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In this Issue — February 2012

 Message from the director: investing in the arts, preserving admission tax funding
 Mayor announces $1.6 million investment in Seattle arts groups
 Join mayor, superintendent and youth in discussion about arts learning, Feb. 16
 Storefronts Seattle seeks artists, arts groups for vacant storefronts
 Meet sidewalk artwork project artist John Fleming, Feb. 26
 Application for Youth Arts closes Feb. 15
 City, county present ceramic works from their public art collections
 Get your fix: Gauguin to junkyard cabaret on Art Zone

Funding: Youth Arts
Deadline: Feb. 15
Calls for Artists

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Arts Education Forum

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Public Art in Seattle
Through March 2
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Staff Picks
Through March 31
Washington Trade Center:
Enduring Clay
Through April 9
Image: Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) principal dancers Maria Chapman and Jeffrey Stanton with PNB Company dancers in A Midsummer Night's Dream, choreographed by George Balanchine
© The George Balanchine Trust. PNB is one of the 137 organizations funded through the Civic Partners program in 2012. Photo © Angela Sterling.
Message from the director: investing in the arts, preserving admission tax funding
Patron purchasing tickets at the 2008 Seattle Jewish Film Festival. Photo by Stop Time Photography / Ilyanne Cauchy.
Today (Feb. 7) we joined with Mayor Mike McGinn and a few of our funded partners in announcing more than $1.6 million in investments in 137 Seattle arts, heritage and cultural organizations through our Civic Partners program.

This competitive funding program provides vital working capital, supports core programs and operations, aids in attracting other investors and helps underwrite public access to a wide variety of quality arts and culture opportunities.

While funding for the Civic Partners program has remained relatively stable in recent years, it could be impacted by a potential drop this year in admission tax revenue, which supports our grant programs and general operations.

The city collects 5 percent on every dollar of ticket sales to entertainment and recreational events, including movies, rock concerts and college sports (men's professional sports are excluded). Nonprofit cultural organizations and some smaller live music venues don't pay the tax. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs receives 75 percent of admission tax revenues. In 2012 our allocation is just over $5 million.

However, the University of Washington Husky football team's temporary move to CenturyLink Field this year could result in a potential loss of up to $900,000 in estimated admission tax revenue to the city, which in turn would jeopardize a projected $675,000 that would flow to the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Because the Huskies will play at CenturyLink this year while Husky Stadium is being expanded, it will trigger a state law that requires admission taxes generated at CenturyLink to go to the Public Stadium Authority. Huskies admission tax revenue currently goes to the city.

Senate Bill 6574, sponsored by state Senators Jeanne Kohl-Wells, David Frockt and Adam Kline, addresses this unintended consequence. If approved, the bill would direct the Huskies admission tax receipts in 2012 to the city regardless of where the team plays.

Yesterday, the Senate Ways and Means Committee held a public hearing, where City Councilmember Nick Licata testified in favor of the proposed legislation. There was no opposing testimony. The University of Washington and Public Stadium Authority have expressed their support for the bill. You can track the bill's progress on the Washington state Legislature's website.

Finally, I'd like to acknowledge the staff that manage our funding programs and take this opportunity to bid a formal farewell to Community Arts Liaison Paul Rucker, who left the Office in early January. Paul joined our team in 2007. He managed the Neighborhood & Community Arts and smART ventures funding programs and Ethnic Arts Connection event. Paul is the recent recipient of a prestigious 2012 Creative Capital grant. We wish him the best in his artistic endeavors.


Vincent E. Kitch
Mayor announces $1.6 million investment in Seattle arts groups
Director Vincent Kitch and Mayor Mike McGinn announce the 2012 Civic Partners awards at a news conference at The 5th Avenue Theatre on Feb. 7. Photo by Jen Nance.
Mayor Mike McGinn today (Feb. 7) announced more than $1.6 million in investments to Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations through the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' Civic Partners program. The program will provide funding to 137 organizations in 2012.

"The strong relationship between art and the strength of our local economy is a part of why Seattle is an attractive place to live. The City's investment provides vital working capital to help groups produce and present a variety of arts and cultural opportunities," said McGinn. "By supporting creative work throughout the city, we improve our economy and help keep the arts affordable and accessible to thousands of residents and visitors."

Representatives from funded organizations and City Councilmember Nick Licata joined in the announcement at The 5th Avenue Theater, where Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!—featuring a collaboration with choreographer Donald Byrd and his acclaimed Spectrum Dance Theater—is on stage. Spectrum and The 5th Avenue Theatre will receive funding in 2012.

The Civic Partners program awards funding to Seattle arts, heritage and cultural groups—ranging from established organizations to small and emerging groups—with a minimum three-year history of serving Seattle residents and visitors. 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.

Funded groups in 2012 include heritage organizations such as the Northwest African American Museum, Historic Seattle, and Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project; youth-oriented groups such as The Talented Youth, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras, and School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts; and diverse arts and cultural groups such as The Ethnic Heritage Council, Raven Chronicles and Chinese Arts & Music Association. Also receiving funding are arts service organizations that serve and enhance the capacity of artists and arts groups, including Artist Trust, ArtsEd Washington and Teen Tix.

In 2011, Civic Partner funded programs offered nearly 6,000 performances, events and exhibit days and served an audience of more than 1.4 million people.
Join mayor, superintendent and youth in discussion about arts learning, Feb. 16
Northwest Girlchoir. Photo by Sara Gray.
Join Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Public Schools Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield and youth for a lively panel discussion and community forum about arts education, creative learning and student success. The 2012 Arts Education Forum is 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 16, at Seattle University's Pigott Auditorium. The forum is presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Public Schools with support from Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences.

"Arts are a core part of a quality education, yet access to arts education varies widely in Seattle Public Schools. We are working to change that." said McGinn. "Training and participation in the arts helps keep students in school and engages and motivates them to learn in all subject areas."

Bring your questions for our panel of students and policymakers and hear how the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Public Schools are partnering to help ensure arts learning can be a part of a complete education for all students. Learn about a coordinated effort to create a comprehensive K-12 visual and performing arts plan for Seattle Public Schools. The district recently received a grant from The Wallace Foundation to engage the community in developing a plan to provide greater arts education access citywide.

Youth participants include panel moderator Henry Luke, a 2011 graduate of Nova High School and the Seattle coordinator for Youth Speaks, a nonprofit spoken word and youth development program; Maddie Thomas, a junior at Ballard High School, member of Seattle Art Museum's Teen Advisory Board and a fashion blogger; Vivi Perez, a 2010 graduate of Ballard High School and JustServe AmeriCorps Anti-Violence Corps team leader.

Children are welcome at the forum. Free supervised arts activities and snacks will be provided for school-aged children. To sign up, call (206) 684-7372 by Friday, Feb. 10.

Sign up to receive e-mail updates about the city and school district's partnership and learn about opportunities to get involved.
Storefronts Seattle seeks artists, arts groups for vacant storefronts
LeDouxville, Jesse LeDoux, fall and winter 2011-2012. Storefront installation at 604 Second Ave. in Pioneer Square. Photo courtesy of Storefronts Seattle.
Storefronts Seattle, in partnership with the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, seek artists to develop art projects for vacant storefronts in various Seattle neighborhoods, including Pioneer Square, the Chinatown-International District, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union and Rainier Beach.

The projects will be programmed in available spaces throughout 2012 and into 2013.

Storefronts Seattle is accepting applications in three tracks: Installation (two-dimensional, three-dimensional or new-media artworks); Artist Residency (meeting, rehearsal or studio space); and Creative Enterprise (retail art gallery, boutique, museum, etc.). Artists selected for the Installation track will receive $250 to $1,000 per installation. Participants in all tracks will receive the use of a retail storefront space at no cost for three months, with a possible extension in the Creative
Enterprise track.

The call is open to all artists and arts groups. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Feb. 22. Go here for links to each application track.

The request for proposals is intended to create a roster of projects from which to program storefront spaces as they become available. Roster inclusion does not guarantee placement in the program. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs will manage the application and roster selection process for Storefronts Seattle projects. Storefronts Seattle will pair artists with spaces they lease from property owners.

For more information, contact Matthew Richter, Storefronts Project Manager, (206) 905-1026.
Meet sidewalk artwork project artist John Fleming, Feb. 26
John Fleming, You Are Here, 2011. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Artist John Fleming will serve up a side of sidewalk art at the Bitter Lake Community Center's Annual Pancake Breakfast, where he will be on hand to discuss his new sidewalk art project 9:30 to 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 26. (The breakfast will run 9 a.m. to noon.) Fleming will show images of his lively sidewalk inlays and answer questions. Fleming's presentation is free; the breakfast costs $5 per person.

"My sidewalk art uses material common to the public right-of-way. But it uses this common material in a surprisingly uncommon way," said Fleming. "Yellow detectable warning panels are found at the sidewalk corners of most Seattle streets. In my artwork, I combined these durable dotted panels with the messages 'Where are you?' and 'You are here.' Used in this new way, the colorful sidewalk panels become unique markers in your neighborhood."

Panels are currently installed in North College Park (between North 97th and North 100th streets), Northgate (between Northeast 106th Street and Northeast Northgate Way), Olympic Hills (between Northeast 125th and Northeast 127th streets), Highland Park (between 8th and 9th avenues Southwest), North Seattle (between North 125th Street and North Park Avenue North), and Georgetown (between South Fidalgo and South Front streets).

The inlays are part of Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) Sidewalk Development Program and were commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds. Fleming worked with SDOT and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs to design and develop the artworks.
Southeast Seattle teens creating a ceramic mosaic illustrating the history of the Rainier Vista Neighborhood House at a SouthEast Effective Development workshop. Photo by Laurie Rose.
Application for Youth Arts closes Feb. 15
Last call for 2013 Youth Arts funding program applications! The online application deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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. Youth Arts prioritizes youth or communities with limited or no access to the arts. Awards range up to $10,000. The upcoming funding cycle will support arts training between September 2012 and September 2013.

Go here for the link to the application.

City, county present ceramic works from their public art collections
Kinu Watanabe; Afterimage - Fan; 2008; clay, underglaze, acrylic color; 17" x 13" x 5". Photo courtesy of the artist.
The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and 4Culture present ceramic artworks from their public art collections in the exhibition Enduring Clay: Four Decades of Collecting Ceramics by the City of Seattle and King County. The show is on view at the Washington State Convention Center through April 9, and is in conjunction with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' (NCECA) 46th annual conference, March 28 through 31.

Both the city of Seattle and King County have collected artwork for more than 40 years. Enduring Clay showcases a total of 43 artworks by 28 regional ceramic artists including Howard Kottler, Robert Sperry, Akio Takamori and Patti Warashina.

From delicately painted and finely built shapes to the rough and uneven surfaces of assembled constructions, the artworks in Enduring Clay demonstrate a sampling of the unique forms and variety of techniques that continue to expand ceramics as a fine art medium.

For more information about the exhibition, go here.
Get your fix: Gauguin to junkyard cabaret on Art Zone

Gauguin. Hot, new hip-hop. Crystal sculpture and The Bad Things. Cozy up on your couch and catch up on the local arts scene this month with Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy.

On Feb. 17, Paul Gauguin moves into Seattle Art Museum. Find out what's in store for the upcoming National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' convention, to be held in Seattle in March. New Century Theatre Company's Pipeline play-reading series is back. And listen to new, hot music from Gabriel Teodros.

On Feb. 24, artist Debra Baxter shows her crystal sculpture at Bellevue Arts Museum. Visit the new, intimate performance space "The Lalie" at ACT Theatre. And hear new music from "junkyard cabaret band" The Bad Things.

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 Feb. 10.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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