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In this Issue — January 2010
  Message from the director
  Funding open for youth arts projects
  Artist sought for new First Hill Streetcar artwork
  Seeking artists to showcase at ethnic arts event
  Forty neighborhood events funded in 2010
  McMakin, Mitchell to create artwork for new community center
  City exhibition features works by emerging Northwest artists
  City Hall exhibition offers Reflections on Black History
  Travel to Hawaii and Scotland at free City Hall concerts
  City seeks artists to activate Pioneer Square park
  Seattle Center seeks programming for Fun Forest site
  Musical theater to powerhouse pop on Art Zone this month
  SAM panel to address art and environmental advocacy, Jan. 28
  U.S. Census taps local arts sector to encourage participation



Funding for Youth Arts projects
First Hill Streetcar artwork
Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop artwork
Seeking artists to showcase at Ethnic Arts Connection
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Taimane & Del Rey, Free concert
Seattle Arts Commission Meeting
Seattle Municipal Tower gallery artist reception
Neil Hubbard, Free concert

Seattle Municipal Tower:

Northwest Emerging Artists Seattle City Light Portable Works: Part III
Jan. 5 - April 2
City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Reflections
Jan. 6 - Feb. 26
 
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Image: Marita Dingus, Woman As The Creator (detail), 2002, mixed media sculpture: 18' x 5'. Featured in Reflections, an exhibition honoring the history of enslaved Africans in America on view at City Hall Jan. 6 to Feb. 26.
 
 
James Carpenter, Blue Glass Passage, 2003, permanently sited at Seattle City Hall.
 
Message from the director
 
A new decade. A new mayor. New opportunities.
Welcome to 2010.

Our job is to promote Seattle's cultural vitality and advocate for favorable cultural policy in city government. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your work over the past year as artists, administrators and patrons. The coming year promises to be full of challenges and opportunities. With a new administration and further projected budget shortfalls, we can expect to see many more changes in city government.

One of the keys to our success as a city department will be our ability to remain flexible and to adapt to the ever-changing environment. I also want to acknowledge the important work of the Seattle Arts Commission, trusted advisors and effective advocates working tirelessly on behalf of Seattle's cultural community. Working with you and our arts commissioners, I remain optimistic in our ability to navigate a course that will both preserve and strengthen our core programs and services. Our recent budget shift from general fund dollars to admission tax revenues—endorsed by the arts commission and approved by the City Council—will provide stability for our core programs in the years ahead.

We are pleased that Mayor Mike McGinn asked for our help to bring arts and culture to the inaugural festivities this weekend. We hope you can join us at City Hall this Saturday, Jan. 9, when the mayor will host an open house from 1 to 5 p.m.

Meet the mayor; tour the Mayor's Office, Council offices and the city attorney's office; and connect with city departments. Tour public art at City Hall and catch performances by local music acts, including piano jazz by the Victor Noriega Trio, contagious kiddie-pop by Recess Monkey and Andean music by Quichua Mashis. McGinn will deliver his inaugural speech at
3 p.m. in the lobby. Also on tap is the Mayor's Inaugural Music Festival, a free, all-ages event featuring Wheedle's Groove, The Maldives, Hey Marseilles and Gabriel Teodros, 8 p.m., Saturday at the Showbox SODO.

I look forward to strengthening our partnerships with you at the dawn of this decade and thank you for your good spirit, good work and good cheer. All the best for a peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Sincerely,

Michael Killoren
Director
 
 
Student LaSheera Hutyton shares words from Arts Corps' spoken word class. Arts Corps is a 2010 Youth Arts partner. Photo by Joan Swearingen.
 
Funding open for youth arts projects
 
We are accepting applications for our Youth Arts funding program that supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth beyond the regular school day.

Individual artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and/or youth and community service agencies are eligible to apply. Priority is placed on serving youth or communities with limited access to arts and culture. Funding awards range from $1,500 to $10,000 for projects in all artistic disciplines that take place between September 2010 and September 2011. The application deadline is Feb. 23. For more information and to access the online application, click here.
Artist sought for new First Hill Streetcar artwork
 
 
 

 
Seattle is seeking an artist to develop site-integrated artwork for the First Hill Streetcar line, which will connect the Chinatown/International District transit station to the future Capitol Hill light rail station via First Hill. The new line is part of the Seattle Streetcar Network.

The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. The selected artist will work with the Seattle Department of Transportation and consultants from the early stages of design through construction. Artwork and design enhancements will be incorporated during construction of the streetcar line. The design should include reproducible or repeating elements and components that contribute to the overall identity of the streetcar. Construction of the two-mile line is scheduled to begin in 2011 and end in 2013.

Application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22. To preview the call and link to the online application, click here.
 
 
Showcase performers at the 2008 Ethnic Arts Connection. Photo by Robert Wade.
 
Seeking artists to showcase at ethnic arts event
 
We are seeking performing and visual artists working in a variety of ethnic and cultural artistic genres to participate in the Ethnic Arts Connection, a free one-day gathering, Wednesday, March 10 at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion.

The biennial event introduces regional artists working in culturally specific traditions to arts presenters with the goal of broadening cultural experiences available for audiences.

The deadline to apply for a juried 15-minute performance showcase or display space for emerging visual artists is Wednesday, Feb. 3. Emerging artists are generally in the early stage of their career (five years or less) as a visual artist. Click here for details and to download an application.

This is the third such gathering of artists and presenters. In March 2008, the gathering brought together 225 artists with 75 performing arts presenters and featured 27 showcase performances. The Office collaborates with several community partners to produce the event.
Forty neighborhood events funded in 2010
 
 
 
A performer entertains at Tibet Fest 2008 at Seattle Center. Photo by Rabyoung Gyalkhang.
 
We're pleased to announce funding awards to 40 neighborhood arts festivals and events through our Neighborhood & Community Arts program.

The program will invest $48,000 ($1,200 per organization) in events taking place throughout the city this year. Fifteen of the 40 funded projects are first-time recipients, representing 37 percent of the awards.

The varied slate of neighborhood happenings includes BeatWalk, Columbia City's monthly music festival; a film festival for youth; Honk! Fest West, roving street bands that will perform across the city; The Edible Book Festival; Sounds Outside, a creative music festival at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill; and dozens of neighborhood festivals celebrating various cultures, including Hawaiian, Asian, African American and Latin art forms.

So get out and join the fun in 2010. There's bound to be some cool cultural goings on in a neighborhood near you!
McMakin, Mitchell to create artwork for new community center
 
 
 
Roy McMakin, Love & Loss (detail), 2005, concrete, steel, tree and water, 20' x 40' x 24'. Located at Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park.
 
Seattle artists Roy McMakin and Jeffry Mitchell will create artwork for the new Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool. The artists will work with a design team that includes ARC Architects, representatives from Seattle Parks and Recreation and city staff. The current facility will be demolished and the new community center will provide improved and updated recreational opportunities. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2011 with completion in mid-2012.

McMakin has completed public artworks for Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park; the J. Paul Getty Museum; and the University of California, San Francisco. He has exhibited his work at the Seattle Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery and James Harris Gallery.

Mitchell is a recent recipient of the Stranger Genius Award and a Joan Mitchell Grant. He has exhibited his work at the Henry Art Gallery and has completed commissions for the city of Seattle and the Seattle Art Museum.
City exhibition features works by emerging Northwest artists
 
 
 
Fred Herzog, Black Man Pender (detail), 1958/reprinted 2008, inkjet print, 19" x 13". Seattle City Light's Portable Works Collection.
 
Nineteen artworks by 14 emerging Northwest artists are featured in the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery through April 2.

The exhibition includes paintings, photographs, works on paper, sculpture and mixed media. Titled Northwest Emerging Artists: Seattle City Light Portable Works Part III, the show features artworks that are part of a larger recent purchase by Seattle City Light totaling 86 artworks by 56 artists. The show is the final installment in a three-part exhibition.

Featured artists are Abra Ancliffe, Sonny Assu, Nola Avienne, Buddy Bunting, Gabriel Brown, Diem Chau, Cat Clifford, Chris Engman, Julia Freeman, Sean Healy, Fred Herzog, Jennifer McNeely, Matt Sellars and Adam Sorensen.

Meet the artists at a reception, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,
Jan. 12 at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery.

Seattle City Light's portable works collection is exhibited throughout City Light's offices, engaging both employees and the public and creating an interesting and diverse work environment. The purchase was made possible with city 1% for Art funds.
City Hall exhibition offers Reflections on Black History
 
 
 
Roosevelt Lewis, Freddie's Place (detail), 2000, acrylic on illustration board, 42 1/2" x 22 1/2". Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Seattle artists Roosevelt Lewis and Marita Dingus honor the history of enslaved Africans in America in the exhibition Reflections on view at City Hall Jan. 6 to Feb. 26.

The show, which celebrates Black History Month (February), features two massive mixed-media sculptures, including the 60-foot Buddha as an African Enslaved; paintings; wood sculpture and other three-dimensional works. The artworks address African-American history, including the human trafficking of Africans through the Middle Passage, the struggles of the Civil Rights Era, and the role of African-American women in society.

Meet artists Lewis and Dingus at a reception, 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 4 at City Hall. The reception will follow a free noontime concert with singer/songwriter Cristina Orbe.
Travel from Hawaii to Scotland at free City Hall concerts
 
 
 
Hawaiian ukulele star Taimane (Tie-mon-ee) brings her fire-brand island soul to Seattle and jams with local uke-master Del Rey, Thursday, Jan. 7 at City Hall. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Escape the winter doldrums in January with an eclectic mix of free music at City Hall. All concerts are held from noon to 1 p.m.
On Thursday, Jan. 7, Hawaiian ukulele star Taimane (Tie-mon-ee) brings her fire-brand island soul to Seattle and jams with local uke-master Del Rey. The show is presented in partnership with the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.

On Thursday, Jan. 21, enjoy majestic Scottish music from Neil Hubbard, one of Seattle's most celebrated pipers. Dressed in Scottish kilt and regalia, Hubbard will play the Great Highland bagpipe and Scottish smallpipe.

The free lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series is presented year-round by the Office.
City seeks artists to activate Pioneer Square park
 
 
 
Occidental Park in Pioneer Square.
 
ARTSPARKS—a collaboration between the Office, 4Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation—seeks proposals for temporary art projects at Pioneer Square's Occidental Park for one or more weeks, June through September 2010. ARTSPARKS is part of the Downtown Parks Renaissance Initiative to make downtown Seattle parks lively, safe and welcoming public spaces.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience in producing public arts events or installations. All arts disciplines are welcome. Maximum available funding is $2,000 per week for a 10- to 15-week program that features multiple temporary art projects.

Application deadline is Friday, March 12. Download the application and guidelines here.
Seattle Center seeks programming for Fun Forest site
 
 
 
Fun Forest. Photo by Seattle Center.
 
Seattle Center is seeking proposals for "fun, imaginative and family-friendly" attractions to enliven outdoor space once occupied by amusement rides.

The Fun Forest, which has operated at Seattle Center since the 1962 World's Fair, has consolidated its rides, freeing up 68,000 square feet of flat, paved outdoor space.

Selected proposals will be for temporary attractions and seasonal events and activities between May 2010 and December 2011. The deadline to submit proposals is Monday, Jan. 18. Download the Request for Proposals. In January 2012, Seattle Center will start preparing its facilities and grounds for a six-month celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.
Musical theater to powerhouse pop on Art Zone this month
 
 
 

 
Get cozy on the couch this month with Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays. Here are a few of January's highlights.

On Jan. 15 Choklate brings her soulful groove to the studio. Robert Horton talks up the local movie scene. And the local comedic duo Pat and Patty Cashman perform Love Letters.

On January 22, learn more about local composer and musician Norman Durkee. Radio journalist Phyllis Fletcher and writer and Northwest Film Forum executive director Lyall Bush recommend a few "must-read" books. And drum maestros of Conga Joy rock the studio.

On January 29, 92-year-old rock music photographer Jini Dellaccio tells her story. Get up close and personal with actor R. Hamilton Wright. And powerhouse soul/pop band Soul Kata jam in the studio.

Starting in February, Art Zone will also air on KCTS channel 9, at 7 p.m., Wednesdays. The first KCTS show will air Wednesday, Feb. 3.
SAM panel to address art and environmental advocacy, Jan. 28
 
 
 
John Roloff, The Seventh Climate (Paradise Reconsidered), 2006, permanently sites at I-5 Colonnade Park.
 
What roles should artists play in championing environmental causes? How can environmentalists and artists collaborate to build public interest around sustainability? Join Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Cascade Land Conservancy for a free panel discussion that will explore these and other issues, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 at Olympic Sculpture Park's PACCAR Pavilion.

The discussion, titled Art and Environmental Advocacy: A Dialogue, is part of SAM's Pivotal Perspectives: Conversations on Art and Culture, a series of discussions exploring the intersection of art, culture and the environment.

The Office is a sponsor of the discussion. Seating is limited and advance registration is required.
U.S. Census taps local arts sector to encourage participation
 
 
 

 
The arts community can play an important role in helping to communicate the importance of the 2010 Census and encouraging participation in the nation's once-a-decade population count.

The United States Census Bureau launched a nationwide road tour this week to motivate America's growing and increasingly diverse population to complete and mail back the 10-question census forms when they arrive in mailboxes in mid-March.

Census data can impact arts funding and programs in our community. It determines the distribution of more than $400 billion in government funding annually for critical community services, including education and transportation. And it impacts your voice in Congress by reapportioning congressional seats to states.

The arts and culture community are well positioned to get the word out by communicating the importance of the census to patrons at concert halls, theaters and museums. With the arts sector's help, the Census Bureau will continue to produce accurate data, which will directly affect the quality of life in our community. Census data, including population figures, are often used to write proposals for grants that benefit arts and cultural organizations.

To help ensure 2010 census data is accurate, arts organizations can display census information in their lobbies and/or include messages in performance programs. To request census materials, contact Brynn Hurlstone, local partnership assistant with the U.S. Census Bureau, (206) 948-5944. For more information on the U.S. Census, go here.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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