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In this Issue — March 2010
  Message from the director: The arts inspire our youth
  Nominations open for Mayor's Arts Award
  Deadline approaching for Chief Sealth Trail artwork
  Still time to apply for two park artwork projects
  Registration deadline extended for Ethnic Arts Connection
  Fidelma McGinn appointed to Seattle Arts Commission
  Artists selected to create artwork for Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop
  Sheila Klein to create artwork for Belltown park
  Rising star of avant-garde music, jazz pianist to play City Hall
  City Hall exhibition features Pratt Fine Arts Center artists
  Bumbershoot poster art and beyond coming to City Hall galleries
  Tap into Water Calling films online
  Steven Eng joins our accounting team
  Last call for art proposals for Occidental Park
  Help shape Mayor's Youth and Families Initiative
  Tune in to fresh financial management tips for arts organizations
  Art Zone showcases recycled tin art, theater improv
  Skip over to Seattle Center for Irish Festival



Chief Sealth Trail artwork
Artists for two park projects
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Dave Peck Trio, free concert
Seattle Arts Commission Meeting
Ethnic Arts Connection
Jherek Bischoff, free concert
City Hall galleries artist reception

Seattle Municipal Tower:

Northwest Emerging Artists Seattle City Light Portable Works: Part III
Jan. 5 - April 2
City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Incubator for Artists: Revitalizing the Seattle Arts Community
March 2 - April 13
 
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Message from the director: The arts inspire our youth
 
 
 
Northwest Tap Connection, a 2009 Mayor's Arts Award recipient, welcomed participants to the Youth and Families Initiative workshop on Feb 22. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
 
The percussive beat of a group of talented, young tap dancers welcomed more than 200 people who turned out for the first of five community workshops launching Mayor Mike McGinn's Youth and Families Initiative, Monday, Feb. 22 at the Rainier Community Center. See the mayor speak at the first forum here. Three more workshops are scheduled throughout the city.

The featured tappers at last Monday's meeting are students at Northwest Tap Connection, a South Seattle urban dance studio that not only trains and inspires young dancers, but develops self-discipline, instills self-confidence and encourages goal setting. A perfect example of the arts as a powerful tool for engaging Seattle's next generation of creative and engaged citizens.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs helped tap the young dancers and Youth in Focus, which empowers urban teens through photography, to showcase their work at the meeting.

I encourage you to attend an upcoming Youth and Families Initiative workshop or to leave your comments on the mayor's Web site.

We know the arts are a powerful tool for inspiring young people. Through our Youth Arts funding program, we support arts education beyond the regular school day for middle and high school youth across the city with an emphasis on communities with little or no access to the arts.

Our commitment to Seattle youth drives our work to restore arts education in Seattle Public Schools through a partnership with the school district to ensure every student has the chance to be creative and expressive. This successful partnership was launched with the support of the Seattle Arts Commission, 16 appointed citizens who advise the mayor and City Council on cultural policy.

Speaking of the arts commission, last month Richard Andrews, former executive director of the Henry Art Gallery, completed a six-year term on the commission. We thank Richard for his good advice, counsel and support over the years. I am pleased to announce Fidelma McGinn, executive director of Artist Trust, was appointed to the commission. We welcome the breadth of knowledge and expertise she brings to the team.

Finally, we continue to monitor and support 4Culture's efforts to secure the dedicated hotel/motel funding stream to support arts and culture in our region beyond 2012. We hope this is a successful year for that important effort.

Sincerely,
Michael Killoren
Director
 
 

 
Nominations open for Mayor's Arts Award
 
Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle through arts and culture? Nominate them for a 2010 Mayor's Arts Award.

Nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 7. The Seattle Arts Commission will review public nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor for final selection. The awards, which are non-monetary, are presented each year.

Mayor Mike McGinn will honor the recipients at a public ceremony noon, Friday, Sept. 3, at Seattle Center on the eve of the Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot festival. He will also open the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits, which will be free and open to the public that day.

"Arts and culture are the soul of our city. They ignite our neighborhoods, engage young minds, offer a common language and boost our economy," said McGinn. "I look forward to honoring the inspiring accomplishments of artists and cultural organizations making a difference in our community."

This is the eighth year of the awards, which are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts magazine. View past recipients here.
Deadline approaching for Chief Sealth Trail artwork
 
 
 
Chief Sealth Trail at Beacon Avenue South and South Dawson Street.
 
In partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation, we're seeking an artist to create an artwork for the second phase of the Chief Sealth Trail, which connects the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood with the Rainier Valley in Southeast Seattle. The call is open to professional artists residing in Washington, Oregon, California, Montana or Idaho. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Tuesday, March 16.

Work to extend the multipurpose trail west of Beacon Avenue South will begin this summer, with completion expected by the end of the year. The artwork will be located where the trail will cross Beacon Avenue South at South Dawson Street. The project budget is $50,000. To preview the call and link to the online application, click here.
Still time to apply for two park artwork projects
 
 
 
Lorna Jordan, Dragonfly Garden, 2006, permantently sited at Longfellow Creek Watershed. Photo by Lorna Jordan.
 
We're teaming up with Seattle Parks and Recreation and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) to select two artists for public art projects at two new parks: West Seattle Reservoir at Westcrest Park and Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Thursday, March 11.

The artists will be selected from a single pool of applicants, and each will work on one of the park projects. The artists will collaborate with design consultants and city staff to create engaging areas or installations that are integrated into the parks' designs. The budget for each project is $150,000.

To preview the call and link to the online application, click here. The projects are funded with SPU and 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy 1% for Art funds.
Registration deadline extended for Ethnic Arts Connection
 
 
 
Performers at the 2008 Ethnic Arts Connection. Photo by Jennifer Stanton.
 
There's more time to get in on the Ethnic Arts Connection action. We've extended the registration deadline for presenters and artists to 5 p.m., Friday, March 5. Download registration forms here.

This free one-day gathering introduces Northwest performing and visual artists working in a variety of culturally specific traditions to presenters from around the region in a day of performances and networking, Wednesday, March 10 at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion.

See 15-minute juried showcase performances by 22 performing arts groups, including flamenco fusion, Irish step dancing, hip-hop, Balkan song and dance, and Tlingit storytelling. The event will also feature 15 emerging visual artists exhibiting painting, sculpture, photography and weaving.
Fidelma McGinn appointed to Seattle Arts Commission
 
 
 
Fidelma McGinn. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
 
Members of the Seattle Arts Commission elected Fidelma McGinn to a two-year term on the citizen-advisory commission. McGinn is a filmmaker and executive director of Artist Trust, a statewide nonprofit service organization for individual artists.

Before joining Artist Trust in 2005, McGinn was executive director of the Film Arts Foundation, one of the nation's top resource centers for independent filmmakers located in San Francisco, Calif. Prior to that, McGinn was executive director of Seattle's 911 Media Arts Center from 1997 to 2003.

"Fidelma's insight, energy and broad experience in the arts community will help the commission advance city arts and cultural policies," said Dorothy H. Mann, chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. "Fidelma is a trusted leader and valued advocate on topics ranging from artist healthcare to emergency preparedness for artists to the preservation of cultural space."

Under McGinn's leadership Artist Trust won a 2009 Mayor's Arts Award. (She is not related to Mayor Mike McGinn.) She also co-chaired the Cultural Overlay District Advisory Committee (CODAC) convened in 2008 by members of the Seattle City Council in response to the rapid loss of arts-related spaces and activities in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

McGinn is filling the position vacated by Richard Andrews, former executive director of the Henry Art Gallery, whose commission term expired. We thank Andrews for six years of dedicated service on the commission.
Artists selected to create artwork for Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop
 
 
 
Lake Union Park. Photo courtesy of Seattle Parks and Recreation.
 
The San Francisco artist team Alison Sant and Marina McDougall will design a new media artwork for the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop, an urban trail that circles Lake Union. The new media project is expected to go live in late September.

Sant and McDougall are two of four core members of the artist collaborative Studio for Urban Projects, which perceives art as a means of advancing civic engagement and furthering public dialogue. Engaging the broad themes of ecology and urbanism, their projects have taken the form of audio tours, interactive Web sites, exhibitions and architectural environments.

Sant and McDougall were selected from an open call to professional artists living in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California or British Columbia.
Sheila Klein to create artwork for Belltown park
 
 
 
Sheila Klein, Columnseium: Roosevennavelt, 2008. Located at the King County Metro Transit Greenlake Park & Ride in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood. Photo by Sheila Klein.
 
Artist Sheila Klein will create artwork for the Bell Street Park, a new pedestrian-friendly linear park and green street under design in Belltown. Klein will work with Seattle Parks and Recreation, project designers and city staff to develop site-specific artwork at the park. Construction is anticipated to be complete by early 2011.

Klein has more than 25 years experience in art, design and architecture. She is interested in bringing amazement and delight to public spaces where people interact, pass through and gather. Her recent projects include artworks for Sound Transit's Link light rail Mount Baker Station, a pedestrian bridge in Pittsburgh, Penn., the King County Metro Transit Park and Ride in Seattle's Roosevelt neighborhood, and Los Angeles County Metro.

Thirty-four artists were invited to apply. Klein was selected by a panel comprised of artists, a curator, community representatives and members of the design team.

The artwork is commissioned with Parks and Green Spaces Levy 1% for Art funds.
Rising star of avant-garde music, jazz pianist to play City Hall
 
 
 
Jhereck Bischoff and his 15-member band will perform at City Hall on March 18. Photo by Mayumi Heider.
 
Avant-garde musician/composer Jherek Bischoff debuts new music and pianist Dave Peck jams with his trio this month at two free City Hall lunchtime concerts from noon to 1 p.m.

On Thursday, March 4 the Dave Peck Trio will fill City Hall with its rich, intuitive and harmonically complex sound. The trio includes pianist Peck, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Eric Eagle. Peck's award-winning trio and solo projects are radio and critical favorites. Both rhythmic and romantic, the trio uses the standard repertoire as a framework for new composition and form.

Composer, musician, producer and rising star of the Seattle avant-garde scene, Jherek Bischoff has collaborated with David Byrne and Degenerate Art Ensemble. On Thursday, March 18, Bischoff will debut new works with a new 15-member band. His buoyant melodies bend and float over crackling rhythms and lush harmonies.

This spring, great music blooms at City Hall. Save the date for a special sneak peek of Seattle Celebrates Bernstein, Thursday, April 29 at City Hall. The casts of The 5th Avenue Theatre's On The Town and Candide, Seattle Jewish Chorale and Seattle Women's Chorus will rally forces to celebrate the genius of legendary composer Leonard Bernstein.

Check out the full spring concert lineup here.
City Hall exhibition features Pratt Fine Arts Center artists
 
 
 
Boyd Sugiki, Composition, 2009, blown glass. Photo by Mike Seidl.
 
Pratt Fine Arts Center presents 50 artworks by 50 artists—Pratt instructors (past and present), scholarship recipients, visiting masters, youth participants and studio renters—at City Hall March 2 to April 13. The exhibition Incubator for Artists: Revitalizing the Seattle Arts Community highlights the important role the nonprofit arts center has played in the lives of Seattle artists for 34 years. The show features drawing, painting, printmaking, jewelry, glassmaking and sculpture.

Featured artists include Bill Baber, Romson Bustillo, Kamla Kakaria, Sabrina Knowles, Jenny Pohlman, Kristen Ramirez, Anne Siems, Karen Willenbrink Johnsen, Rickie Wolfe, Nancy Worden and more. Meet the artists at a reception, 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 25 at City Hall.

Pratt Fine Arts Center was named after Edwin T. Pratt, a Seattle civil rights leader whose vision was to improve the quality of life for all people through equal opportunities. Pratt works to maintain this legacy by changing the lives of individuals of all ages, skill levels, ethnicities and economic means through art.
Bumbershoot poster art and beyond coming to City Hall galleries
 
 
 
Dawn Cerny, Whiting, detail from the 2007 Bumbershoot fine arts poster.
 
We're pleased to announce the 2010-2011 lineup of City Hall gallery exhibitions. Seven visual art and community exhibitions will be on display at City Hall from April 2010 to June 2011.

See local photographers' creative portraits of performing artists. Soak up 40 years of Bumbershoot art, including posters and original artworks created for the Seattle festival. Investigate themes of heritage and identity in an exhibition featuring Asian-American artists. View works by artists with disabilities during Disability Awareness Month.

For the complete exhibition lineup go here.
 
 
Film still from A Water Tale by SJ Chiro. A Water Tale stars Bella Batie as a girl who is transported to an underwater kingdom. Photo by Bellen Drake.
 
Tap into Water Calling films online
 
Missed the free screenings last summer of the Water Calling series of short films we commissioned? You can check them out online at Seattle Channel's Reel Short Movies. Featuring works by Seattle filmmakers SJ Chiro, Britta Johnson, Susan Robb, Luke Sieczek and Rick Stevenson, Water Calling films explore the city's water and water resources in varying formats from fairy-tale to sci-fi. The films range from nine to 19 minutes in length.

Chiro's fairy-tale style film follows a young girl who is transported to an underwater kingdom. Johnson's stop-animation film traces the path of large drops of water. Robb's sci-fi-like images investigate the connection that tap water creates with nature and our homes. Sieczek's film marks the passage of water from sky to soil to stream to waterway. And Stevenson portrays water as a healing, symbolic, life-giving and redemptive force.

Seattle Channel will also air Chiro's A Water Tale and Sieczek's Space, the air, the river, the leaf on cable Channel 21, 11 p.m., Thursday, March 4; 10 p.m., Friday March 5; and 9 p.m., Saturday, March 6.

The Water Calling films aim to raise public awareness of environmental stewardship and Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) work. The projects are commissioned by the Office with SPU 1% for Art funds.
 
 
Steven Eng
 
Steven Eng joins our accounting team
 
We're pleased to welcome Steven Eng to our accounting team. Steven has more than 20 years of experience in accounting and data management in the financial services industry. He comes to our office from JPMorgan Chase (formerly Washington Mutual), where he worked for seven years in the corporate accounting unit and five years in the data warehousing department. Previously, he worked in various accounting roles at Bank of America.

Steven enjoys playing and watching sports, particularly basketball and soccer. He is also a member of the Seattle International Lion Dance Team, a local group that performs the traditional Chinese lion dance.

Steven fills the position vacated by Donna Wilson. We thank Donna for seven years of excellent and dedicated service to the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
 
 
Occidental Park. Photo by Beth Somerfield.
 
Last call for art proposals for Occidental Park
 
ARTSPARKS—a collaboration between the Office, 4Culture and Seattle Parks and Recreation—seeks proposals for temporary art projects at Pioneer Square's Occidental Park for one or more weeks, June through September 2010. ARTSPARKS is part of the Downtown Parks Renaissance Initiative to make downtown Seattle parks lively, safe and welcoming public spaces. Application deadline is Friday, March 12.

Applicants must have demonstrated experience in producing public arts events or installations. All arts disciplines are welcome. Maximum available funding is $2,000 per week for a 10- to 15-week program that features multiple temporary art projects. Download the application and guidelines here.
Help shape Mayor's Youth and Families Initiative
 
 
 

 
The arts build community and are a powerful tool for engaging young people. Mayor Mike McGinn invites you to participate in the Youth and Families Initiative, a major initiative announced during his inaugural address.

"The children and families of our city are facing many difficult challenges," said McGinn. "As a community, we need to talk about what we want for our kids and how best to create a healthy, positive and equitable environment for all families in our city."

Join the co-chairs of the new initiative—former Mayor Norm Rice; former Deputy Mayor Bob Watt; and Estela Ortega, executive director of El Centro de la Raza—at a series of community workshops, where trained facilitators will lead participants through the beginnings of this group discussion.

The next workshop is 7 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, March 8, at Van Asselt Elementary School. Click here for the locations of other upcoming workshops in March. All meetings are scheduled from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Activities for kids older than three years of age and light refreshments will be provided. Can't attend a meeting? Leave your comments on the mayor's Web site. Interested in volunteering with the initiative? Click here.

We're pleased to be working with the Mayor's Office to showcase young artists at the meetings. Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center also helped line up student performances at upcoming meetings. Featured acts include young musicians and spoken-word artists, a Polynesian dance group and Seattle Parks and Recreation's Power of Place Music Literacy Team.
Tune in to fresh financial management tips for arts organizations
 
 
 

 
Clara Miller, president and CEO of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, was in town last month to kick off a three-part series of plenary sessions and workshops with national thought and cultural leaders under the theme Dynamic Adaptability: Arts and Culture Puget Sound.

Seattle Channel was at Town Hall on Feb. 8 to catch Miller's talk, which opened the first session: Cultural Capital: Tools for Managing Revenue and Risk. Miller focused on fresh ways to apply nonprofit financial management and capital strategies to building and sustaining healthy cultural institutions. Watch it here.

Dynamic Adaptability: Arts and Culture Puget Sound grew out of a survey last year of the impacts of the economic recession on the Puget Sound's nonprofit arts sector. Several Northwest funders commissioned Helicon Collaborative to interview leaders of diverse cultural organizations. Arts and cultural leaders asked for more opportunities to gather with colleagues and learn about effective ways to navigate change.

In response, a consortium of regional arts funders, including this office, joined to create Dynamic Adaptability: Arts and Culture Puget Sound. More workshops and online discussions are planned for this spring. For details, visit Grantmakers in the Arts' Web site.

The series is sponsored by The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, The Boeing Company, 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and The Seattle Foundation and organized by Helicon Collaborative and Philanthropy Northwest with assistance from Grantmakers in the Arts.
Art Zone showcases recycled tin art, theater improv
 
 
 

 
Hat making, theater improv, rock photography and local performers hamming it up. Catch it all this month on Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. You can see the show on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and now on KCTS Channel 9 at 7 p.m., Wednesdays. Or catch episodes on the web. Here are a few of this month's highlights.

On March 5, see the recycled tin art of Jenny Fillius. Watch a profile on hat maker Alexander Conley III. And enjoy the theater improvisation of Seattle Theatresports.

On March 12, learn about photographer Alice Wheeler. And dive into the Burke Museums' Science Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub.

On March 19, watch five local performers each do their thing in three minutes on Open Studio.
 
 
Irish Festival. Photo by Jal Schrof.
 
Skip over to Seattle Center for Irish Festival
 
Dance a jig and more at the free Irish Festival Céad Mile Fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes), March 13 and 14 at Seattle Center's Center House and Fisher Pavilion. The weekend features non-stop Irish music, dancing and children's activities. Festival-goers may participate in genealogy and Irish language workshops and take in the colorful cultural exhibits, contemporary Irish short films, and booths selling Irish and Celtic products. The event is presented by the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.

Irish Festival is part of Festál, a year-long series of free events that honor cultural richness and diversity, presented by Seattle Center in partnership with community organizations.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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