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Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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Image: © Barbara Noah, Wild Blue Yonder (detail), digital print, 19.5" x 23.5", featured in
Print! Seattle Print Arts 3rd Biennial Juried Exhibition at City Hall Galleries through Mar. 12.
Nominations open for 2008 Mayor's Arts Awards
Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle communities through the arts? Nominate them for a 2008 Mayor's Arts Award. The Seattle Arts Commission will review nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor. The mayor will present the awards at the sixth annual 2008 Mayor's Arts Awards on the eve of the Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot festival at Seattle Center, noon, Friday, Aug. 29. He will also open the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits, which will be free and open to the public that day.

"Artists and cultural organizations play a big part in making our city a great place to live and work," said Mayor Greg Nickels. "These awards allow us to honor those making a difference in our community and to share in their extraordinary achievements and inspiring stories."

The nomination deadline is Monday, April 7. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m., April 7 or postmarked by the deadline. The nomination form is available here. If you are unable to download the form, contact Tamara Childress, (206) 733-9591.

Coyote Central, photo by Jerry Satterlee.
Youth Arts funding open
We're accepting applications for the Youth Arts program, an annual funding program that supports arts training for Seattle's middle and high school youth outside of school hours. The program provides project-based support in all artistic disciplines. Funding awards range up to $10,000. The application deadline is Monday, April 28. The deadline is earlier this year to allow for projects to begin in the fall. Projects must take place between September 2008 and September 2009.

Individual artists, arts and cultural organizations and youth-service agencies with nonprofit status or sponsorship are eligible to apply. Priority is placed on serving youth or communities with limited access to arts and culture.

Those interested in applying may attend an information session, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 24 at Gage Academy of Fine Art, 1501 10th Ave. An application and guidelines are available on our Web site.

Artist sought for Seattle Center Skatepark
The Office seeks an artist (or artist team) to work with design consultants and the skateboarding community to identify and develop artwork for the new Seattle Center Skatepark.

The skatepark will include a minimum of 8,900 square feet of skating terrain, along with seating and landscaping. It will be located at the northwest corner of Second Avenue and Thomas Streets, one of the primary entrances to Seattle Center.

The call is open to professional artists living in Washington, Oregon or British Columbia. The budget is $22,850 for artist participation on the design team. The artwork will be fabricated and installed as part of the skatepark construction budget. This is a fast-track project with design and development completed by July and construction documents finished by the end of September.

The application deadline is Tuesday, March 18. The application is available on our Web site.

Seattle's going electronic with calls for public art
Our Office has moved to an electronic-only format for calls for public artwork. We no longer mail postcards announcing calls for art. Stay plugged in! Sign up for our public art e-mail list on our Web site. Periodic e-mails will feature city of Seattle projects only. Sign up soon, so you don't miss any future opportunities.

For other public art calls and a general listing of Northwest visual and performing arts opportunities, visit the Opportunities section of our Web site.

Ashley Thorner, JUMs, 2005, at the Southwest Community Center.
Public art workshop offered for visual artists
Interested in public art? At our workshop, Public Art in a Nutshell, experienced public artists will discuss the transition from studio art to public art. They will talk about the skills and strategies they draw upon to realize creative and successful projects for public spaces. The workshop is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 19 at the Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave.

Register soon. Space for Public Art in a Nutshell is limited. Contact Eleanor Beerman, (206) 233-3930.

The workshop inaugurates the Office's 2008 public art workshop series. Future workshops will include Behind Panel Doors, demystifying the public art application and artist selection process; Getting it Made, for visual and public artists interested in learning more about working with a fabricator to see a project from concept to construction; and Green Art? What Does "Sustainable Design" Mean in Public Art? a discussion about the implications of green design for public artists.

Creative Industries report for Seattle released
The Seattle metropolitan area is first in the nation in the number of arts-related businesses per capita. Seattle is home to 4,065 arts-related businesses that employ 21,025 people, according to the newly released report, Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts. Americans for the Arts (AFTA) compiles the report annually, charting arts-centric businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies and theaters to for-profit film, architecture and advertising companies. The numbers in the January 2008 report show an increase of just over 13.6 percent from 2007, in both arts businesses and employees. View the report for Seattle here.

The Creative Industries report offers a research-based approach to understanding the scope and importance of the arts to the economy on a national and local level. The data is provided by Dun & Bradstreet-widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive and trusted source for business information in the United States.

For more information on the Creative Industries report and other research, visit AFTA's
Web site.

Kane Mathis will perform at City Hall, March 20.
Chamber music and African beats at City Hall
Chamber music by Seattle's brightest young artists and the musical sounds of Africa and the Middle East will resonate at City Hall during the month of March. The two performances are part of Seattle Presents - a free lunchtime concert series presented by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in the City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave.

Chamber ensembles from the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras will perform, noon, Thursday, March 6. The performance will include horn quartets, wind quintets and other ensemble. America's largest youth orchestra program, the youth symphony features more than 1,000 members comprised of the most talented young musicians in the Seattle area. Founded in 1942, the youth symphony has presented critically acclaimed performances in Benaroya Hall.

Kane Mathis brings the music of Africa and the Middle East to Seattle, noon, Thursday, March 20. Enjoy acoustic expeditions to the sounds of the Mandinka kora, an African harp-lute, and oud, a Middle Eastern lute. Mathis is a deft interpreter of both traditions, and has studied with masters of the instruments in West Africa and Turkey.

The free lunchtime Seattle Presents concerts are presented year-round. See our Web site for the full spring concert schedule.

Klara Glosova, Push (After Goya), etching,
14" x 11".
Seattle Print Arts exhibition at City Hall
Seattle Print Arts present Print! Seattle Print Arts 3rd Biennial Juried Exhibition through March 12 at the City Hall Lobby Gallery, on the first floor, and Anne Focke Gallery, located on the L2 level of City Hall.

Print! showcases 45 works by 25 Seattle Print Arts members and features many print techniques, including woodcuts, intaglio, etchings, screen prints, digital prints, lithographs and mixed media. Sarah Suzuki, assistant curator of prints and illustrated books at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, curated the show from more than 350 submissions. Several of the pieces explore nature themes, through landscape or animal studies, as well as the intersection of nature and technology.

The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs regularly sponsors exhibitions in the City Hall galleries, featuring artworks related to life in Seattle. View the 2008 lineup on our Web site. City Hall is located at 600 Fourth Ave. and is open to the public 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The OnHold mix features guitarist Ryan Shea Smith's "Thankful" from the CD Guilty and Blue.
New OnHold mix live on city phone lines
The latest eclectic music mix on Seattle OnHold features ten tracks that range from opera to indie rock. KJ Sawka with American Idol's Blake Lewis, local jazz legend Buddy Catlett and indie songwriter Joshua Morrison are just a few of the talents showcased.

Seattle OnHold, managed by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, treats those calling the city to a broad selection of local music if they are placed on hold. An innovative program, OnHold uses the city's telephone lines, Web site, and podcasting technology to spotlight local artists and promote Seattle's vibrant and varied music scene.

Music selections change every three months. Local musicians are invited to submit recordings for consideration. For details and to listen to music by OnHold artists, visit the OnHold Web site or our MySpace page.

Free health screening offered for artists
Free, basic health screening will be available for King County artists, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 15 at Qliance Clinic, 509 Olive Way, Ste. 1607. The screening includes a glucose test, blood pressure measurement, body mass index (BMI) calculation and a cholesterol test. The event is presented by Artist Trust and the Washington Artist Health Insurance Project (WAHIP), in partnership with Qliance, a monthly-fee primary care clinic.

Following the screening, Qliance staff will be available to explain results, and WAHIP representatives will be on hand to explain healthcare coverage options. Free copies of the new Health Care Guide for Artists, a compendium of statewide health resources, will also be available.

Space is limited. Contact Qliance soon to reserve your spot at (206) 913-4771 or Provide your name and arrival time, and "RSVP" in the subject line of the e-mail.

If you're a musician, you may be eligible to participate in a more in-depth health evaluation on March 22, provided by MusiCares and Qliance. For more information contact MusiCares at 1-800-687-4227.

CityClub panel to address Seattle's changing neighborhoods
Unprecedented development is reshaping Seattle's neighborhoods. From Ballard to Capitol Hill to South Lake Union, neighborhoods are adapting to a new, denser urban reality. What do these developments say about the future of Seattle and how we define vibrant, livable urban neighborhoods?

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is proud to serve as a co-presenter of the CityClub luncheon panel, Urban Development: Do We Recognize the Changing Face of Our Neighborhoods? noon to 1:30 p.m., Friday, March 7 at Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Ave. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Panelists include Ada Healey, vice president of real estate, Vulcan Inc.; Diane Sugimura, director of the city's Department of Planning & Development; Leonard Garfield, executive director of the Museum of History & Industry; and Jim Diers, author of Neighbor Power. Jim Vesely, Seattle Times editorial page editor, will moderate.

The cost is $35 for CityClub members, $40 for guests of members and $45 for the general public. Register here or call (206) 682-7395.

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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