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Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
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Image: Cathy Fields, A Delicate Balance (detail), 2008, Union Street Electric Gallery.
Artist sought for Northgate urban park design team

Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks an artist (or artist team) to identify art opportunities for the new Northgate Urban Center Park. The artist(s) will work with Mithun, the lead design consultant, to contribute to the overall park design.

The project will convert an existing 3.73-acre King County park-and-ride facility at the intersection of Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 112th Street to a new urban park. Art opportunities include, but are not limited to, integrated objects, land sculpture, lighting and permanent pieces that change with time or interact with the landscape and urban habitat.

The call is open to professional artists living in Washington or Oregon. The budget is $15,000 to $22,000 for artist participation on the design team. The artwork will be fabricated and installed as part of the park's construction budget.

The application deadline is Monday, May 5. The project application is available on our Web site. For information, contact Kim Baldwin, senior capital project coordinator, Seattle Parks and Recreation, (206) 615-0810 or
Venture behind panel doors at public art workshop
Steve Gardner, Sky Legends (detail), 2004 at the High Point Branch of The Seattle Public Library.
What happens to your public art application after it's submitted? At the Office's workshop, Behind Panel Doors, experienced public artists and city staff will discuss the public art selection process. Public artists Steve Gardner and Kay Kirkpatrick and Christine Scarlett, of Seattle City Light, will talk about the elements of a successful public art application. The workshop is 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, June 3 at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center, 3515 S. Alaska St. Space is limited. To register, contact Eleanor Beerman, (206) 233-3930.

The workshop is the second in the Office's 2008 public art workshop series. Future workshops will include Getting it Made, a session about working with a fabricator to see a project from concept to construction. Green Art? What Does "Sustainable Design" Mean in Public Art? will investigate the implications of green design for public artists.
Students participate in an Arts Corps program. Photo by © Susie Fitzhugh.
City, district initiative expanding arts education
The Office and Seattle Public Schools are collaborating to increase student access to arts education. Last fall, the city allocated $100,000 to seed a five-year capacity-building initiative to expand arts instruction district-wide for all students. At the School Board's April 9 meeting, Michael Killoren, director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, and Deborah Semer, vice chair of the Seattle Arts Commission, briefed the School Board on the results of this initiative.

Successes to date include a three-year plan to expand and align performing arts at Rainier Beach High School and Aki Kurose Middle School; added professional development for public school arts faculty; and the recent hire of Pam Ivezic, the district's K-12 music coach. Ivezic is the first district-wide music instructional leader in more than three decades. Also, the recently launched Rotary Music4Life aims to acquire 1,200 musical instruments, allowing more fourth and fifth graders to sign up for music classes.

Next, the district plans to hire a community arts liaison. The position is slated to open in May. The community liaison's responsibilities will include facilitating stronger, strategic partnerships between schools and community arts programs. We will send notice of the position opening to our Arts Education Update subscribers and post it to our Web site. Click here to sign up for the Arts Education Update for periodic updates on events and news about our partnership with the school district.

View the school board briefing online at Seattle Channel.
Mayor proclaims Arts Education Week, May 11 17

Mayor Greg Nickels joined Gov. Christine Gregoire and statewide leaders in government, education and the arts in proclaiming May 11 to 17 Washington's 3rd Annual Arts Education Week. The week provides a coordinated opportunity for schools and communities around the state to recognize the value of arts education, to celebrate local arts education achievements, and to focus attention on the necessary work ahead to ensure "Arts for Every Student."

Download the mayor's proclamation

ArtsEd Washington has made it easy for all who support arts education to participate. Check out the complete Arts Education Week Toolkit. It includes a list of things you can do to get involved, tips for communicating with elected officials, a calendar of the week's events, and a sample curtain speech and official logo for your organization to put to use.
Spectrum Dance Theater performs Donald Byrd's Interrupted Narratives/WAR. Photo by Gabriel Bienczycki.
Civic Partner program applications due May 19
The deadline to apply for 2009-2010 funding for Seattle-based arts, cultural and heritage organizations is Monday, May 19. The Office's Civic Partners program provides organizational support through two-year funding commitments. Cultural and heritage organizations of all sizes and disciplines with a minimum three-year history of continuous operation and programming and a not-for-profit business structure (does not have to be 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status) are eligible to apply.

Application workshops will be held May 2, 5 and 6. We encourage new applicants to attend a session. For workshop details, visit our Web site.

Apply through the new online application. For more information about the Civic Partners program, contact Melissa Hines, (206) 684-7175.
Public artwork dedicated at Fremont's Ernst Park, May 3
Fabrication of Jenny Heishman's Water Mover, 2008, at Ernst Park.
The Office, in partnership with the Fremont Neighborhood Council, will host a dedication for the new public artwork Water Mover by Jenny Heishman at A.B. Ernst Park, 4 to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 3. Ernst Park is located in Fremont at 723 N. 35th St., next to the Fremont Branch of The Seattle Public Library. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

Water Mover is a rain-activated metal sculpture that uses flowing water to respond to the forms and shape of Ernst Park. The park's design references a river meandering downhill and creating a passage. Water Mover provides an aesthetic connection between the park and the structure of the Aurora Bridge visible in the background. Two sets of steel channels painted to look like logs and supported by cross braces form descending runnels that direct water into a bucket.

Heishman, a Seattle sculptor, received critical reviews in local publications and Sculpture Magazine for her 2001 exhibition at Soil, air space. She is represented by Howard House Contemporary in Seattle. A panel of representatives from the Fremont Neighborhood Council and Fremont Arts Council selected Heishman for the project.

The artwork provides a visual barrier to the steep slope at the park. Purchased in 2003, and developed with Pro Parks Levy monies, the .17-acre park features a central plaza, amphitheater, grand staircase, plantings and irrigation. The artwork was funded with Parks Department 1% for Art funds and a challenge grant from the Fremont Neighborhood Council.
Gloria Bornstein, Sentinels (detail), 2008 , at Fire Station 10.
Fire Station 10 artwork dedication, May 17
The Office will celebrate three new artworks at Fire Station 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17. The new facility opened early this year and houses the Seattle Police Department Emergency Operations Center, the Fire Alarm Center and Fire Station 10. Fire Station 10 is located at 400 S. Washington St.

Design-team artist Gloria Bornstein studied the history of the original Fire Station 10 and the surrounding Pioneer Square and International District communities to develop the art plan, Different Voices, One Community, for the facility. Bornstein created Sentinels, red steel sculptures of various heights and shapes, on South Washington Street. The figures resemble guardians of the community with forms inspired by firefighters and Asian design elements.

Seattle artist Stuart Nakamura's Call and Response greets staff and visitors to the station. Located on the Fourth Avenue entry plaza, the installation reflects the station's legacy and the importance of water as a symbol of life and rescue. An etched boulder recalls the original station's stature as the "foundation, the footing and the anchor of the firefighting service in Seattle." An inlaid paver and a laser-cut metal screen reminiscent of Asian art nod to the station's location at the edge of the International District.

The work, bamboo, luminous, by Vancouver, B.C., artists Jacqueline Metz and Nancy Chew, is a glowing stand of resin "bamboo" shoots that marks the Fifth Avenue entry to the Emergency Operations Center. Bamboo symbolizes grace, enlightenment, strength and the ability to adapt qualities the artists saw in the immigrant residents of the International District.

The artworks were funded by Seattle's Fleets and Facilities Department and Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy 1% for Art funds.
Take a Sneak Peek at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
Diane Szukovathy, Cherish (detail), 1993, Pine chest, mixed media, light, 35" x 42" x 23".
Sneak Peek on display at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery beckons viewers to take a closer look. The exhibition, which runs through Aug. 1, features works by 22 artists in a variety of media, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, photography and mixed media.

Among the works are Phil Roach's rough-hewn constructions with monocular peepholes that invite viewers to peek at the artworks' beautifully constructed interiors. Patti Warashina's Automology clay sculpture plays on the idea of an insect's hind legs coming into view as several women pull a sheet off what appears to be a vehicle.

"This exhibition plays upon the idea of seeing something hidden or not quite exposed, a preview or a glimpse of something to come. Notice what is revealed by the choices the artists have made, how different aspects of seeing or not seeing are concealed or exposed," explains Curator Deborah Paine, who selected the pieces for Sneak Peek from the city's portable works collection.

The gallery is located on the Level 3 Concourse of the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave., and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Classical music, sounds of Eastern Europe at City Hall in May
The Young Eight returns for a performance at City Hall Thursday, May 1.
Classical strings and the musical sounds of Eastern Europe will liven up City Hall in May. The month's two performances are part of Seattle Presents, a free lunchtime concert series presented by the Office in the City Hall lobby, 600 Fourth Ave.

America's only full-time dedicated string octet, The Young Eight returns to City Hall on Thursday, May 1, with an inventive program ranging from classical to hip hop. Guest poet and Seattle native Toyia Taylor will join the octet for a program including Blue Note Room and Brooklyn Love for String Octet.

Quirky and joyful, Ensemble Sub Masa brightens City Hall on Thursday, May 15. This ensemble takes a musical trek to Budapest cafés, Transylvanian villages and back-street Bucharest clubs with hot dance tunes and tangos from yesteryear.

Visit our Web site for the full spring concert schedule.
Mural offers commentary on our ties to electricity
Cathy Fields, A Delicate Balance (detail), 2008, Union Street Electric Gallery.
Artist Cathy Fields created the latest temporary mural installation at the Union Street Electric Gallery. A Delicate Balance is a series of paintings reproduced as a vinyl mesh mural 14 feet high and 100 feet long. The mural provides commentary on how electricity is embedded in our daily lives and depicts how dependent our lifestyle is on this source of power.

The Union Street Electric Gallery is located on the western exterior wall of the Seattle City Light facility at Union Street and Western Avenue. Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds support this large-scale exhibition space. The artwork is designed to enhance the workplace of City Light employees.
Madrona library branch reopens with new artwork
Mary Iverson, Cargo (detail), 2006, oil and graphite on canvas, 48" x 60".
The Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch of The Seattle Public Library, closed for renovation since June 2007, will reopen noon, Saturday, May 10, with two artworks by Seattle artists Monad Elohim and Mary Iverson. Elohim's Sleepy Goat is a vibrant ceramic sculpture that symbolizes the power each of us has to make our dreams come true. Iverson's Cargo is a large oil painting depicting an implausible accumulation of shipping containers arranged in massive stacks at the Port of Seattle. A panel of artists, community members and library staff selected the artworks. Madrona resident Elohim will greet guests and answer questions about his artwork at the May 10 community celebration. To see Elohim at work, click here.

The renovated Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch, located at 1134 33rd Ave., includes new seating; upgraded technology services and equipment; better electrical, communication and computer connections; improved ventilation; a modern mechanical system and an updated book collection. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs manages the library's public art program.
SuttonBeresCuller, Have You Seen Patches?, 2006.
Artist team selected for sidewalk art projects
SuttonBeresCuller (John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler) of Seattle will design, develop and install artworks for the Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) sidewalk artwork project. The artist team, selected by a peer panel, will work with SDOT staff to integrate artworks into sidewalk renovation projects. The artists will work with SDOT to choose two to three locations for the artworks. Priority areas include neighborhood business districts, public-school walking routes and active pedestrian zones.

For more than eight years, SuttonBeresCuller have created mixed-media installations, sculpture and performance artworks that explore how art is viewed and experienced. They have exhibited locally at the Tacoma Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery and Lawrimore Project. They were recently awarded a Creative Capital grant.

Developed by Anne Stevens, 2006-2007 SDOT artist-in-residence, the sidewalk artwork project was created as part of the SDOT Art Plan written by Daniel Mihalyo.
Artist selected for new Seattle Center Skatepark
Perri Lynch, Imbrication (detail), 2005, pre-cast concrete, acid stain, stainless steel, at Lake City civic core.
Seattle artist Perri Lynch will serve on the design team for the new Seattle Center Skatepark. Lynch will work with a team of skatepark designers, landscape architects, architects, planners, skateboarders and engineers. A panel of artists and representatives from Seattle Center, the skateboarding community, and the design team selected Lynch based on her collaborative approach to artwork, her innovative ideas for integrating art into the skatepark, and the strength of her past work.

Lynch received a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2001. In addition to creating studio and public art, she performs with the Seattle Phonographer's Union. Recent public art projects include Imbrication, 2005, at the Lake City Branch of the The Seattle Public Library and Straight Shot, 2007, at Warren G. Magnuson Park. Lynch is the recent recipient of an Artist Trust fellowship. She has served as a visiting artist at colleges and universities and leads undergraduate programs on sustainable design in Southern India. She is currently a graduate mentor through the Transart Institute in Linz, Austria, and a lecturer at the University of Washington.

To take a video tour of Lynch's studio, click here.
Florida stops in Seattle to discuss Who's Your City?
Richard Florida
Richard Florida best-selling author of The Rise of the Creative Class and The Flight of the Creative Class has penned a new book, Who's Your City? The book examines the surprising importance of place and the ways people choose the places they live. Florida will be in Seattle 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 3 at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave., where he is sure to offer a provocative look at how creativity is revolutionizing the global economy.

According to Florida, professor of business and creativity at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, globalization is not flattening the world. In fact, place is increasingly relevant to the global economy and our individual lives. Where we live determines the jobs and careers we have access to and the people we meet. And everything we think we know about cities and their economic roles is up for grabs.

Tickets are $5 at the door only. Florida's visit is presented by the Town Hall Center for Civic Life with University Book Store. The Office, which brought Florida to Seattle in 2003, is a co-sponsor.

Stay tuned to Art Zone via Viewerguide
The Seattle Channel recently garnered a record 17 Emmy nominations from the Northwest Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. In addition to community, government and public affairs coverage, the popular city-operated TV station serves up a steady stream of quality arts programming through Art Zone. Art Zone programs air Thursday through Saturday nights and feature local music, literature, film, theater, dance and visual arts.

"(The Emmy nominations) are a tremendous achievement for the station and the staff," Mayor Greg Nickels said. "The Seattle Channel covers the city like no other. These nominations underscore the fact that you won't find better locally-produced programming on public affairs, arts, music and culture anywhere on the dial."

Stay tuned to Art Zone. Subscribe to the Seattle Channel's weekly electronic Art Zone Viewerguide. To sign up, send an e-mail to

Seattle Channel programs nominated for an Emmy include a short profile of 2007 Mayor's Arts Award recipient Clarence Acox, director of jazz bands at Garfield High School; and a segment about Jack Straw Production's Blind Youth Audio Project, which receives funding from the Office's Youth Arts program. Independent filmmaker John Forsen also was nominated for an Emmy for a documentary he produced about glass artist Paul Marioni, which aired on the Seattle Channel. Tune in to the Seattle Channel on cable 21 on Comcast and Broadstripe in the city; via Comcast Digital On-Demand in Western Washington; and online from anywhere at
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