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In this Issue — July 2012

 Message from the director: Arts mean business in Seattle
 City exhibition features photography by local Somali youth
 Soul, alt-country and reggae on City Hall plaza this month
 Artwork dedicated at celebration for Beacon Hill's Jefferson Park
 John Grade selected for Lower Mapes Creek artwork project
 Seattle Public Schools releases report from arts education meetings
 City Council appoints Billy O'Neill to the Seattle Arts Commission
 Save the date for Arts & Social Change
 New staff join our team
 Funding applications for individual artists due July 19
 Applications for Seattle Arts Commission due June 29
 Proposals to lease Playhouse due July 13

CityArtist Projects
Deadline: July 19
Calls for Artists

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Wheedle's Groove, free concert

Shelby Earl, free concert

Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band, free concert

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Our Children, Our Voices
July 5 through Sept. 5
Seattle Municipal Tower:
BIG AND BOLD: An Exhibition of Sizable Artworks
Through Sept. 28
Image: Mark your calendars! Beginning in July, Seattle Presents free concerts are back for the summer. On July 26, get your reggae groove on with Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band. Photo by Nate Brown.
Message from the director: Arts mean business in Seattle
Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study.
In June the results of the most comprehensive economic impact study ever conducted regarding Seattle's nonprofit arts and culture industry were released. The results are huge: $447.6 million in annual economic activity, supporting 10,807 full-time equivalent jobs and delivering $38.2 million in local and state government revenues. The study was released by Americans for the Arts, a national nonprofit arts advocacy group.

The report Arts & Economic Prosperity IV shows that Seattle nonprofit arts and culture organizations spent $272 million in 2010. This spending is far-reaching. Organizations pay employees, purchase supplies, contract for services and acquire assets within their community. Those dollars in turn generate $248.2 million in household income for local residents.

What this really comes down to is cold, hard facts showing that the arts mean business in Seattle, and that the arts give back. They are one of the few public investments that result in cultural, social and economic good.

Based on the conclusions of the Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study, a recent convening of the U.S. Conference of Mayors resulted in the passage of a resolution urging mayors across the country to invest in nonprofit arts organizations through their local arts agencies as a catalyst to generate economic impact, stimulate business development, spur urban renewal, attract tourists and area residents to community activities, and to improve the overall quality of life in America's cities. We're pleased the U.S. Conference of Mayors is taking this study so seriously and calling attention to these results that demonstrate that arts mean business.

These numbers are extremely valuable for the advocacy work of the Office, and I hope they will be of use in the work you do in the community as well. I encourage you to think about how you can share this information with your colleagues and constituents; we have resources available to you that convey these important figures and findings. I will be out in the community over the next year promoting these results so please let me know if you'd like me to give a presentation.

I'd also like to welcome a few new staff to our team: Jenny Crooks on our Cultural Partnerships Team and Calandra Childers, Tim Lennon and Kausar Mohammed on our Community Development and Outreach Team. I am thrilled they are all on board. Details on their backgrounds and how they'll be working in our office is below.


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City exhibition features photography by local Somali youth
Ahmed Abdi, Portrait of Omar, 2011, ink jet print, 16" x 20". Photo courtesy of the artist.
Seattle is home to the United States' second largest Somali population. See photographs by teen members of this community and photographers/mentors Claire Garoutte and Saheed Adejumobi from Seattle University in the exhibition Our Children, Our Voices. The exhibition is on view at City Hall July 5 through Sept. 5.

Consisting of 40 photographs by 12 artists, Our Children, Our Voices reveals perspectives of local Somali youth on cross-cultural identity, citizenship, education, assimilation and immigration. Through oral histories and photography, the multi-layered narrative focuses on early childhood education and first-generation youth and highlights the agency, activism and self-representation of these two groups.

Also on view are portraits of community members and project participants by Garoutte. Garoutte, along with Saheed Yinka Adejumobi, Gurey Faarah, Hodan Sheikh and Nafiso Samatar, created this community-driven documentary endeavor over the past two years. The work was inspired by an interdisciplinary, community-based research project of Seattle University faculty and members of the Somali/Oromo Cultural and Character Education Group and Neighborhood House at Yesler Terrace, a part of Seattle Housing Authority. The project identified the need for better cross-cultural dialog with the larger Seattle community and discussion on child rearing, identity and education within the Somali community.
Soul, alt-country and reggae on City Hall plaza this month
Singer-songwriter Shelby Earl brings her sumptuous voice to City Hall Thursday, July 19. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Free summer concerts on City Hall's outdoor plaza kick off at noon, July 12, with Wheedle's Groove. Get down to the grooves of this veteran all-star band—a coming together of some of our city's finest funk and soul musicians who were part of Seattle's thriving soul music set of the '60s and '70s.

On July 19, soak up the sumptuous voice of singer-songwriter Shelby Earl, whose debut Burn the Boats was named "#1 Outstanding 2011 Album You Might Have Missed" by Earl is often compared to alt-country crooner Neko Case, but music critic Ann Powers says, "... if Neko is bourbon, Shelby is honey wine. Sweeter at first taste, her music is subtly intoxicating."

On July 26, get your reggae groove on with Clinton Fearon & Boogie Brown Band. A member of the legendary reggae group The Gladiators, Fearon and his friends are sure to satisfy with their infectious bass riffs, guitar licks, percussion accents and powerful vocals.

Seattle Presents free concerts are every Thursday, noon to 1:30 p.m., July 12 through Aug. 30. In case of rain, most concerts will be held in City Hall's lobby.

For the complete summer lineup, go here.
Artwork dedicated at celebration for Beacon Hill's Jefferson Park
Elizabeth Conner, Painting and Sculpting the Land and Drawing the Land, 2012. Located at Jefferson Park. Photo by Spike Mafford.
Elizabeth Conner's artworks Painting and Sculpting the Land and Drawing the Land will be dedicated at the Jefferson Park Jubilee opening ceremony at Beacon Hill's Jefferson Park, noon to 1 p.m., Saturday, July 14.

The opening event will celebrate improvements made to the park and 100th anniversary of the Olmsted Park Plan. It's also the 100th anniversary of the "Gift of Cherry Trees" from Japan to the United States and the event will include Taiko and Bon Odori performances the dedication of 25 young cherry trees planted in the park. Mayor Mike McGinn, Consul General of Japan Kiyokazu Ota, Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, and Public Art Program Director Ruri Yampolsky will give brief remarks. Meet the artist Conner following the opening ceremony.

Conner collaborated with park architects Berger Partnership to integrate two artistic elements at the park. Painting and Sculpting the Land serves as a rain garden/water feature with plants creating a ring of contrasting colors and textures. Drawing the Land incorporates rows of colored concrete contour lines that indicate the depth of the original reservoir and provide history of the site.

The artwork was commissioned with Seattle Parks and Recreation 2000 Parks Levy 1% for Art funds and Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Arts and construction funds.
John Grade selected for Lower Mapes Creek artwork project
John Grade; Elephant Bed; 2009-2010; corn-based resin, binderless cellulose skins. Photo by courtesy of the artist.
Seattle artist John Grade will create a permanent, site-specific artwork design for the Lower Mapes Creek artwork project in Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood. The artwork will be part of Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project.

SPU is restoring lower Mapes Creek to an open stream channel in Beer Sheva Park to improve rearing habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon in Lake Washington. SPU is also building a new pipeline to convey combined sewage to the King County Henderson Pump Station. Grade will work with SPU staff, the design team and community representatives to develop and fabricate an artwork for either the soon-to-be restored Mapes Creek in Beer Sheva Park or along the 52nd Avenue South pedestrian walkway between Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street. The artwork is scheduled to be complete in late 2014.

John Grade's sculptural installations focus on change rather than a fixed idea of an optimal formal state. Each artwork actively engages landscapes so that a sculpture takes on an aspect of the site and leaves a subtle, unobtrusive temporary footprint. He has exhibited his work at the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Wash.; Davidson Galleries and Suyama Space, Seattle, Wash.; and the Boise Art Museum, Boise, Idaho. John completed Mantle, a temporary installation at the Bitter Lake Reservoir in 2009, and is currently completing a permanent installation for the Museum of History and Industry.

Grade was selected by a panel of artists, a Rainier Beach community representative, and Seattle Parks and Recreation and SPU staff. The artwork is commissioned with SPU 1% for Art funds.
Seattle Public Schools releases report from arts education meetings
Community members and Seattle Arts Commissioner Sandra Jackson-Dumont discussing arts education at Garfield High School.
In March through May of this year, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) partnered with the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and community arts organizations to host a series of citywide focus groups to capture the perspectives and desires of community members and students on arts education. The meetings were part of the process to create a comprehensive K-12 arts plan to ensure that all students in SPS schools have opportunities to learn through the arts.

SPS just released a report with the findings from these meetings. The report shows that community respondents want arts access be consistent across the school district. They believe that arts learning builds skills such as innovation and collaboration and should be used by teachers as part of an instructional approach. Community members also believe that arts curricula need to be updated to be multi-cultural, representative, relevant to students, broader in scope and integrated with other content areas.

Student respondents want exposure and access to all four disciplines (dance, music, theater, and visual arts) that is early, broad and guided by professional arts instructors; opportunities to learn about arts careers; and opportunities to showcase and share their learning.

You can read the full report here.

We will partner with SPS to host follow-up meetings in the fall and continue to provide updates on the status of the Arts Plan. Sign up for updates here.

The planning work is made possible by a grant that SPS received from national philanthropy The Wallace Foundation. The creation of the arts plan builds on the multi-year Arts Education Partnership between the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Public Schools.

Go here for more information on the partnership.
City Council appoints Billy O'Neill to the Seattle Arts Commission
Billy O'Neill
Seattle City Council has appointed Billy O'Neill to the Seattle Arts Commission. O'Neill is vice president of Chihuly Studio, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of artist Dale Chihuly's international art studio. He serves as secretary on the Executive Board of Directors of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) and on advisory boards for the Seattle Sounders and The Vera Project.

O'Neill founded Billy O Wines in 2005, pairing artwork by Dale Chihuly and wine by Eric Dunham of Dunham Cellars in a wine program that has benefited more than 30 local non-profits to date including the Moyer Foundation, SIFF, The Vera Project, Gilda's Club, Pratt Fine Arts Center, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and The Stranger Genius Awards through sales proceeds.

O'Neill fills the position vacated by Eric Fredericksen, who served on the commission since 2009. We thank Fredericksen for his service.

The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Seven commissioners are appointed by the mayor, seven by the City Council. One additional member is selected by the 14 appointed members, and another commissioner is selected through the YMCA's "Get Engaged" program, which connects young adults with city boards and commissions.
Save the date for Arts & Social Change
Showcase performer at the 2008 Ethnic Arts Connection. Photo by Jennifer Stanton.
Mark your calendars for Arts & Social Change—a regional symposium that will address the role that diverse arts play in creating awareness, inspiring cultural understanding, and developing policies to address equity and social change. The two-day event will be Oct. 12 to 13 at Seattle Center.

Geared towards arts administrators, artists, social service professionals, government representatives and social justice leaders from around the Pacific Northwest, the event will include national keynote speakers, illuminating and participatory workshops and dynamic performances. Take advantage of networking opportunities to meet and share experiences and challenges and collaborate on agendas for change.

Arts and Social Change is hosted by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in partnership with Washington State Arts Commission, The Wallace Foundation, 4Culture, Seattle Center and FESTAL, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and The Association of American Cultures.

Join the Arts and Social Change email list to receive updates. Early-bird registration opens in late July.
New staff join our team
Kausar Mohammed, Jenny Crooks, Tim Lennon and Calandra Childers.
We welcome new staff to the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs this month. Calandra Childers, communications and outreach manager, has a decade of public relations and communications experience working with non-profit and government agencies. For the last six years, she has been with the Seattle Art Museum, managing marketing strategy, special promotions, public events and public relations. Prior to SAM, she was the communications director at the Renton Chamber of Commerce. Calandra got her start at the city of Renton, originally working in the Finance Department and then moving to the Mayor's Office where she worked on city communications. Calandra holds a BA in English from Whitman College. Outside of work she is an avid reader, semi-enthusiastic cat owner and aspiring jeweler.

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area and having spent the past year in Belgium, Jenny Crooks is excited to have moved to Seattle to join our office as an arts program specialist for the Cultural Partnerships team. As an arts professional, she has worked as a teacher, performer, collaborator and administrator at various regional, cultural non-profit organizations, and as a grants specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Always looking for inspiration in urban and natural settings, she enjoys photography, dance, collaborative theater and hiking.

A native of Providence, R.I., Tim Lennon, events coordinator, moved to Seattle in September 2001 and has been working and volunteering on arts and cultural events here ever since. Prior to joining our team, Tim was program manager for The Next 50, a six-month series of performances and events marking the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair. Tim was also programming coordinator for One Reel, a job that allowed him to work with hundreds of local, national and international writers, artists, curators and performers to bring arts experiences to Bumbershoot, the Family 4th of July and other local festivals. Tim has also coordinated events for the Elliott Bay Book Co., the University of Washington and local non-profits.

Kausar Mohammed, events and marketing intern, is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is active in organizations at UCLA that combine arts and activism, including Hip-Hop Congress, which is a part of UCLA's Cultural Affairs Commission. Kausar is also a part of the student group Social Awareness Network for Activism through Art (SANAA), which volunteers at a high school in East Los Angeles to teach students about social justice and identity. Kausar has interned at San Jose's City Lights Repertory Theatre, Oakland's KTVU FOX 2 news station, the Aga Khan Foundation and public relations boutique firm Spelling Communications. She is a big fan of discovering new music, hiking, acting, reading and spending time with good company.
Funding applications for individual artists due July 19
2011 CityArtist KT Niehoff created a year-long series of dance performances, including Kelly Sullivan and Markeith Wiley of Lingo Productions.
Seattle-based artists working in dance, music and theater (including playwriting) may apply for set award amounts of $4,000, $6,000 and $8,000 to fund projects in 2013. Applications are due 11 p.m., Thursday, July 19. Find the guidelines and online application here.

CityArtist Projects is an annual funding program that supports individual Seattle artists in the development and presentation of new, in-progress or remounted works taken to the next level. Priority will be given to quality art projects that focus on public access. All projects must include a public presentation in Seattle.

CityArtists funds different disciplines in alternating years. View a list of previous recipients.
Applications for Seattle Arts Commission due June 29
Seattle Arts Commissioners at the Cultural Space Seattle public forum in December 2011. From left: Randy Engstrom, Michael Seiwerath and Diana Falchuk.
The city is seeking candidates for the Seattle Arts Commission. Letters of interest and résumés are due tomorrow, June 29 to

The 16-member citizen commission advises the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs on arts and cultural policy, advocates for arts initiatives and approves funding awards to artists and organizations. Interested applicants must be Seattle residents. Commissioners serve two-year terms without compensation and may be reappointed for up to three terms. Commissioners include leaders in the business, philanthropic and educational community and artists, arts professionals and residents with diverse backgrounds and strong links to Seattle's cultural sector.

For more information, go here.
Proposals to lease Playhouse due July 13
Playhouse Theatre (also known as Intiman Theatre). Photo courtesy of Seattle Center.
Seattle Center is inviting proposals for lease of the 32,000-square-foot, 446-seat Playhouse Theatre (also known as Intiman Theatre) and its associated rehearsal space. The Playhouse is located at the north end of Seattle Center between the Seattle Repertory Theatre and the Exhibition Hall at 2nd Avenue North and Mercer Street.

View the full Request for Proposals. Proposals are due to Seattle Center by 5 p.m., July 13 (Pacific Daylight Time). The theater will be available for occupancy January 1, 2013.

Contact Kerry Smith at Seattle Center with questions.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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