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In this Issue — February 2010
  Message from the director: first National Arts Index released
  Artists sought for two park projects
  Help define mayor's Youth and Families Initiative
  Call for artwork for Chief Sealth Trail
  Seeking artist for First Hill Streetcar line
  Connect at Ethnic Arts event, March 10
  Youth Arts project applications due Feb. 23
  Opera, theater and jazz at free City Hall concerts
  Hear jazz to reggae on city phone lines
  Artist Clinic offers low-cost healthcare
  Neighbor Appreciation Day art contest winners announced
  Meet local artists on Seattle Channel's Art Zone
  Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Seattle Center

Funding for Youth Arts projects
First Hill Streetcar artwork
Chief Sealth Trail artwork
Artists for two park projects
Calls for Artists

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting
Workshop: Resources for Artists
Pacific Musicworks | Seattle Chamber Players, free concert
Workshop: Touring 101 for Performers
Overton Berry, free concert
Workshop: Promotion for Artists

Seattle Municipal Tower:

Northwest Emerging Artists Seattle City Light Portable Works: Part III
Jan. 5 - April 2
City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Jan. 6 - Feb. 26
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Image: Pacific Musicworks | Seattle Chamber Players promotional image by Claire Cowie. Pacific Musicworks | Seattle Chamber Players will perform a special Friday concert, Feb. 12 at City Hall.
Message from the director: first National Arts Index released

In late January, I wrapped up my tenure as president of the United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF) at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., which ran concurrently with the United States Conference of Mayor's meeting. Events included annual awards for public leadership in the arts and a special award presented by the nation's mayors to Americans for the Arts in recognition of its 50 years of service and the essential contributions that arts and culture make to the health and vitality of American cities. As part of its action agenda on arts and tourism, the U.S. Conference of Mayor's also reaffirmed its call on the White House to establish a cabinet-level position for arts and tourism.

The first National Arts Index was released at the National Press Club. Using 76 indicators, the report collected a wide range of data over an 11-year period to track activity and chart trends in our field. The report covers both nonprofit and for-profit arts and cultural data. Not surprisingly, the arts follow the nation's business cycle. The index fell 4.2 percentage points in 2008, reflecting losses in charitable giving and declining attendance at larger cultural institutions—even as the number of arts organizations grew. Nonprofit organizations have grown dramatically, from 73,000 in 1998 to more than 104,000 today. Yet due to declining philanthropic support, the nonprofit arts model is struggling.

The report shows demand for arts education is up, particularly among college-bound high school students. Another piece of encouraging news is the way the public participates in and consumes the arts is expanding. Personal arts creation is growing steadily (making art, playing music), yet attendance at mainstream nonprofit arts organizations is in decline.

The report also formed the foundation for a meeting of USUAF members with key House Appropriations Committee leadership, including our own arts champion Congressman Norm Dicks. I reported on the impacts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding in Seattle and thanked the congressman for making a strong case to ensure arts jobs were included in the final stimulus package. We are hopeful that a second round of stimulus funding will also include arts jobs.

I am pleased to report Seattle will be among a list of cities that will develop a local profile of the National Arts Index in the coming year. The localized data will allow us to meaningfully compare local trends and performance against national trends. A Seattle arts index will serve as a valuable advocacy tool in addition to our own Creative Vitality Index , Arts & Economic Prosperity Report (which we have committed to update in 2011) and Creative Industries Report. All of these studies contribute to a better understanding of our cultural ecosystem and will help us better serve the field.

Michael Killoren
John Young, The Fin Project, 1998, permanently sited at Warren G. Magnuson Park's north loop trail below Sand Point (Kite Hill).
Artists sought for two park projects
The Office, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks two artists for public art projects at two new parks: West Seattle Reservoir at Westcrest Park and Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. The artists will be selected from a single pool of applicants, and each will work on one of the park projects.

The artists will collaborate with design consultants and city staff to create engaging areas or installations that are integrated into the parks' design, enhance the experience of visiting the parks, promote discovery and/or define a space or activity within the parks.

The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Thursday, March 11. The budget for each project is $150,000, all-inclusive. To preview the call and link to the online application, click here. The projects are funded with SPU and 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy 1% for Art funds.
Help define mayor's Youth and Families Initiative
Seattle Presents concert-goers at City Hall. Photo by Elena Mayer.
The arts build community and are a powerful tool for engaging young people. During his inaugural address, Mayor Mike McGinn announced a Youth and Families Engagement Initiative. You're invited to get in on the conversation and help the mayor define a youth and families agenda for the city.

Join the co-chairs of the new initiative—former Mayor Norm Rice, former Deputy Mayor Bob Watt, and Estela Ortega, executive director of El Centro de la Raza—at a series of five meetings at schools and community centers across the city. The first meeting is 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22, at Rainier Community Center. Read the mayor's blog for the locations of upcoming meetings in March. All meetings are scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Childcare will be provided. We're pleased to be working with the Mayor's Office to showcase young artists at the meetings. Interested in volunteering with the initiative?
Click here.
Chief Sealth Trail at Beacon Avenue South and South Dawson Street.
Call for artwork for Chief Sealth Trail
The Office, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, seeks an artist to create an artwork for the second phase of the Chief Sealth Trail, which connects the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood with the Rainier Valley in Southeast Seattle. Work to extend the multipurpose trail west of Beacon Avenue South will begin this summer, with completion expected by the end of the year. The artwork—intended to mark the trail extension and enliven the streetscape—will be located where the trail will cross Beacon Avenue South at South Dawson Street.

The call is open to professional artists residing in Washington, Oregon, California, Montana or Idaho. The project budget is $50,000. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Tuesday, March 16. To preview the call and a link to the online application, click here.

Seeking artist for First Hill Streetcar line
The Office, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), is seeking an artist to develop site-integrated artwork for the First Hill Streetcar line, which will connect the International District/Chinatown transit station to the future Capitol Hill light rail station via First Hill.

The selected artist will work with SDOT staff and consultants from the early stages of design through construction. Artwork and design enhancements will be incorporated during construction of the two-mile streetcar line. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2011 and end in 2013.

The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. The project budget is $600,000. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22. To preview the call and link to the online application, click here.
Showcase performer at the 2008 Ethnic Arts Connection. Photo by Jennifer Stanton.
Connect at Ethnic Arts event, March 10
We're proud to be a lead partner in the Ethnic Arts Connection—a free one-day gathering introducing Northwest performing and visual artists working in culturally specific traditions to presenters from around the region. Mark your calendar for a day of performances and networking, Wednesday, March 10, at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion.

The Ethnic Arts Connection is a biennial conference. This will mark the third such gathering of artists and presenters. In March 2008, the one-day event brought together 225 artists with 75 performing arts presenters and featured 27 showcase performances.

The deadline to showcase has passed. The deadline to attend or for artists to reserve a display space is 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 26. Download registration forms here.

Artists can prep for the event at three free pre-event workshops for artists this month. Topics include tips on touring, funding and marketing. Slots fill fast. Advanced registration is required by Monday, Feb. 8.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center Summer Musical 2008: Snow White & The 7: Each One Teach One. Photo by Keith Williams, Flyright Productions.
Youth Arts project applications due Feb. 23
Applications for our Youth Arts funding program are due Feb. 23. The program supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth beyond the regular school day. Individual artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and/or youth and community service agencies are eligible to apply. Priority is placed on serving youth or communities with limited access to arts and culture.

Funding awards range from $1,500 to $10,000 for projects in all artistic disciplines that take place between September 2010 and September 2011. For more information and to access the online application, click here.
Opera, theater and jazz at free City Hall concerts
Overton Berry will perform at City Hall on Feb. 18. Photo courtesy of the artist.
From Monteverdi to Overton Berry, free concerts warm up City Hall this month. All concerts are from noon to 1 p.m.

On Friday, Feb. 12, a special performance by Seattle Chamber Players and Pacific Musicworks pairs the theater and music of contemporary German iconoclast Heiner Goebbels with a 17th-century operatic fragment by Monteverdi. This performance is a preview of the full-length program—a synthesis of theater, music, art and movement—at On the Boards, March 4 to 7.

On Thursday, Feb. 18, legendary jazz pianist Overton Berry's easy-going piano style is sure to warm up a winter afternoon. Berry's career spans more than 50 years. "Overton Berry—just the mention of that name means soulful swing for a whole generation of Seattleites," raves The Seattle Times.

The free lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series is presented year-round by the Office.
The new Seattle OnHold mix features the song "Speak Love" by Courtney Fortune.
Hear jazz to reggae on city phone lines
The new Seattle OnHold line-up features a varied mix of Seattle-inspired talent on the city's phone lines. Callers to the city hear a rotation of music when they are placed on hold. Or simply sign up for the free podcast and receive a new song every seven to 11 days. Hear artists such as guitar whiz Omar Torrez, sultry jazz singer Courtney Fortune, reggae-rockers Kore Ionz and more.

Artist Clinic offers low-cost healthcare
It's cold season, and we'd like to remind artists of available healthcare assistance. The Artist Clinic at Country Doctor Community Clinic offers artist-focused hours every Wednesday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Artists of all disciplines can take advantage of this service. During a trial period, uninsured, low-income artists can apply for a voucher to help underwrite health appointment costs. The voucher program has been extended through June.

The Artist Clinic is a partnership between Country Doctor clinics and the Washington Artists Health Insurance Project (WAHIP). To make an appointment, call (206) 299-1600 and mention "WAHIP." Go here for more information.
Neighbor Appreciation Day art contest winners announced
Alex Taylor, of Dunlap Elementary School, won a gold medal for this artwork for Neighbor Appreciation Day.
Alex Taylor, a fifth grader at Dunlap Elementary School, and Helen Ippolito, an eighth grader at Hamilton International Middle School, are the gold medal winners of the citywide student art contest for the 2010 Neighbor Appreciation Day. Their artwork will adorn thousands of greeting cards in celebration of the day, Saturday, Feb. 6.

The Office teamed up with the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) to invite Seattle students (K-12) to submit original artworks. Celebrate your neighbors by giving them one of the free cards. You can also send an e-card by going here, or pick up printed cards at one of the 13 neighborhood service centers, community centers, Seattle public libraries, City Hall or the DON office.
Meet local artists on Seattle Channel's Art Zone
Andre Feriante. Photo by Teri Kendall.
Get the lowdown on the local arts scene on Seattle Channel's award-winning Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. You can see the show on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and now on KCTS Channel 9 at 7 p.m., Wednesdays. Or catch episodes on the Web. Here's what's on tap for February.

On Feb. 5 Art Zone profiles Seattle Children's Theatre Artistic Director Linda Hartzell. See some of painter Susan Dory's work on view through Feb. 26 at Winston Wachter Gallery. And enjoy acoustic reggae from Adrian Xavier and friends.

On Feb. 12, enjoy an eclectic line-up of poet/harpist Monica Schley, flamenco guitarist Andre Feriante, and the bluegrass trio Orville, Grant & John.

On Feb. 26, musician Erin Jorgensen brings her marimba to the studio. Watch a profile on animation artist Brent Watanabe. Visit with nonprofit Path with Art founder Deborah Blake. And get the scoop on the latest movies with film critic Robert Horton.
Performer at the Têt Festival. Photo by Scott Chytil.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at Seattle Center
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Seattle's Vietnamese community at the Têt Festival. The event is Feb. 6-7 at Seattle Center House and Fisher Pavilion. The annual celebration welcomes the return of spring and will usher in the Year of the Ox. Têt 2010 celebrates the theme Youth and Dreams with exhibits, children's interactive arts and crafts, musical programs, food—and this year, the Miss Washington competition. The event is presented by Têt in Seattle and receives funding support through our Neighborhood & Community Arts program.

Têt 2010 is part of Festál, a year-long series of free events that honor cultural richness and diversity, presented by Seattle Center in partnership with community organizations.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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