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In this Issue — May 2010
  Message from the director: Student artists shine during Arts Education Month
  Artists Harries, Héder to create artwork for First Hill Streetcar
  Artists Marold, Boyer selected for reservoir park projects
  Refresh your music playlist with OnHold
  Sandy Esene joins staff
  Seattle Symphony performs free concert at City Hall, May 21
  City Hall exhibition explores Asian-American culture
  Vote to make over the Mural, rock out at open house May 2
  Seattle Center seeks proposals for Fun Forest site
  Arts Crush seeking participants for fall festival
  World's Fair gallery, web launch 50th anniversary celebration
  Design commission seeks ideas for empty lots
  Mosaics, musicians and more on Art Zone in May

Calls for Artists

Seattle Mural Open House
SMQ Percussion Quartet, free concert
Seattle Arts Commission Meeting
Orville Johnson, free concert
Seattle Symphony, free concert

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

American/Asian: A Tale of New Cultures
April 15 - June 14, 2010
Seattle Municipal Tower:

Northwest Mid-Career Artists: Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works
April 6 - July 2
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Message from the director: Student artists
shine during Arts Education Month
Last week, I had the honor of welcoming several hundred middle and high school students from Seattle Public Schools as they celebrated the opening of the annual Naramore Exhibition. This year, for the first time, the student artwork is on display at Seattle Art Museum (SAM). The exhibition honors Floyd J. Naramore, an architect who designed more than 22 Seattle Public School buildings between 1914 and 1941.

To say that the students were excited to have the opportunity to see their work on display at the museum would be an understatement. They were ecstatic as only kids at this age can be. Their parents were positively beaming with pride. And the unsung heroes behind this effort—the art teachers—could not have been more proud and pleased. It was a powerful moment that served up hundreds of reminders of why a quality arts education is so important.

It was a joyous celebration because there are few such opportunities to honor and celebrate students who are serious about the visual arts. The jocks get pep rallies. The musical theater troupes, bands and choirs get applause. And now, thanks to this partnership with SAM's education team, the visual art students get their moment to shine.

Education is about far more than testing in reading and math. We measure what we treasure, and consequently, over the years, the arts have been neglected. An education without the arts is simply incomplete. Thankfully, we are turning the tide through partnerships like the Naramore Exhibition and our own Arts Education Partnership with Seattle Public Schools.

May is Arts Education Month in Washington. And ArtsEd Washington has put together a
tool kit on how to advocate for the arts in your district.

Talking with the kids, parents and teachers at the SAM event, it occurred to me that some of the kids showing their work have discovered their gift, and several may go on to seriously pursue a career in the arts. Most will not, but they will forever remain enriched by this experience and connected to the world with an appreciation of color, light and composition.

Every student should have access to an arts education. Arts training provides young people with positive outlets, encourages creative expression and develops jobs and life skills. Despite the tough economy, we will continue to sustain and strengthen our partnership with Seattle Public Schools to ensure all students have access to a quality arts education.

The Naramore Exhibition runs through May 15 at SAM. I encourage you to check it out in honor of Arts Education Month. And once again, let's give three cheers to the men and women who help our students find their gifts—the dedicated arts education specialists.

Michael Killoren
Artists Harries, Héder to create artwork for First Hill Streetcar
Mags Harries and Lajos Héder, The Zanjero's Line, 2009. Located at Highline Canal, Phoenix, Ariz. Photo courtesy Harries/Héder.
Mags Harries and Lajos Héder will create artwork for the First Hill Streetcar line, which will connect the Chinatown/International District transit station to the future Capitol Hill light rail station via First Hill. The artists will begin design work this summer, with completion expected in 2013.

Harries and Héder formed Harries/Héder Collaborative in Cambridge, Mass., in 1990 and have since been working together on major public commissions. Harries is a sculptor and teacher and brings more than 25 years of public art experience to the team. Héder is an artist experienced in community projects, urban design, site planning, architecture and construction. The team is interested in using art to create community spaces focused on the people who use them. They regularly collaborate with other designers, landscape architects, engineers and fabricators to realize large-scale, complex projects.

A panel of art and design professionals, including curators and designers based in neighborhoods to be served by the streetcar, a selected the artists from a pool of 200 national applicants. The project is commissioned with funds from Sound Transit's "ST2" program through an interlocal agreement with the city of Seattle.
Artists Marold, Boyer selected for reservoir park projects
Patrick Marold, Avian Front, 2010. Located at the Denver Zoo. Photo by Patrick Marold.
Patrick Marold, of Denver, Colo., and David Boyer, of Reno, Nev., will each create an artwork for the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park and West Seattle Reservoir Park, respectively. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is replacing the Maple Leaf and West Seattle open reservoirs with underground structures, creating new park space. Marold and Boyer will each work with Seattle Parks and Recreation, SPU, project designers and city staff to develop site-specific artwork for the new parks.

Marold creates sculptures that invite viewers to observe spatial relationships and explore natural elements in the surrounding landscape. He has completed public commissions for the Denver Zoo and the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. His Windmill Project was recognized by Americans for the Arts in its 2007 Year in Review.

Boyer creates kinetic sculptures that move and spin in the wind. He has completed commissions for the city of Reno, Nev., and Clackamas County, Ore. His work has been in outdoor sculpture exhibitions in San Diego, Calif., and at the Burning Man festival.

A panel of artists, community representatives and members of the design team selected Marold and Boyer from a pool of more than 200 national applicants. The artworks are commissioned with 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy and SPU 1% for Art funds.
The latest Seattle OnHold mix features "September Skies" by Jonathan Kingham.
Refresh your music playlist with OnHold
Are your ears tired of the same old music playlist? Check out the new Seattle OnHold lineup, and subscribe to the free Seattle OnHold podcast. Three times a month (sometimes more) we'll dish up a tasty local music MP3.

Call the city, and if you're put on hold, you'll also hear the tunes. The latest mix ranges from the playful Russian folk melodies of Juliana & Pava to the dreamy orchestral pop of Jonathan Kingham.
Sandy Esene
Sandy Esene joins staff
We'd like to welcome our newest staff member, Sandy Esene. Sandy comes to us from the city's Legislative Department, where she worked as an administrative specialist providing support to City Council members since 2007. Sandy joins the Office's operations team and will help support selection panels for the funding and public art teams. She has a museum studies certificate from the University of Washington and is particularly interested in art and ancient cultures. She also has experience cataloging art collections with One Reel. We're happy to have her!
Seattle Symphony performs free concert at City Hall, May 21
The Seattle Symphony will perform at City Hall May 21. Photo by Yuen Lui Studio.
From the Seattle Symphony to folk masters, the Seattle Presents concerts series at City Hall shines this May. The lunchtime concerts are from noon to 1 p.m.

On Friday, May 21, Maestro Gerard Schwarz conducts the Seattle Symphony in a special free performance at City Hall. A 2006 Mayor's Arts Award recipient, Schwarz will bow out next season after 26 impressive years as the symphony's music director. The symphony will perform works by Ernest Bloch, Charles Griffes and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with soloists Jocelyn Chang, violin; Lauren Glass, flute; and Karissa Zadinsky, cello.

Also this month, what's better than one massive concert marimba? Several marimbas playing in perfect harmony. On Thursday, May 6, SMQ Percussion Quartet shares the sounds of exotic percussion instruments and inspiring marimba music. And on Thursday, May 20, dobro and slide-guitar guru Orville Johnson fronts a bass, violin and guitar jam. "Arguably the best dobro player in America... His remarkable singing voice is only surpassed by his instrumental prowess," raves FolkWorks Magazine.

Check out the complete spring lineup here.
City Hall exhibition explores Asian-American culture
Barry Wong, Jasmine Tea and Black Teapot, chromogenic print, 30" x 39".
Heritage, identity, history, memory, coexistence and freedom are just a few of the themes investigated in the exhibition American/Asian: A Tale of New Cultures on view through June 14 at City Hall. Curated by ArtXchange Gallery, the exhibition presents works by 14 regional artists who explore their identity as Asian-Pacific Americans in the Pacific Northwest. The artworks include mixed media, painting, photography, encaustic and scroll cut wood sculpture.

The exhibition features artworks by MalPina Chan, Carina A. del Rosario, Deborah Kapoor, Chiyo Sanada with Barbara McConkey, June Sekiguchi, Arun Sharma, William Song, Joseph Songco, Jonathan Wakuda Fischer, Barry Wong, Dean Wong, Frederic Wong and Mia Yoshihara-Bradshaw.
Vote to make over the Mural, rock out at open house May 2
KEXP Concerts at the Mural. Photo by Brittney Bush Bollay.
Bet you've had some memorable times at the Seattle Mural. It's the setting for countless concerts and festivals. We need your VOTE to help us reel in six figures in preservation funds to restore this public artwork! The mid-century, glass mosaic masterpiece serves as a colorful backdrop for the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center. It's pushing 50, and it's showing its age. Many of its pieces are missing, faded or cracked. It needs a facelift.

Come on down to Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 2 for an open house, featuring a free performance 2 to 3 p.m. by Seattle indie-pop band Slender Means, collage crafts for kids and cake.

The mural has led a colorful life. It set the stage for early performances by popular Seattle bands, including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. It remains a popular venue for concerts, outdoor movies and cultural celebrations.

With your support, we can revitalize this landmark artwork in time for the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair. The mural was commissioned for the fair and designed by acclaimed Northwest artist Paul Horiuchi. It's one of 25 worthy Seattle-Puget Sound area projects in the running for a Partners in Preservation grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, which will dole out $1 million in grants to historic sites throughout the region. Online votes will determine which project walks away with full funding. So vote for the mural every day, once a day, through May 12.
Seattle Center seeks proposals for Fun Forest site
Fun Forest. Photo courtesy of Seattle Center.
Seattle Center is accepting proposals to redevelop the Fun Forest South site, the 56,000 square-foot amusement area south of the Seattle Center Monorail station and southeast of the Center House. Seattle Center is seeking revenue-generating activities as well as those that return substantial public benefits. The Center received a proposal to transform the site into indoor and outdoor exhibit areas for glass art installations created by Dale Chihuly. The Center will consider all proposals received through the RFP process to see what is in the best interest of the public and Seattle Center.

Selection criteria include a demonstrated ability to fully fund, implement and operate the proposal. Proposals submissions are due by June 4.

For more information go here or contact Neil Erickson.

Arts Crush seeking participants for fall festival
Arts Crush, a new month-long regional arts festival planned for October, seeks artists and arts organizations to take part in this unprecedented collaboration, which the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is proud to support.

The multidisciplinary festival grew out of Theatre Puget Sound's (TPS) highly successful Live Theatre Week. It's anticipated the festival will involve more than 200 arts organizations, including theater, dance, music, visual and literary arts and beyond. Arts Crush will spotlight a different discipline each week.

The goal of the festival—which takes place during National Arts and Humanities Month—is to cultivate new audiences by offering patrons an opportunity to sample different art forms through free and low-cost performances; exhibits; and special events, including family days and behind-the-scenes tours. For ideas on how your organization can participate, visit the Arts Crush website.

There is no fee to participate, and TPS has the details covered. TPS will support the festival with an extensive marketing campaign, community outreach and event coordination. Help TPS gauge interest and build a preliminary participation list. Click here to complete a brief online survey. Festival participation forms will be available online in early May. Questions? Contact Sam Read, (206) 770-0370.
World's Fair gallery, web launch 50th anniversary celebration
The 1962 Seattle World's Fair triggered an unprecedented era of innovation, inspiration and growth—and propelled the region onto the global stage. The 50th anniversary of the World's Fair is around the corner and Seattle Center Foundation is leading "The Next Fifty" celebration to honor its legacy. Now through Oct. 21, 2012, people throughout the community will come together at festivals and concerts, exhibits and demonstrations, speaker series and forums to envision the future of this region.

Help create this celebration. Share your ideas, your observations, your dreams and your creativity. Go to to submit your ideas; post photos, videos and memories of the fair; see celebration activities that are planned; and shop online for anniversary memorabilia.

Head to Seattle Center House now and visit the World's Fair Gallery, currently exhibiting artifacts from the fair. The gallery is open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday to Sunday.

Design commission seeks ideas for empty lots
Have you noticed how many lots have been left empty or partially developed due to the stalled economy? Vacant project sites are all around us. How can we convert these eyesores to opportunities? The Seattle Design Commission wants your ideas on how to transform holes in the ground, surface lots and ongoing construction above or below street level.

The Design Commission welcomes all ideas, from a concert space to a bumper car track, basketball hoops to a fleeting performance stage. Submit your ideas by Monday, May 24.

Click here for more information.
Mosaics, musicians and more on Art Zone in May

From Captain Smartypants to Maestro Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy spotlights the local arts scene. Catch the show on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on KCTS Channel 9 at 7 p.m., Wednesdays. Or watch episodes on the web. Here are a few of May's highlights.

On May 7, see Dr. Claire Barnett's mosaic studio. Tour
ACT—A Contemporary Theatre with Executive Director Carlos Scandiuzzi. And Unnatural Helpers play tunes from their
new CD.

On May 14, preview Matt Smith's new solo show All My Children. Hear the ensemble from Seattle Men's Chorus, Captain Smartypants.

On May 21, Maestro Gerard Schwarz chats about life after the Seattle Symphony. Film critic Robert Horton highlights the upcoming Seattle International Film Festival.

And On May 28, five artists show their stuff on Open Studio. This show will include musician James Apollo, violinist Marie Rossano and the Amy Denio Trio.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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