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In this Issue — July 2010
 Message from the director: Americans for the Arts 2010 convention
 Artists sought for temporary storefront installations
 Rock, shake, groove at free summer concerts
 Discover Seattle bands with free MP3s
 Funding application for individual artist projects closes July 20
 Recipients of 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards announced
 Artwork at Salmon Bay Natural Area dedicated July 17
 40 years of Bumbershoot® posters at City Hall
 Get in on Arts Crush action
 City announces new music commission
 Free summer events at Seattle Center in July



Funding for individual artists available
Storefront installation project
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

DANCE This, free concert
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, free concert
Seattle Arts Commission meeting
The Dusty 45s, free concert
Salmon Bay Natural Area Public Art Dedication
Choklate, free concert
The Not-Its!, free concert

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Umbrella for the Arts:
40 Years of Bumbershoot Artworks

July 1 - Sept 7, 2010
 
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Message from the director: Americans for the Arts 2010 convention
 
 
 

 
I just returned from Americans for the Arts' Half-Century Summit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the local arts movement and the exponential growth of the arts in America. The convening was more forward-looking than reminiscing, and it brought together some of the best and brightest in our field.

Change was the underlying theme of the conference. Most of the discussion centered around the seismic changes in our field—changing demographics, changing patterns of participation, evolving roles and priorities of public and private sector involvement in the arts, and shifting relationships between artists and audiences. The convening also examined the role of the arts in education reform and in civic engagement and raised serious questions about the efficacy of the nonprofit business model.

In conversation with my peers in cities across the nation, the economic challenges are nearly universal.

Yet, there was an air of hope and optimism permeating the conference. As Arianna Huffington said during her keynote address, these are the best of times and the worst of times, but the best of us is expressed through the arts. Huffington is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. You can watch her keynote here.

Huffington delivered a powerful message about the role of the arts in education, reminding us that education is more than "stuffing things in" a child's brain. Rather, she said, education is about what we bring out in our young people. An education should be rich in the arts and humanities in addition to science, reading and math.

There was encouraging news at the national level. At the National Endowment for the Arts, under Chairman Rocco Landesman's leadership, the NEA is working in concert with other federal agencies to connect government with the cultural sector and expand the role of the arts in community and economic development, public health and education. Landesman's "Art works" theme highlights the ways that art works in neighborhoods and towns across America, and it resonates on several different levels, both with this audience and policy makers in a variety of sectors.

Meanwhile, Audience 2.0: How Technology Influences Arts Participation, a just-released research study by the NEA, shows that Americans who participate in the arts through technology and electronic media—using the Internet, television, radio, computers, and handheld devices—are nearly three times more likely to attend live arts events, go to twice as many live arts events, and take in a greater variety of genres of live arts events.

Here in Seattle, the cultural sector is responding to these trends and developments in thoughtful and innovative ways. Arts and culture express what is good and healthy in our city. The arts are a bright spot in our neighborhoods, making enormous contributions to our well-being and quality of life and to our local economy. Thank you for all you do to make Seattle one of the most vibrant and culturally rich cities in the nation.

Michael Killoren
Director
Artists sought for temporary storefront installations
 
 
 
Vacant storefront in Pioneer Square. Photo by Paul Rucker.
 
The Office, in partnership with Shunpike, seeks up to 12 artists to develop temporary installations for vacant storefronts in Seattle's Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District neighborhoods. The installation project, titled Storefronts Seattle, will be on display from September to November 2010.

The call is open to artists living within 100 miles of Seattle. Artwork may be in any two-dimensional, three-dimensional or new media. Artists may be selected for more than one installation and will receive $500 per installation. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, July 26. Click here to link to the online application and review the call and guidelines for temporary installations.

Storefronts Seattle is a pilot program to make vacant storefront space available for creative uses in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District with the possibility of future expansion to other Seattle neighborhoods. The installation project is part of a series of opportunities that include artist residencies in storefronts, where visual and performing artists can create work, rehearse and perform. For more information or to apply for an artist residency, visit Shunpike's website.

Partner organizations for Storefronts Seattle are the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation and Development Authority, Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area, The Alliance for Pioneer Square and Shunpike.
 
 
Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band will perform at City Hall plaza, July 8. Photo by Chona Kasinger.
 
Rock, shake, groove at free summer concerts
 
The Seattle Presents summer concert series kicks off at noon, Thursday, July 1, at City Hall with an explosion of movement and music from DANCE This! The summer line-up features the quirky pop of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, delicious soul tunes by Choklate, kiddie-pop jams from The Not-Its!, an urban square dance with The Tallboys, Jamaican reggae grooves from Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band and many more.

Check our concert calendar and catch free noon concerts every Thursday during July and August. All performances are from 12 to 1:30 p.m. In case of rain, most performances will take place inside City Hall and conclude at 1 p.m. Check the Seattle Presents website for the latest information.
 
 

 
Discover Seattle bands with free MP3s
 
We are giving away over a dozen studio tracks and live recordings for the low, low price of a fan survey. Click here, answer four questions and feast your ears on tunes from Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Handful of Luvin', The Not-Its!, Tingstad & Rumbel, Del Rey, Seattle Chamber Players, Jovino Santos Neto and many more!

This free Seattle music sampler features 13 live recordings from concerts at City Hall and five studio tracks from bands headlining summer concerts at City Hall.
Funding application for individual artist projects closes July 20
 
 
 
2009 CityArtist Jennifer Zeyl provided set design for Degenerate Art Ensemble's production of Sonic Tales. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.
 
Seattle-based individual artists working in the performing arts—dance, music and theater—have until Tuesday, July 20 to apply for up to $10,000 to fund projects in 2011 through the CityArtist Projects program. Click here to link to the online application.

Want feedback on your draft application? Sign up for a 15-minute appointment with a project manager. A draft review session is Wednesday, July 7, at the Douglass-Truth Branch of the Seattle Public Library with appointments between 4:30 and 7:45 p.m. Don't delay. Space is limited, and RSVP is required.

CityArtist Projects provides funding for artists to develop and present their work—including new works, works in progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. All projects must include a public presentation. Funding is offered to artists in clusters of disciplines in the visual, media and literary arts and performing arts in alternate years.
Recipients of 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards announced
 
 
 
Gregory Blackstock, 40 Memorable Seattle Joys To Go For, 2010, marker on paper 25" x 55". 2010 Fine Arts Poster. Image courtesy of One Reel.
 
In case you missed the news, Mayor Mike McGinn recently announced the recipients of the eighth annual 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards. And the winners are: visual artist Juan Alonso; Book-It Repertory Theatre; Dennis Coleman, artistic director of Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus; media-production educators Reel Grrls; Cornish College President Sergei Tschernisch and Velocity Dance Center.

"The Mayor's Arts Awards shine a spotlight on the value of art and culture in our community and underscore the arts as vital to our quality of life in Seattle," said McGinn. "This year's award recipients represent inspiring accomplishments, reflect the diversity of arts and culture in our city and offer a universal language of understanding through the arts."

The Seattle Arts Commission reviewed a record 459 public nominations. The awards, which are nonmonetary, recognize the contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference through arts and cultural activities.

The recipients will be honored at a public ceremony, noon, Friday, Sept. 3 at Seattle Center's Northwest Court. The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival—celebrating the 40th festival this year—and are sponsored by City Arts magazine.

The outdoor ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will feature award presentations and the official opening of Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits, which will open to the public with a free public preview from noon to 7 p.m., one day before Bumbershoot officially gets underway.
Artwork at Salmon Bay Natural Area dedicated July 17
 
 
 
Marvin Oliver A Salish Welcome (mold), 2010, located at the Salmon Bay Natural Area in Ballard.
 
The dedication of Marvin Oliver's A Salish Welcome at the Salmon Bay Natural Area will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 17. (The dedication was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 12.) Salmon Bay Natural Area is located along Ballard's shoreline at 3419 N.W. 54th St., next to The Canal reception hall.

A Salish Welcome features a monumental bronze welcome figure draped in a Salish ceremonial robe and holding an aluminum disk that represents the life cycle of Pacific salmon. Oliver will answer questions and greet guests at the dedication. Cecile Hanson, chair of the Duwamish Tribe, will perform a ceremonial blessing.

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is restoring the Salmon Bay Natural Area to improve water and upland habitat for salmon and other species and to enhance public access along the Shilshole waterway. Groundswell NW received Department of Neighborhoods (DON) funding to create a landscaped area where SPU is improving the site. The artwork was funded by SPU 1% for Art funds and DON Neighborhood Matching Funds.
 
 
Rich Lehl, 2006 Fine Arts Poster, printed on paper, 18.6" x 28.2". Photo by Jackie Canchola.
 
40 years of Bumbershoot® posters at City Hall
 
Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival is celebrating its 40th year in 2010. To commemorate this milestone and highlight the city's role in fostering what has become one of the nation's largest music and arts festivals, a special exhibition at City Hall will feature posters and original artwork from the artists who defined Bumbershoot's look over the past four decades. Umbrella for the Arts: 40 Years of Bumbershoot Artwork will be on display July 1 through Sept. 7.

Attend an artist reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 8 in the lobby of City Hall. An artist talk featuring key artists and designers who have defined Bumbershoot's look will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3 in the lobby of City Hall. Both events are free and open to the public.

The exhibition will showcase original artwork from the collections of the city of Seattle (which started the Festival in 1971) and One Reel, the producer of Bumbershoot since 1980. Umbrella for the Arts features the work of celebrated artists Jacob Lawrence, Dawn Cerny, Claes Oldenberg, Joe Max Emminger, Gregory Blackstock and more. In addition to original artworks and the fine arts posters, official Bumbershoot posters—developed each year for promotional purposes by a "who's who" of Seattle graphic designers—will also be on display.
 
 

 
Get in on Arts Crush action
 
Coming this October Arts Crush, a month-long festival, will connect artists and audiences with invigorating new experiences at hundreds of events across the region.

Be a part of this unprecedented collaboration! Spotlighting a different discipline each week, Arts Crush features opportunities to participate in theater, music, literature, dance, visual art and more.

The deadline to submit a participation form is Friday, July 23. Click here for ideas on how you or your organization can participate.

Arts Crush will engage the senses with a plethora of free or discounted performances, exhibits, readings and special events, including family days and date nights. The festival will connect people with the arts in unique ways through hands-on participation, a peek behind the scenes, or art in unexpected places.

Want to learn more? Check out the Arts Crush FAQs. Arts Crush is managed by Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) with support from a host of community partners and sponsors, including the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
 
 

 
City announces new music commission
 
Mayor Mike McGinn recently introduced the Seattle Music Commission comprised of community, business and industry leaders who will guide the city's efforts to support, promote, expand and encourage Seattle's vibrant culture of music.

Formed as part of the City of Music Initiative, the 21-member commission will serve as an ongoing city body that represents a cross section of the music sector. The commission will provide support, direction and advice to the city about the use of existing resources to advance Seattle's music culture and business. The commission will also develop annual programs to help propel Seattle's leadership role in music nationally and internationally.

The Seattle Music Commission is made up of both mayoral and City Council appointees. Commissioners will meet at least nine times per year and serve staggered three-year terms.
 
 
Bastille Day will be celebrated July 12 at Seattle Center. Photo by Gilles Bilen.
 
Free summer events at Seattle Center in July
 
Head to Seattle Center this month for some free summer fun. On July 4, over 500 people from more than 75 countries will be sworn in as new citizens of the United States. Witness the 26th Naturalization Ceremony at Fisher Pavilion. A concert begins at 11 a.m.; the ceremony is at noon.

Commemorate France's democratic beginnings with a picnic on the grass, French wine tastings and foods, cooking demonstrations, games, music and more. Bastille Day Celebration - A French Celebration will be at the Fisher Pavilion and lawn, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, July 12.

Check out Live at Seattle Center for a complete calendar of summer events.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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