of 27 black-and-white photographs. Countless pictures have been snapped of the market, but this exhibition offers the unique opportunity to see the market from the eyes of Seattle's youth.

The exhibition was developed by The Friends of the Market, The Market Foundation and Youth in Focus and is presented in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

City Hall is located at 600 Fourth Ave. and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stephen Rosen, City Hall West Side (detail), 2005, 23" x 30".
Proposals for City Hall galleries due Dec. 21
Artists and community organizations are invtited to submit exhibition proposals for display in City Hall galleries in 2008. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 21. Two City Hall galleries - the City Hall Lobby Gallery and the Anne Focke Gallery - focus on works that reflect the broad diversity of Seattle's communities and highlight the work of regional artists, community organizations and city departments. Group and solo exhibitions are welcome and will be displayed for six to eight weeks beginning in February 2008. Exhibitions should showcase the life of the city through the activities of its residents and organizations. A panel of city employees, administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, will review the applications and select 2008 exhibitions. Click here to apply online.
Theresa Batty, Pelorus, 2007, Broadview Branch, The Seattle Public Library.
Library branch reopens with new artwork
The Broadview Branch of The Seattle Public Library, closed for expansion since May 2006, will reopen Saturday, Dec. 8 at 12 p.m. with two new works by Seattle artist Theresa Batty. Selected through a roster-based panel in 2005 as the public artist for the renovation, Batty often works with transparent images embedded into cast glass that offer the viewer a sense of history and place. Pelorus is a wooden vessel that hangs over the library's circulation desk, and Mercator is an installation of cast glass in Venetian plaster. Both pieces reference navigation through the use of iconic imagery.

The Broadview Branch, located at 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., has been expanded from its original 8,405 square feet to 15,000 square feet. It includes an updated collection of books and materials, more seating and computers, improved lighting and energy efficiency and a larger meeting room. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs manages the library's public art program.

Perri Lynch, Radius. Photo by Perri Lynch.
Sustainability Forum features artist Perri Lynch
Using live improvisation and raw field recordings, public artist and phonographer Perri Lynch will present RADIUS, a performance installation exploring the beats, harmonies, rhythms and tones of sustainable practice at a 5 p.m. catered reception prior to the Urban Sustainability Forum, Creating the Greenest Neighborhoods in North America, Monday, Dec. 10 at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. The forum is 5:30 to 7 p.m. The free forum and reception are sponsored by Seattle's Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Artist Trust in partnership with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Drawing inspiration from the ten principles of One Planet Communities, Lynch's sounds are reduced, reused, repaired and recycled to frame new perspectives on built environments and the natural world in a global context.

The DPD presentation is part of an energizing series of public forums in which nationally recognized leaders discuss how we can transform Seattle into a 21st century city that is climate-neutral, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented, community-focused and sustainably-designed.

The OnHold mix features artist Ben Thomas, with Welcome Rain from the CD Triskaidekaphobia.
New OnHold mix live on city phone lines
Acclaimed classical pianist Byron Schenkman and the alternative indie rockers of Downpilot have never shared the stage or airways, but the latest Seattle OnHold rotation, live as of Nov. 1, features their music back to back in an eclectic mix of local talents. African, Norwegian, klezmer, French and other musical traditions are also featured on the mix.

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 and promote Seattle's vibrant and varied music scene.

The latest OnHold mix features ten 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.

Ashley Thorner, JUMs, 2005, Southwest Community Center.
Public art 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. Seattle filmmaker and producer John Forsen produced the videos with support from the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Channel.

New profiles feature four public art projects: Ashley Thorner's JUMs, which consists of whimsical sculptures that combine three common Northwest elements: jellyfish, umbrellas and mushrooms; Gerard Tsutakawa's The Urban Peace Circle, the culmination of a gun buy-back program by an organization called Stop The Violence; Kristin Tollefson's WaterLogs + Leaf/Hull, a work that blurs the boundaries between land and water, past and present, nature and our imprint on it; and Preston Singletary's Raven Crest Hat, featuring Singletary's signature style of Northwest Coast Native art in glass designs.

Ethnic Arts Connection showcase deadline is Dec. 21
Korean Cultural Celebration 2006, Festál, photo by Punchlist Design.
The application deadline for performing artists who wish to present a six-minute showcase of their work for the Ethnic Arts Connection is Friday, Dec. 21. Ethnic Arts Connection, a free one-day gathering of artists and presenters, provides a link between arts presenters looking for ethnic performing artists and ethnic artists looking for venues. The event will take place 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2008 at Intiman Theatre at Seattle Center, and will feature a rich roster of showcase performances, workshops and booking and networking opportunities.

Don't delay as space is limited for showcase performances. The general registration deadline for presenters and performing artists is Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. Click here to register online. Registration is open to Washington performing artists, presenters and community organizations.

Performing artists are invited to attend a free pre-event workshop Preparing an Effective Promotion Packet, 7 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008 at 911 Media Arts Center. To sign up, contact Paul Rucker at (206) 684-7084. Workshop registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 25, 2008.

The Ethnic Arts Connection is a collaborative project of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Center, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission, Ethnic Heritage Council, Festál, Northwest Folklife and Arts Northwest.

Tamara Childress

Tamara Childress joins Office
We welcome Tamara Childress, who joins our staff as a public relations specialist. Tamara comes to us from the city's Department of Planning and Development, where she worked for two years on the department's communications team developing public information materials and implementing community outreach initiatives.

Prior to joining the city, Tamara spent five years as communications director for the Glass Art Society. An international non-profit organization based in Seattle, the Glass Art Society promotes the development and appreciation of the glass arts through an annual conference, publications and professional development for glass artists. Tamara managed the Glass Art Society's newsletter and other publications, Web site development, publicity and media outreach. She assisted in planning, marketing and worked onsite in multiple capacities for the organization's annual conference held around the globe, including Seattle in 2003.

A shutterbug, Tamara studies photography at Photographic Center Northwest. She received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Tennessee and has worked in publications positions at the Federal Bar Association in Washington D.C., and the University of Texas and Texas Society of Architects in Austin, Texas.

Members sought for Design Review Board
Mayor Greg Nickels is looking for qualified candidates to fill upcoming openings on the city of Seattle's Design Review Board. The positions will be available in April 2008 when retiring board members' terms expire.

The city is looking for professionals in the design and development fields, who have proven skills and established careers. It also seeks community and business leaders with an interest in shaping new development in their neighborhoods, and a passion for keeping Seattle a great place to live, work and play.

Board members are appointed by the mayor and City Council and serve two-year terms that may be renewed once. Members serve on one of seven boards that review projects in the city's major geographic districts.

The application deadline is Dec. 10. Click here to download an application. For more information, read the press release.

Vote for Seattle as top arts destination
Exercise your right to vote and encourage others who appreciate our fine contemporary arts scene here in Seattle! Visit AmericanStyle magazine's Web site to select your favorite contemporary arts destination in the United States. This year, Seattle finished fifth among the nation's big-city arts destinations in AmericanStyle magazine's Top 25 Arts Destinations readers' poll. We are in good company, finishing behind first-place New York, then Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. All ballots received by Jan. 31, 2008 will be entered to win a $500 airline travel certificate. Click here to cast your ballot and move Seattle up the artistic ranks.
Linda Beaumont, Current, 2005. Photo by Spike Mafford.
Online slide show features Northwest artists
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs collaborated with 4Culture to develop a slide show of the work of northwest artists for the International Sculpture Center's annual conference held in October at the Seattle Art Museum. The conference, with the theme of sculpture gardens and parks, focused on the new Olympic Sculpture Park and its art and brought many attendees from around the country. To showcase the work of local artists, the public art programs of the two agencies selected four images each from 50 sculptors and public artists and presented them to attendees - artists, curators, arts administrators - in an informal session that highlighted the breadth of regional talent. The full presentation can be viewed here.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
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