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In this Issue — May 2011
 Message from the acting director
 SAM exhibition marks Office's 40th anniversary, opening May 11
 Celebrate Melissa Hines at May 9 memorial service
 Mayor issues proclamation in support of Arts Education Month
 Deadline for Mayor's Arts Awards nominations, May 5
 Seeking public art conservation and maintenance intern
 Last call for King Street Station public art
 Workshops available for arts organization funding program
 Funding application for individual artist to open, May 23
 R&B, classical music, film and more on Art Zone

Funding for arts and cultural organizations
Calls for Artists

Seattle Arts Commission meeting
Opening Reception: Seattle as Collector

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Seattle Performance Photography
May 16 - July 11
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Through July 5
Special Exhibition at Seattle Art Museum:
Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40
May 11 to October 23
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Image: Kenneth Callahan, Fiery Globe, 1967-68, oil on board, 29" x 40". Photo by Spike Mafford. Featured in Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40, a retrospective exhibition at Seattle Art Museum celebrating the Office's 40th anniversary, May 11 to Oct. 23.
Vincent Kitch. Photo by Robert Wade.
Message from the acting director
As the new director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, I am honored to be in this great city and work with you to advance arts and culture development in Seattle.

I've been on the job less than a month and appreciate the warm welcome and invitations to get out in the community. I have already enjoyed some of the tremendous array of talent Seattle has to offer.

These are exciting and challenging times for the Office. While we celebrate the agency's 40th anniversary, the city is facing mid-year budget cuts and we mourn the loss of a beloved colleague, Melissa Hines. Melissa managed our cultural partnerships program for the past seven years and dedicated more than three decades of her career to the success of all the arts in Seattle. I regret that I did not have the privilege to work with her. A public memorial service for Melissa is set for 3 p.m., Monday, May 9 at Town Hall.

The 40th anniversary of our city agency is a reminder of our humble, yet hopeful beginnings. In 1971, while some were ready to turn the lights out on Seattle during another economic downturn, the mayor and City Council signed legislation to create the Seattle Arts Commission—testament to the fact that arts and culture are essential to vibrancy, economic development and quality of life in Seattle.

Please join us 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, at the Seattle Art Museum to mark this important milestone with the opening of Seattle as Collector, a retrospective exhibition of select artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection.

Governments at every level are struggling to provide essential services, and it is in times such as these that the arts are most vulnerable. That's why I am sharing with you 10 Reasons to Support the Arts, courtesy of our friends at Americans for the Arts. This message is especially timely, as our colleagues at the federal, state and county face budget cuts and uncertain futures.

As director, I am committed to continuing to champion and nurture Seattle's creative vitality and I am eager to work with all of you. Please feel free to contact me at (206) 684-7173 or

SAM exhibition marks Office's 40th anniversary, opening May 11

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs marks its 40th anniversary this year. Kick off the anniversary celebration at the opening reception of the exhibition Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, at Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Mayor Mike McGinn will give opening remarks at 7 p.m.

Seattle as Collector is a retrospective exhibition of artworks from 112 artists showcasing four decades of the city's Portable Works Collection. The exhibition also highlights the city's public art program with photos, drawings and proposals for more than 60 permanent artworks from the public art collection. The exhibition will be on view May 11 to Oct. 23.

Preview some of the artworks online.

Both the exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. To attend the reception, please RSVP here. Include your name and affiliation. Additional gallery spaces at the museum will not be open during the reception.

Celebrate Melissa Hines at May 9 memorial service
Melissa Hines. Photo by Lee Talner.
The community is invited to celebrate the life and achievements of devoted arts leader Melissa Hines at a public memorial service, 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, May 9 at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave.

A friend, colleague and mentor to many in the arts community, Melissa passed away from cancer April 8. Read the remembrances shared on our blog and Melissa's obituary in the Seattle Times.

Melissa joined the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in 2004, directing our funding programs and the city's Arts Education Partnership with Seattle Public Schools. Previously, she dedicated 23 years of her career to The Empty Space Theatre. Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council will honor Melissa with a joint recognition at the City Council meeting, 2 p.m., Monday, May 2 in Council Chambers at City Hall.

Melissa's passion, drive and willingness to freely share her expertise nurtured Seattle's artists and arts organizations for decades. She was a powerhouse of good ideas and positive, creative energy.

Melissa's family suggests remembrances to an organization or cause of your choice.

Mayor issues proclamation in support of Arts Education Month

May is Arts Education Month in Washington state. It's a time to celebrate and strengthen arts education in our schools for all students, recognize the creative endeavors taking place in our schools and show the community how the arts are making a difference in education.

Together with ArtsEd Washington, we invite you to join the statewide campaign celebrating and promoting arts education. Read Mayor Mike McGinn's proclamation in support of Arts Education Month.

An education without the arts is simply incomplete. We are working to put the arts back in education through alliances such as our Arts Education Partnership with Seattle Public Schools.

ArtsEd Washington has made it easy to participate. Check out the Arts Education Month toolkit and learn more about the issues and how you can get involved.

Deadline for Mayor's Arts Awards nominations, May 5

Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle through arts and culture? Nominate them for a 2011 Mayor's Arts Award. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Thursday, May 5.

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. However, it's the 40th anniversary of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and nominators are encouraged to mark the milestone by putting forward people or organizations that have made a significant impact in the arts in Seattle during the last four decades.

Mayor Mike McGinn will honor the award recipients at a public ceremony, 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, at Seattle Center. He will also open the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits, which will be free and open to the public that day.

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

Seeking public art conservation and maintenance intern
Public art maintenance intern working on a totem pole in Occidental Square.
We're seeking an undergraduate college intern to support our public art conservation and maintenance program for 10 weeks this summer. The part-time position begins in mid-June.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable knowledge of public art and object conservation. The intern will learn how to evaluate the condition of an artwork; provide written and photographic documentation; assist with establishing treatment proposals; and participate in conservation, restoration and maintenance treatments on a broad range of artworks from historic bronzes to totem poles.

Application deadline is May 3. Learn more about the position and apply online here.

King Street Station. Photo courtesy of Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection.
Last call for King Street Station public art
We're seeking an artist or artist team to create a temporary, site-specific public art project for the new Jackson Street Plaza at King Street Station in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, April 27.

The temporary artwork will enliven the space and offer passersby a new and energized view of the historic train station. The call is open to artists living in Washington; Oregon; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; or British Columbia, Canada. The budget for the project is $35,000, all-inclusive.

Click here to read the full call for artists and to apply. The project is in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Workshops available for arts organization funding program
Pacific Northwest Ballet company dancers in Serenade, choreographed by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Angela Sterling.
Interested in applying for the city's 2012-2013 Civic Partners funding program for organizations? Free hands-on computer labs to help familiarize applicants with the online grant application will be held 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m., Monday, May 2, at the Seattle Municipal Tower. A general information session will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 12 at the Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch.

Please register in advance for the computer lab. No advance registration is needed for the information session.

The Civic Partners program is a two-year funding program that supports organizations' core program goals. Seattle-based arts, heritage and cultural organizations and arts-service organizations of all sizes and disciplines with a not-for-profit business structure (does not have to have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status) and a minimum three-year history of continuous programming are eligible to apply.

Application deadline is Wednesday, June 8. Click here to preview the guidelines and link to the online application.

Funding application for individual artist to open, May 23
Claudia Fitch's 2010 CityArtist project Floating Mechanism (nightshade). Photo by Steven Lazen.
Mark your calendar! The 2012 CityArtist Projects online application will open Monday, May 23 with an application deadline of Tuesday, July 19.

CityArtists provides funding for individual artists to develop and present their work. Funding is offered to artists in clusters of disciplines in alternate years. The 2012 funding cycle is open to artists working in the visual, literary and media arts. Awards range up to $10,000. All projects must include a public presentation. Visit our website for more information and to view a list of previous recipients.

R&B, classical music, film and more on Art Zone

From centuries-old instruments to degenerate art, get your update on the local arts scene on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. Here are a few of this month's highlights.

On May 6, see Degenerate Art Ensemble's new exhibit at the Frye Art Museum and hear music played on 300-year-old instruments by the American String Project.

On May 13, ArtZone profiles R&B artist JusMoni and showcases original art from the Union Gospel Mission gallery.

On May 21, watch the kick-off of the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival. This action-packed special premieres at 10 p.m., Saturday, May 21.

Watch ArtZone on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Sundays. You can also watch the show on the web.

Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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