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In this Issue — December 2010
 Message from the interim director: 2010 recap and the future
 Youth Arts program funding opens in December
 Artwork to be dedicated at new West Seattle fire station, Dec. 4
 Second phase of storefront art program opens Dec. 2
 Forum draws 200 supporters of arts education
 Soulful jazz to '20s glitz at City Hall
 KING FM seeks youth musicians for awards competition
 Northwest Painter William Cumming Dies at 93
 Seattle Center sparkles with Winterfest
 From violin to puppets on Art Zone
 New affordable health insurance plan for small businesses



Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Gail Pettis, free concert
Miss Rose & Her Rhythm Percolators, free concert
Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Postscripts from the EDGE
Through Jan. 4, 2011
 
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Image: Students rehearse for the Pat Graney Company's House of Mind performance. Photo by Tim Summers.
Message from the interim director: 2010 recap and the future
 
 
 
James Keblas. Photo by Chase Jarvis.
 
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs recently submitted 2010 program highlights to Mayor McGinn for end-of-year review. This is a fairly ordinary procedure in government. What is not so ordinary are the accomplishments and impacts one small public office can have in a community. For example, the office invested $2.2 million to Seattle artists and organizations in 2010; worked with Shunpike to fund and facilitate Storefronts Seattle, placing artist installations in vacant storefronts in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District; and provided to our community 11 new public artworks that contribute to Seattle's standing as the number one public art city in America. The list continues with remarkable outcomes and evidence that you, the citizens of Seattle, are getting an incredible return on your investments.

It's an honor to serve as interim director of the Office. It's clear from the recent accomplishments that my primary responsibility is to support this staff and make sure they have the resources they need to continue doing such impressive work. Leadership transitions can be distracting, but I am committed to making sure this office continues to provide extraordinary accomplishments to the public, bridging the successful direction of Michael Killoren to new guidance shortly down the line. The arts play an important role in Seattle's quality of life and in keeping our city economically competitive. As interim director, I am committed to preserving and enhancing our artistic resources and to continue developing Seattle's creative identity.

Sincerely,
James Keblas
 
 
Bridges to Understanding students capture photos for their digital story about organic gardening. Photo by Tania Westby.
 
Youth Arts program funding opens in December
 
Mark your calendar! The 2011 Youth Arts online application will open Wednesday, Dec. 15. The application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Youth Arts is an annual funding program that makes a difference in the lives of Seattle middle- and high-school youth by providing arts education beyond the regular school day. Awards range up to $10,000. The upcoming funding cycle will support after-school arts training between September 2011 and September 2012.

An information session will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at the Seattle Public Library, Douglas Truth Branch, at 2219 E. Yesler Way.

Visit the Youth Arts page for information on the history of the program and a list of previous funding recipients.
Artwork to be dedicated at new West Seattle fire station, Dec. 4
 
 
 
Peter Beeman, Lifter (detail), 2010, permanently sited at Fire Station 37 in West Seattle. Photo by Jason Huff.
 
The Office and the Seattle Fire Department invite you to celebrate the dedication of West Seattle's new Fire Station 37 and Pete Beeman's Lifter, a site-specific, 26-foot sculpture. Fire Station 37 is at 7700 35th Avenue S.W. The event is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4. Come by and tour the new station; talk with the artist; scoop up exciting door prizes; and enjoy special activities for kids, including face painting. Food and drinks will be served.

Lifter is a 26-foot-tall sculpture with a kinetic feature that allows passersby to interact with the sculpture. The sculpture features two sets of arms that are activated at the base. As the user turns the crank, the arms of the sculpture rise and fall slowly. The artwork is inspired by the role of fire fighters and the hope they give to the community.

Lifter is commissioned with Department of Finance and Administrative Services Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office. The dedication is jointly sponsored by the Seattle Fire Department and IAFF Local 27.

For more information, contact Stephanie Beechem, (206) 684-5962.
Second phase of storefront art program opens Dec. 2
 
 
 
Passersby viewing Dan Reeder's Collection of Twelve Dragons in a Pioneer Square storefront from the first phase of the Storefronts Seattle project. Photo by Eliza S. Rankin.
 
The second phase of Storefronts Seattle, a pilot program to make vacant storefront space available for creative uses in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District, opens Dec. 2. Seven new art installations, two creative businesses and three participating commercial spaces will join the five existing creative enterprises that moved to storefronts in September for the first phase of the program. The pilot project runs through February 2011.

The storefronts house a variety of projects including a fine woodworking store, a crochet and wood installation and a large-scale metal prehistoric landscape. The artists are: James Barker, Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw, Christine Chaney, Celeste Cooning, Ben Hirschkoff, Robert Hutchison and Tom Maul, Etta Lilienthal and Ben Zamora, Paul McKee, and Mathew Richter. Click here for information on the artists.

Storefronts Seattle is part of a series that includes artist installations and residencies in storefronts, where visual and performing artists can create, work, rehearse and perform in storefront space. The pilot program began in September in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District, with the possibility of future expansion to other Seattle neighborhoods.

Partner organizations for Storefronts Seattle are the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Shunpike, Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation and Development Authority, Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area and The Alliance for Pioneer Square.
 
 
Mayor Mike McGinn answering a question from Nathen Hale student Audrey Myers at the 2010 Arts in Education Forum.
 
Forum draws 200 supporters of arts education
 
Nearly 200 supporters of equitable arts opportunities for youth attended the sixth annual Arts in Education Forum on Monday, Nov. 8 at Seattle University. Two current students and one recent graduate of Seattle Public Schools (SPS) directed an on-stage conversation with Mayor Mike McGinn and SPS Chief Academic Officer Dr. Susan Enfield about how the arts engage, challenge and motivate young people.

Mayor McGinn and Dr. Enfield both reinforced their commitment to the city's multi-year Arts in Education Partnership with Seattle Public Schools; integrating arts in the upcoming Families & Education Levy; and finding more ways to provide critical arts opportunities for students across Seattle.

If you weren't able to attend the forum, you can catch the highlights on the Office's YouTube channel or watch the forum in its entirety on Seattle Channel. Don't forget to sign up for updates and progress reports on the city's arts education partnership!

The forum was presented this year by the Seattle Arts Commission, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Public Schools, with support from the Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences.
 
 
Miss Rose and Her Rhythm Percolators will perform a free concert at City Hall on Dec. 16.
 
Soulful jazz to '20s glitz at City Hall
 
Come in from the cold and tap your feet to free music in December. Free noontime shows take place inside City Hall's lobby, 600 Fourth Ave., and are part of the Office's Seattle Presents year-round concert series.

On Thursday, Dec. 2, enjoy warm jazz vocals that Cadence Magazine raves are "deliciously soulful." A former Earshot NW Vocalist of the Year, Gail Pettis infuses every song she sings with grace and charm.

On Thursday, Dec. 16, travel back to the roaring '20s as the delightful vintage quartet Miss Rose & Her Rhythm Percolators play tunes fit for flappers dancing in a glitzy underground speakeasy. Dressed in period clothing, Singer Sunga Rose croons and strums a ukulele while her Rhythm Percolators keep time and knock out solos.
KING FM seeks youth musicians for awards competition
 
 
 

 
Calling youth musicians. Classical radio station KING FM 98.1 will celebrate the talented youth of the Northwest who are pursuing their dreams in music with the second annual Classical KING FM Ten Grands Young Artist Awards.

Non-professional acoustic instrumentalists, vocalists or ensembles of five or less are eligible to enter. All entrants must be between the ages of six and 18 and live in Washington, Oregon or Idaho.

The top 10 finalists will participate in the Ten Grands Concert, April 1, 2011 at Benaroya Hall. The first-place winner will earn a spot as a featured soloist center stage at Benaroya Hall. The grand prize also includes a $1,000 scholarship from KING FM. All finalists will perform as a group on stage.

To enter, submit a five-minute (maximum) audition YouTube video. The application deadline is January 14, 2011. For more information on how to apply, go here.
 
 
William Cumming, Grandmother, 2004, egg tempura on masonite board, 12" x 18 1/4".
 
Northwest Painter William Cumming Dies at 93
 
William Cumming, known for his brightly colored figurative artwork, died Nov. 22 of congestive heart failure. Associated with the Northwest School mystics such as Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan and Morris Graves, Cumming distinguished himself by continuing to work figuratively while the others delved deeper into abstraction.

Cumming taught at the Art Institute of Seattle for more than 50 years. In 2005, a 70-year retrospective of Cumming's work, titled "William Cumming: The Image of Consequence," was held at the Frye Art Museum. The show included everything from drawings Cumming produced during the Depression and WWI to his well-known "Cowboy Alley" oil paintings of Western vistas.

His paintings were dense with patterned hues, such as the brightly colored retreating figure of Grandmother in the city's portable works collection. Other artworks owned by the city are Poco Bueno Cutting, Three Boys and Driving Cattle.
 
 

 
Seattle Center sparkles with Winterfest
 
Enjoy the sights, sounds and spirit of the season at Seattle Center Winterfest. Festive outdoor lighting illuminates the Center and the ice rink returns, along with music, comedy, jazz, dance, cultural celebrations and more.

During December, enjoy the Winter Train and Village, an exhibit representing a turn-of-the-century village and train; ice sculpting; and fireside sing-alongs. See the comedy of David Crowe & Unexpected Productions. Enjoy the music of the Garfield High School Jazz Band, led by Clarence Acox; and the Microsoft Orchestra. And witness SANCA Acrobatics & Circus Arts and Zambini Brothers Puppeteers.

Go here for more information and the performance schedule.
 
 

 
From violin to puppets on Art Zone
 
Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on Seattle Channel 21 spotlights the local arts scene. Catch the show on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on the web. Art Zone returns to KCTS Channel 9 at 5 a.m. on Mondays; and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Here are this month's shows. (Art Zone will not air on Dec. 24 or Dec. 31.)

On Dec. 3, watch an episode of "Open Studio" with singer/songwriter Carrie Akre, filmmaker Rick Stevenson, ukulele master Michael Powers, violinist Quinton Morris and puppeteer Kyle Loven.

On Dec. 10, watch a profile on the comedic performance duo Cherdonna & Lou. Art Zone remembers the late musician Carly Henley. And get a list of holiday entertainment.

On Dec. 17, Art Zone closes out 2010 from Vito's restaurant on First Hill. Nancy Guppy gets a tour from co-owner Greg Lundgren, samples the menu, chats up famous past patrons, and enjoys Ruby Bishop on grand piano.
New affordable health insurance plan for small businesses
 
 
 

 
Small businesses that want to offer health insurance in Washington state face a big hurdle: the expense. Now with Washington's Health Insurance Partnership, or HIP, there's a solution—a way to reap the rewards of health coverage for employees without breaking the bank.

HIP provides Washington small employers access to the same health insurance coverage available in the small group health insurance market, but at a lower employer contribution rate. To help employees pay for their share of the coverage, HIP also offers a premium subsidy (up to 90 percent) to eligible employees based on their family income.

With HIP, small employers can choose from a variety of plans from many different health insurance carriers that range from low-cost, high-deductible plans to comprehensive coverage. Employers select a plan and all participating employees enroll in the same plan.

You may be eligible for HIP if your company has one to 50 employees; your company does not currently offer health insurance coverage to employees; and at least 50 percent of the employees in your company are low-wage. To be considered low-wage, an employee's monthly wages cannot exceed 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.

For more information about HIP go here or watch this short video.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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