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In this Issue — January 2013

 Message from the director: Ringing in 2013
 Forty neighborhood arts festivals and events receive funding
 Calls for artists and curators open
 Buster Simpson to create artwork for waterfront project
 Lead Pencil Studio, Ned Kahn to create artwork for Denny Substation
 City Hall exhibition features Ethiopian art
 City exhibition features 'women's stories'
 Learn about low-power FM radio opportunities
 Reminder: Youth Arts funding program open
 Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute film call, workshops, birthday bash
 Start off the new year with Art Zone's new season

Funding: Youth Arts
Deadline Feb. 4
Call: Curator for temporary artworks
Deadline Feb. 19
Call: Seeking atmospheric or weather-related artwork
Deadline Jan. 28
Call: Landsburg Park project
Deadline Jan. 16
Call for film: LHPAI African American Film Festival
Deadline Jan. 25

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Youth Arts Draft Review Session

Info Session: Low-Power Community Radio

City Hall Open House

Langston Hughes B-day Bash

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Ethiopian Art: Tradition, Assimilation and Change
Through March 4
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Women's Stories
Through April 1
Image: Students work together at 826 Seattle, a nationally awarded after-school reading and writing program. Arts education is one of the top issues we will concentrate on in 2013. Photo: Rathbone Images.
Message from the director: Ringing in 2013
Randy Engstrom
As our office begins the new year, we are excited about our work plan for 2013. In October we launched a survey for all of our constituents. With more than 600 responses, our areas of focus were clearly defined. One of the top issues was a desire for an increased concentration on arts education. We have been working with Seattle Public Schools and dozens of community partners on an arts plan funded by the Wallace Foundation. Building on our partnership of more than five years with the district, the K-12 Arts Plan seeks to ensure two hours of arts education instruction for every student in every school—all 48,000 of them. We'll begin implementing part of the plan in 2013, with our office acting as the connector between schools and community-based organizations, making partnerships more streamlined for both. We're excited to be expanding our work in arts education, an area so crucial to the future of our industry.

Read more ...

Forty neighborhood arts festivals and events receive funding
2012 Pista sa Nayon, a Filipino American cultural celebration. Photo by Jenny Crooks.
Forty neighborhood arts festivals and events will receive funding through our Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) program in 2013. The program will invest $48,000 ($1,200 per organization) in events taking place throughout the city. We received 71 applications for the program. Of the 40 funded projects, 14 represent organizations that have never before been funded by the office and 23 specifically serve immigrants and communities of color. The varied slate of neighborhood events includes the 9th Anniversary of 206 Zulu, Word Play, Beacon Rocks!, and the Filipino American History Month celebration.

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. Applications for 2014 funding will be available in August 2013. Click here for a complete listing of events and festivals funded for 2013.
Calls for artists and curators open
Mary Ann Peters; In and instant-cluster to star burst (detail); 2007; gouache, watercolor, pencil on polypropylene paper; 20" x 70". Photo by Spike Mafford.
We currently have three calls for artists or curators open. We're seeking an artist or artist team to create artwork for Landsburg Park as part of Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) Landsburg Facilities and Chlorination Project. The call is open to established professional artists residing in Washington state, Oregon and British Columbia who are eligible to work in the United States. Applications close 11 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 (PST). Go to the Landsburg Park call for artists for more information and to apply.

We're also seeking two-dimensional or three-dimensional artworks depicting weather-related or atmospheric phenomena for a competitive, direct purchase for SPU Portable Works Collection. Artwork should reference air, water, temperature or light, may or may not be representational, and must be available for purchase. The call is open to professional artists residing in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, Montana, Idaho or Alaska. Applications close 11 p.m., Monday, Jan. 28 (PST). Go to the Atmosphere and Weather-Related Call for Artists for more information and to apply.

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). Go to the Denny Substation Call for Curators for more information and to apply.
Buster Simpson to create artwork for waterfront project
Buster Simpson; Parable; 2008; cast-iron pears, steel cable, iron trolley rail, traffic lights; 8' x 15' x 15'. Located at Sound Transit's Mount Baker station in Seattle, Wash. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Buster Simpson will collaborate with the designers for the Elliott Bay Seawall Project to develop a permanently-sited public artwork that will that contribute to the overall project goals of both habitat restoration and the development of public open space along the seawall. The project is the first of several artwork projects envisioned for the Central Waterfront.

Simpson is an internationally recognized public artist based in Seattle, with permanent projects in the U.S. and Canada. He has exhibited and participated in design teams around the world, often addressing environmental issues in his work. He received his BA and MFA from the University of Michigan.

The artwork is commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.
Lead Pencil Studio, Ned Kahn to create artwork for Denny Substation
Lead Pencil Studio, Non-Sign II; 2010; welded blackened stainless rod; 34'x4'x26'. Located at the U.S./Canada border crossing in Blaine, Wash. Photo by Lead Pencil Studio.
Seattle artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio and California artist Ned Kahn will be members of the design team for Seattle City Light's (SCL) proposed Denny Substation project in Seattle's Cascade neighborhood, near Denny Way and Stewart Street. The artists will develop permanent artwork that connects the new substation to the surrounding neighborhood to create a strong presence and reinforce the public nature and essential function of the station.

SCL is designing its first new electrical power substation in 30 years. The new substation will serve the South Lake Union, Cascade, Denny Triangle, Uptown, Belltown and First Hill areas and address system-wide needs for power flow. The project is scheduled to be complete in late 2016.

Han and Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio have worked collaboratively since 2002. They create interdisciplinary works that explore architecture, scale and social aspects of the man-made environment. Kahn's artworks frequently incorporate flowing water, fog, sand and light to create complex and continually changing systems.

Lead Pencil Studio and Kahn were selected by a panel of artists, design professionals, Cascade community representatives and SCL staff. The artwork is commissioned with SCL 1% for Art funds.

Read more about the Denny Substation selection here.
City Hall exhibition features Ethiopian art
Untitled (Detail), Melaku Tesfaye, acrylic on canvas.
Head over to City Hall and see 45 paintings by 10 Ethiopian artists, through March 4. Ethiopian Art: Tradition, Assimilation and Change highlights 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. An artist reception will be 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7 at City Hall.

The exhibition reflects the dynamics of current artistic movements both in the country and among the diaspora. The show also presents current artistic philosophies among individual artists and groups. Unlike the traditionally known and religiously themed Ethiopian style, this body of work deals with personal, social, historical and psychological subject matters.
City exhibition features 'women's stories'
Pat DeCaro, Conversation, 1999-2000, watercolor on paper.
Women's Stories, on view through April 1 at Seattle Municipal Tower, features 20 artworks by 11 female artists in a variety of media, including watercolor, paper batik, oil on canvas, collograph, fabric appliqué and quilting, gouache on silk, acrylic on paper, photography and mixed media.

Sima Elizabeth Shefrin's Food Drops in Afghanistan depicts women collecting food parcels dropped by the Bush administration in 2001. Above the scene, she has stitched the contents of one of the humanitarian daily rations, or HDRs. "I stitched Food Drops in Afghanistan in compassion for the Afghani people who have done no wrong, and in distress about the bombing, and about the travesty of airline meals as food aid."

Conversation, a series of watercolors by Pat DeCaro, features a young girl in the foreground with silhouettes of adults in the background. DeCaro states, "My interest in creating the Conversation suite was to relate an idea in the form of a sequence, as if it were a video."

"The narrative artworks in this exhibition can be explicit or mysterious, suggestive or didactic, political or humorous," explains Curatorial Assistant Blake Haygood, who selected the pieces for Women's Stories from the city's Portable Works Collection. "The show features only a few of the many women in the collection, but it shows the strength and variety of work and highlights some lesser known artists alongside more established names."
Learn about low-power FM radio opportunities at workshop

In November 2012, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) expanded the possibilities for hyper-local, community-based media outlets across the United States with new rules regarding low-power FM (LPFM) radio. This has the potential to vastly change the media landscape of Seattle by supporting new stations in your neighborhood focused on local arts and culture and issues relevant to your community.

We're partnering with Brown Paper Tickets to host a free workshop on this new media opportunity at 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. This is the first of several workshops designed to help nonprofits determine whether running an LPFM station is a good fit for their organization.

Representatives from Brown Paper Tickets, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Department of Information Technology and 4Culture will discuss the process of founding a LPFM station, including organizational development, fundraising, navigating the application process, finding and shaping a place within your community, and designing a curriculum for volunteers.

Go here for more information on the workshop series and to register.
Reminder: Youth Arts funding program open
2012 Youth Arts funding helped Northwest Film Forum hold media workshops for 24 teens. Photo courtesy of Northwest Film Forum.
Reminder! The 2013-2014 Youth Arts funding program's on-line application is open, with an application deadline of Monday,
Feb. 4.

Youth Arts is an annual funding program that makes a difference in the lives of Seattle middle- and high-school youth by providing education in all art forms during out-of-school time. Awards range up to $10,000. The upcoming funding cycle will support arts training between September 2013 and September 2014. The program is open to individual artists, teams of artists, arts/cultural organizations and youth service agencies.

For more information, contact Irene Gómez, project manager, (206) 684-7310.

Read more about the Youth Arts funding program and plan to attend the Youth Arts Draft Review Session.
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute film call, workshops, birthday bash
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) is seeking independent film entries for its 10th annual Langston Hughes African American Film Festival to be held April 13 to 21. The genres/subject areas are narrative, documentary, children's, youth-made, short, LGBT, experimental and animation films. Filmmakers do not have to be Black, but films should include significant, relevant content involving Black people through diverse, multifaceted stories and positive images. The entry fee is $25 USD. Applications are due Friday, Jan. 25. Go here for the call for film entry form or email

Langston Hughes Winter Youth Performing Arts Academy is now enrolling students ages 6 to 18. Students can learn skills in acting, voice, dance and music through African American and Diaspora performing arts. Workshops are held 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 26 to March 30. For more information or to register contact Kristi Matsuda, (206) 684-4758.

And start off Black History Month in February by celebrating the birthday of LHPAI's namesake Langston Hughes at the LHPAI Birthday Bash, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1. Put on your dancing shoes for the sounds of Motown and LHPAI's lady of soul, Josephine Howell. Dress up or dress down. Advance tickets are $15 at Brown Paper Tickets or $20 at the door.
Start off the new year with Art Zone's new season

Start off the new year with a new perspective on local arts from Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. The show airs 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.

The show's new season begins on Jan. 11 with a feature on Robert Horton curating Celluloid Seattle at the Museum of History and Industry. Choreographer/dancer (and 2012 Mayor's Arts Award recipient) Oliver Wevers premieres Crave More. And hear rockin' tunes from Jack Rabbit.

On Jan. 18, hear music from the Clarence Acox Quartet. Norman Durkee opens a photography show at Davidson Galleries. And actor Ian Bell directs Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

On Jan. 25, watch a profile on Between Cultures, a gallery in the Maple Leaf neighborhood that specializes in primitive and folk art. Host Nancy Guppy talks with Jet City Improv and Book-It Repertory Theatre about their joint Jane Austen improv project. And artist Amanda Manitach is the new curator for Lee Center for the Arts.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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