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In this Issue — March 2012

 Message from the director: putting the arts back in education
 Seattle invests in 45 artist projects through CityArtist program
 Nominations open for 2012 Mayor's Arts Awards
 Help shape K-12 arts plan at community meetings in March
 City exhibition documents family homelessness
 Want to join our team?
 Arts subject of Seattle waterfront meeting tonight
 SAM to host talk on the future of public space, March 15
 Jazz, Jewish film and more on Art Zone

Calls for Artists

Waterfront Seattle Forum: Setting the Stage—Arts, Culture & Entertainment

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Waterfront Seattle: Uniquely Seattle

Arts Education Community Meetings

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Looking into Light
March 6 through April 27
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Staff Picks
Through March 31
Washington Trade Center:
Enduring Clay
Through April 9
Image: Anne Mathern's 2010 CityArtist project Your Negative Space featured a collaboration with a painter to produce a paired drawing and video using their distinct media to observe one another. This week we announced 2012 CityArtist Projects program will invest $156,000 in projects by 45 Seattle artists. Photo by Megan Szczecko.
Message from the director: putting the arts back in education
Nearly 200 people attended the 2012 Arts Education Forum. In March, the city and school district are hosting a series of five community meetings to help shape a visual and performing arts plan. Photo by Tamara Gill.
The arts are as integral to learning as reading, writing or math. Students who study the arts learn about teamwork and sharpen their creativity and confidence. These skills carry over into academics.

I know this. Had it not been for music, I don't think I would have gone to college and found a path to my career today.

In today's global economy, imagination, creativity and innovation are sought-after traits. We must provide a complete education that includes the arts if we want our students to contribute and compete.

Last month, I visited the art studio at Garfield High School, where teacher Bonnie Hungate-Hawk told me her work isn't about creating tomorrow's artists. Rather her focus is to help students flourish through the four Cs of arts learning: confidence, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

At the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, we've added a fifth C to the mix: conversation. We're committed to engaging the community in a conversation about how to put the arts back in education. Thank you to those of you who were able to take part in the Arts Education Forum on Feb. 16, where the mayor, school district and young people participated in a conversation about the value of arts learning and increasing access to the arts in Seattle Public Schools.

Dance, music, theater and visual arts are defined as core content areas in our state's definition of basic education, yet access to arts education varies widely.

At February's forum, the school district shared some sobering initial research. More than half of K-5 students receive 30 minutes or less per week of arts instruction when averaged over the school year. The deficits in instruction are especially clear in students' early years. More than 40 percent of K-3 students receive no instruction from a certified arts instructor. There is a slight improvement in fourth and fifth grades when some students are offered music instruction. At the secondary level, 43 percent of middle and high school students are enrolled in at least one arts course this year. Arts education is required for high school graduation with one credit.

We have some work to do. The good news is we're making strides through our Arts Education Partnership with Seattle Public Schools. The partnership helped leverage a $1 million planning grant from The Wallace Foundation aimed at enhancing arts instruction in the classroom. This is where you can get in on the conversation. You're invited to help shape a comprehensive arts plan focused on increasing quality arts education access for all K-12 students. In partnership with the school district we're hosting five community meetings this month.

Also, mark your calendars. May is Arts Education Month in Washington—a time to highlight how the arts are making a difference in education. Start planning your participation now with ArtsEd Washington's toolkit, which makes it easy for you to join in the statewide campaign.

Legislative Update
I'm pleased to report Senate Bill 6574 passed out of the House 96-2 last week, protecting up to $900,000 in estimated admission tax revenue to the city. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs receives 75 percent of admission tax revenues, which support our funding programs. The bill remedies an unintended consequence. Husky Football's temporary move to CenturyLink Field later this year would shift admission tax receipts to the Public Stadium Authority. Both the Public Stadium Authority and the University of Washington support the legislation, which must be signed by the governor.


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Seattle invests in 45 artist projects through CityArtist program
A viewer takes in 2010 CityArtist recipient Carrie Bodle's Waveforms exhibition at Harborview Eye Institute. Photo by Axel Roesler.
We're pleased to announce $156,000 in awards to 45 individual artists working in the visual, literary and media arts. The annual CityArtist Projects funding program assists Seattle artists to develop and present new works, works-in-progress or works taken to the next stage.

Twenty-three of the 45 artists funded are first-time recipients, representing 51 percent of the awards. Click here for a list of 2012 award recipients. Award amounts are set at $2,000 or $4,000 and projects must be realized between May and December 2012.

The 2012 program received 134 applicants. A peer-review panel evaluated the project proposals based on criteria including artistic merit and public access or impact. Funding is offered to different artistic disciplines in alternating years.
Nominations open for 2012 Mayor's Arts Awards

This year we will celebrate the 10th annual Mayor's Arts Awards, and you're invited to help mark this milestone. Know an individual or organization making a difference in Seattle through arts and culture? Nominate them for a 2012 Mayor's Arts Award.

The awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 17.

"The arts are one of Seattle's greatest strengths and a powerful avenue of expression for our diverse communities," said Mayor Mike McGinn. "I'm proud to live in a city where so many people and organizations are dedicated to making a difference through art and culture."

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 annually. As the goal of the awards is to reflect the diversity of artistic achievement throughout the city, there are no preset award categories.

McGinn will honor recipients of the 2012 Mayor's Arts Awards at a public ceremony at Seattle Center, noon, Friday, Aug. 31. He will also open the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits for a free public preview that day.

The awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts magazine.

Go here for a list of previous recipients of the Mayor's Arts Award.
Help shape K-12 arts plan at community meetings in March
Northwest Girlchoir. Photo by Sara Gray.
Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and community arts organizations to create a comprehensive arts plan focused on increasing quality arts education access for all K-12 students. To help shape the visual and performing arts plan, the city and district are hosting a series of five community meetings in March. Go here for the schedule and locations.

Families, students, teachers, artists, arts administrators and supporters of an equitable and well-rounded education for all are encouraged to attend. Join in the discussion about arts education, creative learning and student success. Provide input and help create the arts plan for Seattle Public Schools.

Translators for Spanish, Somali, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tagalog will be at two meetings. Free supervised arts activities and snacks for school-aged children will be provided at the first four meetings. Space is limited for childcare; RSVP is required. See the schedule for details.

The planning work is made possible by a grant Seattle Public Schools received from national philanthropy The Wallace Foundation. The creation of the arts plan builds on the multi-year Arts Education Partnership between the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Public Schools.

Kicking off this year's planning work was the 2012 Arts Education Forum in February at Seattle University. Nearly 200 people attended the forum, where Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Public Schools Director of Curriculum and Instructional Support Wendy London, and young people participated in a panel discussion about the value of arts learning. A Q&A session followed.

Read more about our partnership with the school district. Sign up here to receive updates on arts education.
City exhibition documents family homelessness
Dan Lamont, Finally Home, 2010, giclee print, 16"x20". U.S. Marine vet Corey McKay and his daughter, Kaylee, celebrate getting back into a home after being homeless together.
Looking into Light, on view at City Hall March 6 through April 27, documents the experience of family homelessness in America. The National Center on Family Homelessness and its Campaign to End Child Homelessness present this unique exhibition of 50 photos from its archive of more than 20,000 images. The exhibition is touring the United States through 2013 and is sponsored locally by Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness.

Looking into Light also includes photos by local photographer Dan Lamont, whose images tell the often-overlooked stories of homeless families in suburban and rural areas in Washington state. Lamont's images also highlight our region's progress toward ending family homelessness. Lamont is a photojournalist who has covered issues of social concern since the late 1970s. His photos have appeared regularly in Time, Life, Newsweek, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, U.S. News & World Report and many other publications. He began covering family homelessness in Washington as a 2010 fellow in the Seattle University Journalism Fellowships on Family Homelessness program.
Want to join our team?

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is seeking two new members to join our team and promote awareness of our programs and the value of arts and culture in Seattle.

We're seeking a communications and public relations manager to oversee our Community Development and Outreach team and the office's public relations, communications and community relations efforts. The communications manager will also serve as the department's lead spokesperson and contact for the media. Go here for the full job description and a link to the online application. Applications are due 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 27.

We're also hiring an arts program specialist for the Cultural Partnerships Program, which provides grants to Seattle's cultural organizations, youth arts programs, individual artists and community groups. The arts program specialist will manage application and panel processes for our funding programs and provide assistance to the artists and organizations applying. The specialist will also manage contracts and help artists, arts organizations and community groups with project development. Go here for the full job description. Applications are due 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 13.
Arts subject of Seattle waterfront meeting tonight

Artists and arts enthusiasts: give your perspective on how to shape the waterfront. The city's Waterfront Seattle project is hosting a series of informal discussions on key topics about the future of the waterfront.

Tonight, March 5, explore the topic Setting the Stage. How do we create vibrant spaces for arts, culture and entertainment?

On Wednesday, March 14, a panel will lead a discussion on the topic Uniquely Seattle. Seattle's waterfront has a rich context and history. How can we design it to reflect the uniqueness of the place and speak to our past, present and future?

Both meetings will be 5:30 to 7 p.m., downstairs at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave. Events are free, but space is limited. RSVP to For more information, visit, email, or call (206) 499-8040.
SAM to host talk on the future of public space, March 15
International Fountain, Seattle Center.
Who is the "public" in public space? How can public spaces become more sustainable? Do public spaces need to accommodate protest? Seattle Art Museum (SAM) will host a panel discussion on the future of public space, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 15, at Olympic Sculpture Park's PACCAR Pavilion.

The panel will discuss the recent article "The Future of Public Space: Evolution and Revolution", featured on the American Society of Landscape Architects' blog The Dirt, and an international design ideas competition about public space launched by Seattle Center and AIA Seattle.

Panelists are Margaret O'Mara, historian with the Department of History, University of Washington; Julie Parrett, landscape architect; and Michael Seiwerath, executive director of Capitol Hill Housing Foundation and a Seattle Arts Commissioner. Marcie Sillman of KUOW 94.9 FM will moderate the panel.

The discussion is part of SAM's Art and Environment series. The event is presented in close collaboration with AIA Seattle, Seattle Center, and the University of Washington College of Built Environments, and is sponsored by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is free but registration is required. RSVP here.
Jazz, Jewish film and more on Art Zone

Jewish film festivals and jazz. Symphony to SubPop. Find out what's happening in the local arts scene on Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy.

On March 9, watch a profile on Symphonic Stories at Benaroya Hall. Get the lowdown on the 2012 Earshot Jazz Festival. New-media artist Susie J. Lee takes over The Frye Art Museum. The Jewish Film Festival hits local screens. And hear music by band/art project The Odyssey Project.

On March 23, watch Art Zone's Open Studio, featuring local performers.

On March 30, hear music from The Bad Things. Watch a short film by Joanna Priestly. And chat with band Thee Satisfaction about signing with record label SubPop.

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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