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In this Issue — June 2010
 Message from the director: Creative industries steady
 Seeking artists for Civic Square fence art project
 Funding available for individual artists
 City awards $200,000 for Youth Arts projects
 Funding cycle for organizations extended to 2011, next opening postponed
 Webb to create artwork for Chief Sealth Trail
 Artwork to be dedicated at Lake City's new fire station, June 12
 New artwork at Salmon Bay Natural Area, dedication June 12
 Temporary sound artwork opens at Seattle Center's Theater Commons, June 15
 Make way for kids and Celts at City Hall
 Art coming to Occidental Park this summer
 Tune into Art Zone's season finale
 Free concerts, movies, art and more at downtown parks
 State introduces new low-cost health coverage



Funding for individual artists available
Seeking artists for Civic Square fence art project
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Caspar Babypants, free concert
Seattle Arts Commission Meeting
Kat Eggleston & Rose Laughlin, free concert

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

American/Asian: A Tale of New Cultures
April 15 - June 28, 2010
Seattle Municipal Tower:

Northwest Mid-Career Artists: Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works
April 6 - July 2
 
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Image: Chiyo Sanada and Barbara McConkey, Soul, 2009, giclee print, 20" x 16". From ArtXchange Gallery's exhibition American/Asian: A Tale of New Cultures extended through June 28 at City Hall. Photo courtesy of the artists.
Message from the director: Creative industries steady
 
 
 

 
Arts-related businesses and arts employment in Seattle saw a slight uptick in 2009, according to the 2010 Creative Industries Report recently released by Americans for the Arts.

The creative industries are composed of arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies and theaters to for-profit film, architecture and advertising companies. Based on Dun & Bradstreet data, the report counts arts and arts-related businesses and jobs. The good news is the report, which is based on 2009 data, indicates relatively stable employment in Seattle's creative sector. Between 2007 and 2009, the number of Seattle's arts-related businesses grew 7.5 percent, from 4,065 to 4,370. And the number of people the businesses employ climbed 3 percent, from 21,025 to 21,676.

Nationally, there are 668,267 businesses in the United States involved in the creation or distribution of the arts. They employ 2.9 million people, representing 4.05 percent of the businesses and 2.18 percent of all employees, respectively.

We encourage all artists and organizations in Seattle to register with Dun & Bradstreet (it's free, and it's easy) in order to be counted. Please make sure you are included in the 2011 report by registering today.

Seattle has also been selected to be one of 100 areas participating in a local version of the National Arts Index launched earlier this year by Americans for the Arts. We will compile local data over the next 16 months to develop Seattle baseline data.

These studies and other research are very important to our sector. We treasure what we measure in our society, and in the absence of reliable data on arts and culture, it becomes increasingly difficult to articulate the important role of arts and culture in the health of our neighborhoods, our economy and our quality of life. Tracking data on an ongoing basis helps us ensure Seattle's position as one of America's leading cultural capitals.

But the true value of arts and culture is in the quality of performances and exhibitions. That was the crux of the message delivered by Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, keynote speaker at the annual ArtsFund Celebration of the Arts Luncheon a couple weeks ago. Kaiser's inspirational message to all of us in these difficult times is to think big and focus on exciting programs. He urged boards to spend time talking about the art and to not focus solely on the balance sheet. Now is the time to take on daring, exciting programming, said Kaiser, who has built a reputation turning around ailing arts organizations across the country.

Speaking of exciting programming, our 2009 Report to the Community is off the press. It chronicles a variety of artistic accomplishments and creative initiatives taking place across the city.

Sincerely,
Michael Killoren
Director
Seeking artists for Civic Square fence art project
 
 
 
Fence surrounding Civic Square site on Fourth Avenue between Cherry and James streets.
 
The Office, in partnership with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and Triad Development, Inc., seeks up to eight emerging artists to develop temporary large-scale, colorful panels for the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction site in downtown Seattle. The Civic Square site is located between Third and Fourth avenues and Cherry and James streets.

The art project is intended to celebrate Seattle's vibrancy, cultural life, history and position in the forefront of environmental sustainability. Artists should submit images of existing artwork in any two-dimensional medium. Fabricators will produce the panels from selected artworks. The panels, which will be installed on the fence in late summer or early fall 2010, will be exhibited for approximately one year.

A selection panel will choose up to six images per selected artist. Artists will receive between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on the number of their images selected for the fence panels. The call is open to emerging professional artists living within 100 miles of Seattle. An emerging artist is considered to be an artist in the early stage of his or her career (five years or less).

Application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, June 21. To preview the call and link to the online application, click here. Funding for the Civic Square temporary artwork program is provided by Triad Development, Inc.
 
 
A scene from Brian Kooser's Bloody Henry, a puppet show loosely based on the life and times of King Henry VIII of England. Kooser received 2009 CityArtist Project funding. Photo by Diedre Muns.
 
Funding available for individual artists
 
Seattle-based individual artists working in the performing arts—dance, music and theater—may apply for funding of up to $10,000 to support projects in 2011. The application for the Office's 2011 CityArtist Projects program is now open. The application deadline is Tuesday, July 20. Click here to link to the online application and learn about applicant workshops.

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.
 
 
Youth learned to play traditional instruments during El Centro de la Raza's Fandango Project. Photo by Irene Routté.
 
City awards $200,000 for Youth Arts projects
 
A group of youth will organize their community in a summer mural project to revitalize their neighborhood, thanks in part to an $8,000 award to El Centro de La Raza. With a $4,800 award, Spectrum Dance Theater will engage teens in a dance residency linking Zimbabwean history and dance tradition to hip-hop choreography and spoken word. Teaching artist Andrew Peterson will receive $5,440 to lead South Shore Middle School students in an after-school robot design program, including basic concepts in electronics, engineering and art.

The awards are part of the Office's annual Youth Arts program, which recently provided $200,000 to 31 youth programs that offer arts training outside of school hours for Seattle's middle and high school youth. An annual funding program, Youth Arts provides up to $10,000 to programs in which experienced teaching artists lead training programs in all arts disciplines, with priority placed on serving youth and communities with limited or no access to the arts.

"The Youth Arts program speaks to the spirit of my Youth and Families Initiative, which is to create pathways for all young people in Seattle to succeed," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "Arts training provides young people with positive outlets, helps them excel in learning and life and offers our youth a vehicle to connect with their communities and other cultures in a creative way."

It's estimated the projects will engage nearly 5,000 young people in about 24,000 hours of arts training throughout the city from September 2010 to September 2011. The funded projects were chosen by a peer-review panel from a pool of 77 applicants. The average award is $6,452.
 
 
Pacific Northwest Ballet principal dancer Carla Körbes and soloist Seth Orza in Christopher Wheeldon's Carousel (A Dance). Photo by Angela Sterling.
 
Funding cycle for organizations extended
to 2011, next opening postponed
 
Due to budget constraints, The Office will postpone opening the next funding cycle for organizations to 2011. This means the 132 organizations currently funded by the Office's Civic Partners program will receive a third year of funding. The award amounts will be determined after the city's 2011-2012 budget is adopted later this year. To qualify for continued funding, organizations will be required to update core financial and audience data.

Civic Partners awards two-year funding commitments to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts service organizations. The choice to extend funding for an additional year responds to feedback from regional arts leaders captured in the Helicon Report, a 2009 study of the impact of the economic recession on the arts. The study showed a desire for more flexible, streamlined funding, including extending awards and minimizing paperwork. Continuing the awards will reduce process and paperwork for funded organizations and our staff, saving time and resources in these lean times.

"It is counterproductive to encourage organizations to complete the rigorous application, only to be shut out or to receive token funding that results from cutting other groups' allocations," said Office Director Michael Killoren.

Organizations not funded through the Civic Partners program have other funding options—including smART ventures and the performing arts cycle of CityArtist Projects. Visit the funding section of our website or call a funding project manager to ask for guidance about your options.
 
 
Dan Webb, Drop (detail), 2008, carved wood, 17" x 15" x 15". Photo by Dan Webb.
 
Webb to create artwork for Chief Sealth Trail
 
Seattle artist Dan Webb will create a three-dimensional, permanent artwork for the Chief Sealth Trail where it crosses Beacon Avenue South on Beacon Hill. The artwork will mark the location of the trail for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Webb will begin work this summer with installation expected towards the end of the year.

A resident of Beacon Hill, Webb has created both public and private artworks for Pike Place Market, city of Bellevue, city of Burien and Equity Office Properties (Columbia Tower) in Seattle. His work is in collections at Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, New Museum in New York, and numerous private collections.

A panel of art professionals, as well as a Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) representative and Beacon Hill community members, selected Webb from a pool of applicants from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and California. The project is commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office.
Artwork to be dedicated at Lake City's new fire station, June 12
 
 
 
Stephen Glassman, Thornton Creek, 2010, located at Fire Station 39 in Lake City. Photo by Jason Huff.
 
The Office will celebrate Thornton Creek, a new public artwork by Los Angeles artist Stephen Glassman, 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 12, at Lake City's new Fire Station 39. The station opened in April at 2806 NE 127th St.

Glassman's Thornton Creek is a 28-foot-tall, free-standing steel sculpture located in the rain garden of Fire Station 39. The artwork is integrated visually and functionally with the building and serves as a rainwater delivery system moving runoff from the station's roof to an underground cistern. The sculpture includes two raised planting beds that feature and support native Northwest grasses.

The artwork was commissioned with Seattle's Department of Finance and Administrative Service's Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy 1% for Art funds.
New artwork at Salmon Bay Natural Area, dedication June 12
 
 
 
Marvin Oliver, A Salish Welcome (preliminary drawing), 2010, located at the Salmon Bay Natural Area in Ballard.
 
The Office will dedicate A Salish Welcome, a new public artwork by Seattle artist Marvin Oliver at Salmon Bay Natural Area,
10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 17 [Update June 9, 2010: The dedication of Marvin Oliver's A Salish Welcome at Salmon Bay Natural Area has been moved to 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 17]. Salmon Bay Natural Area is located along Ballard's shoreline at 3419 N.W. 54th St., next to the canal.

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. The sculpture blends traditional forms with contemporary media to honor local indigenous people and celebrate the endangered salmon at the habitat. Oliver will greet guests and answer questions at the dedication, which will be followed by a ceremonial blessing by Cecile Hansen, chair of the Duwamish Tribe.

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 funding to create a landscaped area where SPU is improving the site.

The artwork was funded by SPU 1% for Art funds and Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Funds.
 
 
Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, Windfall [proposal], 2010. Photo by Lead Pencil Studio.
 
Temporary sound artwork opens at
Seattle Center's Theater Commons, June 15
 
The delicate sound of more than 1,000 small, cast-iron wind chimes will fill the new Theater Commons at Seattle Center, June 15 to Sept. 15. The opening for Windfall by Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo will coincide with the opening of Theater Commons, 4 to 6 p.m., June 15 at Seattle Center. Theater Commons is located on the Seattle Center campus along Second Avenue North between Mercer Street and August Wilson Way.

Theater Commons is a new, sustainably landscaped campus entry to Seattle Center with a tree-lined pedestrian corridor and terraced seating created in collaboration with the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Intiman Theatre. Windfall invites visitors to slow down and explore the open space and adjacent Donnelly Gardens, which, like the artwork, honor the contributions of late civic arts leader Peter Donnelly.

Han and Mihalyo have been working collaboratively as Lead Pencil Studio since 2002. They create interdisciplinary works that explore architecture, scale and social aspects of the man-made environment. The artwork was commissioned with Seattle Center 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office.
 
 
Caspar Babypants (aka Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America) comes to City Hall June 3.
 
Make way for kids and Celts at City Hall
 
Kiddie-pop and Celtic folk come to City Hall this June. The free, lunchtime performances are part of the Seattle Presents concerts series and are from noon to 1 p.m.

On June 3 bring your kids to City Hall for the kiddie-pop sweetness and giddy humor of Caspar Babypants. Chris Ballew, lead singer of rock band The Presidents of the United States of America, fronts this huggable children's band. On June 17, enjoy a double bill of beguiling Celtic and folk-inspired vocals from Kat Eggleston and Rose Laughlin. Kat won Live Ireland's Female Vocal Album of the Year, and Sing Out Magazine declares Rose is "a true folk music chanteuse." Check out the complete Seattle Presents summer lineup here.
 
 
Artist rendering of MiLa's installation Prismatic Landscape at Occidental Park.
 
Art coming to Occidental Park this summer
 
Pioneer Square's Occidental Park will shine with dynamic art in all its forms this summer. ArtSparks, a collaboration between the Office, 4Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation, takes art outside the walls of the galleries and into public spaces. The program will bring free art events to Occidental Park, at the corner of First Avenue and Yesler Way, June through October. Here's a sampling of what's coming up.

Room for Assembly's architectural installation Build Here will focus on land use and memory, June 3 to 27. Using chalk, lines and framing lumber, the artists will construct rooms of buildings that once stood on the park site. Once completed, the artists will deconstruct the rooms piece by piece.

MiLa's installation Prismatic Landscape will create an ever-changing setting in the park as rays of sunlight filter through a prismatic canopy strung from the park's London plane tree. Prismatic Landscape will run June 20 to July 11.

ArtSparks events continue through October featuring large-scale art installations, performance art, a tea house made of recycled materials, butoh, an interactive literary event, dance, media and more. For updates, check out ArtSparks Facebook page.
 
 

 
Tune into Art Zone's season finale
 
From soul/rock to kiddie-pop, catch Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy this June before it goes on summer hiatus. The show airs on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on KCTS Channel 9 at 7 p.m., Wednesdays. Or watch episodes on the web. Art Zone will not air on June 4 or June 25.

On June 11, soul/rock band The Susan Harper Conspiracy heats up the studio. Get up close and personal with jazz/rap band Thee Satisfaction. And see artist Anne Baumgartner's work at a new exhibition in storefront windows in Fremont.

On June 18, catch the fun kiddie-pop of Recess Monkey, a calendar of not-to-miss summertime events, and a few surprises.

Art Zone will air programs from the 2009-2010 season through the summer. New programming will resume 8 p.m., Sept. 17.
Free concerts, movies, art and more at downtown parks
 
 
 
The Not-Its! at Crank It Up 2009, a South Park neighborhood event. Photo by Raina Anderson.
 
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites you to explore life between the buildings at downtown parks this summer. Enjoy free concerts, social dancing, outdoor movies, art installations and performances, gardening classes, bocce tournaments and more. Here are a few highlights kicking off summer.

Bring the kids to a free family concert at Freeway Park with Johnny Bregar, Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey and The Not-Its!, noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, June 13. Or take the kids for an amusement ride at Occidental Park, Thursday, June 10, and Westlake Park, Saturday, June 19. Rides are open 3 to 6 p.m.

Dance in the park at "Dancing 'til Dusk." The salsa band Cambalache kicks off the dance series July 1 at Occidental Park. Beginning salsa lessons are 6 to 7 p.m. Dance from 7 to 9 p.m. And on July 9, enjoy the Seattle Chamber Music Festival simulcast from Benaroya Hall on 98.1 Classical King FM at Westlake Park. Recital is at 7 p.m; concert is at 8 p.m.

For more events and information, check out Seattle Parks and Recreation's website. The Downtown Seattle Association has also put together a list of its "Out to Lunch" concerts and other downtown summer events and tips here.
 
 

 
State introduces new low-cost health coverage
 
Attention artists seeking health care. With more than 100,000 people on a waiting list for the state's Basic Health program, the state is introducing the Washington Health program—a non-subsidized version of Basic Health—to address the need for health coverage. The program is administered by the Washington State Health Care Authority.

The program's premiums are as low as $100 per month. Enrollees also have low deductibles and copayments. The program is available to Washington residents who are not enrolled in Basic Health, Medicaid or are eligible for Medicare. It is designed for people with low income, but there are no income limitations. It is available anywhere in the state.

Coverage is expected to begin July 1. Submit applications through the Washington Health website. You can also request an applications by calling 1-800-660-9840.

If you're an artist who needs health care before July 1, visit the Artist Clinic at the Country Doctor Community Clinic in Seattle. If you're eligible, up to $150 vouchers are available until June 30.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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