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In this Issue - December 2008
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
Council approves city budget, arts funding remains steady
Students from the Rainier Beach High School/Broadway Bound Children's Theater perform an excerpt from Fame at the Arts Education Forum, Oct. 30.
Despite the tough economic climate, the City Council passed a 2009-2010 city budget Nov. 24 that holds the line for funding to the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs next year. The council approved the proposed arts budget Mayor Greg Nickels presented in September.

In recent weeks, city officials worked to close a budget shortfall of nearly $19 million in the city's two-year budget, the result of lower-than-expected revenues from sales taxes and business and occupation taxes. Many city departments will weather reductions.

We thank the mayor and City Council for maintaining funding for arts and culture. In 2009, the Office will continue its current levels of investment in the city's arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, youth arts, neighborhood and community programs. We will also enter into the second year of our groundbreaking Arts Education Partnership Initiative with Seattle Public Schools. The school district will match our $100,000 investment to provide access to quality arts education for all students. And with more than 40 active public art projects, we will continue to enrich our city's public spaces.

The Office's 2009 budget allocation is $7.5 million—down $356,000 from 2008. End-of-year updates to the percent-for-art fund—which is tied to capital improvement projects—will slightly alter the final figure. The 2009 budget does not include several one-time additions in 2008 for capital special projects, which accounts for much of the difference between our 2008 and 2009 budgets.

The situation changes in 2010 when the city budget proposes a four percent reduction to our general fund allocation. In the meantime, we will determine how best to reduce expenses while maintaining core programs. For city budget highlights, click here.
Artist sought for Fremont Bridge tower residency
Fremont Bridge. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection.
The Office, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist or artist team for a unique project-based artist residency in the southwest bridge tower on the Fremont Bridge.

The selected artist(s) will undertake an in-depth exploration of the historic bridge and create an art project in response to the experience. Artists cannot live in the bridge tower, but may use the space as a studio, a platform for observing, or as a base from which to interact with the community. Artist Daniel Mihalyo recommended the bridge tower artist studio in the SDOT Art Plan he authored in 2005.

The residency will begin in the spring or summer of 2009 and last two to three months. It will culminate in the public presentation of an art project. The artist may create work in any media, including video, film, sound, performance, installation or other diverse media.

The call is open to established professional artists living in Seattle or within 100 miles of Seattle. The project budget is $20,000. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Jan. 5. A link to the online application is available here.
Lydia Aldredge, Kate Wade and Peggy Gaynor; Meadowbrook Pond Reflective Refuge; 1998; permantly sited at Meadowbrook Pond.
Office seeks artists for two drainage projects
The Office, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks artists for two public art opportunities linked to neighborhood stormwater drainage projects—one in Madison Valley and the other in South Park.

In Madison Valley, the selected artist will develop a site-specific artwork for an above-ground stormwater storage facility and create artwork for stormwater drainage projects in Washington Park. The total budget for the two-part project is $170,000. The application deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 6. A link to the application is available on our Web site.

In South Park, the selected artist will create an artwork at a new pump station and/or Marra-Desimone Park, where SPU is building drainage swales and other improvements. The artist will also serve as an artist-in-residence and identify art opportunities for future South Park drainage projects. The total budget for the artwork and residency is $115,000. The application deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 13. A link to the application is available on our Web site.

Both opportunities are open to professional artists living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or California.
Funding available for Seattle artists in performing arts
Detail of performers from 2007 CityArtist Julie Tobiason's Seattle Dance Project. Photo © Angela Sterling.
Funding up to $10,000 is available in 2009 for Seattle-based artists working in the performing arts, including theater, dance and music. The Office's CityArtists program provides support to individual artists to conceive, develop and present new, in-progress or finished original works. All projects must include a public presentation.

"Individual artists are central to our city's cultural vitality and quality of life - they are the heart of a creative community," said Mayor Greg Nickels. "By supporting innovative local artists we invest in our local economy and promote the diversity in our community."

A link to the new online application, guidelines and workshop information is available on our Web site. Application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 17.

This year, CityArtists awarded $225,000 to 38 artists working in the visual, literary and media arts. The program funds different clusters of disciplines in alternate years.

When complete, it's estimated 2008 projects will have involved more than 150 artists in 101 events across the city. Twenty-eight of the funded artists are first-time recipients, representing 74 percent of the awards. The 2008 awards ranged from $2,000 to $10,000, with an average award of $5,921.
Yuki Nakamura, Filament (detail), slip cast porcelain light bulbs and 2-channel video projections, 2008. Seattle City Light's Portable Works Collection. Photo © Spike Mafford.
Tour City Light lobbies, see new artworks
See seven original artworks commissioned for Seattle City Light elevator lobbies. Take a tour and meet the artists, 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 16. A brief program with light refreshments will begin at 2 p.m. on the 32nd floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave. Visit the elevator lobbies from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

The seven recently renovated lobbies feature light sculptures by Claude Zervas; metal wall structures by Victoria Haven; a video installation by Kerry Skarbakka; paintings by Margie Livingston; an installation of porcelain light bulbs by Yuki Nakamura; enameled aluminum panels by Emily Ginsburg; and a series of framed artworks made of wool blankets, thread and satin by Marie Watt.

The portable artworks enhance the workplace of City Light employees and draw attention to the utility's mission to provide low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity to customers. The artworks were commissioned with Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Wallace announces $7.7 million to boost Seattle arts participation
Pacific Northwest Ballet is a Wallace Excellence Award recipient. Principal dancers Noelani Pantastico and Olivier Wevers in Jerome Robbins' In the Night. Photo © Angela Sterling.
The Wallace Foundation announced $7.7 million in awards to Seattle's arts community to boost audience development and outreach. Nine arts organizations will receive a total of $6.14 million, and another $1.6 million will support a regional learning network to build participation and strengthen capacity for arts organizations statewide.

The Wallace Foundation—a New York-based philanthropy—announced its prestigious Excellence Awards at a Nov. 19 event at Seattle Art Museum hosted by the Washington State Arts Commission and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

The Seattle grantees each will receive awards ranging from $500,000 to $750,000 distributed over the course of four years. Some of the recipients will use the money to develop interactive technology, others will target youth. The award recipients are Experience Music Project, One Reel, On the Boards, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and Seattle International Film Festival.

"The arts make significant contributions to Seattle's economy and to our high quality of life," said Mayor Greg Nickels. "We appreciate the Wallace Foundation's recognition and its support of Seattle's vibrant arts and cultural sector."

The nationwide Wallace Excellence Awards take a "city-based" approach to arts funding to help improve arts engagement across communities. Wallace chose Seattle and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn., as sites for its Wallace Excellence Awards grants in 2008. Past city recipients include Philadelphia, San Francisco, Chicago and Boston. Read more about the awards in The Seattle Times and Seattle P-I.
Artists selected to produce films about climate change
Film still from Luke Sieczek's Elsewhere, 2005.
Five filmmakers and artists will each develop and produce a short film or video that explores climate change for Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) Climate Action Now short film series. SJ Chiro, Britta Johnson, Susan Robb, Luke Sieczek and Rick Stevenson will create eight- to 12-minute short features that creatively address climate protection as it relates to water and wastewater. The films are intended to raise public awareness of environmental stewardship, especially as it connects to SPU's work.

A panel comprised of SPU staff and members of the Seattle art and film community selected the artists to create works for the film series.

Chiro, influenced by a background in theater, creates narrative films firmly rooted in the emotional life of her characters. Johnson's stop-motion animated films of discarded or recycled materials use the visual language of nature photography to explore scientific and environmental themes. Robb's time-based works address social and environmental issues using common materials in innovative ways. Sieczek's experimental films are grounded in research and attention to detail in order to tell a story. Stevenson's narrative features focus on the core of our longings and fears.
The Bobs will perform at City Hall Dec. 18. Photo © Dana Neely.
The Bobs on free holiday concert bill
From the jazzy guitar tunes of Michael Powers to the zany a capella of The Bobs, the Seattle Presents concert series will bring good tidings and great music to city venues in December.

Six holiday-themed performances will liven up the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from Dec. 2 to 18. Tuesday concerts are at Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave. Thursday performances take place in the City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave. Click here for the full lineup.

The year-round concert series is presented by the Office. Holiday performances at Seattle Municipal Tower are presented in partnership with the city's Fleets and Facilities Department.
Junko Yamamoto, Shunyata, 2002, oil on board, 36" x 36". Photo © Spike Mafford.
City Hall exhibition is The Picture of Health
Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Medical Center are stewards of two of Seattle's most admired art collections. And you don't have to visit the hospitals to experience 42 inspiring artworks from the collections. View them in an exhibition titled The Picture of Health on display in the City Hall galleries, Dec. 3 to Jan. 30.

The exhibition includes artworks by Lockwood Dennis, Junko Yamamoto, George Tsutakawa, Michael Fajans, MalPina Chan, Victoria Adams and many more. A free public reception is from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 7, in the City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave.

The exhibition will span two galleries—the City Hall Lobby Gallery and the Anne Focke Gallery, located on the L2 level of City Hall. Picture of Health is presented by the Office in partnership with UW Medicine.

Harborview Medical Center and UW Medical Center, operating under the umbrella of UW Medicine, have incorporated art into their healing environments for more than 25 years. Owned by King County and operated by the University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center was one of the first institutions in the nation to recognize the benefits of art in healthcare. Harborview houses a diverse collection of integrated and portable artworks, which is funded and managed by 4Culture.

UW Medical Center's permanent art collection comprises 556 artworks by Northwest artists. It was the first hospital in the region to establish an artist-in-residence program for visual and performing artists to engage patients through art experiences.
The new OnHold mix features "Adeline" from Carrie Clark & The Lonesome Lovers' CD Seems So Civilized.
New tunes on city phone lines, podcast
A new mix of Seattle OnHold music is in rotation on the city's phone lines and the OnHold podcast. The latest lineup features 10 tracks by Seattle-area artists including the twangy rhythms of the Memphis Radio Kings, the trumpet tunes of Thomas Marriott, the crooning of Carrie Clark & The Lonesome Lovers, the urban Latin flavors of Picoso and other great local talents. Check out the full lineup and subscribe to the podcast here. You can also get friendly at the OnHold MySpace page.

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.
Journey into the House of Mind at City Light warehouse
A member of the Pat Graney Company. Photo by Tim Summers.
Seattle artist Pat Graney journeys into the nature of how one conceives memory in her newest site-specific performance project House of Mind, a large-scale dance/visual spectacle staged in a South Lake Union warehouse owned by Seattle City Light at 801 Aloha St.

The performance will take place from Dec. 4 to 21, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. The venue entrance is at the intersection of 8th Avenue North and Valley Street.

In House of Mind, Graney transforms the warehouse into a unique series of "memory rooms" that consist of installations and events, intricately crafted visual displays, video projection, dioramas, motion-sensored audio and movement/performance.

Graney states, "My deepest and most heartfelt interest is in memory and perception, and in the weaving together of multiple elements in performance to create a temporal, almost viscous atmosphere, which can communicate the simplest and most complex idea: that we all share commonality."

The work includes partial nudity, but is appropriate for all ages. Seating is limited and advance tickets are recommended. For more information, click here or call (206) 329-3705. The performance is presented by the Office as part of 4Culture's SITE-SPECIFIC King County Performance Network.
President William Howard Taft at the 1909 A-Y-P. Photo courtesy of the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections.
Eating big with Taft at the A-Y-P
And now for an interesting bit of gastronomical history as we gear up for the 2009 centennial celebration of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition—Seattle's first world's fair.

On Sept. 30, 1909, the A-Y-P Exposition celebrated U.S. President William Howard Taft at a banquet hosted by Washington Gov. M. E. Hay. After the caviar on toast and the Nahcotta oysters, the president supped on a Green Turtle Clear.

The first six appetizing steps of an 18-step recipe for Green Turtle Clear are: Select a medium-sized turtle. Cut off the head. Let it bleed for 12 hours. Remove the bones by opening the sides. Cut the carcass in pieces. Blanch for three minutes in boiling water.

The turtle soup was followed by salmon, sweetbreads, duck, salad, dessert, cheese and crackers and coffee.

The A-Y-P centennial celebration is a project of the Office in collaboration with dozens of individuals and organizations throughout the region. To learn more about the 1909 A-Y-P or A-Y-P centennial events, visit the Web site.
Seattle Center street named for playwright August Wilson
A steel and glass door adorned with an image of the late playwright August Wilson serves as the portal to a new pathway at Seattle Center in Wilson's honor.
City officials last month cut the ribbon to a new pathway at Seattle Center in honor of the late legendary playwright August Wilson. The promenade's entry portal is a monumental 12-foot high steel and glass door adorned with an image of Wilson, biographical information and inscriptions from his large collection of plays. Watch the Nov. 7 dedication ceremony on Seattle Channel.

The stretch of Republican Street—now named August Wilson Way—runs through Seattle Center from Warren Avenue to Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Seattle Center's Century 21 Master Plan calls for August Wilson Way to eventually continue to Fifth Avenue.

The Seattle Arts Commission was among the first to advocate for a tribute to Wilson following his death in 2005 from liver cancer. Wilson's literary legacy is the 10-play series often referred to as his Century Cycle, for which he received two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Each play is set in a different decade and depicts the African-American experience in the 20th century. Wilson grew up in Pittsburgh. He moved to Seattle in 1990 and often wrote in the city's cafes.

Mindy Cameron of Lehrman Cameron Studio designed the portal in collaboration with Seattle Center, Seattle Center Fund, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre and Wilson's family and estate. Seattle Repertory Theatre's set shop fabricated the piece. Safeco Foundation funded the project through a grant.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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