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In this Issue — February 2011
 Arts commission elects chair, commissioners appointed
 Fine Threads exhibition at Seattle Municipal Tower
 Deadline for Youth Arts program funding approaching
 Recent reports show economic impact on arts
 Seattle Center releases new guide for 2011 events
 Design, music, dance and more on Art Zone
 City launches personalized website

Youth Arts Funding
Calls for Artists

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Creative Activities & VSA arts of Washington
Jan. 6 - Feb. 28, 2011
Seattle Municipal Tower:

Fine Threads
Through April 1
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Image: Mandy Greer, Mater Matrix Mother and Medium: Topography (detail), 2009, wool and synthetic yarn, plastic, fabric, glass and plastic beads, 36" x 68". Photo by Blake Haygood.
Arts commission elects chair, commissioners appointed
Randy Engstrom. Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Americans for the Arts.
Mayor Mike McGinn has appointed Estevan Muñoz-Howard to the Seattle Arts Commission to fill the position vacated by Stephanie Ellis-Smith at the end of 2010. Muñoz-Howard is the development director for Social Justice Fund Northwest and was the commission's "Get Engaged" commissioner in 2009-2010. Ellie McKay was selected to be the "Get Engaged" commissioner for 2010-2011. McKay is the education program manager at Seattle Children's Theatre. "Get Engaged" is a YMCA program that connects young adults with city boards and commissions.

At its January meeting, the commission elected Randy Engstrom to serve as commission chair and Fidelma McGinn to serve as vice chair. Engstrom was founding director of Youngstown Cultural Arts Center and the co-chair of the Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee, a citizen group charged with making recommendations to the City Council about affordable space for arts and culture. He is currently in his third two-year term on the commission. McGinn is a filmmaker and executive director of Artist Trust, a statewide nonprofit service organization for individual artists. She is currently in her first term on the commission.

The mayor has reappointed Deb Guenther, Joaquin Herranz, Sandra Jackson-Dumont and David Sabee to the commission. The City Council has reappointed Randy Engstrom, Diana Falchuck, Eric Fredericksen and Jon Rosen.

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.
Fine Threads exhibition at Seattle Municipal Tower
Marita Dingus, Quilt (detail), 2000, recycled fabrics, 62" x 36". Photo courtesy of the artist.
From the loosely designed, raw-edged Quilt by Marita Dingus, to the highly technical appliqué and embroidery work of May Nao Ly's Flood series, an assortment of textile artworks are on view at Seattle Municipal Tower through April 1. Fine Threads examines how artists create handcrafted, fabricated artwork and features 22 artworks by 17 artists. See tapestries, quilts, embroidery, stitchery, appliqué, printmaking and mixed-media artworks.

City Curator and Collections Manager Deborah Paine selected the artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection managed by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Deadline for Youth Arts program funding approaching
Students rehearse for the Pat Graney Company's House of Mind performance. Photo by Tim Summers.
Don't miss the application deadline for the Youth Arts program, 11 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15. The program supports arts training opportunities for Seattle's middle and high school youth outside of school hours. Individual teaching artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations and youth-service agencies with nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship are eligible to apply. Funding requests range up to $10,000 for projects that take place between September 2011 and September 2012.
The Creative Vitality Index was updated to include 2008 data and re-released in late 2010.
Recent reports show economic impact on arts
Three recently released reports show the economic impact on arts in the Puget Sound region and around the country.

Americans for the Arts released its second annual National Arts Index, a measure of the health and vitality of arts in the United States. The findings show the Index score for 2009 at 97.7, down 3.6 percentage points from 101.3 in 2008. The 2009 Index score is the lowest score in the 12 years measured by the Index. The Index also hits some high notes. For example, the number of Americans who participated in an artistic activity increased 5 percent between 2005 and 2009, and volunteerism jumped 11.6 percent. Download the National Arts Index here.

ArtsFund's Economic Impact Study shows that Puget Sound arts, cultural and scientific organizations generated close to $2 billion in business activity in 2009. Nearly 360 organizations supported some 32,520 jobs and $882 million in labor income. Patrons spent $712 million, with tickets accounting for $222 million. Download the Economic Impact Study here.

The Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC) released the Creative Vitality Index (CVI), updated in late 2010 to include 2008 data. The CVI is a tool to measure creative sector trends in the state. The Index tracks 36 selected occupational categories that are highly correlated with measured skill sets in thinking creatively, originality, and fine arts knowledge. The CVI also tracks revenue for nonprofit arts organizations, book store sales, and other data related to arts participation. The Washington state CVI value for 2008 was 1.01, an increase from the previous year and just slightly above the nation as a whole. Seattle-King County has the highest regional index, with an overall value of 2.09. Go here for more information.
Seattle Center releases new guide for 2011 events
See the flowers in bloom at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival. Honor the dead at Dia de Muertos. Take your kids to Whirligig, with face painters, balloon artists and inflatable rides. Or take part in free arts experiences at ArtSpring for youth and adults with and without disabilities.

These events and more are included in Seattle Center's new 2011 Festivals and Events Guide. The guide highlights programs produced by Seattle Center, along with many of the annual campus-wide events. It includes a list of Festál events, Seattle Center's series of free events celebrating different cultures. The guide also contains information about the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair taking place in 2012.

Download the guide here.

Design, music, dance and more on Art Zone
From minimalist music, to "vicious" dancing, to an interview with local art critic Jen Graves, Art Zone with Nancy Guppy spotlights the local arts scene. Watch the show on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Sundays. You can also watch Art Zone on the web. Here are this month's highlights.

On Feb. 4, enjoy the all-performance "Open Studio" episode, with five outstanding young artists.

Take 10 interior designers, 10 artists and 10 dining room-style chairs, and what do you get? On Feb. 18, watch a feature on "The Chair Project," a partnership between Seattle Design Center and Pratt Fine Arts Center. See a profile on writer Jonathan Evison. Check out Diem Chau's new show at Bellevue Arts Museum. And enjoy the minimalist music of Telekinesis.

On Feb. 25, get a tutorial on how to make a YouTube video. Watch a profile on Jen Graves, art critic for The Stranger. And see the dancers of Vicious Puppies.
City launches personalized website
my.Seattle.Gov lets you create your own customizable web portal
You can now have a one-stop resource for all your arts information from the city. The city just launched, a new website that allows Seattle's residents to create and customize their own unique homepage from a selection of widgets. Add quick links to the city's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Center, Parks and Recreation, the Office of Film + Music, Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, other Seattle Channel videos and more. Get the latest city news by adding links to city blogs, including our Art Beat and Seattle Center's Center Spotlight.

You can also add a widget to receive important crime stats for your neighborhood and see what events are happening in your community. Also included is the single sign-on system, giving residents the ability to log in just once to access all city services.

Begin personalizing a home page by clicking on the link from the homepage or go to
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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