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In this Issue - July 2008
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
Image: Kristin Tollefson; Catch + Release (detail); 2008; basket, 31" x 27" x 27"; branch, 24" x 78" x 33"; at the Magnolia Branch of The Seattle Public Library. Photo by the artist.
2006 CityArtist Margot Kuan Knight, Hot Tub, color photograph.
CityArtist awards announced
The Office is pleased to announce $225,000 in awards to 38 individual artists working in the visual, literary and film/media arts. The city's 2008 CityArtist annual funding program supports the development and presentation of original work by individual artists based in Seattle.

"Individual artists are the heart of our city's thriving creative sector," Mayor Greg Nickels said. "When we invest in artists' work - be it film, sculpture or poetry - we bring their visions to life and challenge, inspire and engage the community."

The funded projects will involve more than 150 artists in 101 events across the city. Click here for a complete listing of 2008 award recipients. Twenty-eight of the 38 artist projects funded are first-time recipients, representing 74 percent of the awards. The awards range from $2,000 to $10,000, with an average award of $5,921.

The program received a record 168 applicants, a 32 percent increase in applications from the previous 2006 funding cycle for visual, literary and film/media arts. The program focuses on different disciplines in alternating years, with funding for performing disciplines in odd-numbered years.

2008 Mayor's Arts Awards announced
Mayor Greg Nickels has announced the recipients of the sixth annual 2008 Mayor's Arts Awards. The Seattle Arts Commission reviewed 229 public nominations and recommended the recipients to the mayor.

The recipients of the 2008 Mayor's Arts Awards are 14/48, "the world's quickest theater festival"; arts education outfit Coyote Central and Marybeth Satterlee, executive director; Hugo Ludeña, photographer and founder of Latino Cultural Magazine; Nonsequitur, a new music nonprofit; Cathryn Vandenbrink, regional director of Artspace Projects and the recently reopened Wing Luke Asian Museum.

"Creativity is one of the things that helps Seattle lead in so many different areas. I'm pleased to honor the people and organizations making a difference in our community through arts and culture," said Nickels. "The Mayor's Arts Awards allow us to shine a spotlight on the recipients' diverse contributions and share in their inspiring stories."

The recipients will be honored at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, noon, Friday, Aug. 29 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 8 p.m. on Aug. 29.

The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music and Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts Seattle, a new city magazine discovering creativity throughout Seattle.

To read more about the recipients, click here.
Americans for the Arts seeking sessions for convention in Seattle

Americans for the Arts will hold its annual convention in Seattle, June 17-20, 2009. The theme for the convention is "Renewable Resources: The Arts in Sustainable Communities." You can propose a session for the convention on the Americans for the Arts Web site. The deadline is 1 p.m PDT (4 p.m. EDT), Aug. 1, 2008.

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. At the Americans for the Arts' convention in Seattle, more than 1,600 arts leaders and their allies in business, education and government will discover the arts at work in the Pacific Northwest. This region is a rich reservoir to explore how creative communities grow and prosper in concert with technology, the economy and the environment. Through art-specific tours, keynotes and more than 75 field-crafted sessions from around the country, conference-goers will be recharged and ready to build a sustainable future in the arts.

The convention is organized into program tracks that include arts education, civic engagement, economic development, preserving diverse cultures, public advocacy, public art and more. Session proposals that fit in multiple tracks are welcome. Each session must respond both to the primary program track in which it is presented as well as the overall theme of sustainability.

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. Visit the Americans for the Arts Web site for more information on the AFTA 2009 convention and to submit a proposal.
Ned Kahn selected for Civic Square Open Space project
Ned Kahn, Divided Sea (detail), 2004, 4' x 100' x 12', at Emerald Glen Park in Dublin, Calif. Photo by the artist.
Ned Kahn, of Sebastopol, Calif., has been selected as the design team artist for the Civic Square Open Space project. The Civic Square is part of a unique public-private partnership that will develop the site of the former Public Safety Building in downtown Seattle with a mixed-use tower designed by Foster and Partners and public open space designed by landscape architect Atelier Dreiseitl. A panel comprised of a Seattle City Councilmember, stakeholders and Seattle Design Commission and Seattle Arts Commission members selected Kahn. The artist will work with the design team on artwork for the open space. The project completes the master plan for the civic core.

Kahn, who has a bachelor of arts in environmental studies from the University of Connecticut, has completed numerous public art projects throughout the country. He was artist-in-residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco for many years and received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2003. He is interested in "visualizing turbulence on the scale of architecture," and his artwork makes visible environmental and meteorological phenomena. Much of his work is interactive and/or kinetic and includes Encircled Stream, a water feature at Seattle Center.
Kristin Tollefson; Catch + Release (detail); 2008; basket, 31" x 27" x 27"; branch, 24" x 78" x 33"; at the Magnolia Branch of The Seattle Public Library. Photo by the artist.
New public artwork at Magnolia library branch
The Magnolia Branch of The Seattle Public Library, closed for renovation since July 2007, will reopen noon, Saturday, July 12, with a new public artwork by artist Kristin Tollefson. Catch + Release features a large woven wire branch bearing red "berries" suspended from the ceiling of the library's meeting room. The branch gestures towards the large south-facing window, pointing to a stainless steel basket in the library's garden. The two components connect interior with exterior and allude to the relationship between the library as information provider and its patrons as collectors. Tollefson was selected by a panel of artists, community members and library staff. She will greet guests and answer questions about her artwork at the July 12 community celebration from 1 to 2 p.m. To see Tollefson at work, click here.

The Magnolia branch, located at 2801 34th Ave. W., was expanded by 1,443 square feet to include a meeting room. The renovation work also included replacing decayed structural wood and aging mechanical system components; upgrading technology services, equipment and ventilation; adding computers; and updating the collection of books and materials. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs manages the library's public art program.
Summertime becomes showtime at City Hall plaza
Choklate performs at City Hall on July 31.
City Hall will sizzle this summer with free outdoor performances by leading Seattle-area performers every Thursday on the City Hall plaza in July and August. All concerts are noon to 1:30 p.m. City Hall is located at 600 4th Ave. (between Cherry and James streets).

Jamaican-born reggae artist Clinton Fearon & his Boogie Brown Band will kick off the summer concerts on July 3, performing original grooves. Dance to the Cuban sounds of Orchestra Zarabanda on July 10. Global Drum Masters perform a percussion extravaganza on July 17. On July 24, former Santana drummer Michael Shrieve will rock the plaza with a new high-energy instrumental project, Spellbinder, featuring electrified trumpet, guitar, organ and bass. Experience original soul with hip-hop roots performed by Choklate on
July 31.

Enjoy blue-collar rock with alt-country leanings from Massy Ferguson on Aug. 7. On
Aug. 14, Century Ballroom brings together some of the world's greatest Lindy Hop and tap dance legends for Century Masters of Lindy Hop & Tap. A 30-minute lesson will be followed by an open dance backed by Seattle swing hounds Casey McGill and the Blue 4 Trio. Skip the afternoon commute from 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 14, and kick back with the women of Seattle hip hop and spoken word at Traffic Jam. The special evening event features Canary Sing, Julie C with DJ B-Girl, 1st Quarter Storm, Melissa Noelle Green and rising stars from Youth Speaks. Cambalache performs on Aug. 21, with seductive rumba and nueva salsa rhythms. The Young Sportsmen end the summer concert series on
Aug. 28 with their blend of power pop and crunchy chords.

The Seattle Presents concert series is presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The summer performances are made possible with the generous support of Seattle Metropolitan Credit Union and Triamp Productions. All performances are subject to change. For more information or rain-out updates, visit our Web site or call (206) 684-7171.
Seattle homeless subject of City Hall photography exhibition
Untitled, Matt Lutton, 2007. Michelle looks in an abandoned paper bag for "food or money," explaining that she cannot ignore the chance that something valuable is left behind. Michelle was evicted from her apartment after she complained about unsafe conditions.
Witness the photographic journey Homeless in Seattle, July 8 through Aug.1 at two City Hall galleries: the lobby gallery on the first floor and Anne Focke Gallery on the L2 level. In this exhibition, large-format digital prints document the current face of homelessness in Seattle. The exhibition is the result of nearly two years' work by Seattle photojournalist Matt Lutton in partnership with local charities and organizations.

Homeless in Seattle is Lutton's effort to combat the stereotypes and misconceptions that pervade the public debate on homelessness. Lutton steps back from the streets to show the continuum of homelessness, from an immigrant mother and son receiving a hotel voucher to a female veteran moving through transitional housing. The exhibition introduces viewers to the people living in homelessness and the depth of the systemic issues facing the community.

An artist reception will be held 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, July 10, in the City Hall lobby. City Hall is located at 600 Fourth Ave.

Lutton specializes in documentary projects that examine the politics and individuals of under-represented issues in the modern world. He has been awarded special recognition by the Alexia Foundation for World Peace.
Nominations open for Mayor's Small Business Awards
The city of Seattle is accepting nominations for the 2008 Mayor's Small Business Awards. Arts are a thriving part of the city's small business sector. Seattle ranks first in the nation in the number of arts-related businesses per capita. The city is home to 4,065 arts-related businesses that employ 21,025 people, according to Creative Industries 2008: The 50 City Report released by Americans for the Arts.

The Small Business Awards honor the diversity and excellence of Seattle's small businesses and their contribution to the city's economic vitality and quality of life. Ten winners will be selected on the basis of excellence in management, entrepreneurial spirit, customer service and community involvement.

"Small businesses provide innovative products, services and jobs in our communities," Mayor Greg Nickels said. "They're local gathering places that add character to our neighborhoods and make our city such a great place to live."

Deadline for applications is Friday, July 18. Winners will be announced by the mayor at an awards ceremony at Town Hall on Sept. 11. Download a nomination form here, or contact Tinná White, (206) 684-4008, at the Office of Economic Development.
Seattle Public Schools' new strategic plan includes the arts

Seattle Public Schools' new strategic plan includes a commitment to arts education, thanks to the efforts of the Seattle Arts Commission and many community members. The School Board adopted the plan "Excellence for All" at its June 4 meeting.

Seattle Arts Commission led the effort in 2005 to frame arts goals for the previous district plan. To ensure the new plan recognized the importance of arts education, the Seattle Arts Commission's Education Committee attended all of Seattle Pubilc Schools' May community meetings on the plan. Public input from community meetings also consistently included concern over arts education.

The Office and Seattle Public Schools are partnering to increase student access to arts education. As an outgrowth of this collaboration, the Office is helping launch an initiative, RotaryMusic4Life. A partnership of Seattle Public Schools, the Rotary Club of Seattle and Northwest Youth Music Association, RotaryMusic4Life is collecting donated instruments, supplies and contributions to ensure that all Seattle students have access to music instruction. At a benefit auction on June 9, RotaryMusic4Life raised almost $26,000 for the cause. For information, visit RotaryMusic4Life.

A-Y-P hatched city's official song
Here's a fun fact from the past. Seattle has a jingle. The city's official song is Seattle the Peerless City. The song was most likely composed for the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition of 1909, Seattle's first World's Fair and the event that put our city on the map. With words by Arthur O. Dillon and music by Glenn W. Ashley, the song conveys the sentimental, future-looking spirit of the exposition. Take a look at the lyrics here.

The fourth verse of the song states, "true love and art shall flourish here, the heart's sweet, tender theme, upholders of the truth here dwell, the dreamers of the dream." Gearing up for a citywide A-Y-P Centennial celebration in 2009, the Office has launched a Web site, which features stories and resources for those looking to learn more about the A-Y-P. Check out the AYP Web site and dream the dream!
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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