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In this Issue — May 2013

 A message from Randy Engstrom, newly appointed director of Office of Arts & Culture
 Mayor's Arts Awards nominations due May 15
 Civic Partners funding open, workshops start May 8
 Last call for artists for temporary projects
 Bilingual information sessions on artist services for Latino artists
 City Hall exhibition features photos from Police Department archives
 Meagan Atiyeh and Elizabeth Spavento to curate future City Light site
 Matthew Geller to create artwork at West Seattle SPU facility
 Sean Orlando to create artwork for West Seattle fire station
 'Parking Squid' bike rack's new waterfront home
 Film, theater, photography and musical virtuosos on 'Art Zone'

Call: Temporary artworks for 'Art Interruptions 2013' Deadline May 3
Funding: 2014-15 Civic Partners program Deadline June 12
Calls for Artists

Civic Partners Information Session

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Civic Partners Information Session

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Technological Transitions: Historical Artifacts from the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum and Contemporary Portraits of the Men and Women of the Seattle Police Department
May 2 through June 28

Seattle Municipal Tower:
Native American Artwork in the Seattle Public Utilities' Collection
Through July 8
Image: Audience at the 2012 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony. Photo by Jennifer Richard. Nominations for the 2013 Mayor's Arts Awards are open now.
A message from Randy Engstrom, newly appointed director of Office of Arts & Culture
Randy Engstrom
Seattle has long been a city of creativity. From airplanes to the Space Needle to left-handed guitar players, we are a center of innovation. I believe arts and culture are a catalyst for this civic vibrance. With my recent confirmation as director of the Office of Arts & Culture, I look forward to supporting the creative ecology of our city.

Working with our partners at the school district, the Seattle Arts Commission and the Seattle Music Commission, and the Office of Film and Music, we will ensure that every student in Seattle Public Schools has access to an hour of music and and hour of visual art every week. We know that arts education is both a critical investment in our economic and cultural vitality and an issue of equity in our schools, where many students do not have access.

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Mayor's Arts Awards nominations due May 15

We bet you know somebody doing great work in the arts. Nominate them for a Mayor's Arts Award. The nomination period runs through May 15. The awards recognize the accomplishments of artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members committed to enriching their communities through the arts.

This year, there will be five awards presented in the following newly created categories: Future Focus for making a difference in arts education and youth work; Artistic City for helping to shape Seattle as a city of creativity; Venture Culturalist for investment in our cultural community by a funder, business, donor or professional development/service organization; Arts as the How for deep and lasting impact on social issues, such as race and social justice; and Raising the Bar for artistic excellence. All categories are open to individuals, organizations or community groups.

The Seattle Arts Commission will review nominations and recommend recipients to the mayor for final selection. This is the 11th year of the awards, which are non-monetary.

Mayor McGinn will honor recipients at a public ceremony at Seattle Center, 4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30. The Mayor's Arts Awards are part of a day of free kick-off events at Bumbershoot, including the Visual Arts Preview at 3 p.m., School of Rock performance at 5:30 p.m., and Film Festival Preview at 7 p.m.

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

Check out last year's recipients here.
Civic Partners funding open, workshops start May 8
Pondboat sailing was a highlight at the Center for Wooden Boats' 2012 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. The Center for Wooden Boats was a 2012 Civic Partner. Photo by David Langstaff.
Applications for the city's Civic Partners funding program for 2014-2015 are now open. 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 serving Seattle residents and visitors are eligible to apply. Application deadline is Wednesday, June 12.

The two-year funding program promotes a healthy and diverse arts and cultural community and supports organizations' core program goals. Funding awards underwrite public access to a rich variety of arts and cultural opportunities and help recipients attract other supporters.

Organizations interested in applying can attend an information session, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, or 1 to 2:30 p.m., Monday, May 20 at the Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave. Computer labs to familiarize applicants with the online grant application will also be available in May at the Seattle Municipal Tower. We especially encourage first-time applicants to attend an information session and computer lab. Register for the sessions by contacting Kathy Hsieh, (206) 733-9926.
Last call for artists for temporary projects
Mary Iverson, Flip, Marion Street Pedestrian Overpass, Art Interruptions 2012. Photo by Lara Swimmer.
Applications for the project Art Interruptions 2013, in partnership with the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT), are due 11 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013 (Pacific Daylight Time). Up to 12 emerging public artists will be selected to create temporary art installations along the Beacon Hill Neighborhood Greenway and the Central Waterfront for a six-week period beginning in August 2013. The call is open to emerging public artists living in Washington state. Go to the Art Interruptions Call for Artists for eligibility and other details and to apply.

And ARTSparks—a partnership between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs—is seeking proposals for art projects for Occidental Square during June through September. Proposals are due 5 p.m., Friday May 10 (Pacific Daylight Time). All arts disciplines, collaborations or simultaneous projects are welcome to apply. Projects must activate the park for a least one week in duration and may extend to several weeks. Go here for details and application guidelines.
Bilingual information sessions on artist services for Latino artists
Juan Alonso, El Gallito, Havana, Cuba, digital photograph, edition of 25 © 2011, 14 x 11".
Save the date! Artists Up—a collaborative effort of our office, 4Culture and Artist Trust to increase access and to better serve all artists in Seattle, King County and Washington state—welcomes Latina/o artists to an informational series. Two sessions will be held: 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, July 8 and 6 to 8:30 p.m., Monday, July 15, both at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S.

Meet artists and funders. Learn how to apply for grants, develop a project (whether solo or collaborative), and find resources to complete a project. Artists in all disciplines (dance, literary, media, music, visual, theater and public art) are welcome. Interpreters and translated materials will be available, and light refreshments provided.

Suggested donation at the door of $10. Plan to attend? Register here. For more information, contact Irene Gómez, (206) 684-7310.

Seleccione aquí la versión en Español. (Click here for Spanish version.)
City Hall exhibition features photos from Police Department archives
Portrait of SPD Pipe & Drum Members, 2012, black and white photograph, 26 X 36. Photo courtesy of the Seattle Police Department.
The Seattle Police Department (SPD) will present an exhibition of two employee development projects sponsored by the Seattle Police Foundation, on view at City Hall May 2 through June 28. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at City Hall.

Technological Transitions: Historical Artifacts from the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum is an historical look at policing technology and equipment used by SPD throughout the history of the city of Seattle. Eighteen images include historical badges, weapons and montages of past and present equipment. The second project, Contemporary Portraits of the Men and Women of the Seattle Police Department, consists of 26 black-and-white portraits of police department employees with more than 35 years of service, as well as recent award recipients recognized for their hard work, bravery and dedication to the citizens of Seattle. The SPD photography unit photographed all images in this collection.
Meagan Atiyeh and Elizabeth Spavento to curate arts programming at future City Light site
Meagan Atiyeh (left) and Elizabeth Spavento (right).
Portland-Ore. curators Meagan Atiyeh and Elizabeth Spavento will program a series of performances and temporary art installations at the location for Seattle City Light's (SCL) proposed Denny Substation project in Seattle's Cascade neighborhood, near Denny Way and Stewart Street. The duo will develop, manage and coordinate an arts program to present artworks in a variety of media for a 12- to 18-month period beginning in fall 2013. Exhibitions and events will be free and open to the public.

SCL is designing its first new electrical power substation in 30 years. The new substation will serve the South Lake Union, Cascade, Denny Triangle, Uptown, Belltown and First Hill areas and address system-wide needs for power flow. The project is scheduled to be complete in late 2016.

Atiyeh has helped realize more than 50 projects for Oregon's Art in Public Places program. She previously served as director of the Northwest Film & Video Festival for the Northwest Film Center and is a founding board member of Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Spavento is an emerging curatorial talent interested in emerging curatorial practices and community engagement. She has worked extensively on projects with Portland's leading arts organizations and is currently organizing exhibitions for Disjecta in Portland and Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Atiyeh and Spavento were selected by a panel of artists, arts professionals, Cascade community representatives and SCL staff. The artwork is commissioned with SCL 1% for Art funds.
Matthew Geller to create artwork at West Seattle SPU facility
Matthew Geller; Open Channel Flow; 2009; steel, water, hand-pump, light; 60' x 45' x 33'. Located at the Department of Public Works, Houston, Tex. Photo by Diana Kingsley.
New York City artist Matthew Geller will create a permanent artwork for Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) North Delridge Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Retrofit Artwork Project in Seattle's Delridge neighborhood. Geller will work with SPU and members of the design team to develop an artwork that will be integrated with the facility and surrounding landscape.

Geller is drawn to overlooked or underutilized environments, from back alleys to sprawling open public spaces. In these settings he distills small fragments of narrative by augmenting or amplifying the character of a given place. Through his artworks, he invites viewers to engage a space and discover what was always there, as well as what might be. He is currently working on commissions for the Zoo Miami children's play area, the new Myrtle Avenue Plaza in Brooklyn, N.Y., and the new Municipal Courthouse in Austin, Tex.

Geller was selected by a panel of artists, arts professionals, Delridge community representatives and SPU staff. The artwork is commissioned with SPU 1% for Art funds.
Sean Orlando to create artwork for West Seattle fire station
Sean Orlando; The Raygun Gothic Rocketship; 2009, steel, aluminum, mixed media; 7' x 40' x 7'. Located at Pier 14, Embarcadero in San Francisco, Calif. Photo by David Yu.
Oakland, Calif.-based artist Sean Orlando will create a permanent artwork for Fire Station 32 in the West Seattle Junction. The new fire station will be built at the existing location, 3715 W. Alaska St., and will be the lead station for Battalion VII, which covers all of West Seattle, southwest Seattle, Harbor Island and the industrial areas lining both sides of the Duwamish River. The fire station is expected to be completed in fall 2015.

Orlando is an installation artist and community organizer with an interest in collaborative and immersive, large-scale sculptural installation projects. He is a co-founder of the Five Ton Crane Arts Group and principle artist at Engineered Artworks. Orlando's most recent collaborative group projects include the Steampunk Tree House, Raygun Gothic Rocketship and The Nautilus Submarine art car. His area of expertise includes the design and fabrication of large-scale public sculpture and leading collaborative teams to bring to life high-profile aesthetic visions that celebrate human ingenuity and exploration. He's exhibited at venues throughout California including Port of San Francisco, Coachella, Chabot Space and Science Center, Burning Man and Worth Ryder Gallery.

A panel of arts professionals, Department of Finance and Administrative Services (DFAS) representatives, a firefighter, West Seattle community members and fire station architects selected Orlando. The project is commissioned with DFAS 1% for Art funds.
'Parking Squid' bike rack's new waterfront home
Susan Robb, Parking Squid, 2010, steel, 18' x 5' x 6'. Located at the base of the Pike Street Hill Climb.
The Parking Squid bicycle rack formerly at Seattle Center found a new long-term residence on Earth Day, April 22. The bike rack now lives at the base of the Pike Street Hill Climb directly across from the Seattle Aquarium on Alaskan Way.

Parking Squid will offer accessible bicycle parking along the Central Waterfront. This functional artwork by local artist Susan Robb was originally created for "The Next Fifty," the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1962 World's Fair, and installed on Seattle Center campus. The project was presented by the Office of Arts & Culture as part of a series of public artworks that illustrated how artists are shaping the conversation around environmental sustainability.

Parking Squid addresses the expanding need for bicycle parking, as identified in the SDOT Bicycle Master Plan. The artwork was commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds.
Film, theater, photography and musical virtuosos on 'Art Zone'

Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy highlights the local arts scene 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. Check out what's coming up in May. (Art Zone will not air on May 24.)

On May 3 screenwriter Bob Nelson premieres his film Nebraska at Cannes International Film Festival. Ezra Dickenson unveils a new dance. Virtuoso guitarist Jeff Fielder puts together his dream band. And Richard Peterson plays The Moore Theatre.

On May 10, Saint Genet premieres Paradisical Rites at On the Boards. Frank Olivier brings his Twisted Cabaret to Fremont. Wes Hurley's film Waxie Moon in Fallen Jewel gets an extended run at Central Cinema. And La Luz rocks the Art Zone studio.

On May 18, check out the annual opening night coverage of the Seattle International Film Festival.

On May 31, New City Theatre presents Homebody. Gary Minkler and the Combination perform in the Art Zone studio. And photographer Lorae Lobdell completes her year-long project of capturing local actors with a photo exhibit at ACT Theatre.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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