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In this Issue — June 2009
Image: Advertisement for Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition centennial celebration. The city kicked off the A-Y-P centennial celebration at the Northwest Folklife Festival over Memorial Day weekend.
Cover of the 2008 Report to the Community. Jasmine Zimmerman created Bottle House from recycled bottles found at Seattle Center for Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music and Art Festival. Photo by Christopher Nelson.
Message from the director
One hundred years ago on June 1, 1909, Seattle opened its doors to the world with the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Our office has been working with dozens of community partners to commemorate this milestone in our history and culture with events, publications and exhibitions throughout the summer.

On June 18, 2009, Seattle opens its doors to our colleagues throughout the country as we host the Americans for the Arts annual convention. Under the theme of Renewable Resources: Arts in Sustainable Communities, conference attendees will discover why Seattle is one of America's leading cities for arts and culture.

Our mission is to "promote arts and culture in Seattle." We are committed to increasing public access to arts and culture, to telling the story of arts and culture in our city, and to being accountable to the public. Our 2008 Report to the Community documents our work, and most importantly, the contributions that artists and cultural organizations make to strengthen our economy, neighborhoods and quality of life. Download the report here.

The report also outlines the goals shared by the Office and the Seattle Arts Commission to restore quality arts education for every student in Seattle Public Schools. Known formally as the Arts Education Partnership Initiative, this groundbreaking work was highlighted by Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson at the Alliance for Education breakfast last week. We have a shared vision with the district, thanks in large measure to Carla Santorno, chief academic officer for Seattle Public Schools. We are grateful for her good work and support over the past three years, and we bid her farewell as she leaves Seattle for Tacoma, where she has accepted a job as deputy superintendent.

We thank you for your work and support.

Michael Killoren
2007 and 2009 CityArtist Haruko Nishimura performs a butoh dance piece. Photo by Bruce Tom.
2009 CityArtists awards announced
The Office has awarded $225,000 to 39 individual artists working in the performing arts. The annual CityArtist Projects program supports the development and presentation of original work by Seattle artists.

The funded projects will involve more than 256 paid artists. Click here for a list of 2009 award recipients. Thirty of the 39 artist projects funded are first-time recipients, representing 77 percent of the awards. The awards range from $1,500 to $10,000, with an average award of $5,769.

The program received a record 148 applicants, a 25 percent increase in applications from the previous 2007 funding cycle for dance, theater and music.
2008 CityArtist John Grade stands inside his sculptural installation made of rubber, fabric and foam. The artwork is built to collapse and evolve while sited within two contrasting landscapes. Photo by Richard Nicol.
2010 CityArtists funding to open in June
To assist individual artists in this economic climate, the Office is opening applications for its 2010 CityArtist Projects early. Seattle-based artists working in visual, literary and media arts may apply this summer for funding of up to $10,000 to support projects starting in January 2010. Applications will open in mid-June with a deadline of Tuesday, August 11.

The Office's CityArtists program provides support to individual artists to support new works, works in progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. All projects must include a public presentation.

"Supporting artists who live and work in our city is an important investment in a vibrant, healthy community," said Mayor Greg Nickels. "Artists bring color and energy to our daily lives and share the stories of our diverse communities. We need the arts, especially in tough economic times."

Get a jump start. Review the 2010 CityArtist guidelines. Sign up for an online application account and complete the initial profile. Check our Web site in mid-June for the application and workshop information.
Ellen Ziegler and Tom Askman, Lightning Bolts, 1987, permanently sited at the existing Fire Station 6.
Artist sought for new fire station
In partnership with the Seattle Fleets and Facilities Department and the Seattle Fire Department, the Office seeks an artist to develop a site-specific art project for a new Fire Station 6.

The project is part of the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy, which will replace or renovate 32 city fire stations. Located in the heart of the Central District, the existing Fire Station 6 is a historic landmark. The city will build a new Fire Station 6 at 2615 S. Jackson St. Design is expected to begin in late summer 2009. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2011 with completion in 2012.

The opportunity is open to professional artists living in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana) or California. The selected artist will work with the community, firefighters and city staff to create a site-specific artwork or design element on the public-facing portion of the building. The total budget for the artwork is $90,000.

Application deadline is Tuesday, June 30. A link to the guidelines and online application is available on our Web site.
Meet the Fremont Bridge artist-in-residence this weekend
Fremont Bridge, photo courtesy of the Seattle Municipal Archives photograph collection.
Meet Seattle artist Kristen Ramirez, Fremont Bridge artist-in-residence, at neighborhood markets in May and June. Ramirez is using one of the bridge towers as a studio space from which to observe, contemplate and make art. In response to her experience on the bridge, she will develop a temporary project in the neighborhood later this summer.

Help Ramirez get started with her exploration. Share your stories and thoughts about this landmark Seattle bridge or bridges in general. Stop by one of the following events: Fremont Market, Sunday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or the Queen Anne Farmers Market, Thursday, June 25, 3 to 7 p.m.

For more information about Ramirez's residency, read her blog. Or watch an interview with Ramirez premiering on Seattle Channel's Art Zone In Studio, 8 p.m., Thursday, June 4 on Cable 21.

The project is commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office.
Mayor Greg Nickels kicks off the A-Y-P centennial celebration at the Northwest Folklife festival.
City kicks off A-Y-P centennial celebration
Mayor Greg Nickels kicked off the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition centennial celebration over Memorial Day weekend at the Northwest Folklife Festival. The 1909 A-Y-P Exposition was Seattle's first world's fair and celebrated the culture, industry and innovative spirt of the Pacific Northwest. The A-Y-P put Seattle on the map and showcased Washington as a gateway to the Pacific Rim, as well as to Alaska and northwestern Canada.

It drew 3.7 million visitors during its four-and-a-half month run from June to mid-October 1909 on the UW campus. Visitors beheld a cornucopia of exhibits housed in an astonishing collection of buildings and enjoyed the carnival-like entertainment of the Pay Streak midway. Read all about the fair in a Seattle Times' Pacific Magazine May 17 cover story.

Centennial celebration events—ranging from exhibits to performances to a cross-country Model T race—will take place around the city spanning the rest of the year, with many commemorative events concentrated in the summer months. The story of the 1909 A-Y-P unfolds in a series of historic photographs and colorful display boards at City Hall galleries through July 2. The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture will take a critical look at how indigenous peoples were represented at the fair in the exhibition A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply, May 30 to Nov. 29. The Museum of History & Industry will host the exhibition The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest, highlighting early 20th-century arts and crafts, May 30 to Jan. 18, 2010.

The Office is managing the A-Y-P centennial celebrations in collaboration with nearly 60 government agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Oddfellows Hall, home to many arts organizations on Capitol Hill, was sold in October 2007.
Committee to weigh in on arts space
Concerned about long-term affordable space for arts and cultural organizations in Seattle? The Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee (CODAC)—a volunteer citizen committee—has been working on the issue for the more than a year and will present its recommendations to the City Council at two meetings in June. Read the full report here.

The CODAC will brief the Council at 10 a.m., Monday, June 1 in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. The Council will hold a special meeting of the Culture, Civil Rights, Health and Personnel Committee, 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 16 at Century Ballroom. CODAC committee members will discuss their vision to preserve and foster cultural space, and the public will have a chance to comment.

For the past year, the CODAC has worked to draft concrete steps to ensure Seattle's arts and cultural spaces have a role in urban planning. The committee envisions cultural districts, where developers could access incentives to create permanent affordable space for cultural uses. The proposed district model would integrate with existing city planning processes, including neighborhood planning and transit-oriented development.
Shaw's Thornton Creek artwork featured at June 6 dedication
Benson Shaw, Surge (Falling Water vignette detail), 2009, located at Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel.
The Office will celebrate the new three-part artwork, Surge, by Benson Shaw at the dedication of Seattle Public Utilities' Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 6. The program is at 1 p.m.

The partially-installed artwork—scheduled for completion in September—reinforces the ebb and flow of water on the site. Three components comprise the artwork. Falling Water is a series of internally lit blue glass sculptures that draw their inspiration from gabions—cages filled with rocks for erosion control. The sculptures mimic water flowing over and down the sides of the channel and will be accompanied by a collection of light posts topped with globes that represent a graphic measurement of the flowing water. Bad Buoys, a series of floats with glittering discs, will be activated by water moving through the channel. Wiggle Posts will echo the channel's water ripples and flow patterns.

The Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel project uses natural drainage system technology to clean the water, slow it down and allow water to flow through the channel year-round. The design includes native landscaping and pedestrian pathways.

Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds supported the artwork.
SuttonBeresCuller create sidewalk art, dedication June 13
SuttonBeresCuller, Salon, 2009, stamped concrete, concrete stain, located at Morgan Junction Park in West Seattle. Photo by SuttonBeresCuller.
The Office will celebrate Salon, a new public artwork by artist team SuttonBeresCuller, 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, June 13, at West Seattle's new Morgan Junction Park. SuttonBeresCuller's interactive sidewalk artwork invites the public to use chalk to create their own works of art inside a series of frames stamped into the concrete.

Salon's museum-style frames are stained in rich tones and assembled salon style in the sidewalk's surface. The ever-changing, community-created artworks will add to the vibrancy and character of Morgan Junction and its new neighborhood park.

The artist team will greet guests and answer questions at the park dedication, which will be followed by the annual Morgan Festival.

Salon was funded with Seattle Department of Transportation Emerging Funds, 1% for Art funds, and Bridging the Gap transportation levy funds.
Oliver to create sculpture for Salmon Bay Natural Area
Marvin Oliver, Homeward Voyage, 2005, steel and glass, located at Seattle Children's Hospital, Melinda Gates Ambulatory Wing. Photo by Brian Oliver.
Seattle artist Marvin Oliver will create a sculpture representing a welcome figure for the Salmon Bay Natural Area along Ballard's shoreline.

Community group Groundswell NW, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) and the Office, commissioned the artwork to reflect local indigenous cultures and the rich tribal history of the site. Oliver, an internationally recognized artist of Quinalt heritage, proposed a welcome figure of cast bronze draped in Salish ceremonial garb and holding a large aluminum and glass disk depicting the salmon cycle.

Oliver teaches at the University of Washington and is a curator at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. He has created numerous large-scale artworks in the Puget Sound region, as well as a sculpture for Seattle's Italian sister city, Perugia.

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 matching funds to create a landscaped area where SPU is improving the site.
Susan Robb, Warmth, Giant Black Toobs, 2008, polypropelylene, located in Fall City. Photo by artist.
Robb selected to design bicycle parking
Seattle artist Susan Robb will design new, creative on-street bicycle parking in two to four on-street locations for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Artist-Designed Bike Parking Project. Robb will work with SDOT to design, fabricate and install the parking.

Robb creates innovative artwork that articulates the relationship between landscape and object through investigations of environment, materials and contemporary social issues. Her work is in private and public collections.

Artist-designed bicycle parking is a product of the SDOT Art Plan. The project addresses the expanding need for bicycle parking and is part of the city's Bicycle Master Plan, which aims to triple the number of people bicycling in Seattle over 10 years. The project is commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds.
Garfield jazz combo, Middle Eastern music and guitar at City Hall
Hear new fingerstyle guitar music from notable Seattle-based guitar abstractionist Bill Horist, June 18, noon to 1 p.m. at City Hall.
Try something new for lunch. Take your pick of jazz, Middle Eastern music or improv guitar, all on the Seattle Presents menu of free concerts at City Hall in June. Concerts are from noon to 1 p.m.

On June 4, the adventurous instrumental trio Mashriq will blend classical and folk music styles from the Middle East.

Just added for June 8, the Seattle City Council welcomes a quintet from the award-winning Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble. Garfield recently took home first place honors at the Essentially Ellington Competition at New York's Lincoln Center. The celebration of their success continues at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers with the presentation of a joint proclamation by Mayor Greg Nickles and the Council honoring these exceptional young musicians.

On June 18, step outside onto the upper plaza at City Hall as guitar abstractionist Bill Horist performs solo fingerstyle guitar compositions and covers ranging from Leo Kottke to Indian classical music. In case of rain, the performance will move indoors to the City Hall lobby.

Be among first to hear fresh homegrown music
Want a dozen free downloads of great local music? Simply sign up by Monday, June 8 to receive e-mail updates about the free Seattle Presents concert series at City Hall, and we'll send you an early-bird access code to Seattle Presents Volume Three. This 12-song album download features live recordings at City Hall by hot local artists including flamenco guitarist Andre Feriante, folk-rocker Ian McFeron, hip-hop duo Canary Sing, blues legend Alice Stuart and many more.

The free Seattle Presents concert series is presented year-round by the Office and features local artists performing at City Hall.
Land & Flora & Water exhibition responds to environment
Stacy Levy, Cloud Stones, 2004, permanently sited at Mineral Springs Park. Photo by David Walega.
Many regional public artworks draw inspiration from the land, plants and water. In the exhibition Land & Flora & Water at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, independent curator Jim McDonald documents more than 30 years of environmental artworks through models, drawings, photographs and presentation boards. The exhibition runs June 1 to Sept. 27.

Land & Flora & Water features documentary images and text from environmentally-based artworks, including several notable earthworks. The exhibition explores permanently sited artworks by 15 artists in the public art collections of King County and the cities of Seattle, Mercer Island and Kent.

The exhibition will welcome more than 1,000 artists and arts administrators expected to attend the Americans for the Arts national convention at the convention center, June 18 to 20.
Participant in Mater Matrix Mother and Medium crochet event at the High Point Branch of the Seattle Public Library.
Crochet for creeks
Help artist Mandy Greer crochet, knot and twist yarn and recycled fabric into her artwork, Mater Matrix Mother and Medium, at two participatory art events in June: 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 6, at the Celebrating Wildflowers event at the Olympic Sculpture Park's PACCAR Pavilion and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 13 at the Morgan Junction Community Festival.

Mater Matrix Mother and Medium celebrates the splendor of Seattle's urban creeks, encourages stewardship of essential watersheds and includes the temporary installation of a 200-foot fiber "river" that will culminate in a dance performance. The artwork will be on view June 15 to July 31 at Camp Long in West Seattle.

Visit our Web site for a full schedule of events and exhibition dates. The project is commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office.
Deborah Mersky answers questions from the audience at the public art workshop, Public Art in Two Dimensions, May 18.
Tune into public art workshop online
Missed the Office's free public art workshop held May 18 at City Hall? Catch it online. Public Art in Two Dimensions is now available on our Web site.

Hear artists Deborah Mersky, Barbara Earl Thomas and Robert Yoder talk about translating two-dimensional work into art for public places. The artists discuss how they identify public art opportunities and select materials and fabricators for commissioned art projects.

Learn about upcoming workshops on our Web site.
Registration extended for national arts convention in Seattle

Consider this your last call. Americans for the Arts—the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America—will hold its annual convention in Seattle, June 18 to 20.

For the past few months you may have been weighing your options about joining more than 1,000 of your arts colleagues at the convention. If you haven't jumped on board, what are you waiting for? The meeting is in your backyard! That means no travel or lodging costs.

There's still time to get in on the action! The registration deadline has been extended to Friday, May 29. Don't delay. Register now for the best price possible. Short on cash? Not ready to commit to the full conference? Sign up for a single day.

This is the largest gathering in the nation of arts leaders and their partners in business, education and government. The convention, entitled Renewable Resources: Arts in Sustainable Communities, will promote strategies to lead the way for sustainable arts, organizations, communities and careers. The Office is proud to play local host to the convention.
Occidental Park
See art in the parks this summer
Three downtown parks will come alive with art of all kinds of art this summer. ArtsParks, a program sponsored by the Office, Seattle Parks and Recreation, 4Culture and the Metropolitan Improvement District, will feature free art events in Victor Steinbrueck Park, Occidental Park and Westlake Park June through October.

Experience art in process and interact with the artists at Westlake Park in a series programmed by conceptual and installation artist Ingrid Lahti and visual and sound artist Carrie Bodle. At Victor Steinbrueck Park, puppeteer Rob D'Arc will curate puppetry, improv and busker-like entertainment

At Occidental Park, visual artist Susie J. Lee and landscape architect Elizabeth A. Umbanhowar will weave themes from Japanese writer Haruki Murakami's work into interactive performances, readings, music and visual works. Visit the blog for more information.

For event dates and details, visit the ArtsParks Facebook page.

Tune into Art Zone season finale
Get your arts coverage fix before Art Zone with Nancy Guppy goes on hiatus for the summer. The Seattle Channel 21 program airs at 8 p.m., Thursdays. Here's what's coming up in June.

On June 4, catch an interview with artist Kristin Ramirez as she begins her residency in a Fremont Bridge tower. The duo Canary Sing will bring their original rap/song style to the Seattle Channel stage. And watch a segment about arts service organization Artist Trust.

On June 11, writer/performer Keith Hitchcock unveils his one-man show, Muffin Face. See artist Laura Castellanos' new exhibit at Zeitgeist Coffee. Watch iconic local band The Squirrels as they perform music from their retirement tour.

Art Zone will air programs from the 2008-2009 season through the summer. New programming will resume 8 p.m., Sept. 17.
Seattle Center to shine a spotlight on summer events
Dancers at the Pagdiriwang Philippine festival. Photo by Alan Krell.
Live at Seattle Center: Spotlight on Summer is a new initiative designed to highlight summer events at Seattle Center, June 1 through Sept. 12. Check out Seattle Center's Web site for a complete calendar of events.

"In this time of economic uncertainty, people need a welcoming, open place where they can go for entertainment and fun, solace and celebration," said Seattle Center Director Robert Nellams. "Live at Seattle Center invites visitors to engage, enjoy and restore their spirits."

Here are a few June highlights. Seattle International Film Festival will screen films at SIFF Cinema at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall through June 15. Enjoy the Seattle PrideFest on June 28. Take a trip to the Phillipines during Pagdiriwang, June 6 and 7. Or explore the Iranian Festival on June 20.
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City of Seattle
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