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In this Issue — June 2012

 Message from the director: Announcing the Mayor's Arts Award recipients
 Funding applications for individual artists open
 City invests more than $175,000 in youth arts training
 Coming this summer, free concerts on City Hall plaza
 Artists selected to install temporary artworks in parks, on sidewalks
 City exhibition showcases large-scale artworks
 Seeking presenters for Arts and Social Change event
 Applications for arts facilities funding program due June 20
 City seeks candidates for Seattle Arts Commission
 Seattle Center seeks proposals to lease Playhouse
 Applications for Roster of Teaching Artists due June 11
 ARTSparks to transform parks into galleries this summer
 Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir's Borders coming to Westlake Park June 6
 Catch Art Zone before summer break

CityArtist Projects
Deadline: July 19
Cultural Facilities Program
Deadline: June 20
Calls for Artists

CityArtists: Program Overview

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

CityArtists: Draft Review

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Columbia City Gallery Artists Step Out
Through July 2
Seattle Municipal Tower:
BIG AND BOLD: An Exhibition of Sizable Artworks
Through Sept. 28
Image: Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir, Borders, located at Westlake Park. 26 life-size, androgynous human sculptures will be installed throughout the park through fall of this year. Meet Thórarinsdóttir at the artwork's opening, 5 p.m., June 6, at Westlake Park. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Message from the director: Announcing the Mayor's Arts Award recipients
Audience members watching the 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
We're celebrating the 10th annual Mayor's Arts Awards this year. In honor of that celebration Mayor Mike McGinn has announced 10 recipients of the 2012 Mayor's Arts Awards. And the winners are: Freehold Theatre Lab/Studio; KEXP 90.3 FM; Li Hengda, choreographer, artistic director and founder of the American Asian Performing Arts Theatre and Hengda Dance Academy; Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders; Seattle Arts & Lectures; Buster Simpson, public artist; Three Dollar Bill Cinema; TilibSedeb (Singing Feet), the Duwamish Tribe's youth performance group; The Vera Project; and Olivier Wevers, dancer, choreographer and artistic director of contemporary dance company Whim W'Him.

The Seattle Arts Commission recommended the recipients from a record of more than 500 public nominations. The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize the contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference through arts and cultural activities. The awards shine a spotlight on the value of art and culture in our city and underscore their importance to our quality of life. This year's award recipients reflect a broad diversity of arts and culture in Seattle. They are committed to providing very different communities access to arts experiences and to educating people from different backgrounds about the arts, culture and heritage. Read more about the award winners here.

We will honor the recipients at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, 12 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 at Seattle Center on the North Fountain Lawn. The Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony is presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival with support from media sponsor City Arts magazine. Awards sponsor is Chihuly Garden and Glass.

The outdoor ceremony is free and open to the public and will feature award presentations and the official opening of the Bumbershoot 2012 Visual Arts Exhibits. The free public preview of the exhibits will be open 1 to 9 p.m. Join in the celebration. It's a great way to kick off Labor Day weekend.

And in closing, as we celebrate the arts in our city, I want to acknowledge the tragic shootings of last week. Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of Drew Keriakedes and Joe Albanese, musicians with the band God's Favorite Beefcake and performers with the former Circus Contraption, and to the families and friends of the other shooting victims. I know that many in the arts community have been hit hard with this loss, and we hope for healing.


Vincent E. Kitch
Funding applications for individual artists open
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.

Attend a program overview workshop, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, June 11 at the Douglass-Truth Branch of The Seattle Public Library. All applicants, particularly new ones, are encouraged to attend this free information session. Reservations are not required.

An application draft review session will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at the Northwest African American Museum. Draft review is strongly encouraged for first-time applicants. These are 15-minute appointments by reservation only. Contact Irene Gómez, (206) 684-7310.

CityArtists funds different disciplines in alternating years. View a list of previous recipients.
City invests more than $175,000 in youth arts training
Southeast Seattle teens creating a ceramic mosaic illustrating the history of the Rainier Vista Neighborhood House at a SouthEast Effective Development workshop. Photo by Laurie Rose.
Our Youth Arts funding program will invest $175,960 in 34 youth programs that offer arts training outside of school hours for Seattle's middle and high school youth.

It's estimated the funded projects will engage more than 5,400 youth in about 42,400 hours of arts training throughout the city from September 2012 to September 2013. Thirty middle-school students at South Shore K-8 in Rainier Beach will participate in an after-school robotic arts workshop led by teaching artist Andrew Peterson. Photographic Center Northwest will engage refugee and immigrant teens in literacy and language development through photography. Orion Out Loud will lead homeless youth in playwriting workshops that will culminate in one-act plays written by youth and read on stage by professional actors. Read about all the awards here.

Youth Arts is an annual funding program that offers awards 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.
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, enjoy some sun and hear great music on the plaza at City Hall 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.

The concerts kick off July 12 with veteran, all-star soul band Wheedle's Groove. Get down to the grooves of some of Seattle's finest funk and soul musicians who were part of our city's thriving soul music set of the '60s and '70s.

The performances continue through August with the sumptuous voice of singer-songwriter Shelby Earl; Sambatuque's vibrant and eclectic blend of music from Brazil and the Caribbean; rising star of the Seattle indie-singer-songwriter scene Kris Orlowski and more. The concerts wind down on Aug. 30 with the smoldering, alt-country tunes of acoustic duo Kasey Anderson with guest Star Anna, the perfect soundtrack for a late-summer afternoon.

For the complete summer lineup, go here.
Artists selected to install temporary artworks in parks, on sidewalks
Nickolus Meisel, Cloud Haiku, 2011, bronze and paint. Located at Westlake and Seventh avenues. Photo by Spike Mafford.
We've commissioned 12 artists/artist teams to create temporary art installations along Greenwood Avenue North and the Central Waterfront for the project Art Interruptions. The artists are A.K. "Mimi" Allin, Brian Benfer, Peter Bjordahl, Barbara De Pirro, Ingrid Eisenman, Mary Iverson, Jennifer and Allan Kempson, Joanna Lepore, Nickolus Meisel, Chris Papa, Carolina Silva and Ellen Sollod. Each artist will install artworks on city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day with a moment of surprise, beauty or humor.

Artwork locations include Greenwood Avenue North between North 65th and North 87th streets, Waterfront Park, Piers 62 and 63, and Pike Street Hill Climb between Alaskan Way and Western Avenue. The artworks will be on display for a period of up to six weeks beginning in August.

A panel of arts professionals, community advisors and representatives from Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) selected the artists. Art Interruptions is in partnership with SDOT and Parks. The artworks are funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
City exhibition showcases large-scale artworks
Isaac Layman, Extension Cords, 2006, archival inkjet print. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Does bigger artwork make for better artwork? BIG AND BOLD: An Exhibition of Sizable Artworks examines many of the city's larger artworks in its Portable Works Collection. BIG AND BOLD is on view through Sept. 28 at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery.

BIG AND BOLD highlights 11 artworks by 10 artists, including Guy Anderson, Mike Hascall, Jenny Hyde, William Hoppe, William Ivey, Isaac Layman, Robert Maki, Lucinda Parker, Michele Russo and Elizabeth Sandvig.

At 70 by 96 inches, Hoppe's Close Copy (1973) is the largest work on display. Despite its dimensions, the work is quiet and contemplative. Not so with Parker's 73-inch square painting Valentine Machine (1980), a riot of color that explodes from the wall. Layman's 48-by-70-inch Extension Cords (2006) "demonstrates the present penchant photographers have for making photos as huge as possible," explains City Curator and Collections Manager Deborah Paine. Paine selected the artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection.
Seeking presenters for Arts and Social Change event
Showcase performer at the 2008 Ethnic Arts Connection. Photo by Jennifer Stanton.
We're looking for presenters for arts- and performance-based workshops for the two-day symposium Arts and Social Change, Oct. 12 to 13 at Seattle Center. The event will focus on the role the arts can play in creating awareness, inspiring understanding and developing policies to address social change. Sessions will also cover building relationships with diverse communities.

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.

Submissions are due to by 5 p.m., Monday, June 18. Go here for more information and application requirements.
Applications for arts facilities funding program due June 20
Applications for the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' new Cultural Facilities Program are due 11 p.m., Wednesday, June 20. The new program awards one-time funding to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts-service organizations for urgent-need capital projects including emergency facility renovations or the final-phase completion of new facilities.

Eligible organizations must have at least a three-year operating history as a legally established not-for-profit organization, have control of the facility through ownership or a longer-term lease, and demonstrate a record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments in Seattle. Projects must be able to take place and be completed between September 2012 and December 2013.
City seeks candidates for Seattle Arts Commission
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. The 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. Submit a letter of interest and résumé via email to by Friday, June 29.

The commission has 16 members—seven commissioners appointed by the mayor and seven by City Council. The full commission appoints a 15th at-large member. The mayor appoints the 16th commissioner to a one-year term through the YMCA's "Get Engaged" Program.

Commissioners serve two-year terms and may be reappointed for up to three terms. The city periodically requests self-nominations for future consideration as openings become available. 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.

Commissioners serve without compensation. The commission meets the second Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and has working committees that also meet monthly.
Seattle Center seeks proposals to lease Playhouse
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.

Seattle Center will evaluate proposals in the context of two primary goals: securing a financially stable tenant that will effectively manage, operate and maintain the Playhouse facility; and using the facility to support and foster the presentation of artistic and/or cultural activities in Seattle.

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.
Applications for Roster of Teaching Artists due June 11
Gage Teen Art Studios instructor Katrina Wolfe working with students to learn the basic proportion and anatomy of the figure in clay. Photo by Fedora el Morro.
Applications for the Washington State Arts Commission's (WSAC) Roster of Teaching Artists are due June 11. The roster identifies and promotes experienced teaching artists in all disciplines who are qualified to work in K-12 public schools in Washington state.

The roster is open to artists residing in Washington state, or who reside in Oregon or Idaho but live within 60 miles of a Washington-state public school.

Download the roster application guidelines and forms. For more information, contact Lisa Jaret, WSAC Arts in Education program manager, (360) 586-2418. Applicants will be notified of their application status by September.

Check out WSAC's current roster. We will link to the updated roster, once available, on our website.
ARTSparks to transform parks into galleries this summer
Konstantin Dimopoulos, The Blue Trees, located at Westlake Park. Photo by Graham Syed.
ARTSparks 2012—a collaboration between Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and 4Culture—is transforming Seattle's Occidental Square, Freeway, Lake Union and Westlake parks into outdoor galleries through the fall.

Head over to Westlake Park and see luminous artwork The Blue Trees by Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos. The artist applied a water-based, environmentally safe pigment to the grove of trees aiming to inspire awareness and discussion about global deforestation. Over time, the trees will revert to their natural state.

Beginning June 6 at Westlake Park, see Borders by Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir of Iceland. Borders addresses humanity and cultural diversity through the placement of 26 life-size human sculptures throughout the park. Meet Thórarinsdóttir at the artwork's opening, 5 p.m., June 6 at Westlake Park. Borders will be on view until the fall.

Check out The Spiral Project at Lake Union Park through June 17. The Spiral Project is a 12-foot-tall, 300-foot-long, community-created, spiral sculpture made of thousands of branches reclaimed from Seattle parks. The sculpture is meant to evoke hope and contemplation.

Kicking off at Occidental Square during the First Thursday Art Walk on June 7, Read with Me will invite park-goers to re-imagine often ignored urban spaces. Museum-style pedestals will feature unique interpretations of the park written by one of more than a dozen Pacific Northwest writers.

And in July, Freeway Park will gradually fill with a series of airy, sculptural kites created by Seattle artists to give park-goers a sense of lightness and flight. Flying Freeway will remain on display into September.

The Occidental, Freeway and Lake Union projects are produced this year by Urban Art Concept, an art design team that encourages active community involvement in the creation of public art.
Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir's Borders coming to Westlake Park June 6
Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir, Borders, located at Westlake Park. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Wander down to Westlake Park in downtown Seattle and happen upon Icelandic artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir's 26 life-size, androgynous human sculptures. Thórarinsdóttir's installation Borders will extend throughout the park between Pine and Pike streets June 6 to fall of this year.

The figures, 13 aluminum and 13 cast iron, some standing, some seated on park benches, will mirror each other in silent conversation and form unseen "borders." As visitors pass by or investigate the sculptures, they will cross the borders and, for a moment, serve as "ambassadors" between sculptures. The exhibition addresses humanity and diversity, appropriate for one of the most culturally and politically active sites in Seattle.

Meet Thórarinsdóttir at the artwork's opening, 5 p.m., June 6, at Westlake Park. Ambassador of Iceland to the United States Gudmundur Árni Stefánsson, Seattle's Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen will also be present. The festivities will continue at the Nordic Heritage Museum with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m.

Thórarinsdóttir has worked as a professional artist for more than 30 years and exhibited widely in Europe, Japan, the United States and Australia. Her works are in private, public and corporate collections around the world.

Borders comes to Westlake Park as part of the joint efforts of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Partners also include The Roosevelt Hotel, Seattle; Scott White Contemporary, La Jolla, Calif.; the Consul General of Iceland in New York City; the Icelandic Embassy in Washington, D.C.; Iceland Naturally; Seattle Sister City Reykjavik; Icelandair; and Eimskip Shipping Firm.
Art Zone wins Emmy, catch the show before summer break

Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy received an Emmy award on June 2 from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in the arts/entertainment program special category. The show is produced and hosted by Nancy Guppy, produced by Sheila Mullen and shot and edited by Peggy Lycett. In total, Seattle Channel received three awards.

Art Zone serves up a steady stream of quality arts programming. Here's what's coming up this month. Art Zone will go on hiatus for the summer after June 15 and return Sept. 14.

On June 8 (rerun of May 25 episode), Sasquatch Music Festival turns 11. Watch a profile on artist No Touching Ground. Playwright Harold Pinter takes over ACT Theatre. Lucien Postlewaite leaves the Pacific Northwest Ballet. And hear music from Sam Russell and The Harborrats.

On June 15, Art Zone kicks off its summer break at the Comet Tavern. Take a tour through this iconic joint, dig up some historical dirt, enjoy real stories from Comet regulars, and hear music from The Piniellas.

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy airs on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Fridays and Sundays. You can also watch Art Zone on the web.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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