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In this Issue — July 2011
 Message from the director: Youth Arts program receives additional dollars
 Seeking public art project manager
 Artist sought for Burke-Gilman Trail artwork
 Artist team chosen for King Street Station's new Jackson Plaza
 Stokley Towles to shed light on stormwater through performance artwork
 Recipients of 2011 Mayor's Arts Awards announced
 New artwork for Seattle Streetcar line, dedication July 22
 Soul, banjo and Cuban music on City Hall summer concert bill
 Exhibition features the built environment at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
 City launches web portal for its funding programs
 Artwork all around at Occidental Square
 Seattle Center seeks art, culture, design projects for 50th celebration



Burke-Gilman Trail artwork project
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Choklate, free concert

Seattle Arts Commission meeting

Rouge, free concert

Danny Barnes, free concert

Sexteto Tradicuba, free concert


City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Seattle Performance Photography
Through July 11
Seattle Municipal Tower:
The Built Environment
July 7 to Sept. 30
Special Exhibition at Seattle Art Museum:
Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40
Through October 23
 
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Image: Jennifer Dixon's FlipBooks is an artwork composed of several sets of signs, each forming an "animated" story along Seattle's Interurban Trail. We are currently seeking an artist for project along the Burke-Gilman Trail. Photo by Jim Tillman.
 
The 2010 Rough Eagles, high school students from Roosevelt and Cleveland. Photo by Chris Bennion.
 
Message from the director:
Youth Arts program receives additional dollars
 
Mayor Mike McGinn announced his mid-year reductions to the 2011 city budget last week, and the good news is our core programs were not impacted. In fact, our Youth Arts funding program came out ahead with the Mayor's restoration of $35,000 for youth arts training. This is in addition to the $125,000 in investments we announced last month. We were also able to maintain funding for the smART ventures program.

Overall, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs made minor mid-year cuts to our 2011 budget. We met this target through salary savings related to vacant positions and by trimming operational costs.

With the added dollars for Youth Arts, we invested in an additional 14 projects, including a summer photography workshop offered by Asian Counseling and Referral Service and sessions led by the Seattle Architecture Foundation to explore architectural and neighborhood design via sketching, computer modeling and sculpture. For a complete list of Youth Arts projects, go here.

Arts training promotes equity in achievement. Research consistently shows that learning through the arts has special power to level the playing field for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.

We are working on the 2012 budget and will know more about 2012 CityArtist Projects funding in the fall. We decided to postpone opening applications for the program until the budget is finalized. The Mayor will present his proposed 2012 budget to the City Council in late September. The Council will vote on the final budget by the end of November.

Thank you for all you do to support the arts in Seattle. I will continue to keep you informed.

Sincerely,

Vincent E. Kitch
Director
 
Nancy Chew and Jacqueline Metz; bamboo, luminous; 2008; located at Fire Station 10. Photo by Spike Mafford.
 
Seeking public art project manager
 
We're seeking a senior project manager to join our public art team to plan, develop, coordinate and oversee major public art projects and act as a liaison with other city departments and the community. The project manager will support public art selection panels, provide technical assistance concerning public art projects, research issues relevant to the local arts community, and make recommendations on program development and budget.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in fine arts, arts administration or a related field. Three years professional experience administering projects related to public art, including one year of lead experience, is required. Knowledge of contemporary art theory and history, artistic media and arts program administration is also required.

Go here for more information and to apply online.
Artist sought for Burke-Gilman Trail artwork
 
 
Burke-Gilman trail. Photo by Vaughn Bell.
 
We're seeking an artist or artist team to create a permanent, multi-site outdoor artwork at two to five select points along the Burke-Gilman Trail. Each part of the installation will enliven its location on the trail and collectively create a larger cohesive artwork.

Established professional artists living in Washington state are eligible to apply. The budget for the project is $80,000 to design, fabricate and install the artwork. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1.

Go here for the guidelines and a link to the online application. The artwork is funded through Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.
Artist team chosen for King Street Station's new Jackson Plaza
 
 
Rebar, Bushwaffle, PVC plastic, 2008. Located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Photo courtesy of the artists.
 
Rebar, a multidisciplinary artist team, will create temporary artwork for the new Jackson Plaza in front of King Street
Station
.

The temporary art project, to be installed next year, will highlight the plaza and newly restored historic station. Rebar will work with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to develop an artwork that engages passersby by making them participants in the project.

Rebar's work encompasses public art, landscape design, urban intervention and temporary performance installation. Based in San Francisco, Rebar has exhibited and lectured worldwide, including at such venues as the Venice Architecture Biennale, ExperimentaDesign Amsterdam, ISEA 2009 Dublin, the American Institute of Architects, the Canadian Center for Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

A panel of art and design professionals, joined by representatives from SDOT and the community, chose Rebar from a pool of 60 applicants from select Western states. The temporary art project is commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds.
 
Stokley Towles, Waterlines, 2009. Photo by Mary Ann Peters.
 
Stokley Towles to shed light on stormwater
through performance artwork
 
Seattle artist Stokley Towles will develop and present a performance artwork that reflects local perceptions and behaviors around stormwater. Partnering with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and King County, Towles will also focus on SPU's work managing drainage throughout Seattle. The performance project, to begin in early fall, will trace the history of Seattle's sewer system and how it evolved to the system we have today.

The stormwater project is the third in a series of performance pieces Towels has created in partnership with SPU. Last year, he developed Trash Talk, a one-man show on the social life of garbage. In 2009, Towles performed Waterlines as part of our Water Calling series, reflecting SPU's management of the cycle of hydrology from drinking water through drainage. Watch a video of Waterlines.

Towles' 40-minute educational and illuminating presentation will be free and open to the public. We will announce the performance schedule later this summer.

Towles has worked as a performance artist for more than 15 years, focusing his work on public places and institutions. He conducts interviews and gathers observations and historical facts about sites and the people that inhabit them and develops a performance with props, imagery and built pieces.

The stormwater project is intended to raise public awareness of environmental stewardship, especially as it connects to SPU's work. The performance is commissioned by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs with SPU 1% for Art funds administered in partnership with 4Culture.
Recipients of 2011 Mayor's Arts Awards announced
 
 
Audience members watching the 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
 
In case you missed the news, Mayor Mike McGinn recently announced the recipients of the 2011 Mayor's Arts Awards. And the winners are: Donald Byrd, choreographer and artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater; Jack Straw Productions; Quinton I. Morris, violinist and professor; On the Boards; Pratt Fine Arts Center and Tet in Seattle, producer of the annual Tet Festival.

The Seattle Arts Commission recommended the recipients from a pool of more than 300 public nominations. The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize the contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference through arts and cultural activities.

"The arts are an essential part of a great city. While the collective achievements of this year's award recipients are impressive, what's truly inspiring is their commitment to making a difference in our community through the arts," said McGinn. "They engage our youth, connect different cultures, give artists a place to grow and create access for all people to participate in the arts and tap their own creativity."

The recipients will be honored at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1 at Seattle Center on the North Fountain Lawn. The Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony is presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival with support from media sponsor City Arts magazine.

The outdoor ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will feature award presentations and the official opening of the Bumbershoot 2011 Visual Arts Exhibits. The free public preview of the exhibits will be open 3 to 9 p.m. and are a great way to kick off or close First Thursday.
New artwork for Seattle Streetcar line, dedication July 22
 
 
Nickolus Meisel, cloud haiku, permanently sited at the Seattle Streetcar's Westlake Avenue and Seventh Avenue stop.
 
Join us and artist Nickolus Meisel to celebrate the completion of a new public art project for the South Lake Union line of the Seattle Streetcar.

Meisel's cloud haiku is a series of four sculptural groupings of cast-bronze pillows arranged along the Seattle Streetcar's Westlake Avenue and Seventh Avenue stop. Come meet the artist and learn more about the artwork at the dedication, 3 to 4 p.m., July 22, at the streetcar stop on the west side of the street.

Read more about the artwork and the artist here. The project was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.
Soul, banjo and Cuban music on City Hall summer concert bill
 
 
Danny Barnes performs on the City Hall plaza Thursday, July 21. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Free concerts on City Hall's outdoor plaza kick off at noon,
July 7, with sinfully delicious sounds from Seattle soul siren Choklate.

On July 14, celebrate Bastille Day with French café music à la Rouge! This band of international touring musicians gives classic popular French songs passionate and playful twists.

On July 21, genre-bending banjo virtuoso Danny Barnes rocks the house with electronic loops and percussion. Rolling Stone declares, "Barnes is a clever lyricist with a punk-rock past who understands the raw simplicity of a good country tune."

On July 28, bring your dancin' shoes and move to the sounds of Pedro Vargas' newest project Sexteto Tradicuba—a hot six-piece band playing Cuban son, guaracha and other traditional styles with modern twists.

Seattle Presents free concerts are every Thursday, noon to 1:30 p.m., July 7 through Aug. 25. In case of rain, most concerts will be held in City Hall's lobby. For the complete summer lineup, go here.
 
John Stamets; Experience Music Project, Madonna Wall Framing; 2000; silver gelatin print; 18" x 14.5". Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Exhibition features the built environment
at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
 
See a model by Rolon Garner and Ken Leback for the public artwork Equality in Seattle's Sturgus Park. Reflect on the painting Rouen by Joseph Park, his take on the many paintings by Monet of the Rouen Cathedral. Study John Stamet's photograph of the Experience Music Project under construction.

These artworks, along with 20 more, are part of the exhibition The Built Environment, on display at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, July 7 to Sept. 30. The exhibition highlights 21 artists' take on the built environment, sometimes in the form of a proposal for a public artwork, sometimes in a straightforward manner depicting a home, church or a group of buildings. The artworks are in a variety of media, including paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, drawing and mixed media.

Curator Deborah Paine selected the artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection managed by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
City launches web portal for its funding programs
 
 

 
Artists and arts, culture and heritage groups on the hunt for funds should check out the city of Seattle's new web portal that includes information about the city's diverse funding programs, including a listing of city funding programs that support arts and culture.

The city makes investments ranging from $250 to $1.5 million to support projects involving youth, technology, community building, physical improvements, arts and the environment. The new website is a one-stop-shop for Seattle's diverse funding programs.

For instance, the city recently announced it will award $1,000 in matching funds to up to 15 nonprofit neighborhood and community groups through its Online Boost Project, a one-time funding initiative to engage communities through enhanced online resources. The application deadline is midnight, Tuesday, July 12.

The user-friendly grant portal organizes funding opportunities by category, allows visitors to search by the name of the city department and funding program(s), and includes the option to view all the programs side-by-side in an easy-to-read matrix format.

"We want to make it easy for people to improve their communities," said Mayor Mike McGinn.

The web portal also includes an online calendar that lists funding deadlines and workshops. A blog provides updates on the funding programs and includes stories about community projects.
 
Suzanne Tidwell, Knitted Trees, 2011. Located at Pioneer Square's Occidental Square. Photo courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation.
 
Artwork all around at Occidental Square
 
Every plane of Occidental Square will draw your eye, from sky to tree to ground, in July, thanks to ARTSparks 2011. The program is a series of installations, performances and happenings designed to turn the park into an engaging experimental art gallery.

Celeste Cooning returns to the park with Honeycomb Clouds, a cut paper installation hung between the trees that harkens to the intricate systems found in maritime stratocumulus clouds. The artwork will be on view July 12 to Aug. 20.

Michelle Arab's Shadow Cast Canopy will cast inverted shadow patterns from the tree canopy onto the pavement, July 18 to 31. The white shadows of the leaves will wear and fade over time just as real leaves do after they've been cast to the ground.

Meanwhile Suzanne Tidwell's Knitted Trees, featuring knitted sweaters on all the vertical surfaces in the park, continues through July with vivid colors of bright pink, red, orange, yellow and violet.

Dancing Hat Productions presents the Dancing Hats Festival for all ages, with live music, hat making, dancing and a fashion show, 6 to 9 p.m., July 5 to 7.

ARTSparks is a collaboration between 4Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs to transform Occidental Square into a vibrant arts space throughout the summer.
 

 
Seattle Center seeks art, culture, design
projects for 50th celebration
 
Seattle Center will host The Next Fifty in 2012, a six-month celebration of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair's 50th anniversary. Seattle Center seeks up to 20 temporary projects to highlight arts, culture and design at the celebration. The festivities will take place on the Seattle Center grounds, April 21 through Oct. 21, 2012.

Individuals, curators, institutions and youth-led projects (age 24 and under) are encouraged to submit proposals of new and original temporary visual, performing, literary and media art projects that range in duration from one day to six months. Project budgets can range from $1,000 up to $50,000, inclusive of all expenses, including design, implementation, removal of artwork, travel and taxes.

The Next Fifty's theme is Illuminating Today's Challenges, Imagining Tomorrow's Possibilities. The celebration will focus on arts, culture, design, history, sustainable futures, global health, science, technology, commerce, the innovation economy, learning and civic action.

Letter of intent and application materials are due Friday, July 22. Final proposal and support materials are due Friday, Oct. 21. Go here for more information.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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