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In this Issue — June 2011
 Message from the director
 Artists sought for Civic Square construction fence
 Deadline for organizational funding is June 8
 Announcing $125,000 for youth arts projects
 Funding cycle for individual artists postponed
 Mayor appoints Carlo Scandiuzzi to arts commission
 Rob Ley to create artwork for West Queen Anne fire station
 New public artwork for Seattle Streetcar line
 Coming this summer, free concerts on City Hall plaza
 Phone booth full of art kicks off ARTSparks at Occidental Square, June 2
 City Hall photography exhibition captures the essence of performance
 Join discussion on bringing art to Seattle Center's 50th celebration
 Arts Crush 2011 seeks participants



Funding for arts and cultural organizations
Civic Square fence art project
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Seattle Arts Commission meeting

Rescheduled for June 21

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Seattle Performance Photography
May 16 - July 11
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Animalia
Through July 5
Special Exhibition at Seattle Art Museum:
Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40
May 11 to October 23
 
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Image: This flag flew at the May 11 opening of Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40 at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle as Collector is a 40th anniversary retrospective exhibition of artworks from the Portable Works Collection. The opening drew more than 400 people. Photo by Spike Mafford.
 
Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' 2010 Report to the Community.
 
Message from the director
 
On this date, June 1, in 1971 city leaders signed legislation to form the Seattle Arts Commission—now known as the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. It was the middle of another serious recession, but the City Council and then Mayor Wes Uhlman believed that the arts would boost people's spirits, enrich urban life and help propel Seattle to the leading-edge creative city it is today.

Seattle regularly ranks in American Style magazine's top 10 big-city art destinations. And the magazine featured a cover story about Seattle's art scene in its recent summer issue.

In honor of our agency's 40th anniversary Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council issued a joint proclamation at yesterday's Council meeting proclaiming June 2011 as Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Arts Commission Month and recognizing this milestone as "a celebration of the extraordinary creative community that has been shaping Seattle for many years." Watch the presentation here.

We've come a long way since 1971 when the agency started with a $22,500 budget, one paid staff position and office space at Seattle Center. Please check out our website for a chronology of milestones and highlights spanning the last 40 years.

We kicked off our anniversary celebration last month at Seattle Art Museum with the opening of Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40, a retrospective exhibition featuring works by 112 Northwest artists spanning four decades of the city's Portable Works Collection, which includes 2,800 artworks. Read the Seattle Times review and watch an Arts Around spot that recently aired on Q13FOX. Better yet, head to SAM to see the exhibition for yourself. Admission is free, and the show will be on view through
Oct. 23.

Our 2010 Report to the Community recently rolled off the press. It not only documents our work to promote arts and culture in Seattle, it highlights the contributions that artists and cultural organizations make to strengthen our economy, neighborhoods and quality of life.

As we celebrate our history and look to the future, we are pleased our county and state counterparts survived a challenging legislative session. The Washington State Legislature last week passed a bill securing the future of 4Culture. The legislation extends an existing portion of lodging taxes to 4Culture for continued investment in local arts and heritage communities. The state's operating budget also includes approximately $1.1 million in annual state funding for the Washington State Arts Commission and retains the commission as an independent agency.

Sincerely,

Vincent E. Kitch
Director
Artists sought for Civic Square construction fence
 
 
Laura Castellanos, Golden Arches/Yellow Zione/Half Mango and Lucha Libre/Dot Candy/See Thru, mounted on the Civic Square construction fence in downtown Seattle. Photo by Deborah Paine.
 
We're seeking 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 call is open to emerging professional artists living within 100 miles of Seattle. An emerging artist is considered to be in the early stage of his or her career (five years or less).

Fabricators will produce the panels from selected artwork and install in late summer or early fall 2011. The artworks will be exhibited for approximately one year. Selected artists will receive between $1,000 and $3,000, depending on the number of artworks selected.

The application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, June 13. For more information and to apply click here.

Funding for the temporary artwork is provided by Triad Development, Inc. in an arrangement with the city of Seattle.
 
Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in Serenade, choreographed by George Balanchine The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Angela Sterling.
 
Deadline for organizational funding is June 8
 
The deadline to apply for 2012-2013 Civic Partners funding for organizations is fast approaching! Applications are due Wednesday, June 8. Click here to preview the guidelines and link to the online application.

The Civic Partners program is a two-year funding program that supports organizations' core program goals. Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations and arts-service organizations of all sizes and disciplines with a not-for-profit business structure (does not have to have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status) and a minimum three-year history of continuous programming are eligible to apply.
 
Jonathan Williams participates in an open mic sponsored by Youth Speaks, which receives funding through the Youth Arts program. Photo by Kari Champoux, a Youth in Focus participant.
 
Announcing $125,000 for youth arts projects
 
We're pleased to announce our Youth Arts funding program will invest $125,000 in 34 youth programs that offer arts training outside of school hours for Seattle's middle and high school youth.

It's estimated the projects will engage more than 7,200 young people in about 30,000 hours of arts training throughout the city from September 2011 to September 2012. The investments will help 40 immigrant teens to produce a film, write poetry and create comic books based on their lives, thanks in part to a $3,000 award to the Filipino Community Center. And 10 Rainier Beach teens will create a mosaic art installation for the Lake Washington Apartment Community Garden, the result of a $4,500 award to SouthEast Effective Development. Read about all the awards here.

An annual funding program, Youth Arts offers awards of up to $10,000 to programs in which experienced teaching artists lead training in all arts disciplines, with priority placed on serving youth and communities with limited or no access to the arts.
 
Lucia Neare's Lullaby Moon, a series of outdoor performances in parks and public places, received CityArtist funding in the 2007 cycle. Photo by Michael Doucett.
 
Funding cycle for individual artists postponed
 
We had intended to open applications for the 2012 CityArtist Projects program in late May. However, due to uncertainty regarding the city of Seattle's 2012 budget, we have decided to postpone opening applications for the program, which provides funding for individual Seattle-based artists to develop and present their work. Read the full message from our director Vincent Kitch here.

CityArtists invests in different disciplines in alternating years. The 2012 cycle would award grants to artists working in the visual, literary and media arts. We expect to know more this fall when the city's 2012 budget is approved. In the meantime, we plan to present a free workshop tailored to individual artists with information on other funding opportunities and tips for presenting and promoting your work. Stay tuned for details.
Mayor appoints Carlo Scandiuzzi to arts commission
 
 
Carlo Scandiuzzi.
 
Mayor Mike McGinn has appointed Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi to the Seattle Arts Commission. Scandiuzzi has been the executive director of ACT - A Contemporary Theatre since 2008. He first joined ACT in 2007 to oversee its Central Heating Lab initiative, nurturing and supporting new works, new talent, and local artists spanning all art forms.

Scandiuzzi is a founder of Agate Films and Clear Pictures, producing such films as Prototype, Dark Drive, Outpatient and The Flats. He has performed in several plays at The Empty Space Theatre, collaborated with many Seattle performance artists, and acted in various films including Bugsy, The Public Eye, Another You, Casanova's Kiss and Killing Zoe.

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, and a 15th member is selected by the 14 appointed members. A 16th commissioner is selected through the YMCA's "Get Engaged" program, which connects young adults with city boards and commissions.
Rob Ley to create artwork for West Queen Anne fire station
 
 
Rob Ley, Serial Departure, 2004, recycled acrylic, stainless steel, low-energy LED backlighting. Temporary public art installation for an arts non-profit in Los Angeles, Calif. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Artist Rob Ley will create a permanent artwork for Fire Station 20 on the west side of Queen Anne Hill. The fire station is expected to open in 2014 at 15th Avenue West and West Armour Street.

Ley is a Los Angeles-based artist trained as an architect who creates multi-dimensional public artworks using sustainable materials. His artworks often integrate art and architecture and engage technology and energy. His public artworks include Serial Departure, a temporary shingled light wall for an arts non-profit in Los Angeles; Lumenscape, a large-scale installation located in the Solair Building above the Wilshire/Western Metro station in Los Angeles; and Sunset Canopies, a series of aluminum tree-like shade structures and parking garage canopy for the city of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

A panel of arts professionals, joined by Department of Finance and Administrative Services (DFAS) representatives, a firefighter, community members from the Queen Anne and Interbay neighborhoods, and the fire station architect selected Ley from a pool of 113 applicants. The project is commissioned with DFAS 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
 
Nickolus Meisel, Cloud Haiku, 2011. Permanently sited at Westlake Avenue and Seventh Avenue. Photo by Patricia Hopper.
 
New public artwork for Seattle Streetcar line
 
Cloud Haiku by Nickolus Meisel is a series of four cast-bronze pillows arranged along the Seattle Streetcar's Westlake Avenue and Seventh Avenue stop. Meisel was inspired to create an urban Zen garden, a space for pause in the urban traveler's busy day. He combines imagery and materials in unexpected ways to evoke a sense of wonderment in both passersby and streetcar riders.

"This work harkens to the timeless American love affairs with wandering. It marries travel and site, possibility, waiting, wondering, wandering and resting," says Meisel.

Meisel is a sculptor and installation artist who serves on the faculty of the Washington State University Department of Fine Arts. He has an extensive exhibition record and has completed public artworks at Edmonds City Hall and Seattle's International District/Chinatown Community Center.
Coming this summer, free concerts on City Hall plaza
 
 

 
Mark your calendars! Beginning in July, Seattle Presents free concerts are back for the summer. Grab your lunch in the sun and hear some great music on the plaza at City Hall 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.

The concerts kick off July 7 with sinfully delicious sounds from Seattle soul siren Choklate. A fierce live performer with a full-bodied voice, Choklate's songs draw upon R&B, jazz, gospel and other influences from a rich soulful experience.

The performances continue through August with playful French music by Rouge; genre-bending banjo virtuoso Danny Barnes; Sexteto Tradicuba, a hot six-piece band playing Cuban music and more.
 
Suzanne Tidwell, Sammamish Trees - Spring, 2011. Located in Sammamish, Wash. Photo by Suzanne Tidwell.
 
Phone booth full of art kicks off ARTSparks
at Occidental Square, June 2
 
Head down to Pioneer Square's Occidental Square and see Gallery (206), a phone booth repurposed to contain the work of more than 200 Seattle artists. Curated by Todd Jannausch, every aspect of the booth, from the Plexiglas side panels, to the pages of the phone book, to an audio feature, is an artwork by a local artist.

The project is part of ARTSparks—a collaboration between 4Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs that brings art to the park June through October. ArtsParks kicks off on June 2 at the First Thursday Art Walk.

On June 11, Sammamish artist Suzanne Tidwell knits colorful coats for the park's London plane trees for her piece Knitted Trees, celebrating International Yarn Bombing Day. At noon on June 15, 22 and 29, KletzerBalm will perform klezmer music with roots in Yiddish folk from Eastern Europe.

Stay tuned for more artworks coming in July.
 
Gabriel Bienczycki, BalletX: Philadelphia, 2009, color photograph, 20" x 16".
 
City Hall photography exhibition captures the
essence of performance
 
See dancers suspended in mid air, a DJ cloaked in downy feathers, a performance artist perched on deer legs. The exhibition Performance/Art features the dramatic work of four Seattle performance photographers who collaborate with dancers, musicians and actors to move beyond the fleeting moments of a performance to create powerful visual metaphors that convey more than a snapshot. The photographs are on display at Seattle City Hall through July 11.

Photographers David Belisle, Gabriel Bienczycki, Steven Miller and Tim Summers join forces with performers to make photographs that blur the line between publicity still and fine art. In 36 archival photographs, images feature local artists including dancers Wade Madsen and Alison Cockrill, Spectrum Dance Theater, and Haruko Nishimura of the performance art group Degenerate Art Ensemble. The photographs also feature international musicians such as Michael Stipe and Patti Smith.
Join discussion on bringing art to Seattle Center's 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. Community members and organizations are invited to join in a discussion and brainstorming session about bringing community projects in art, culture and design to the celebration. The discussion will take place 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 16, at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion. If your organization has multiple areas of interest, bring additional staff for break-out discussions.

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. For more information, contact 50@seattlecenter.org.
 
Member of Titanium Sporkestra playing at the Arts Crush Kick-Off Fair 2010. Photo by Laurie Clark.
 
Arts Crush 2011 seeks participants
 
Get in on the Arts Crush action this October. In its second year, this month-long, multi-disciplinary festival brings together artists, arts organizations, businesses and audiences throughout the Puget Sound region. Spotlighting a different discipline each week; the festival features opportunities to participate in theater, music, literature, dance, visual art, film and more.

There are endless ways to participate in Arts Crush. You can think outside the black box, away from the art studio, beyond the dance floor and come up with an event that truly engages an audience in the creative process. Or if you already have a ticketed or admission-based performance, event or exhibit planned for October, consider the festival's free night or date night offerings.

Go here for more information and to fill out a participation form. Submission deadline is
June 20.

Presented by Theatre Puget Sound, Arts Crush represents an innovative and collaborative approach to audience engagement by unifying the regional arts community around four overarching goals: engaging community, creating access, inspiring creativity and building audiences.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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