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In this Issue — December 2011

 Message from the director: setting the stage for arts space
 Youth Arts program funding opens in December
 Cultural Space Seattle event to help shape arts space policy
 Lynch's sculpture dedicated at Greenwood's Fire Station 21, Dec. 3
 Artist space program launches, reception Dec. 1
 New artwork surrounds downtown construction site
 Hsieh, Huff take on new positions with Office
 Art, jazz and dangerous toys on this month's Art Zone



Funding: Youth Arts Opening Dec. 15
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Cultural Space Seattle - Public Forum

Cultural Space Seattle - Morning Working Session

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting


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

Through Dec. 30
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Word Play
Through Dec. 30
 
Image: Fifteen new artwork panels by seven artists have been added to the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction site between Third and Fourth avenues and Cherry and James streets in downtown Seattle. In the foreground: Jesse Link, Realization of Synthesis, 2011, original work photographed and printed on a Dibond substrate panel, 116" x 48". Photo by Blake Haygood.
Message from the director: setting the stage for arts space
 
 
Andreas Bee, Raumgreifend: Installation at Space.City/Suyama Space in 2009. Photo by Jym Snedeker.
 
I'm excited to report the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is making progress on the cultural space front. This week, with our partners at Shunpike, we launched the Artist Space Assistance Program (ASAP). A pilot program focused in the Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods, ASAP will provide relocation and placement services for artists and arts organizations seeking affordable space.

Join us tomorrow (Dec. 1) to find out more about ASAP at a First Thursday reception, 6 to 9 p.m. at LeDouxville, 604 Second Ave., in Pioneer Square.

Next week, we will host Cultural Space Seattle, a two-day event to help shape arts space policy. Artist and cultural planner Theaster Gates will deliver the keynote at a public forum, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Town Hall. The next day, Wednesday, Dec. 7, we will roll up our sleeves and work together toward a plan to advance an agenda for cultural space initiatives.

Cultivating space for the arts and culture is key to connecting people, ideas and communities. Arts space revitalizes our neighborhoods, boosts our economy and invites civic engagement.

Speaking of engagement, the holidays are a great time to take part in the arts or gift your friends and family with an art experience, whether it's a trip to a museum or tickets to the theater. Holidays in the City makes it easy to track seasonal events and arts and cultural happenings downtown.

Best wishes for a peaceful holiday season, and all the best for a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Vincent E. Kitch
Director
 
Youth Arts program funding opens in December
 
 
A participant in an open mic session sponsored by Youth Speaks, which received funding through the Youth Arts program. Photo by Kari Champoux, a Youth in Focus participant.
 
Mark your calendar! The 2013 Youth Arts on-line application will open Thursday, Dec. 15. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2012.

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 in all art forms during out-of-school time. Awards range up to $10,000. The upcoming funding cycle will support arts training between September 2012 and September 2013.

Visit the Youth Arts page for information on the purpose of and eligibility for the program and a listing of previously funded projects.


 
Cultural Space Seattle event to help shape arts space policy
 
 
Dancers from the Pat Graney Company. Photo by Tim Summers.
 
Join in Cultural Space Seattle, a two-day event to help shape policies to keep and create affordable space for artists and arts organizations to work, rehearse and perform in Seattle.

Artist and cultural planner Theaster Gates will deliver the keynote address at a public forum, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Town Hall Seattle. The forum will also feature a panel discussion with Jacqueline Gijssen, senior cultural planner, city of Vancouver, B.C.; Cathryn Vandenbrink, regional director, Artspace; and Susan Seifert, director, Social Impact of the Arts Project, University of Pennsylvania. A question-and-answer session and reception will follow. The forum is free and open to the public.

A morning working session will follow the public forum, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wed., Dec. 7 at Town Hall Seattle. Cultural space leaders will discuss current arts space projects, policy and funding and program models. Participants will roll up their sleeves and work together toward a plan to advance an agenda for cultural space in Seattle. The working session is free, but registration is required. Space is limited to the first 50 registrants. Register here. But hurry, slots are filling fast.

Gates is the 2011-2012 recipient of the Seattle Art Museum's (SAM) Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship. His solo show Theaster Gates: The Listening Room will open at SAM on Dec. 9 and run through July 1.

Cultural Space Seattle is supported by JPMorgan Chase, 4Culture, Seattle Art Museum, Town Hall Seattle and is presented in partnership with University of Washington College of Built Environments and ARCADE.
 
Lynch's sculpture dedicated at Greenwood's Fire Station 21, Dec. 3
 
 
Perri Lynch; Moment to Moment; 2011; stone, glass, LEDs and steel; 12'x28"x28". Located at Fire Station 21 in Greenwood. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Celebrate Seattle artist Perri Lynch's new public artwork Moment to Moment at the opening of the new Fire Station 21 in Greenwood. The event will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, and is part of the fire station's open house celebration, featuring refreshments and children's activities. Lynch will be present to talk about her artwork.

Moment to Moment is a 12-foot-tall, free-standing stone and glass sculpture located outside the public entrance of the fire station. LEDs illuminate the glass sections with blue/green lights that change to red/orange when triggered by the station's fire alarm. Moment to Moment honors the solid, calming presence of the fire station and the firefighters that bring life back into balance, keeping us safe.
 
Artist space program launches, reception Dec. 1
 
 
Washington Middle School students rehearse Pat Graney Company's House of Mind. Photo by Tim Summers.
 
We're pleased to announce the launch of the Artist Space Assistance Program (ASAP), a pilot program designed to provide relocation and placement services for artists and arts organizations seeking affordable studio, live/work, exhibition, performance and/or rehearsal space.

Nonprofit arts service organization Shunpike was selected to develop and manage the program, a project of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs with support from 4Culture.

With a focus on the Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods, Shunpike will assess artist needs and space opportunities, offer direct services to artists and arts groups and recommend a model for expanding the program to other Seattle neighborhoods. Shunpike envisions involving more than 30 artists and arts groups and a dozen property owners and real estate professionals and offering more in-depth, free placement services to about 10 artists and/or arts groups. The program will run until March 1.

Interested artists and arts groups must complete a short survey and application and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to artists with ties to Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District, especially those displaced by the closure of the 619 Western Building.

Go here for a link to the survey, the application and to register for a free artist space workshop on Saturday, Jan. 7 at City Hall. In the meantime, learn more about ASAP at a First Thursday reception, 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 1 at LeDouxville, 604 Second Ave in Pioneer Square. Mix and mingle with Shunpike staff; Vincent Kitch, director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs; and City Councilmember Nick Licata at LeDouxville, a new Storefronts Seattle project by artist Jesse LeDoux.
 
New artwork surrounds downtown construction site
 
 
Eddy Radar, U-10, original work photographed and printed on a Dibond substrate panel, 116" x 48". Photo by Blake Haygood.
 
We've added 15 new artwork panels by seven artists to the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction site between Third and Fourth avenues and Cherry and James streets in downtown Seattle. The new five-foot-high by 10-foot-wide panels join the 20 artworks by eight artists chosen last year, for a total of 35 panels. The artworks on the panels are reproduced from existing works.

The new featured artists are Bo Choi, Susan Danielson, Jenny Filius, Macek Jozefowicz, Jesse Link, Eddy Radar and Harry von Stark. The art project is intended to celebrate Seattle's vibrancy, cultural life, history and position in the forefront of environmental sustainability.

The fence surrounds the block where the city's former Public Safety Building once stood. Future construction of a mixed-use, high-rise tower and open space will complete the city's Civic Center Campus, which includes City Hall, Seattle Justice Center and Seattle Municipal Tower. Construction is on hold until economic conditions improve. The fence will remain in place until development at the site occurs.

The temporary fence art program is anticipated to take place annually for up to five years. Funding for this program is provided by Triad Development Inc.
 
Hsieh, Huff take on new positions with Office
 
 
Jason Huff and Kathy Hsieh.
 
We congratulate Kathy Hsieh, the new director of our cultural partnerships and grants program, and Jason Huff, the new senior project manager for the public art team.

Kathy joined the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in 2003 as a community liaison. The cultural partnerships and grants program includes funding opportunities, initiatives and training for organizations, individual artists, youth arts programs, and neighborhood and community groups.

Kathy was an instrumental part of the team that created the smART ventures funding program, a small awards program that encourages innovation and widens cultural participation, particularly by individuals, organizations and communities that may not qualify for other funding programs.

Prior to working for the city, Kathy spent 20 years working as an arts administrator and performing artist. An award-winning actor, writer and director, she has worked with many local theaters including the Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT—A Contemporary Theatre and Intiman Theatre. Kathy has volunteered with several local organizations, including serving as board president for the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation, chair of Freehold Theatre's Diversity Scholarship Committee and advisor for the KING-5 TV Community Diversity Advisory Council.

Jason has been a project manager on the public art team since 2007, working with local and national artists to design and install artworks for the city's 1% for Art collection. From 2000 through 2007, Jason was the artistic director at the Kirkland Arts Center (KAC). As the head of KAC's exhibition programming, Jason developed the KAC Gallery into a venue with a high public profile and a reputation for thoughtful exhibits that have engaged audiences from diverse backgrounds.

Jason is a ceramic artist who has exhibited his work regionally at SOIL, Gallery IMA and Bellevue Arts Museum, and nationally at the Contemporary Crafts Gallery in Portland, Ore.; San Angelo Museum of Fine Art in San Angelo, Tex.; Contemporary Arts Collective and Donna Beam Fine Arts Gallery in Las Vegas, Nev.; and Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery and Gray Space in Reno, Nev.

Kathy fills the position previously held by Melissa Hines, who passed away in April from cancer. Jason fills the position previously held by Patricia Hopper, who left the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in July.
 
Art, jazz and dangerous toys on this month's Art Zone
 
 

 
Actor Rainn Wilson's dry humor. Art in museums. Jazz in the studio and the year's most dangerous toys. Get cozy on your couch on chilly December nights and catch up on the local art scene on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy.

On Dec. 2, Nancy interviews Rainn Wilson, or "Dwight" from TV's The Office. Photographer Isaac Layman unveils Paradise at Frye Art museum. Jazz great Greta Matassa shares her story and plays live in the Art Zone studio.

On Dec. 9, tour Fremont Peak Park with lead artist Laura Haddad. Watch a profile on filmmaker Ben Kasulke. And catch the Dub Lounge International groove.

On Dec. 16, watch a profile of Angela Sterling, chief photographer of Pacific Northwest Ballet. Tour SOIL gallery's exhibition Most Dangerous Toys of 2011. And characters from six local holiday productions explain why you won't want to miss their show.

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy airs on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Fridays and Sundays. You can also watch Art Zone on the web. Art Zone will not air on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.
 
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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