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In this Issue - June 2008
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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Image: Blimp in flight over soldiers' camp during the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition in Seattle. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the A-Y-P Exposition. Photo courtesy of the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division.
Venture behind panel doors at public art workshop

What do selection panels look for when choosing an artist for a public art project? Public artists can find out at a free workshop, Behind Panel Doors, 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 3, at Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St.

Public artists Steve Gardner and Kay Kirkpatrick and Christine Scarlett, of Seattle City Light, will talk about the elements of a successful public art application and help demystify the artist selection process. Behind Panel Doors, presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, is part of a new series of workhops designed to offer emerging and experienced artists a chance to network and gain insight into the public art process. Visit our Web site for information about upcoming public art workshops.

The workshop is free. However, advance registration is required. To register, contact Eleanor Beerman, (206) 233-3930.

Office launches A-Y-P Centennial Web site
Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition. Seattle's first World's Fair, the 1909 event put our city on the map. 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.

The celebration will feature a series of events and exhibitions as well as other cultural projects, including historical and photography books and a postcard collection. Celebrations will begin quietly in early 2009, officially kick off at the Northwest Folklife Festival in May, and continue through the summer months. Check the Web site for information about the original A-Y-P Exposition and details about upcoming events.
Artists selected for South Lake Union Streetcar stations

One artist and two artist teams will work with the Office and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to develop three independent artworks for Seattle Streetcar stations in South Lake Union.

Nickolus Meisel will create a sculptural installation composed of cast bronze and found objects. A sculptor, installation artist and public artist, Meisel's previous commissions include artworks at Edmonds City Hall and Seattle's International District/Chinatown Community Center.

Susie J. Lee and James Coupe will use recorded dialogue, LED display boards and the NextBus train arrival tracking system to compose narratives on themes of waiting and arrival. Lee and Coupe specialize in digital technologies and time-based art. They recently completed a commission for the new Wing Luke Asian Museum.

The artist team of SuttonBeresCuller will develop a subterranean installation with light, mirrors and cast glass. The trio works in mixed-media installation, performance and sculpture. Recent awards include a public art commission for a city of Seattle sidewalk project and a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation.

The artworks will be installed in 2009 at the Westlake Hub, Terry and Thomas and Lake Union Park Streetcar stops. The Office, in partnership with SDOT, will determine specific artwork locations this summer.
Peter Reiquam, Bulldog Weathervane, 1993, 60" x 48" x 48", at King County Animal Shelter.
Artists selected for fire stations 9 and 21
Seattle artists Perri Lynch and Peter Reiquam will create public art for the new Fire Station 21 in Greenwood and Fire Station 9 in Fremont, respectively. Selection panels chose Lynch and Reiquam from a roster of pre-qualified artists for public art projects at renovated or rebuilt fire stations included in the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy.

Lynch is a studio and public artist with a background in printmaking, mixed-media sculpture and sound art. She has completed public art projects at Warren G. Magnuson Park and the Lake City Branch of The Seattle Public Library.

Reiquam has created public artworks in metal, concrete and stone for more than 20 years. He has completed public art commissions for the Washington State Arts Commission, the city of Kent and Sound Transit.
Brownbox Theatre & The Mahogany Project will tell the story of Juneteenth Thursday, June 19 at City Hall. Photograph from Store Front Churches series by Milton Rogovin, © 1952-2002.
City Hall performance to celebrate Juneteenth
Celebrate Juneteenth with the debut of Freedom, a one-act musical theater performance created by two of Seattle's premier African-American theater companies, noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 19 in the City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave.

Directed by Tyrone Brown, artistic director of Brownbox Theatre, and co-written by four female artists from The Mahogany Project, Freedom features original songs by soul singer Felicia Loud, poetic narration by Melissa Noelle Greene, and performances by acclaimed African-American theater artists. The free performance celebrates the end of slavery in the United States and tells the story of Juneteenth, which commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.

Also in June, soulful singer-songwriter Ryan Shea Smith will bring his group to City Hall for an acoustic set of his signature melodies on keyboard and guitar, noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 5.

The performances are part of Seattle Presents, a free year-round concert series presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The Juneteenth performance is co-sponsored by the Seattle Public Utilities African American Affinity Group. For a complete lineup of Seattle Presents summer performances, visit our Web site.
International Red Cross photo exhibit at City Hall
Nick Danziger, Victim of Physical Violence During the War, 2001, Sierra Leone, © ICRC, Contact Press Images Europe, Nick Danziger.
Experience more than 80 arresting images of humanitarian action over the past 145 years by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The international traveling photography exhibition, From Solferino to Guantanamo: 145 years of Red Cross Photography, will be on display at City Hall June 11 to July 2.

Soberly placed in time and space, From Solferino to Guantanamo takes the viewer on a chronological journey. The images speak of war, suffering and ruin, but also of comfort and kindness.

The exhibition, presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the American Red Cross, was curated by the Musée International de la Croix-Rouge et du Croissant-Rouge. The images will hang in the City Hall Lobby Gallery on the first floor and the Anne Focke Gallery located on the L2 level of City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. City Hall is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.

A free reception, 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 17 at City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room, will honor World Refugee Day (June 20). The event will feature speakers Jen Marlowe, a Seattle author and documentary filmmaker of Darfur Diaries and Rebuilding Hope, and Michael Khambatta, ICRC deputy head. Enjoy refreshments and take an after-hours tour of the exhibition. Space is limited. To RSVP, visit or call (206) 323-2345, ext. 13607.
Danielle Abbott
Danielle Abbott joins Office
We welcome Danielle Abbott to the Office in the role of administrative specialist. Her duties will include managing contracts and all related documents generated annually for funding programs and public art projects. She will also provide support for committees, panels and activities of the Civic Partners program.

Danielle is a Seattle native who brings to the office a love of culture and community, as well as broad experience working with underserved populations. She comes to us from her most recent post at the Overlake Service League in Bellevue. At Overlake, she served as the administrator for a social services agency and supervised staff and volunteers. She also worked with non-profit agencies and schools, and performed a variety of project management and administrative responsibilities. She has a master's in social work from the University of Washington and a degree in sociology-anthropology from Carleton College (magna cum laude). Danielle has lived in the United Kingdom and Guatemala, and speaks Spanish. She has tutored and supported at-risk immigrant youth from Mexico, Honduras and Russia.
Vaughn Bell
Vaughn Bell joins public art staff
The Office welcomes Vaughn Bell, who joins the public art team as the arts and enhancements project manager. Bell brings to the staff varied experience as an artist and administrator. She will serve as a liaison between the Office and the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and act as an adviser to SDOT on design and esthetic issues. The Office and SDOT jointly funded the part-time position.

Bell looks forward to working on transportation projects that will integrate public art with the urban fabric and daily lives of people in Seattle. In her work as an artist, Bell creates interactive art projects that examine how people relate to their environment. She has exhibited her artwork public projects, sculpture, installation and video at sites across the United States, including New York, N.Y.; Boston, Mass.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Seattle; Chicago, Ill.; and Portland, Ore.; as well as in the United Kingdom and Japan.
Orchestra Zarabanda. Photo courtesy of the artist.
New OnHold mix on city phone lines
New Seattle OnHold music hit city phone lines in May. The new mix features heavy-weight Seattle talents such as indie-pop star Laura Veirs, Cuban sensation Elspeth Savani with Orchestra Zarabanda, and the electro-acoustic vibes of Mercir. Subscribe to the free podcast and learn about the artists on the Seattle OnHold Web site.

In April, KUOW's Dave Beck talked with the Office about Seattle OnHold and featured several OnHold artists on the radio station's program, Sound Focus. Listen to the clip here. OnHold is featured about 40 minutes into the program.

Weigh in on city customer service
Whether it's a power outage, a lost pet or a delayed building permit, customers of the city of Seattle often must navigate a needlessly complicated bureaucratic system before their issues are resolved. Mayor Greg Nickels says city government can do better and he wants to hear from you.

"Some people say government isn't a business; we don't have customers. I think the 600,000 people who live here, pay taxes and contribute to the life of our city would disagree," Nickels said. "Our customers are entitled to prompt, efficient and easily accessible service from the city."

Acknowledging that many employees go the extra mile to resolve customers' issues, Nickels says the problem is a system that has become needlessly bureaucratic and cumbersome. To set new standards and expectations when customers need help with city services, the city will establish a Customer Service Bill of Rights.

Complete the short three-question survey on the mayor's Web site. The deadline to respond is Monday, June 30. For more information, call the Customer Service Bureau at (206) 684-CITY (2489).
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