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In this Issue — January 2012

 Message from the director: 2011 recap and a look ahead
 Morlot to lead symphony in free concert at City Hall, Jan. 25
 Mayor, City Council appoint new Seattle Arts Commissioners
 Applications for Youth Arts program funding now open
 Save the date for Arts Education Forum, Feb. 16
 City invests in neighborhood arts and cultural events
 Artists selected for City Light service centers
 Temporary artwork to highlight natural stormwater management
 Exhibition features staff picks from city's collection
 Highlights from 40th anniversary show on view at City Hall
 City seeks RFQs for Families and Education Levy programs
 Choreographer talks turkey, viaduct music video, more on Art Zone



Funding: Youth Arts
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Youth Arts funding workshops

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Seattle Symphony, free concert


City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Public Art in Seattle
Through March 2
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Staff Picks
Through March 31
 
Image: A mural in the Youth Media Institute's media lab at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. Youth Media Institute received funding through the Youth Arts program in 2010. Funding applications are available here for youth arts projects taking place between Sept. 2012 and Sept. 2013. Photo by courtesy of Youth Media Institute.
Message from the director: 2011 recap and a look ahead
 
 
Andreas Bee's Raumgreifend: Installation at Suyama Space in 2009. Photo by Jym Snedeker.
 
As we embark on a new year, it's a fitting time to take stock of 2011 accomplishments and look ahead to 2012. Since arriving in Seattle last March, I've been amazed by the breadth of talent and myriad of great arts and cultural organizations and individual artists. I'm also pleased with what we've been able to accomplish working with our community of cultural partners.

For example, in 2011 the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs invested $2 million in 281 artists and organizations, serving more than 1.8 million participants. Every city dollar invested was directly leveraged by $12.50 in private and community investment.

On the arts education front, Seattle Public Schools received a $1 million grant from The Wallace Foundation to develop a multi-year plan to introduce more arts instruction into the classroom. Through our Arts Education Partnership with the school district, we look forward to helping engage the community this year in developing a comprehensive K-12 arts education plan. Stay tuned for details about how you can get involved and mark your calendar for the Arts Education Forum on Feb. 16.

We also made some headway in the arena of cultural space. With Shunpike we launched the Artist Space Assistance Program (ASAP), a pilot program designed to provide relocation and placement services for artists and arts organizations seeking affordable space. With the Seattle Arts Commission last month we hosted Cultural Space Seattle, a public forum followed by community working sessions to advance an agenda for cultural space initiatives. We're summarizing the conversation and will issue a report outlining next steps and recommendations.

We celebrated a significant milestone in 2011—our 40th anniversary, which we marked with an exhibition at Seattle Art Museum titled Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40. The retrospective featured a range of artworks from 112 Northwest artists and highlighted four decades from the city's portable works collection and the city's public art program, with photos, drawings and proposals for more than 60 permanent artworks. Our public art team completed eight public art projects and selected artists for six new projects.

Our creative sector is one of our biggest strengths. This spring we will launch the Arts Mean Business Program, a one-time arts jobs program to support the mayor's Seattle Jobs Plan. The program will offer competitive funding, technical assistance and business development.

I am honored and humbled to be here in this community working to strengthen and advance our cultural assets. The work of the Office is only possible because of Seattle's dedicated artists and arts organizations. Thank you for all you do to contribute to a healthy, vibrant, creative community.

I encourage you to stay connected and stay involved in 2012. The mayor is hosting an open house and town hall at City Hall, Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature a Q&A with the mayor, information about city departments (we will be there), entertainment, mobile food vendors and a farmer's market.

On behalf of the entire Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs team, very best wishes for a wonderful new year.

Sincerely,

Vincent E. Kitch
Director
 
Morlot to lead symphony in free concert at City Hall, Jan. 25
 
 
Ludovic Morlot, music director, Seattle Symphony. Photo by Ben VanHouten.
 
We think a great New Year's resolution is making more time for music. So take note and mark your calendar. The Seattle Symphony will perform a free community concert at City Hall, 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25. Ludovic Morlot, the symphony's new music director, will lead the orchestra in a program featuring Weber's Overture to Der Freischütz and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Mayor Mike McGinn will welcome the symphony and concert attendees to City Hall.

After the hour-long concert, attend a post-performance reception in City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room, where Morlot will share programming highlights from the symphony's upcoming 2012-2013 season.

The concert is presented as part of the symphony's Family, School & Community Programs, which are partially supported with funding from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, PONCHO and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
 
Mayor, City Council appoint new Seattle Arts Commissioners
 
 
Jon Rosen, new Seattle Arts Commission Chair. Photo by Martin Genev.
 
We're pleased to announce the recent appointments of three new members to the Seattle Arts Commission.

Mayor Mike McGinn appointed landscape architect and urban designer Jeff Benesi of Mithun. Benesi fills the position vacated by landscape architect Deb Guenther.

The Seattle City Council appointed public artist Perri Lynch and arts funding manager Huong Vu to the commission. In addition to her studio practice and public artworks, Lynch performs with the Seattle Phonographers Union. She fills the position vacated by public artist Dan Corson. Vu manages the Pacific Northwest region's arts, culture and civic grants portfolio for The Boeing Company and serves on the Grantmakers in the Arts board. Vu fills the position vacated by arts consultant Randy Engstrom.

At its December meeting, the commission elected Jon Rosen to serve as commission chair in 2012. Rosen, in his second two-year term on the commission, is an employment lawyer in practice as The Rosen Law Firm. He serves on the boards of directors of the Seattle Symphony, Music of Remembrance and Jewish Family Services. The commission elected Fidelma McGinn to a second year as the commission's vice chair. McGinn is vice president of philanthropic services at The Seattle Foundation.

The mayor also reappointed Dorothy H. Mann to the commission for a one-year term. Mann is an independent consultant in nonprofit governance and health policy and a community and arts activist. She is a past chair of the commission.

The 16-member commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Seven commissioners are appointed by the mayor and seven by the City Council, with a 15th member selected by the 14 appointed members. A 16th commissioner is selected through the YMCA's "Get Engaged" program.
 
Applications for Youth Arts program funding now open
 
 
A participant in an open mic session sponsored by Youth Speaks, which received funding through the Youth Arts program. Photo by Kari Champoux, a Youth in Focus participant.
 
We're accepting applications for the 2013 Youth Arts funding program. Find out more about the program at a free application workshop, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9 at the Beacon Hill Public Library. Application draft review sessions will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Monday, Jan. 30. RSVP for the draft review sessions is required. 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.

 
Save the date for Arts Education Forum, Feb. 16
 
 
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.
 
Mark your calendar and join Mayor Mike McGinn and Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield for a discussion about arts education, creative learning and student success at the 2012 Arts Education Forum, 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.

At the forum learn more about how you can help shape a comprehensive K-12 visual and performing arts plan for Seattle Public Schools. The school district recently received a $1 million grant from The Wallace Foundation to engage the community and develop a multi-year plan for greater arts education equity within the district. The planning grant, which runs through January 2013, will support increasing quality, arts-enriched learning opportunities and professional development. To support the planning process, the district is seeking a consultant to evaluate arts programs and a communications consultant.

The city and the school district are engaged in a multi-year partnership to support success for Seattle youth by ensuring that arts and creative learning are available to all students. The successful partnership helped leverage the planning grant from The Wallace Foundation. Sign up online to receive e-mail updates and learn about opportunities to get involved.
 
City invests in neighborhood arts and cultural events
 
 
Participants celebrate Hawaiian culture at the Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, part of Seattle Center's Festál world cultural events series. Photo courtesy of Live Aloha.
 
We're pleased to announce funding awards to 39 neighborhood arts festivals and events through our Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) program.

The program will invest $46,800 ($1,200 per organization) in events taking place throughout the city this year.

The varied slate of neighborhood happenings includes BeatWalk, Columbia City's monthly music festival; All-4-1 DANCEaPalooza, a contemporary dance festival presented by DASSdance; Honk! Fest, a marching street band that will perform across the city; Celebrate Little Saigon, a Vietnamese cultural festival and night market; and dozens of neighborhood festivals celebrating various cultures, including, Asian, African American, Hawaiian and Latin art forms.

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.
 
Artists selected for City Light service centers
 
 
Detail of Kate Sweeney's proposed artwork for City Light's North Service Center.
 
Artists Kate Sweeney and Lanny Bergner will create new artwork for Seattle City Light's North and South Service Center auditoriums, respectively. The North and South Service Centers are hubs for City Light's work.

Sweeney is a Seattle artist who explores the underlying energy inherent in the natural world. Scientific inquiry directs her work. For the North Service Center, Sweeney will create a multi-layered wall installation made of digitally printed, hand-painted, shaped aluminum panels and found objects from the recycle bins at the service centers. The panels will extend across the entrance and alcove walls at the rear of the auditorium and express the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.

Anacortes artist Bergner will create Electrifying the Grid, consisting of seven wall-mounted, painted plywood panels. Sixteen pattern-burned, stainless-steel mesh, pillow-like forms will be mounted on the panels. The geometric patterns imply energy transmission. Bergner's most recent permanent public art project was installed in 2010 at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Wash.

A panel of arts professionals, joined by representatives from City Light, selected Sweeney and Bergner from a pool of 72 applicants. The projects are commissioned with Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
 
Temporary artwork to highlight natural stormwater management
 
 
Stacy Levy, 2012, Straw Garden: from Wattle to Watershed (proposal drawing).
 
Stacy Levy will create a temporary artwork at Seattle Center's Broad Street Green as part of its The Next Fifty 50th anniversary celebration. The Broad Street Green—Green Infrastructure Project will address protecting the water quality of local waterways. The artwork will be on view from April 21 through Oct. 21.

Levy's installation will be composed of wattles—tightly wrapped straw cylinders used to aid in re-vegetation and erosion control on steep hillsides—arranged in configurations that resemble Baroque garden formations. The sculpture will morph from controlled shapes into more naturalistic patterns that resemble water as it moves across the landscape. The wattles will be planted with seeds from native annual and perennial plants, making the artwork a "living sculpture" that will change throughout Seattle Center's anniversary celebration.

Levy is a Pennsylvania-based sculptor whose interest in the natural world rests both in art and science. She uses art as a vehicle for translating the patterns and processes of nature. Levy has works in several national and international collections including Eastlake Cornerstones and Cloudstones with the city of Seattle.

Levy's artwork was selected from a group of four proposals submitted by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Developed in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Center, the Broad Street Green—Green Infrastructure Project is intended to raise public awareness of environmental stewardship, especially as it connects to SPU's work. The artwork is commissioned with SPU 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
 
Exhibition features staff picks from city's collection
 
 
Hugo Ludeña, Chambelanes (detail), 1999, chromogenic print, 20" x 30".
 
What artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection would our staff choose to be in an exhibition? Come down to the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery and find out. The exhibition Staff Picks is on display through March 31.

Staff Picks features 24 artworks including sculptures, drawings and paintings by artists such as Glen Alps, Meng Huang, Hugo Ludeña and Charlotte Meyer. See the complete list of artists here.

See artworks such as Peter Ivanoff's How the West Was Won and Lost, a drawing of shopping carts circling like covered wagons. Huang built a face from found objects including hubcaps and gloves in his sculpture Take a Look. Justin Gibbens created an Audubon-like illustration of a fantastical creature in his Double-headed Red Tail.

"It has been interesting to see what each employee has chosen," said Assistant City Curator Blake Haygood. "Each work will be accompanied by a short statement explaining why it was picked."

The Portable Works Collection contains more than 2,800 artworks managed by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
 
Highlights from 40th anniversary show on view at City Hall
 
 
Mandy Greer; Mater Matrix Mother and Medium (detail); 2009; wool and synthetic yarn plastic, fabric, glass and plastic beads; 36" x 68". Photo by Blake Haygood.
 
Missed our 40th anniversary exhibition Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40 at Seattle Art Museum last year? See some highlights from the show at City Hall through March 2.

The exhibition Public Art in Seattle offers an overview of the city's public art program with photos, drawings and proposals for more than 60 permanent artworks located throughout the city. Also on view are materials used in artwork conservation. A series of display panels, maquettes and proposal drawings are on display in the City Hall Lobby Gallery and in the Anne Focke Gallery on the L2 level of the building.

See maquettes by Lee Kelly and Ron Bladen, expressing in miniature what was eventually realized as the outdoor sculptures Untitled (1975) by Kelly at Louisa Boren Park and Black Lightning (1991) by Bladen at Seattle Center's Broad Street Green. Also on view are pieces of temporary artworks that have become part of the Portable Works Collection. Mandy Greer's Mater Matrix Mother and Medium left behind fragments of a yarn "river" that was crocheted by many hands and strung through an urban forest in summer 2009.

In 1971, city leaders signed legislation to create the Seattle Arts Commission—known today as the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. In 1973, Seattle was among the first cities in the country to adopt a percent-for-art ordinance. Today, the city's public art collection includes more than 2,800 artworks in the Portable Works Collection and nearly 380 permanently sited public artworks. Nearly 40 years later, the city remains dedicated to creating exceptional art experiences in people's everyday lives.
 
City seeks RFQs for Families and Education Levy programs
 
 

 
As the arts are essential in a complete education, we're sharing the news that the Seattle Office for Education (OFE) is seeking requests for qualifications (RFQs) from organizations to support one of four program areas of the city's Families and Education Levy. The $232 million seven-year levy was passed by voters last fall. The initiative provides support to children and their families, both in and out of school, in an effort to help all Seattle's children become safe, healthy and ready to learn.

The programs for RFQs are: Elementary Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Family Support; Middle and High School Social, Emotional and Behavioral Support; Elementary, Middle and High School Extended Learning Opportunities; and Middle and High School College and Career Readiness and Planning. The RFQs are due 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 14. Go here for more information and RFQ instructions.

There is no funding to be awarded under the RFQ process. However, submitting a response to an RFQ is required in order for a school to select your organization to provide programs in the next part of the process.

Information sessions for each program area will be held at Miller Community Center beginning Jan. 12. Registration is required. Go here for the schedule and to register.
 
Choreographer talks turkey, viaduct music video, more on Art Zone
 
 

 
Preview the Children's Film Festival. Celebrate a decade of improv theater. Catch a music video about the viaduct. Relax at home in January and get your fill of the local arts scene at the same time with Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy.

On Jan. 13, watch a profile on artistic genius Bruce Bickford. Writer and performer David Schmader unveils his new one-man show. Choreographer/dancer Wade Madsen shares a story about playing a turkey. And hear new music from In Cahoots.

On Jan. 20, go behind the scenes of Sandbox Artists Collective's Sandbox Radio Live. See a profile on experimental musician and cellist Lori Goldston. Preview the 2012 Children's Film Festival at Northwest Film Forum. And watch the musical duo Braniel's new music video about the Alaskan Way Viaduct.

On Jan. 27, preview the dance show Chop Shop: Bodies of Work. And celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Seattle Festival of Improv Theatre.

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 Jan. 6.
 
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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