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In this Issue - February 2008
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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Image: © Anthony Lazorko, Truckin' at Sunset, woodcut, 17" x 25", will be featured in Print! Seattle Print Arts 3rd Biennial Juried Exhibition at City Hall Lobby Gallery Feb. 5 - Mar. 12.
2006 CityArtist Margot Kuan Knight, Hot Tub, color photograph.
Funding available for individual artists
Funding up to $10,000 is available for Seattle artists in the visual, film, media and literary arts, including screen and scriptwriting through 2008 CityArtists Projects.

The annual funding program provides support to individual artists to conceive, develop and present new, in-progress and finished works. In 2007, 31 artists in the performing arts were awarded $200,000 in grants. When completed, it's estimated the funded projects will involve approximately 445 artists in 147 events throughout the city.

"Through this program individual artists gain access to the resources needed to realize their goals," said Mayor Greg Nickels. "By investing in arts and culture, we hope to help artists' visions come to life for the benefit of all Seattle residents and visitors."

For artists interested in applying, an information session will be from 5:30 to 7: 30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 4 at the Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. Applications and guidelines are available on our Web site. Application deadline is March 17.

City seeks artists for Seattle Streetcar stations and sidewalks

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs seeks artists to enhance the pedestrian and public transportation experience through opportunities to create inlays in sidewalks and site-specific artwork for three Seattle Streetcar stations.

One artist will be chosen to work with the Seattle Department of Transportation to develop and integrate permanent art inlays or other designs into city sidewalks at up to three locations. The artist will work with community stakeholders to develop sidewalk artwork that relates to the project sites in Seattle's neighborhoods. The call is open to professional artists residing in Washington. Application deadline is Feb. 29.

Three artists will be selected to develop independent artworks for three Seattle Streetcar stations: Lake Union, Terry and Thomas streets, and Westlake Hub at Olive Way. The call is open to professional artists working in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia. The application deadline is March 7.

To apply, artists must use CaFÉ™, a Web-based online application service that allows uploading of high-resolution images of artwork. A link to both project applications is available here.

Transportation art plan wins design award
Mayor Greg Nickels and the Seattle Design Commission honored five recent public projects for superior design, including the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Art Plan authored by Daniel Mihalyo while he was an artist-in-residence at SDOT. The Seattle Design Commission's Design Excellence Awards highlight capital projects that receive public funds.

Commissioned by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the SDOT Art Plan identifies opportunities for artists to enhance SDOT's work by integrating art and the work of artists into the routine work of the department.

"It is focused as a plan of action, comprehensively detailing how Seattle can become a national leader in creating a more humane, layered, beautiful and relevant transportation system," Mihalyo writes. "It offers a completely new methodology for rethinking the practicality and use of our shared right-of-way. By employing the work of artists, the creativity of citizens and the ingenuity of SDOT employees, the gradual implementation of this plan will contribute significantly to a Seattle whose streets and sidewalks celebrate life, discovery and creativity."

This year's budget also authorizes an arts project manager position housed at SDOT. Drawing on Mihalyo's art plan, this position will identify opportunities to enhance transportation projects.

In addition to the art plan, the winning design projects include two parks, three libraries, and a community center. Read more about the projects here.

Mark your calendar with upcoming funding opportunities
Student creating mosaic art at Coyote Central. Photo by Jerry Setterlee.
Mark your calendar. Our office will provide several funding opportunities for individual artists, youth arts and arts organizations with application deadlines in the first half of 2008.

CityArtist Projects funds projects by individual artists working in the visual, literary and film/media arts. The guidelines and application are posted on our Web site. The deadline to apply is March 17.

The Youth Arts program funds arts training in out-of-school time for middle and high school students, especially for youth or communities with limited access to arts. Please note that the Youth Arts application deadline has been changed from mid-summer to spring to enable projects to start in fall 2008. Guidelines and application will be available at the end of February. The application deadline is April 28.

The Civic Partners program provides two-year funding support to arts and cultural organizations and arts service organizations in all disciplines with a minimum three-year history of serving Seattle residents and visitors. This program will inaugurate our new online application system. The anticipated deadline is May, with the application available online in March.

Senegalese-born drummer Thione Diop will showcase his talents at the Ethnic Arts Connection.
Register now for the Ethnic Arts Connection
Register now for the Ethnic Arts Connection - a free one-day gathering that provides a place and time for Washington state artists and presenters to come together, learn about each other, strengthen skills, and diversify the cultural experiences available for audiences. The all-day event, Monday, March 10 at Intiman Theatre, will feature workshops and artist showcases. The deadline to register to attend has been extended to Feb. 15.

Click here to register and view conference highlights.

Artists can make the most of the Ethnic Arts Connection by attending a pre-event workshop on how to create an effective promotional package. The workshop will be held 7 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at 911 Media Arts Center. The workshop is free to artists registered for the Ethnic Arts Connection. Space is limited. To sign up, you must RSVP to or (206) 684-7084 by Feb. 4. Please provide the name(s) and contact information of all who will attend. You will receive a confirmation.

If you are a nonprofit presenter and live more than 60 miles from Seattle Center, you can receive a mileage cost subsidy for the Ethnic Arts Connection event through the Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC). Please contact Mayumi Tsutakawa, WSAC grants to organizations manager, at or (360)586-0424 by Feb. 15.

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.

Simon Thai wins Neighbor Appreciation Day art contest
Artwork by Simon Thai of Asa Mercer Middle School.
Simon Thai, 12, of Asa Mercer Middle School is the winner of the citywide student art contest for the 2008 Neighbor Appreciation Day. Simon's art will adorn thousands of greeting cards for the event to be held Feb. 9. Free cards are available at City Hall, the 13 neighborhood service centers, community centers and Seattle public libraries, and are perfect for recognizing the contributions of your neighbors.

The Office teamed up with the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) to invite Seattle students (K-12) to submit original artworks. The celebration began in 1995, when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the city designate "a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other." Then Mayor Norm Rice responded by proclaiming the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day. The observance has grown every year since as a grassroots celebration. People and organizations throughout Seattle have organized block parties, open houses, award ceremonies, potluck dinners and work parties to recognize and encourage caring neighbors.

For more information on Neighbor Appreciation Day, and to view the runners-up in this year's contest, please visit the DON's Web site.

Arts commission elects chair, commissioners reappointed
Seattle Arts Commissioners Dan Corson, Elizabeth Jameson, Maureen Wilhelm and Deborah Semer at the 2007 Mayor's Arts Awards. Photo by Deborah Semer.
Mayor Greg Nickels has reappointed Dorothy Mann to the Seattle Arts Commission. At its January meeting, the Seattle Arts Commission re-elected Mann to a second one-year term as commission chair and Commissioner Deborah Semer to a second term as vice chair. Mann, a civic leader and arts activist, brings broad community involvement and board experience to the commission. She has a doctorate in health care administration and a 30-year career spanning health policy and women's issues. Semer, an arts education activist, runs Atmosphere Artist Management & Consulting. She is credited with helping to organize the local music industry during her tenure as executive director of the local chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences from 1998 to 2005.

The City Council reappointed three commissioners to two-year terms: Dan Corson, public artist and theatrical designer; Laura "Piece" Kelley, artist, poet and educator; and Maureen Wilhelm, scenic artist and president, IATSE Local 488, the labor union representing technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry.

The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency. Seven commissioners are appointed by the mayor, seven by the City Council with a 15th member selected by the 14 appointed members. A 16th commissioner is selected through the YMCA's "Get Engaged" program, which connects young adults with city boards and commissions.

Chinese music and legendary jazz bassist at City Hall
The Warren Chang Music Ensemble will perform at City Hall, Feb. 7.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with traditional Chinese music, and check out a rare gathering of Seattle jazz legends at City Hall during the month of February. The two performances are part of Seattle Presents, a free lunchtime concert series presented by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs at City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave.

Ring in the Lunar New Year on Feb. 7 with traditional Chinese music by Warren Chang Music Ensemble. Don't miss this opportunity to hear works by a world champion of the erhu (an ancient two-stringed fiddle-like instrument). An ensemble of accomplished Chinese musicians, composers and conductors, the group performs a wide range of intriguing musical pieces, taking the audience to the distant land of China to enjoy its ancient beauty and customs through music played on authentic Chinese instruments. The ensemble's repertoire includes classical Chinese and Western music as well as original compositions.

Join Seattle jazz greats for a lunchtime jam on Feb. 21. Celebrated Seattle bassist Buddy Catlett will join with fellow local luminaries Clarence Acox (drums), Hadley Caliman (saxophone), Bob Hammer (piano), and Julian Priester (trombone). These musicians have performed with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Anita O'Day, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Quincy Jones and Santana, to name a few. Catlett has appeared on more than 100 jazz recordings since the late 1950s, including "Cocktails for Two" with the Louis Armstrong band. He began studying music in Seattle and returned to the city throughout his career, taking part in musical endeavors such as the 1980s collaborative ensemble with Clarence Acox, the Roadside Attraction Big Band.

The free lunchtime Seattle Presents concerts are presented year-round and are held from noon to 1 p.m. See our Web site for the full winter concert schedule.

City seeks manager for Alaska Yukon Pacific Centennial project
A vintage postcard promoting the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, UW18947.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is seeking a manager to coordinate all aspects of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Centennial planning and celebration. This is a limited-term position lasting 18 to 24 months with full city benefits.

The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (AYP) Exposition Centennial will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 1909 AYP Exposition, Seattle's first World's Fair, which drew more than 3.7 million visitors to Seattle and showcased Washington as a gateway to the Pacific Rim, Alaska and Canada. The AYP Centennial will feature a series of major and minor events as well as a variety of exhibits and other cultural projects, such as historical and photography books and a postcard collection. Celebrations will begin quietly in early 2009, officially kick off at the Northwest Folklife Festival on Memorial Day weekend 2009, and continue through the summer months.

We're seeking a candidate with solid fund-raising, public relations, marketing and program development skills. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Feb. 5. See the full job description or apply online.

Workshop on planning for community anniversary commemorations
© Historic AYPE image courtesy of HistoryLink.
Learn more about planning for community anniversary commemorations, such as the upcoming Alaska Yukon Pacific (AYP) Exposition Centennial at 4Culture's Meet Us at the Pay Streak/Capitalizing on Community Anniversaries workshop. The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle. Registration deadline is Feb. 15.

In 2009, the region will observe the 100-year anniversary of the AYP Exposition, Washington's first "World's Fair" with opportunities to design and produce significant AYP-related arts and heritage programs, events and "legacy" projects, as well as to enhance the Northwest's reputation as a tourist destination. Meet Us at the Pay Streak workshop sessions will include presentations of successful models for anniversary projects, identifying and developing promising partnerships, and strategies for making the most of regional funding opportunities. 4Culture staff will review its funding programs available for planning and facilitating exhibits, events or other special projects commemorating the 2009 AYP Centennial.

More details about the workshop, the AYP Centennial and registration materials are available online. Registration fee is $25. Pre-registration is required. For more information contact Patricia Filer at 4Culture via email or (206) 296-8623.

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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