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In this Issue - February 2009
Image: Geography, performed by the dance company Scott/Powell Performance, choreographed by Mary Sheldon Scott, 2007 CityArtists Projects partner, and composed by Jarrad Powell. Photo: © Peter Mumford.
City invests $1.6 million in arts and cultural organizations
Camille A. Brown presented by Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, a 2009 Civic Partner. Photo by Matt Karas.
The Office is pleased to announce more than $1.6 million in investments in 2009 to Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations through the Civic Partners program. The program will provide a two-year funding commitment to 133 organizations with allocations made annually in 2009 and 2010, up from 117 organizations in the 2007-2008 cycle.

"Seattle recognizes the importance of arts, culture and heritage in sustaining strong communities," said Michael Killoren, the Office's director. "Despite a tough budget year, funding for our arts and cultural partners is steady in 2009 with an increase in the number of funded organizations."

Funding supports organizations' core programs and operations, aids in planning and attracting other supporters, and helps underwrite public access to a wide variety of quality arts and cultural opportunities. In 2008, funded programs served an audience of more than 1.1 million people, including nearly 486,000 free admissions.
Mayor Greg Nickels accepted a 2009 Award for Local Arts Leadership Jan. 19 given by Americans for the Arts and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. He is pictured here in October announcing the Seattle City of Music™ initiative.
Mayor wins national arts leadership award
Mayor Greg Nickels is among this year's recipients of the Public Leadership in the Arts Awards. The awards honor elected officials and artists or arts organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts.

Nickels accepted the 2009 Award for Local Arts Leadership Jan. 19 at the United States Conference of Mayors' annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C. The awards have been given annually since 1997 by Americans for the Arts and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

"Now, more than ever, we must show the value of the arts in our community. Arts and culture are key to economic development and vital to our quality of life in Seattle," Nickels said. "Innovation and creativity will fuel our economic recovery. The arts are good for the community, good for the economy, and good for the soul."

Nickels comments echo the call of cultural leaders to include arts and culture in the nation's economic recovery package. A recent article in The New York Times highlighted the role of culture in the nation's recovery.

Nickels was recognized along with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who received the Award for State Arts Leadership, and actors and activists Kerry Washington and Hill Harper, who each received a 2009 Award for Artist-Citizen.

"Mayor Nickels' and Gov. Schwarzenegger's unparalleled commitment to supporting arts and arts education programs exemplifies how investment in the arts translates into community growth, economic prosperity and student achievement," said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. "Their leadership in the arts should be an inspiration to all those serving in public office."

Artists selected to create temporary art about climate change
John Grade, Host, 2008, edible cast cellulose, ground seed, rice pulp, 12" x 156" x 156". Temporarily sited at Kaibab National Forest in Arizona. Photo courtesy of the artist.
John Grade, Mandy Greer and Stokley Towles will each develop and install temporary artworks that explore climate change and protection as it relates to water and wastewater. The Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) Climate Action Now Temporary Artworks Project is intended to raise public awareness of environmental stewardship, especially as it connects to SPU's work.

Grade will create a large cloud-like sculpture with corn-based polymer that biodegrades through direct contact with rainwater over a six-month period. Greer will collaborate with Seattle residents to create a 200-foot river of crocheted aquamarine and blue cloth. The artwork will feature a dance performance by Zoe Scofield when the installation is complete. Towles will develop a 30- to 45-minute performance that explores local perceptions and behaviors around water use, water sources, and conservation, and how global warming will impact peoples' perceptions and behaviors.

Each artist will install his or her artwork during summer 2009 at various SPU or city facilities to be announced. A panel of arts professionals advised by SPU staff selected the artists.
Mayor, City Council appoint new Seattle Arts Commissioners
Self-portrait of Alexa, a Maple Elementary School student. Arts education is a priority of the Seattle Arts Commission.
The Office announces eight new members of the Seattle Arts Commission, five appointed by Mayor Greg Nickels and three appointed by the Seattle City Council. The members of the commission began their two-year terms in mid-January.

Nickels appointed Sandra D. Jackson-Dumont, Debra Guenther, Carol Munro, Stephanie Ellis-Smith and David Sabee. The City Council appointed Diana Falchuk, Eric Fredericksen and Jon Rosen.

"City leaders formed the Seattle Arts Commission in 1971 during one of our region's worst economic downturns, testament to the fact that arts and culture are essential to quality of life," Nickels said. "Creativity is one of the things that help Seattle lead in so many different areas. Our new and continuing commissioners bring diverse experience to help shape cultural policy in Seattle from arts education to cultural space to public art."

Evan Flory-Barnes will perform at City Hall,
Feb. 19. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.
City Hall concerts celebrate Black History Month
Celebrate Black History Month in February with free concerts at City Hall. The performances are part of Seattle Presents, a lunchtime concert series at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. Both shows are from noon to 1pm.

On Feb. 5, Northwest Tap Connection will present its fifth-anniversary performance of African American Odyssey, which combines modern dance and tap to tell the story of slavery and the fight for equality.

On Feb. 19, African-American jazz composer/bassist Evan Flory-Barnes will team up with a classical harpist and a Latin percussionist. Travels to Portugal and Spain inspired the works, which are explorations of siendo or "being."

Visit the Seattle Presents Web site for the complete winter concert lineup.
City Hall galleries showcase diversity at local arts center
Students from the Food Empowered Education and Sustainability Team (F.E.E.S.T.) gather cost data from neighborhood grocery stores. F.E.E.S.T. is housed at Youngstown Cultural Center in West Seattle. Photo by Randy Nichols.
Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is home to 36 resident artists and their studios and several nonprofit organizations and community programs. In honor of Black History Month, Youngstown's resident artists, its tenant organizations and participating youth will mount Creative Convergence, an exhibition that highlights the ways in which Youngstown embraces, encourages and provides for underserved communities.

The show will be on display at City Hall in the Lobby Gallery and the Anne Focke Gallery, Feb. 3 to March 20. Creative Convergence includes photographs that illustrate the programs of the nonprofits housed at Youngstown. Also on view will be paintings, drawings and mixed-media artworks created by program participants and resident artists since Youngstown opened in 2005.

Housed in the historic Frank B. Cooper School, Youngstown is a program of the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, a private non-profit organization based in West Seattle. The center is regarded nationally as a model for communities striving to provide affordable and necessary cultural accommodations. Youngstown has a theater, recording studio and classrooms where people convene and create.

For upcoming exhibitions at City Hall, see the Web site.
Zack Bent, Preaching to the Choir, 2006, archival print, 24" x 30". Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection.
Gallery reception to feature emerging artists
Mingle with emerging artists and view 32 artworks recently purchased for the city's portable works collection at an artist reception, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10, at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery.

The exhibition includes paintings, etchings, photography, sculpture and mixed media. It will be on view through March 31. The gallery is located on the Level 3 Concourse of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave.

The exhibition features works by 24 Northwest artists: Robert Adams, Gretchen Bennett, Zack Bent, Ben Beres, Tram Bui, Juan Carlos Castellanos, Diem Chau, Dante Cohen, Isabel Collins, Tim Cross, Rachel Denny, Garek Druss, Eric Eley, Chris Engman, Scott Foldesi, Isaac Layman, Todd Lown, Richard Nicol, Chauney Peck, Alexis Pike, Jamie Potter, Eva Skold Westerlind, Maki Tamura and Claude Zervas.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) purchased the artworks for its portable works collection last fall. The collection is exhibited throughout SPU's offices, engaging both employees and the public and creating an interesting and diverse work environment. SPU 1% for Art funds supported the purchase.
Americans for the Arts offers Seattle convention discounts

Register now and receive special discounted rates for the Americans for the Arts annual convention in Seattle, June 18-20. Early-bird registration rates are available through Feb. 23. Bring a friend or colleague and receive $75 off a second registration through Feb. 23. Save $50 on a second registration from Feb. 24 through April 13. Visit the Americans for the Arts Web site for rates and details.

The convention—themed Renewable Resources: The Arts in Sustainable Communities—is organized into program tracks that include arts education, civic engagement, economic development, diverse cultures, public advocacy, public art and more. Reflect on innovative ideas from speakers. Rethink the possibilities to grow our greatest renewable resources—the arts, culture and creativity. Renew your commitment to creating a sustainable future for yourself, your organization and your community. View the conference schedule here.

The Office is leading local planning efforts, in partnership with Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and Washington State Arts Alliance.
Artist sought for Spokane Street Viaduct expansion
View of the Spokane Street Viaduct at the intersection of First Avenue and Spokane Street.
The Office in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) seeks an artist or artist team to develop permanent artwork in conjunction with the widening of the South Spokane Street Viaduct in Seattle's SoDo (South Downtown) neighborhood. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17. A link to the online application is available here.

The selected artist will develop a creative response to the expansive viaduct and its industrial setting. Possible locations for artwork include the underside of the viaduct's elevated roadway, its forest of support columns, the spaces surrounding new traffic ramps, the lower Spokane Street roadway and its new sidewalk and/or other areas adjacent to the viaduct. Safety issues prevent placing artwork on the elevated roadway.

The call is open to established professional artists living in the United States. The project budget is $60,000 for design and travel. It is anticipated that $340,000 will be available for fabrication and installation, for a total project budget of $400,000.
Deadline approaching for individual artists funding
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 Projects 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.

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

Application draft review sessions will be held Feb. 2 and Feb. 5. See the Web site for the details. The sessions are free, but reservations are required.

Please note Monday, Feb. 16 is a holiday, and city offices will be closed. If you need assistance with your application, please contact Marcia Iwasaki, (206) 233-3946, by Friday, Feb. 13 or sooner.
Franz von Stuck, Poster for the First International Art Exhibition of the Verein Bildender Künstler (Munich Secession), 1893, color lithograph, 25" x 15". Photo © Museum Villa Stuck, Munich.
Munich Secessionists and the 1909 A-Y-P
How does the exhibition The Munich Secession and America at the Frye Art Museum tie to this year's Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) centennial celebration?

In 1909, the same year as the A-Y-P, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago hosted exhibitions of artworks by Munich Secessionists. The Munich Secession illustrated a diversity of avant-garde techniques and philosophies that stunned American audiences when exhibited in 1909. The featured artists broke from German academic painting in the 1890s with key artistic innovations: symbolism, impressionism in its German form, and jugendstil (modern style).

The Frye exhibition celebrates the centennial anniversary of the Munich Secessionists' first major appearance in the United States and includes works by many of the painters featured in the first exhibition. The innovative artworks remind us of Seattle's struggle, as manifest by the 1909 A-Y-P, to come of age and challenge its urban rivals to the east.

The Munich Secession and America is on view at the Frye through April 12. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Frye's Web site.

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.
Take Part in Art Festival offers discounted tickets
There's nothing like an arts festival to put some sizzle in your winter. Puget Sound theaters, performance halls and museums will be blazing with an array of discounted events during the first annual Take Part in Art Festival designed to encourage people to try something new in the arts without breaking the bank.

More than 70 participating arts organizations will offer discounts—ranging from pay-what-you-will to 50 percent off admission—for events during and following the 10-day festival, Feb. 20 to March 1. And take advantage of a region-wide one-day sale Feb. 25 to save on arts events happening throughout the year.

Visit the Take Part in Art Festival Web site for a list of participating organizations, discounted events, dates and downloadable discount coupons.

The Take Part in Art Festival is a project of the Market the Arts Taskforce, working in partnership with ArtsFund. The Office is a festival sponsor.

Make a difference, volunteer in the arts
Do you have a passion for music, theater or visual arts, and want to know how or where to get involved? Come to a free workshop Make a Difference...Volunteer in the Arts, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Central Building, Room 401, 810 Third Ave.

You'll learn about volunteer opportunities with nonprofit Seattle arts organizations, including ushering, office support, teaching, studio assistance, interpretation, leadership and more.

Featured speakers are Deborah Witmer and Leina Barnes of VSA Arts, Mason Sherry of Seattle Theatre Group, Grace Meils and Brandi Clark of Pratt Fine Arts Center, and a representative of Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

The workshop is a project of the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens' Volunteer Resource Center. For information, contact Patti-lyn Bell or (206) 684-0639.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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