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In this Issue — February 2013

 Calls for artists and curators open
 Celebrate Black History Month at Langston Institute
 Reception for Ethiopian art exhibition at City Hall, Feb. 7
 Seattle Symphony to give free concert at City Hall, Feb. 21
 Funding programs' 2013 schedule and city web portal
 Capitol Hill neighborhood wins national award
 Save the date for Cultural Congress
 Women in rock, opera for kids, ballet and bluegrass on Art Zone



Call: Curator for temporary artworks
Deadline Feb. 19
Call: West Seattle fire station
Deadline Feb. 22
Call: North Delridge stormwater facility
Deadline March 18
Call for film: LHPAI African American Film Festival
Deadline Feb. 8
Other:
Jobs
Funding
Training

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Seattle Symphony, free concert

Performances at Langston Institute:
Call Mr. Robeson

From Africa to the White House: A Journey of Resistance, Triumph and Spirituals

Cleo Parker Robinson' Dance Ensemble

Harriet's Return


City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Ethiopian Art: Tradition, Assimilation and Change
Through March 4

Reception Feb. 7
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Women's Stories
Through April 1
 
Image: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute will present the world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson' Dance Ensemble's 2012 world premiere of FUSION, choreographed by Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus. Part of a full month of programming to celebrate Black History Month in February. Click here for more information.
Calls for artists and curators open
 
 
Nobuho Nagasawa, Dale Stammen and Andrew Schloss; Water Weaving Light Cycle; 2005; fiber optic and sound installation. Located at Seattle City Hall. Photo by Nobuho Nagasaw.
 
We currently have three calls for artists or curators open. Go to our Calls for Artists for more information on all calls and links to the online applications.

We're seeking an artist or artist team to develop a permanent, site-integrated artwork for Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) North Delridge Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Retrofit Project in West Seattle's Delridge neighborhood. The selected artist will develop an artwork that focuses on SPU's system-wide stormwater infrastructure and solutions designed to protect local water quality. The call is open to established professional artists residing and eligible to work in the United States. Applications are due 11 p.m., Monday, March 18 (PDT).

We're seeking an artist to develop a permanent site-integrated or free-standing artwork for Fire Station 32 in West Seattle, in partnership with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and the Seattle Fire Department. The selected artist will develop art integrated into the facility or create a site-specific, durable, three-dimensional, free-standing artwork within the limited ground space. The artwork should address the work and spirit of the firefighters and the unique character of the surrounding neighborhood. The call is open to established professional artists residing in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska) and California. Applications are due 11 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 (PST).

And we're seeking a multi-disciplinary art curator or curator team with established curatorial experience to develop and manage temporary arts programming at the future site of Seattle City Light's proposed Denny Substation in the Cascade neighborhood. The curator will develop and manage a series of free and open public performances and artworks begining in November 2013, before construction of the facility, for up to 18 months. The call is open to established professional curators residing in Washington or Oregon. Applications are due 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 (PST).
 
Celebrate Black History Month at Langston Institute
 
 
Karen Meadow in Harriet's Return, her one-woman tour de force on the life of Harriet Tubman.
 
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) will present a full month of programming to celebrate Black History Month in February. Visit LHPAI's brand-new website for performance show times, ticket purchasing, and all sorts of information on the institute and its offerings: www.langstoninstitute.org.

Nigerian writer and performer Tayo Aluko's one-man show about Paul Robeson, Call Mr. Robeson, takes us on an historic roller coaster through Robeson's remarkable and eventful life, highlighting his radical activism.

Aluko's From Africa to the White House: A Journey of Resistance, Triumph and Spirituals is an illuminating, musically illustrated talk exploring African pre-slavery history, Africans' resistance to white domination over the centuries, and their eventual triumph (symbolically, at least) with the election and inauguration of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States.

The world-renowned Cleo Parker Robinson' Dance Ensemble presents the 2012 world premiere of FUSION, choreographed by Haitian choreographer Jeanguy Saintus. Saintus' piece expresses the rich fusion of Caribbean culture and the contemporary life of his country through Haitian traditional dance and classical, modern and contemporary technique.

And Karen Meadow has successfully performed her one-woman tour de force Harriet's Return, on the life of Harriet Tubman, throughout the United States and abroad.

A Black History Month pass may also be purchased that will allow entry into all five premier events at a 10 percent discount. The pass can be purchased here.
 
Reception for Ethiopian art exhibition at City Hall, Feb. 7
 
 
Melaku Tesfaye, Untitled (Detail), acrylic on canvas.
 
A reception for the exhibition Ethiopian Art: Tradition, Assimilation and Change at Seattle City Hall will be 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7 at City Hall. Forty-five paintings by 10 Ethiopian artists highlight Ethiopian art, artists and the country's visual culture through a wide range of painting styles, both traditional and contemporary. The artists, some professionally trained and some self-taught, hail from Seattle; Washington, D.C.; and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The exhibition reflects the dynamics of current artistic movements both in the country and among the diaspora. The exhibition runs through March 4.
 
Seattle Symphony to give free concert at City Hall, Feb. 21
 
 
 
Seattle Symphony Orchestra performing at City Hall in 2009. Photo by Erik Stuhaug.
 
Assistant Conductor Stilian Kirov will lead the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in a free, lunchtime concert, 12 to 1 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 in the City Hall lobby. Mayor Mike McGinn will welcome attendees to the performance, which will feature masterworks from the 19th and 20th centuries. The Symphony will perform Bartók's Rumanian Folk Dances for Orchestra, the first movement from Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (featuring Amelia Sie, violin), Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, and Brahms' Hungarian Dances No. 5 in G Minor and No. 6 in D Minor.

After the concert, audience members are invited to mingle at a post-performance coffee reception in City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room. Seattle Symphony has established a tradition of performing free concerts at City Hall to standing-room-only crowds every year since 2006.

These free concerts are presented as part of the Seattle Symphony's Family, School & Community Programs, which are partially supported with funding from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture and the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
Funding programs' 2013 schedule and city web portal
 
 
Bridges to Understanding student plays her trumpet to help the plants grow for a project about organic gardening. Photo by Tania Westby. The program was funded by Youth Arts.
 
Artists and arts groups on the hunt for funds: we've posted the schedule for our 2013 funding programs here. The next funding program to open will be Civic Partners funding for organizations, opening April 17 and closing June 12.

And check out the city of Seattle's grants and funding web portal that includes information about the city's diverse funding programs, including a listing of city funding programs that support arts and culture. The website is a one-stop-shop for Seattle's diverse funding programs. You can search by the name of the city department and funding program(s), and view all the programs side-by-side in an easy-to-read matrix format.
 
Capitol Hill neighborhood wins national award
 
 

 
A new report released in January 2013 by ArtPlace identifies Capitol Hill and the Pike-Pine Corridor as one of America's Top 12 ArtPlaces, communities that successfully combine the arts, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, restaurants and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods. This neighborhood ranked highly not only against local Seattle neighborhoods, but also nationally, showing a combination of factors that place it in the top 12 in the country.

The award was presented to Mayor Mike McGinn at a press event on Jan. 25 at Velocity Dance Center. The press conference was followed by a walking tour of the neighborhood, during which attendees heard from local arts leaders and small-business owners affected by the presence of the arts in the community. Photos from the event can be viewed here.
 
Save the date for Cultural Congress
 
 
Arts and cultural leaders gathered for the 2012 Arts & Social Change Symposium.
 
Save the date for the 2013 Cultural Congress, to be held in Seattle on April 22, 23 and 24 at Seattle Center.

The annual collaborative conference, produced by the Washington State Arts Alliance (WSAA), brings together a diverse group of cultural leaders to strengthen skills and cultivate partnerships through intensive workshops, peer dialogue and dynamic speakers. It's an opportunity for artists and cultural professionals to continue their professional development training; to network with a diverse, cross-discipline peer group; and to increase knowledge of the field.

At this year's Congress, the Office invites returning and new attendees to continue the conversation that started at the Arts & Social Change Symposium held last October. The symposium explored the role that diverse arts and artists play in creating awareness, inspiring understanding and developing policies to address cultural equity and social change. On April 22, a slate of dynamic speakers and sessions will focus on implementation strategies and actions to use the arts as a leading force in creating equitable change in our communities. Stay tuned. Check the WSAA website for details in the near future.
 
Women in rock, opera for kids, ballet and bluegrass on Art Zone
 
 

 
A documentary musical. A handmade book on romance. Ballet and bluegrass. Get all this and more on Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. The show highlights the local arts scene 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. 2.

On Feb. 15, watch a profile on These Streets, a semi-documentary musical about women in rock. Visit the studio of Ellen Ziegler as she works on a handmade book about her parents' romance. Seattle Opera launches a cool program aimed at kids. Chat with Bill Radke about Pie, a new weekly, half-hour show on KCTS 9. And hear from musical guest Kultur Shock.

On Feb. 22, Seattle Magazine arts and culture editor Brangien Davis highlights what not to miss this spring. Former Pacific Northwest Ballet dancer Kevin Kaiser brings his vast experience and deep love of dance to Evergreen City Ballet. Bluegrass artist Kevin Brown teases the upcoming Wintergrass Festival. And it's time for the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.
 
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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