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In this Issue — March 2011
 Mayor names Vincent Kitch to lead Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
 Artist sought for west Queen Anne fire station
 Artwork dedicated at opening of Hawthorne Hills fire station, March 12
 Vivid print art at Seattle City Hall
 Seeking college interns to join our team
 Video of panel discussion on race, class & environment available online
 Hop over to Seattle Center for Irish Festival
 Art, theater and a few flicks on Art Zone

Call: Artist for west Queen Anne fire station
Job: Communication internships
Calls for Artists

Seattle Arts Commission meeting
Fire Station 38 dedication

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Sev Shoon: 20 Years of Printing
Through April 18
Seattle Municipal Tower:

Fine Threads
Through April 1
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Image: Barbara Bruch, The Game, 2006, collagraph chine collé print, 8" x 12". Photo courtesy of the artist.
Vincent Kitch
Mayor names Vincent Kitch to lead Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
You've probably heard the good news by now. Mayor Mike McGinn has named Vincent E. Kitch to lead the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Vincent's career in arts administration and government spans nearly 20 years, the past seven of which he was the cultural arts program manager for the city of Austin, Texas.

"I've admired Seattle, a city of cultural innovation renowned for its commitment to the arts, for a very long time," said Kitch. "As the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Arts Commission celebrate 40 years of community service, I'm honored to have been selected for this important role."

In Austin, Kitch oversaw the city's cultural arts funding programs, which awarded more than $5 million to 200 arts and cultural organizations in 2010; managed the public art program; led the creation of the award-winning CreateAustin cultural master plan; headed cultural exchanges and cultural space development; directed programs to boost music, film and creative industries; and created a concert series and art program at City Hall and a workshop and speaker series for artists and arts organizations.

"Vincent has a strong reputation for supporting and expanding the arts in Austin and I look forward to working with him here in Seattle," said McGinn.

Kitch's appointment is subject to City Council confirmation. His first day as acting director is April 4. Kitch succeeds Michael Killoren, who directed the Office for eight years before leaving last fall for a job with the National Endowment for the Arts. More than 100 people attended a community reception at City Hall hosted by the mayor late last month to welcome Kitch to Seattle.

"I'm overwhelmed by the tremendous positive support and gracious welcome from so many people in Seattle already," said Kitch. "I look forward to supporting Seattle's artists and cultural communities, working to build strong partnerships, and becoming a part of this city's vibrant and diverse cultural community."

Prior to his tenure in Austin, Kitch was the education and capital improvement programs coordinator for the Michigan Council of Arts and Cultural Affairs; the founding director of the Ysleta High School Performing Arts Magnet Program in El Paso, Texas; and the arts program coordinator for the city of El Paso.

Kitch has served as a volunteer mentor for the Kennedy Center's Arts in Crisis Program; as an executive committee member of the Americans for the Arts United States Urban Arts Federation; and on numerous other local, state and national boards and committees. Professionally trained in music, Kitch holds a Master of Music degree from Illinois State University and bachelor's degrees in music business and trombone performance from Quincy University.
Kay Kirkpatrick, Rescue (detail), 2010, permanently sited at Fire Station 35 in Crown Hill. Photo by Peter de Lory.
Artist sought for west Queen Anne fire station
We're seeking an artist to develop a permanent, site-integrated or free-standing art project for Fire Station 20 in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. The artwork should address the work and spirit of the firefighters and the unique character of the surrounding neighborhood.

Established professional artists living in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana) or California are eligible to apply. The budget for the project is $90,000 all-inclusive to design, fabricate and install the artwork. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Friday, March 25. Go here for the guidelines and a link to the online application.

Design is expected to begin on the new Fire Station 20 in June 2011, with construction anticipated to begin in 2012. Fire Department operations will move to the new location in 2013.

The project is in partnership with the Department of Finance and Administrative Services and the Seattle Fire Department. The artwork is funded through the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy, which is upgrading, renovating or replacing 32 neighborhood fire stations in Seattle.
Mel Katz, Alex, Michael, Harold, 2011, permanently sited at Fire Station 20 in Queen Anne. Photo by Patricia Hopper.
Artwork dedicated at opening of Hawthorne Hills fire station, March 12
Join us to dedicate a new artwork and meet the artist at the grand opening of Fire Station 38 in Seattle's Hawthorne Hills neighborhood, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 12. Artist Mel Katz installed Alex, Michael, Harold earlier this month. The artwork consists of three abstract, painted aluminum sculptures that resemble small trees. Katz, of Portland, Ore., designed the artwork to create a colorful counterpoint to the straight lines of the building and to playfully mimic the adjacent row of columnar trees. The fire station is located at 4004 N.E. 55th St. The artwork is on 40th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 55th Street.

Katz's designs originate from an interest in overlapping organic and geometric shapes. His artwork has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, Portland State University and Washington State University. His commissions for public artworks include projects for Southern Oregon University; the city of Bend, Ore.; and the Washington County Justice Center in Hillsboro, Ore.

The project was funded with Department of Finance and Administrative Services Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Dionne Haroutunian; Etapes; 2010; etching, monotype, chine-collé and archival digital print; 18"x24".
Vivid print art at Seattle City Hall
Seattle printmaking hot spot Sev Shoon Arts Center is featured at Seattle City Hall with an exhibition of more than 30 artworks by 10 Northwest artists. Sev Shoon: 20 Years of Printing will be on display through April 18.

The exhibition features a variety of modern and ancient techniques including monotype, monoprint, etching on copper, chine-collé, aquatint, engraving, relief, silkscreen, moku hanga and collagraph.

Featured artists are: Betsy Barnum, Barbara Bruch, Dionne Haroutunian, Amanda Knowles, Francesca Lohmann, Kelda Martensen, Elizabeth McDonald, Theresa Neinas, Nate Strottrup and Kathryn Trigg.

Meet the artists at a reception, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7, at Seattle City Hall.

Seeking college interns to join our team
We're seeking two interns to work closely with our communications team and to provide administrative support for the department. Responsibilities include writing and editing content for this e-newsletter, our blog and social media sites; coordinating data collection for a national research study and assisting with office events, including lunchtime concerts at City Hall.

The internships require a six-month commitment and 20 hours of work per week. Applicants must be enrolled in college. The positions are unpaid, but students may earn academic credit. Applicants should be studying arts management, public relations, marketing, communications, English, journalism or other related fields. Candidates must be self-motivated, creative thinkers with excellent written and verbal communications skills and organization and research skills, and have the ability to manage multiple projects.

The deadline to apply is 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, for a start date in early June. To learn more about the internships and to apply, click here.
Dr. Sharon E. Sutton.
Video of panel discussion on race, class & environment available online
We recently partnered with Seattle Art Museum (SAM) and the Cascade Land Conservancy to present a panel discussion exploring the intersections of race, class and the environment at the Olympic Sculpture Park's PACCAR Pavilion. Missed the talk? You can watch the video here.

The discussion covered topics including how diversity shapes a livable, urban environment; how artists and environmentalists promote diversity; and how they help to define what diversity means in Seattle. The event was part of SAM's Art and the Environment series.

Choreographer and Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater Donald Byrd moderated the discussion with panelists Dr. Sharon E. Sutton, professor of architecture and urban design at the University of Washington; Eddie Hill, farms program manager at Seattle Tilth and former director of Creatives4Community; Julie Nelson, director of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and Tracy Rector, executive director and co-founder of Longhouse Media and Native Lens.
Irish Week Festival. Photo by Jal Schrof.
Hop over to Seattle Center for Irish Festival
Dance and sing along to non-stop Irish music at Irish Festival, March 12 and 13, at Seattle Center's Center House and Fisher Pavilion. Take in colorful cultural exhibits and contemporary Irish short films. Trace your roots in genealogy workshops and learn the Irish language. 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.

Art, theater and a few flicks on Art Zone
Visit the Intiman Theatre or see some Twisted Flicks from the comfort of your couch on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy this month. Watch the show on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays; and on KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Sundays. You can also watch Art Zone on the web. Here's what's coming up.

On March 11, watch an episode of Open Studio, with performances from artists including drummer Faustine Hudson, singer/songwriter Tai Shan, and Moisture Festival's Bill Robinson. This show will air again on March 18.

On March 25, watch a profile of illustrator Jim Woodring. Enter the improvisational world of Twisted Flicks. And get a sneak peek of Intiman Theatre's production of All My Sons.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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