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In this Issue - January 2009
Image: Zack Bent, Reconstructive Surgery (detail), 2006, archival inkjet print, 24" x 30", on view at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, Jan. 6 - March 31. From Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection.
Zoe I Juniper's The Devil You Know Is Better than the Devil You Don't, On the Boards, 2008 Civic Partner. Photo © Justine Avera.
New Year's Message from the Director
The New Year presents challenges for all of us—and at the same time, 2009 is filled with opportunity. In June, Seattle will host the Americans for the Arts national convention, Renewable Resources: Arts in Sustainable Communities. More than 1,400 arts leaders will converge in Seattle for the first time in the 49-year history of Americans for the Arts, raising the visibility of Seattle's vibrant cultural core.

Throughout the year we will celebrate the centennial of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon (A-Y-P) Exposition, Seattle's first world's fair, in collaboration with individuals and organizations from across the region. Community exhibitions, publications and events will commemorate the A-Y-P's transformational role in defining Seattle's place on the global stage.

We look forward to continuing our work in our core Civic Partners programs for organizations, artists, neighborhood and community groups, and after-school programs for young people. We also look forward to expanding our groundbreaking partnership with Seattle Public Schools to restore quality arts education for every student. Our public art program is developing innovative new arts projects that address climate change, commissioning emerging artists for upcoming projects, and encouraging the next generation of public artists with an ongoing series of free workshops.

These are certainly interesting times, and working together we pledge to do all that we can to build support and participation for arts and culture. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with you in 2009.

All the best wishes,
Michael Killoren
Artist sought for Spokane Street Viaduct expansion
View of the Spokane Street Viaduct at the intersection of First Avenue and Spokane Street.
The Office, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), seeks an artist or artist team to develop permanent artwork in conjunction with the widening of the South Spokane Street Viaduct in Seattle's SoDo (South Downtown) neighborhood. The 60-year-old elevated roadway serves as a key transportation link between West Seattle, Port of Seattle terminal facilities and the SoDo district and provides access to State Route 99 and Interstate 5.

The selected artist will develop a creative response to the expansive viaduct and its industrial setting. Possible locations for artwork include the underside of the viaduct's elevated roadway, its forest of support columns, the spaces surrounding new traffic ramps, the lower Spokane Street roadway and its new sidewalk and/or other areas adjacent to the viaduct. Safety issues prevent placing artwork on the elevated roadway.

The call is open to established professional artists living in the United States. The project budget is $60,000 for design and travel. It is anticipated that $340,000 will be available for fabrication and installation, for a total project budget of $400,000. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 17. A link to the online application is available here.
Rachel Flotard of Visqueen during their 2007 performance at City Hall. Photo by Nate Brown.
City seeks music for phone lines, podcast
The Office is seeking a broad selection of locally-produced music for Seattle OnHold. This innovative program treats callers to local music when they call the city and are placed on hold. More than 10,000 city phone lines feature the music. OnHold also offers a free local music podcast. Listeners can buy music via iTunes, CD Baby and and link to featured musician's Web sites and concert calendars on the OnHold Web site.

To be considered in the next OnHold review cycle, submit an application by Jan. 27. For information on how to apply, visit the OnHold Web site. You can also suggest a band.

Get the podcast, and tell your friends. Or get friendly at the OnHold MySpace page.
City invests in neighborhood arts and cultural events
Chinese Arts & Music Association's 23rd Annual Spring Concert last June at the University of Washington's Meany Hall. Photo by George Cui.
Thirty-seven neighborhood arts councils and community organizations will receive funding through the Neighborhood & Community Arts Program (NCA) in 2009.

The neighborhood program will provide $44,400 ($1,200 per organization) to public festivals and events taking place throughout the city. The varied slate of events includes the The Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival, 2009 Arab Festival, Korean Cultural Celebration, 15th Annual Brazilian Carnaval and many more cultural offerings.

NCA 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.

For a list of funded organizations and their events click here.
View works by emerging artists at Seattle Municipal Tower
Scott Foldesi, Check Out (detail), 2008, oil on canvas, 18" x 22". Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection.
An exhibition of 32 artworks by 24 emerging Northwest artists will be on view at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, Jan. 6 to March 31.

The exhibition includes paintings, etchings, photography, sculpture and mixed media. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) recently purchased the artworks for the SPU Portable Works Collection.

The artists are: Robert Adams, Gretchen Bennett, Zack Bent, Ben Beres, Tram Bui, Juan Carlos Castellanos, Diem Chau, Dante Cohen, Isabel Collins, Tim Cross, Rachel Denny, Garek Druss, Eric Eley, Chris Engman, Scott Foldesi, Isaac Layman, Todd Lown, Richard Nicol, Chauney Peck, Alexis Pike, Jamie Potter, Eva Skold Westerlind, Maki Tamura and Claude Zervas.

An artist reception will be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 10. The gallery is located on the Level 3 Concourse of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave.

The SPU Portable Works Collection is exhibited throughout SPU's offices, engaging both employees and the public and creating an interesting and diverse work environment. SPU 1% for Art funds supported the purchase.
Warm up with symphony, free concerts at City Hall this winter
Seattle Symphony 2007 performance at City Hall. Photo © Erik Struhaug.
Settle in at City Hall this winter for a series of free performances by Seattle artists, Jan. 15 to March 26.

The Seattle Symphony will return for its annual community concert on Friday, Jan. 23. Associate Conductor Carolyn Kuan will conduct works by Bernstein, Haydn, Bach and Seattle-based Brazilian composer Jovino Santos Neto with guest violinists Annalisa Hastings and Felicity James.

Also on the slate are varied performances that include guitar virtuoso Andre Feriante, Northwest Tap Connection, blues legend Alice Stuart, a sampling of The 5th Avenue Theatre's upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, and a "physical music" performance by Ela Lamblin and Eric Chappelle that incorporates sculpture.

The lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series is presented year-round by the Office at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. All concerts take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the City Hall lobby. In addition to great performances, City Hall offers winter-friendly features—a fireplace nook and an espresso stand.

To see the full winter concert lineup, visit the Web site.
Register for Americans for the Arts convention in Seattle

Americans for the Arts will hold its annual convention in Seattle, June 18-20. Don't miss this opportunity to reflect, rethink and renew.

It's expected more than 1,400 arts leaders and their allies in business, education and government will discover the arts at work in the Pacific Northwest. The convention—themed Renewable Resources: The Arts in Sustainable Communities—is organized into program tracks that include arts education, civic engagement, economic development, diverse cultures, public advocacy, public art and more.

Reflect on innovative ideas from speakers in more than 75 field-crafted sessions, plus art tours and activities. Rethink the possibilities to grow our greatest renewable resources—the arts, culture and creativity—with colleagues from across the country. Renew your commitment to creating a sustainable future for yourself, your organization and your community.

View the schedule and register to attend on the Americans for the Arts Web site. Americans for the Arts is a national nonprofit organization that strives to motivate and mobilize leaders and decision makers who can make the arts thrive in America.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is leading local planning efforts, in partnership with Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau, 4Culture, Washington State Arts Commission and Washington State Arts Alliance.
Office's team recognized for work in Race and Social Justice
Seattle breakdance crew Massive Monkees (and a recipient of smART ventures funding) hosted Coosh Crash Test, a breakdance battle, at The Paramount Theatre on Nov. 1. Photo courtesy of Massive Monkees.
In December, the Office's Civic Partnerships team received a 2008 Excellence in Management Award from Seattle Management Association (SMA) for the team's work to advance the city of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). The Civic Partnerships team focuses on funding for arts programs in Seattle. The RSJI is a citywide effort to eliminate institutional attitudes, practices and policies that result in racial disproportionality.

The SMA award singled out smART ventures, a flexible, small awards program. Of 119 projects funded since smART ventures launched in 2006, 77 (65 percent) of the awards have gone to diverse and underserved populations.

The Civic Partnerships team is committed to inclusiveness in all its programs. In 2008, 24 percent of CityArtist Projects awards went to artists of color. Youth Arts focuses on opportunities for diverse and underserved youth, and 52 percent of 2008 funded projects included artists and themes that mirror Seattle's diverse population and cultures. Twenty-seven percent of Civic Partner organizations offered programs with a focus on diverse artists and audiences. Fifty-three percent of Neighborhood & Community Arts funded projects were festivals or events with a focus on Seattle's diverse and immigrant communities.

The Civic Partner team members are Irene Gomez, Melissa Hines, Kathy Hsieh, Marcia Iwasaki and Paul Rucker, supported by Danielle Abbott.
Office seeks artist for South Park drainage project
Lydia Aldredge, Kate Wade and Peggy Gaynor; Meadowbrook Pond Reflective Refuge; 1998; permantly sited at Meadowbrook Pond.
The Office in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) seeks an artist for a public art opportunity linked to a neighborhood stormwater drainage project in South Park. The application deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 13. A link to the application is available on our Web site.

The selected artist will create an artwork at a new pump station and/or Marra-Desimone Park, where SPU is building drainage swales and other improvements. The artist will also serve as an artist-in-residence and identify art opportunities for future South Park drainage projects. The total budget for the artwork and residency is $115,000.

The opportunity is open to professional artists living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana or California.
Funding available for Seattle artists in performing arts
Detail of performers from 2007 CityArtist Julie Tobiason's Seattle Dance Project. Photo © Angela Sterling.
Funding up to $10,000 is available in 2009 for Seattle-based artists working in the performing arts, including theater, dance and music. The Office's CityArtists program provides support to individual artists to conceive, develop and present new, in-progress or finished original works. All projects must include a public presentation.

A link to the new online application, guidelines and workshop information is available on our Web site. Application deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 17.

A free information session will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 13, at the Queen Anne Branch of The Seattle Public Library, 400 W. Garfield St. A series of workshops offering online application assistance and application draft review begin Jan. 15. See the Web site for the complete schedule. The workshops are free, but reservations are required.
The still-standing Fine Arts Building on the UW campus was built for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Photo courtesy of the UW Special Collections, PC Coll PH Coll 727.
1909 A-Y-P building on the move
Here's an interesting tidbit about Seattle's architectural legacies as we gear up for the 2009 centennial celebration of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition—Seattle's first world's fair.

Not counting the flimsy structures of the 1909 A-Y-P's carnival zone, "The Pay Streak," the fair added more than 70 buildings to the University of Washington campus. Three of the buildings were designed to remain after the exposition, but only one of them—the Fine Arts Building—survives. Oddly, one of the 67 temporary structures still stands today, serving the same demographic as in 1909. Find out which temporary structure is still standing here.

The A-Y-P centennial celebration is a project of the Office in collaboration with dozens of individuals and organizations throughout the region. To learn more about the 1909 A-Y-P or A-Y-P centennial events, visit the Web site.

Clinic will offer health care for artists
The Washington Artists' Health Insurance Project (WAHIP) works to provide health care opportunities to artists of all disciplines. WAHIP is partnering with Country Doctor Community Clinic, located at 500 19th Ave. E., to offer artists access to the clinic's full spectrum of preventive and primary care services. The clinic offers artist-focused hours every Wednesday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

In addition to directing (or assisting) artists to (or with) health care appointments, WAHIP will offer limited subsidy support to qualifying low-income artists who visit the clinic. Call (206) 299-1600 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Mention WAHIP to ensure that you are offered the subsidy option. Complete this form in advance of scheduling an appointment.

The program, which began this month, will be tested and evaluated through 2009 with possibilities for continuation and expansion.

To learn more about WAHIP, click here.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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