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In this Issue — May 2012

 Message from the director: Preserving arts and cultural space
 Performances celebrate water for Seattle Center's 'The Next Fifty,' begin May 4
 Kelly Pajek joins public art team
 Celebrating Arts Education Month
 Funding applications for individual artist to open May 23
 John Fleming to create artwork for Thornton Creek project
 City exhibition features Columbia City Gallery artists
 Seeking artists for two public art projects
 Arts facilities funding program opens this month, attend info sessions
 Free workshop on hidden hazards in the arts, May 11
 Film, food, sound sculpture and summer theater on Art Zone



Call: Temporary artworks for city sidewalks, parks
Deadline: May 4
Call: Mapes Creek project
Deadline: May 18
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting


City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Columbia City Gallery Artists Step Out
Through July 2
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Reclaimed: Artists Working with Recycled or Repurposed Materials
Through June 1
 
Image: Film still from Waterway by Britta Johnson, a stop-animation film about naturally filtering and cleaning water. The film is part of several temporary artworks that address environmental sustainability for The Next Fifty, the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair. The performances run May 4 through May 27 at Seattle Center.
Message from the director: Preserving arts and cultural space
 
 

Cultural Space Seattle: Findings and Recommended Next Steps
 
"While artists struggle with questions of viability, there's a bigger issue for the rest of us: Do we want a city that bustles only with those who can afford to consume culture or a city that's also busy with people who create it?" writes The Seattle Times in last Sunday's article "Seattle reinvents its artists colony." In recent years, development and rising rents have forced some of Seattle's artists and arts and cultural organizations out of their spaces, yet arts and culture are what make our neighborhoods great places to live and work.

Arts space revitalizes our neighborhoods, boosts our economy and invites civic engagement. Access to space that is adequate and affordable in Seattle has been an ongoing challenge—a challenge we must address. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Arts Commission have been working diligently on cultural space policy. Today, we hosted a Cultural Space Brown Bag at City Hall, where more than 100 people heard updates, findings and recommendations on the city's arts and cultural space initiatives. A video of the event will be available on Seattle Channel soon, so stay tuned.

At last December's Cultural Space Seattle forum, we heard from national and local cultural space leaders about cultural space policy, funding and program models and current cultural space projects. Community members, including artists, government leaders, arts administrators, investors, and real estate developers, participated in workshops working towards strategies to advance an agenda for cultural space initiatives. Read the event's report with findings and recommended next steps here.

With our partners at Shunpike and the support of 4Culture we launched the Artist Space Assistance Program (ASAP) in January to match artists with space in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District, with the goal of keeping artists in the neighborhood. We are also proud to support Storefronts Seattle—a collaboration between business and art communities to bring new life to empty storefronts and enliven our business districts. Storefronts debuted in Pioneer Square in September 2010 as an experiment in activating vacant spaces with art, creative enterprise and performance. Since that time, the program has expanded to include five Seattle neighborhoods. The installations and residencies bring new energy to neighborhoods, increase foot traffic for merchants, improve safety, and ultimately can help get empty spaces leased. The program also benefits artists by allowing them the freedom to focus on art by waiving rent and utility costs.

We're also opening a new Cultural Facilities Program mid-May. The program will award one-time funding to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts-service organizations for urgent-need capital projects, including facility renovations or final-phase completion of new facilities.

And we aren't stopping here. We'll keep you updated on continuing efforts and conversations on creating cultural space for artists and arts organizations in our neighborhoods and throughout Seattle.

Sincerely,

Vincent E. Kitch
Director
 
Performances celebrate water for Seattle Center's 'The Next Fifty,' begin May 4
 
 
Mandy Greer, Mater Matrix Mother and Medium, 2009, fiber. Located at Camp Long in West Seattle. Photo by the artist.
 
From rainwater traveling through Seattle's sewer system to water's healing power, we presents three performance artworks that illustrate how local artists are contributing to the discussion about our local waterways. The performances are part of six temporary artworks commissioned by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs that address environmental sustainability for The Next Fifty, the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World's Fair. The performances are free and begin May 4 at Seattle Center. Go here for more information and specific times, dates and locations for each performance.

Stokley Towles' one-man performance Stormwater: Life in the Gutter reveals the world of urban rainfall and traces its travels from the clouds to the city's streets, homes and businesses and the sewer lines below. Performances run May 4 to 26.

Mandy Greer, choreographer Jessica Jobaris, performance artist Saskia Delores, harpist/composer Monica Schley, dancer Andrea Ives and video artist Rodrigo Valenzuela will create a multi-media performance by Greer's 250-foot crocheted artwork Mater Matrix Mother and Medium. The 45-minute performance, beginning just before dusk, 7 p.m., May 5 and 6, will be a luminous exploration of the three states of water.

In the Water Calling short films, filmmakers SJ Chiro, Britta Johnson, Susan Robb, Luke Sieczek and Rick Stevenson tap into the flow of water and invite viewers to reflect on the preservation of our water resources—from drinking water through drainage. The short films vary in length and format—from a fairy-tale approach to sci-fi-like images to stop animation to a portrayal of water as a healing force. The 70-minute presentation runs May 5, 6 and 27.

Stormwater: Life in the Gutter is commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) 1% for Art funds and administered in partnership with 4Culture. Mater Matrix Mother and Medium is commissioned with SPU 1% for Art funds. The Water Calling short films are part of a series of temporary public artworks commissioned in 2009 with SPU 1% for Art funds.
 
Kelly Pajek joins public art team
 
 
Kelly Pajek
 
We welcome Kelly Pajek, who joins the staff as a project manager on the public art team. Kelly comes to us from New York, where she was the deputy director of Percent for Art, a program of the city of New York Department of Cultural Affairs. Previously, Kelly assisted in the implementation and management of a master plan for Fort Worth Public Art, a 2% for art program in Fort Worth, Tex. She has also curated and managed public art projects for the New York City subway as part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts for Transit program.

In her 15 years in public art Kelly has commissioned both emerging and established artists in the development of more than 70 permanent artworks. Kelly currently serves as the treasurer for Public Art Dialogue (PAD), a national organization devoted to public art. PAD was founded on the premise that dialogue is the essential element in all effective public art endeavors. Kelly lectures nationally on public art and also serves as an advisor on various artist residencies and commissions.

Awards for projects Kelly has curated and managed include the New York City Design Commission Award for Excellence in Design, Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network Year in Review, New York Landmarks Conservancy, Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award and the Municipal Arts Society's New York City Masterworks Award.

Personally, Kelly creates work that is craft-based. She is a supporter of do-it-yourself projects and independent markets. Her artistic sensibility is a fusion of well-crafted work of all practices with a balance of good design added to the mix.
 
Celebrating Arts Education Month
 
 

 
May is Arts Education Month in Washington state. 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. And check out ArtsEd Washington's suggestions on how you can get involved and their Arts Education Month toolkit to learn more about the issues.

Arts instruction helps students be successful in school and in life. Through our Arts Education Partnership with Seattle Public Schools, we are working to give students in all schools equal access to arts education. In March, we hosted a series of five community meetings in partnership with the school district with the goal of creating a comprehensive, multi-year, district-wide K-12 Arts Plan. More than 250 people attended and gave input on the Arts Plan. The school district will compile the results in a report to be released later this month. We will partner with the district to host follow-up meetings in the fall and continue to provide updates on the status of the Arts Plan. Stay tuned.

We're also partnering with the Washington State Arts Commission (WSAC) on their Roster of Teaching Artists. The roster identifies and promotes experienced teaching artists in all disciplines who are qualified to work in K-12 public schools in Washington state. The roster is open to artists residing in Washington state, or who reside in Oregon or Idaho but live within 60 miles of a Washington-state public school. Applications for the roster are now open with a deadline of June 11. Applicants will be notified of their application status by September. Download the roster application guidelines and forms. For more information, contact Lisa Jaret, WSAC Arts in Education program manager, (360) 586-2418.

Check out WSAC's current roster. We will link to the updated roster, once available, on our website.

And finally, at the 2012 Arts Education Forum in February, hosted by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Seattle Arts Commission and the school district, community members spoke about what arts education means to them. Watch this video to hear what they had to say.
 
Funding applications for individual artist to open May 23
 
 
2011 CityArtist KT Niehoff created a year-long series of dance performances, including Kelly Sullivan and Markeith Wiley of Lingo Productions
 
Mark your calendar! The 2013 CityArtist Projects online application will open Wednesday, May 23 with an application deadline of Thursday, July 19.

CityArtists provides funding for individual artists to develop and present their work. Applications are accepted from artists in clusters of disciplines in alternate years. The 2013 cycle is open to artists working in dance, music and theater (including playwriting). All projects must include a public presentation in Seattle. Funding will be awarded in set amounts for the 2013 cycle. Stay tuned for details.

Visit our website for more information and to view a list of previous recipients.
 
John Fleming to create artwork for Thornton Creek project
 
 
John Fleming, Grass Blades, 2002. Located at Seattle Center. Photo by Kim Adams.
 
Seattle artist John Fleming will create a permanent, site-specific artwork design for the Thornton Creek Confluence artwork project in Seattle's Meadowbrook neighborhood. The artwork will be part of Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) Meadowbrook Creek & Pond Project.

In 2013, SPU will replace the south branch water pipe under 35th Avenue Northeast and reconstruct the north and south branches of Thornton Creek and its floodplain area. Fleming will work with SPU staff and the design team to develop and fabricate an artwork for the soon-to-be restored habitat. The artwork is scheduled to be complete December 2013.

Fleming has spent more than 30 years developing a broad portfolio of art, architectural, conceptual and environmental projects. He has exhibited his artwork at Drop City Gallery in Seattle, as part of Storefronts Seattle in Seattle's Pioneer Square, and created the Grass Blades installation at Seattle Center. Fleming recently installed a series of sidewalk inlays for Seattle Department of Transportation's Sidewalk Development Program.

Fleming was selected from a prequalified artist roster by a panel of artists, a Meadowbrook community representative and SPU staff. The artwork is commissioned with SPU % for Art funds.
 
City exhibition features Columbia City Gallery artists
 
 
Cha Davis, Easter Snow Queen, 2011, acrylic, bead and embroidery silk on paper, 22" x 24". Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
See artwork by members of the Columbia City Gallery in the exhibition Columbia City Gallery Artists Step Out, on view at City Hall through July 2.

The Columbia City Gallery is an artists' cooperative in southeast Seattle that brings together emerging and professional artists working in diverse media. The exhibition will feature 70 artworks by 22 artists in a wide range of media and styles, including representational and abstract painting, mixed media, sculpture, glass, ceramics and enamel.

See Ellen Hochberg's Confusion (2012), a beautiful depiction of leaf structure in ink and graphite on paper. Enjoy the whimsical acrylic, bead and embroidered silk-on-paper, royally crowned rooster in Easter Snow Queen (2011) by Cha Davis.

In 1999, a group of 20 artists founded the Columbia City Gallery, the first art gallery and the only nonprofit artists' cooperative in southeast Seattle. The gallery showcases the work of its members as well as that of local guest artists who present themed exhibitions with social and cultural relevance to the community.
 
Seeking artists for two public art projects
 
 
Lorna Jordan, Salmon Bone Bridge, 2002. Located on the Longfellow Creek Trail near Southwest Genessee Street, west of 26th Avenue Southwest. Photo by the artist.
 
We have two open calls for public art projects. Art Interruptions is a project for artists to create temporary art installations along Greenwood Avenue North and the Central Waterfront. Possible locations for artworks include street and park infrastructure and furniture (utility poles, trees, tree pits, walls, railings, stair risers, etc.). Up to 12 artists will be selected to develop artworks to be displayed for six weeks this summer. The call is open to artists residing in Washington state. Each selected artist will receive a $1,000 stipend. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Friday, May 4. For more information and to apply click here.

We're also seeking an artist or artist team to develop site-integrated artwork for Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project in the Rainier Beach neighborhood. SPU is restoring lower Mapes Creek and creating an open-stream channel in Beer Sheva Park to improve habitat for juvenile Chinook salmon in Lake Washington. The project area includes 52nd Avenue South, between Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street, and into the park. The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Friday, May 18 (Pacific Daylight Time). The total budget for the artwork is $200,000, all-inclusive of fabrication, installation, travel, taxes and other project costs. For more information and to apply click here.
 
Arts facilities funding program opens this month, attend info sessions
 
 
 
Applications for the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' new Cultural Facilities Program will be available mid-May with a deadline of Wednesday, June 20. The program will award one-time funding to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts-service organizations for urgent-need capital projects including emergency facility renovations or the final-phase completion of new facilities. Since this is a new program we encourage applicants to attend an information session.

Eligible organizations must have at least a three-year operating history as a legally established not-for-profit organization, have control of the facility through ownership or a longer-term lease, and demonstrate a record of ongoing artistic or cultural accomplishments in Seattle. Projects must be able to take place and be completed between September 2012 and December 2013.
 
Free workshop on hidden hazards in the arts, May 11
 
 
Public art conservation materials display at the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' 40th anniversary exhibition Seattle as Collector: Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40. Photo by Robert Wade.
 
We're hosting a free workshop, Hidden Hazards in the Arts, noon to 3 p.m., Friday, May 11, at The Seattle Public Library, Central Branch, 4th floor, Room 2.

The workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To attend, RSVP to Tiffany Hedrick, public art conservation technician, (206) 615-1879.

Learn about harmful chemicals, including toxic solvents and heavy metals, found in many art disciplines. Get an overview of toxicology and learn preventative steps to keep chemicals out of your body. Find out how to dispose of hazardous art supplies safely and inexpensively. Dave Waddell, Art Chemical Hazards Project coordinator with the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, will lead the workshop.
 
Film, food, sound sculpture and summer theater on Art Zone
 
 

 
From SIFF's opening night to stop-motion animation. From Harold Pinter to Groucho Marx. Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy gives you a slice of the local arts scene. Here's what's coming up this month.

On May 4, photographer Davis Freeman unveils a new batch of portraits. Watch a profile on band Kultur Shock's Gino Yevdjevich. Frank Ferrante takes on Groucho Marx at ACT—A Contemporary Theatre. The Maldives play in the Art Zone studio. And Art Zone tracks down New Orleans-style food truck Where Ya At?

On May 11, visit the world of animator Britta Johnson. Writer, performer and comedian Lauren Weedman brings her newest show to Northwest Film Forum. Sound sculptor Trimpin unveils a new project at On the Boards. And hear music from the brother-and-sister duo Noah and Abby Gundersen.

At 8 p.m., Saturday, May 19, watch a special Art Zone as host Nancy Guppy takes on opening night of the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival. Hear from local filmmakers, including the director of the opening-night film Lynn Shelton.

On May 25, get the scoop on Frank Corrado's Pinter Fortnightly series at ACT Theatre. Peek inside the mysterious world of artists No Touching Ground. And Intiman Theatre rolls out their first-ever summer festival.

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. Art Zone will not air on Friday, May 18.

The Seattle Channel received 21 Emmy nominations in April from the Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Art & Sciences. Art Zone, show host Nancy Guppy and editor Peggy Lycett each received nominations.
 
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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