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In this Issue - July 2007

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Image: Cover art (detail), Arts & Economic Prospertity III, Americans for the Arts
DW, detail from 2007 Bumbershoot Fine Arts Poster by Dawn Cerny
2007 Mayor's Arts Awards announced
Mayor Greg Nickels has announced the recipients of the fifth annual 2007 Mayor's Arts Awards. The Seattle Arts Commission reviewed nearly 200 public nominations and recommended the recipients to the mayor.

The 2007 Mayor's Arts Award recipients are Clarence Acox Jr., musician and director of Garfield High School's jazz program and its renowned jazz ensemble; Earshot Jazz and its Executive Director John Gilbreath; Jean Griffith, founding member and retired longtime director of Pottery Northwest; Longhouse Media's Native Lens Program; Massive Monkees, a b-boy (breakdance) crew; literary arts center Richard Hugo House; and Seattle Art Museum and Director Mimi Gardner Gates. Read more about the recipients here.

The recipients will be honored at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, noon, Friday, Aug. 31 at Seattle Center's Northwest Court. The outdoor ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will feature award presentations, followed by the official opening of Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits, which are free and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 31.

The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music and Arts Festival and primary media sponsor Encore Arts Programs, the magazine proudly serving performing arts organizations throughout the Puget Sound. Media support is also provided by Seattle Channel and Seattle Magazine.

Arts generate $330 million annually for Seattle's economy
Arts & Economic Prospertity III, Americans for the Arts
The results of a recent comprehensive study show local nonprofit arts organizations generate $330 million in economic activity every year in Seattle, resulting in $26.7 million in local and state tax revenues.

The report, Arts & Economic Prosperity III, is part of a national survey conducted by Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit group. It was funded by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. The $330 million total includes $211 million in spending by arts organizations and nearly $119 million in event-related spending by arts audiences.

"These results underscore the importance of the arts to the cultural and economic health of Seattle," said Dorothy Mann, chair of the Seattle Arts Commission.

To estimate the impact of your nonprofit arts and culture organization, visit Americans for the Arts' Web site, where you can enter data for your organization into a calculator.

2005 CityArtist Tom Swafford, composer and violinist. © Steven Miller Photography
2007 CityArtist awards announced
The Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announces $200,000 in grants to 31 artists working in the performing arts. The city's 2007 CityArtist annual funding program supports the development and presentation of original work by individual artists based in Seattle.

The funded projects will involve 445 artists in 147 events throughout the city. Twenty-two of the 31 artist projects funded are first-time recipients, representing 71 percent of the awards, which range from $1,500 to $10,000. Sixty-five percent of the applicants' requests were fully funded with an average award of $6,451. The program received a record 118 applicants, a 103-percent increase in applications from the previous 2005 funding cycle for performing disciplines (music, dance and theater).

Soak up sun and sounds at outdoor City Hall concerts
Memphis Radio Kings

The first 100 people to attend each of the free outdoor summer concerts at City Hall this summer will receive a CD sampler highlighting an array of Seattle musicians performing live at City Hall as part of Seattle Presents, the free year-round lunchtime concert series presented by our Office.

The limited-run pressing, titled Seattle Presents, Volume One, features live tracks by reggae artist Clinton Fearon, classical pianist Byron Schenkman, singer-songwriter Larry Murante, jazz artists Jay Thomas & the East/West Double Trio, and more.

The City Hall plaza is sure to sizzle this summer with performances by Memphis Radio Kings, punky power pop trio Visqueen, global drum masters and dance masters doing the Lindy Hop and more. The noontime concerts take place Thursdays, July 12 though Aug. 30 at City Hall, 600 4th Avenue. For the complete line up click here.

Stir (detail) Mary Iverson, 2007. Installed at the Union Street Electric Gallery
City Light/City Art artist reception, July 10
Studio artwork and original Union Street Electric Gallery proposals by nine Seattle artists whose work has been featured at the gallery is the subject of City Light/City Art a Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery exhibition highlighting the outdoor rotating exhibition space. The Office will host an artist reception, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,
July 10. The gallery is located on the third-floor concourse of Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave.

Featured artists are Dan Corson, Sue Gundy, Richard Hutter, Mary Iverson, Rachel Maxi, Lyn McCracken, Yuki Nakamura, Kristen Ramirez and Julia Rickets. The exhibition runs through Aug. 31.

Paul Rucker, photo by Neil Lukas
Paul Rucker joins Office
Paul Rucker, a noted composer, musician and visual artist, recently joined the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs as our community arts liaison. Rucker fills the position formerly held by Michelle Blackmon. He will work closely with Kathy Hsieh, the office's community liaison, to connect artists with city and community service providers as well as facilitate cooperative collaborations between artists and organizations. Rucker also will manage the Neighborhood and Community Arts funding program and coordinate the city's involvement in Ethnic Arts Connection, a regional one-day mini-booking conference for ethnic artists and presenters.

"Paul brings a wealth of creative energy and community connections to our team," said Michael Killoren, director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Rucker has released two highly acclaimed CDs - History of an Apology and Oil. He won Jazz Artist of the Year at the 2005 Seattle Music Awards and completed a Rockefeller artist residency in Italy last fall. A prolific composer, Rucker will perform 50 solo cello concerts at various everyday venues around the region this summer.

Paul has also taught — chiefly kids at risk. He was an instructor and outreach coordinator for Music Works Northwest and has worked as a teaching artist with Arts Corps. He served for three years on 4Culture's Arts Advisory Committee and managed the audio compilation of CDs for 4Culture's Touring Arts Roster.

Space and facility models topic of Creative Conversation
Creative Conversation

Creative/Adaptive Space and Facility Models is the third topic of discussion in a three-part series of Creative Conversations organized by the region's emerging arts leaders. The discussion will take place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 18, at Georgetown Ballroom, 5623 Airport Way S.

The conversation is part of the Emerging Arts Leaders Network coordinated by Americans for the Arts.

Featured conversation participants are Dan Carlson, land trust consultant and senior lecturer at the University of Washington's Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs; Joaquin Herranz, Seattle Arts Commissioner and professor at the University of Washington, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs; Amy McBride, arts administrator for the city of Tacoma; Kathy Nyland, Georgetown Merchant's Association; Cathryn Vandenbrink, ArtsSpace USA; and Susan Shannon, director of the city of Seattle's Office of Economic Development. Visit the Creative Conversations Blog and Myspace page to catch up on previous discussions.

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