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In this Issue - January 2008
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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Image: © Norman Lundin; Two Jars, Two Boxes I (detail); 2005; acrylic on gessoed paper;
14" x 19".
City invests in neighborhood arts and cultural events
2007 Neighborhood & Community Arts partner Chinese Arts and Music Association, photo by Byron Dazey.
Thirty neighborhood arts councils and community organizations will receive funding through the Neighborhood & Community Arts Program (NAC) in 2008.

The neighborhood program will provide $36,000 ($1,200 per organization) to public festivals and events taking place throughout the city. The varied slate of events includes the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Fremont Solstice Parade, South Park Art Walk, Hmong New Year and many more cultural offerings.

NAC supports neighborhood groups that produce recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, build community and enhance the visibility of neighborhoods through arts and culture.

Funding for 2008 was the most competitive since the program began in 2003. For a list of funded organizations click here.

© Steven Appleton, Facetime, 2006, photo by Alex Forman. Commissioned by Blackrock Corporation with the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles.
Artists selected for SPU solid waste stations
Steve Appleton of Los Angeles and Carol dePelecyn of Seattle have been selected to work as artists-in-residence at the Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) North and South Recycling and Disposal Stations, respectively. In the first phase of the art projects, the artists will observe, research and document the activities of the solid waste stations and develop temporary artworks to be displayed. In the second phase, the artists will work with design teams to integrate art into the new facilities that will replace the existing stations.

Appleton is an educator and artist whose project, Face Time, was recognized at the Year in Review at the 2007 Americans for the Arts conference. A lighting designer as well as an installation artist, dePelecyn is currently working on a King County recycling and disposal station project for 4Culture.

SPU maintains the transfer stations for residents to bring excess waste and recycling materials that cannot be collected at the curbside and is upgrading these facilities to meet the city's current and future waste goals. The city aims to recycle 60 percent of its garbage by 2012 and to reach 70 percent recycling by 2025.

© Cathy Fields, Symmetry in Flux (detail), acrylic on canvas, 2007.
Union Street Electric Gallery artists for 2008
Painter Cathy Fields and printmaker Barbara Noah will display their artworks at the outdoor Union Street Electric Gallery in 2008. Each artist created an original proposal for an artwork that will be produced on a vinyl-mesh mural, 14 feet high and 100 feet long, and installed at the site for six months.

A call seeking artists to create proposals for the gallery was issued in August 2007 to all visual artists with a residence or studio in Seattle. Five artists were selected by a panel and funded to produce proposals from which Field's and Noah's proposals were chosen.

The Union Street Electric Gallery is located on the western exterior wall of the Seattle City Light facility at Union Street and Western Avenue. Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds supports this large-scale exhibition space. The artwork is designed to enhance the workplace of City Light employees.

Northwest Masters' work on view at Seattle Municipal Tower
© Norman Lundin; Two Jars, Two Boxes I (detail); 2005; acrylic on gessoed paper;
14" x 19".
The Northwest Masters Portable Works Collection, recently purchased by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), features 24 artworks that include paintings, photographs, prints, collage and sculpture by celebrated Northwest artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Paul Horiuchi, George Tsutakawa and Frank Okada. An exhibition of the artworks is on view at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, Jan. 2 to March 31, 2008. An artist reception will be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 8. The gallery is located on the Level-Three Concourse of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave. and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

SPU's collection of portable artworks is exhibited throughout the utility's offices, engaging its employees and visitors by helping to create an interesting and diverse work environment. The Northwest Masters' purchase was made possible with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art Funds.

The Seattle Symphony Orchestra will perform at City Hall on Jan. 25.
Free concerts brighten the winter season
Seattle Presents warms up the winter season with sizzling free performances ranging from symphonies to local jazz legends in the resonant acoustics of City Hall's lobby.

On Jan. 3, watch Cristina Valdés, a captivating pianist who has played Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, perform Tan Duns' Eight Memories in Watercolor, Haydn's B minor Sonata and Brahms Op. 118. On Jan. 17, Gamelan Pacifica, "one of the Northwest's best-kept musical secrets" as declared by Seattle Weekly, will perform beautiful gong-chime orchestra music from Java. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra will present an all-Mozart program on Jan. 25, directed by Associate Conductor Carolyn Kuan.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year on Feb. 7 with traditional Chinese music by Warren Chang, world champion of the erhu, an ancient two-stringed fiddle-like instrument. Legendary jazz bassist and Seattle treasure Buddy Catlett will join with fellow local luminaries Clarence Acox, Hadley Caliman, Bob Hammer and Julian Priester for a jam at City Hall on Feb. 21. On Mar. 6, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Aaron Copland and Robert Schumann. And to conclude the winter series, enjoy the sounds of the Mandinka kora, an African harp-lute, and oud, a Middle Eastern lute, by performer Kane Mathis on Mar. 20.

The performances are part of the free lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series presented year-round by the Office at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. All concerts are held from noon to
1 p.m. For more information, visit our Web site.

Open slots in Basic Health plan of Washington
The Washington State Health Care Authority has announced 4,000 new slots for eligible residents in the Basic Health program. A long-term effort to improve artists' access to health insurance in this state, Basic Health is state-sponsored and provides affordable health care coverage through private health plans.

The program covers Washington state residents who are within specific income guidelines and who are not eligible for Medicare, not institutionalized at the time of enrollment, and not attending school full time in the United States on a student visa. For income guidelines click here.

For enrollment details click here. For more information, call Basic Health at 1-800-660-9840 or visit Basic Health. Artist Trust is addressing the issue of health insurance for artists through the distribution of information and through the development of a new program called the Washington Artists Health Insurance Project (WAHIP). For more information about WAHIP and other health insurance resources, visit Artist Trust's website.

Video sheds light on arts education
What do children learn in an arts classroom? Over the last two years, six Seattle-based nonprofit youth development and arts education programs formed the Seattle Arts Education Consortium with the goal of working together to strengthen their programs. A product of their collaboration is a compelling video, Powerful Learning through the Arts, that speaks to the impact of arts learning. The video shows how the arts not only engage and inspire youth but also help them develop their capacity to learn and develop tools such as risk-taking, persistence, trusting uncertainty, imagining possibilities, making connections, critical thinking and reflection.

Filmed by award-winning documentary filmmakers Brian Quist and Karen Hirsch, the video features classroom footage and interviews from some of the nation's arts education experts, shedding light on an undervalued field that has an enormous impact on youth.

Funded in part by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Seattle Arts Education Consortium members are Arts Corps, Coyote Central, the Nature Consortium, Powerful Schools, Seattle Center Academy and Youth in Focus.

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
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