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In this Issue - November 2007

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Image: Kristen Ramirez, detail of proposal for A City Makes Herself, ink and gouache on paper 5" x 36", 2007, installed at the Union Street Electric Gallery.
Mustang Mural, SouthEast Effective Development, 2007 Youth Arts partner, photo by Kathy Fowells.
Seattle invests in 25 Youth Arts projects
The Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announces $201,000 in grants to 25 youth arts programs that will provide arts training outside of school hours for Seattle's middle and high school youth in 2008.

An annual funding program, Youth Arts provides up to $10,000 to programs in which experienced teaching artists lead youth training programs in all arts disciplines. The Youth Arts program supports a continuum of learning beyond the school day and the classroom, with priority placed on serving youth and communities with limited or no access to the arts.

"The arts are an important learning tool," said Mayor Greg Nickels. "Too often the value of participation in the arts is underestimated. These programs give young people a chance to shine, to express themselves and to develop positive goals for the future."

Youth Arts projects range from traditional arts to leading edge forms. 2008 funded programs will teach filmmaking, bookmaking, theater, spoken word, dance, scenic design and music composition. Applicants include a mix of arts and cultural organizations, community-based organizations and individual artists. Nearly half (48 percent) of the applicants were funded, most receiving the full amount requested. The average 2008 award is $8,300.

Stephen Rosen, City Hall West Side (detail), 2005, 23" x 30".
City accepting proposals for City Hall galleries
The city of Seattle seeks artist and community exhibition proposals for display in City Hall galleries in 2008. Two City Hall galleries — the City Hall Lobby Gallery and the Anne Focke Gallery — focus on works that reflect the broad diversity of Seattle's communities and highlight the work of regional artists, community organizations and city departments. Group and solo exhibitions are welcome and will be displayed for six to eight weeks beginning in February 2008. Exhibitions should showcase the life of the city through the activities of its residents and organizations. The galleries are equipped to display 2-D materials, however 3-D exhibitions will be considered, providing applicants can furnish necessary display cases. Video and media works will not be accepted. A panel of city employees, administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, will review the applications and select 2008 exhibitions. Application deadline is Friday, Dec, 21. Click here to apply online. All applications must be submitted digitally through the CaFÉ™ online system.

Buyer beware when purchasing tickets
Call it what you will, scalping or "the secondary ticket market." Either way, the reselling of tickets to concerts and arts and sporting events has become big business in recent years, and Seattle arts and cultural organizations are cautioning patrons to pay attention to the outlet they purchase tickets from or risk taking a big hit in the pocket book.

Reselling tickets is legal in the city of Seattle, and ticket brokers frequently offer consumers ticket prices three to four times higher than the official ticket price. Consumers who purchase these tickets not only pay higher prices, but in some cases run the risk of buying invalid tickets. Some resellers are taking advantage of expanding technology, going as far as spoofing venues' Web sites to sell popular tickets at inflated prices on the Internet to unsuspecting patrons.

"It's very troubling to have to turn away patrons who are so excited to see a show and think they have purchased valid tickets when they haven't," said Josh LaBelle, executive director of Seattle Theatre Group, which experienced ticket fraud and inflated ticket prices when it presented the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein last summer. "We cannot honor fraudulent tickets. For this reason, we wish to communicate the importance of purchasing tickets through official authorized means It is critical that we make the community and our patrons aware of the best avenues for accessing tickets and information."

When purchasing tickets, buy direct from the venue or through an official authorized ticket outlet, such as Ticketmaster, Brown Paper Tickets or Ticket Window.

Korean Cultural Celebration 2006, Festál, photo by Punchlist Design.
Save the date for Ethnic Arts Connection
Arts presenters are looking for ethnic performing artists. Ethnic artists are looking for venues. Ethnic Arts Connection, a free one-day gathering of artists and presenters, provides the link. Ethnic Arts Connection will take place 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2008 at Intiman Theatre at Seattle Center. The event is a joint project put on by several regional arts and cultural organizations.

Registration is open to Washington performing artists, presenters and community organizations. Ethnic Arts Connection features a rich roster of showcase performances, workshops and booking and networking opportunities. Registration deadline for performing artists who wish to present a six-minute juried showcase of their work is Friday, Dec. 21. Apply early as space is limited. The general registration deadline for presenters and performing artists is Monday, Feb. 4, 2008. Click here to register online.

Buster Simpson, Beckoning Cistern, 2002, 81 Vine Street.
Arts part of Urban Sustainability Forums
This Office is partnering with the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) to involve public artists in DPD's Urban Sustainability forums. Since this article was first published (Oct. 26) there has been a change to the Urban Sustainability Forum on Nov. 19. Artist Buster Simpson is unable to participate in the forum Building the New Green Urban Movement within Diverse Communities, featuring presenter Robert Garcia, a nationally recognized leader in the urban park movement and executive director of The City Project. The event, at the Seattle Central Library's Microsoft Auditorium, will feature a catered reception at 5 p.m. followed by a presentation from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Registration is not required.

Mark your calendars for a Dec. 10 forum, Creating the Greenest Neighborhoods in North America, featuring artist Perri Lynch and speaker Greg Searle. Executive director of BioRegional North America, Searle is responsible for catalyzing partnerships to build One Planet Communities neighborhoods. The free forum at Seattle City Hall will open with a reception, 5 to 5:30 p.m., which will feature a new sound composition by Lynch inspired by sustainable practices. The presentation, featuring Searle, is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Registration is not required.

Arts play a part in Climate Action Now
A play powered by actor-powered bicycle generators. A public artwork powered by wind. Biodiesel generators used to fuel outdoor concerts. Here in Seattle, there is a growing recognition that global warming isn't just a problem for future generations to worry about; it is a threat to our city and our planet that we must start addressing today. Seattle Climate Action Now is an exciting new city-led effort to give everyone in Seattle the tools needed to start making a real difference at home, at work, and on the road. We're pleased to report artists and arts and cultural organization are pitching in to protect the climate. So we've highlighted several public artworks with environmental themes and called out a few organizations and artists who are doing their part to protect the climate. Read more about what our office and our partners are doing to reduce climate-changing pollution on our
Web site.

Crews install Kristen Ramirez's A City Makes Herself at the Union Street Electric Gallery.
New Mural at Union Street Electric Gallery
A new mural graces the outdoor Union Street Electric GalleryA City Makes Herself, by artist Kristen Ramirez is a homage to Seattle's history and physical characteristics. Ramirez gathers icons, signage, color, forms, and other visual "clutter" and translates them into a layered landscape. The installation activates this space and speaks to the ever-changing context of Seattle's downtown core.

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, a vinyl-mesh mural 14 feet high and 100 feet long, is designed to enhance the workplace of City Light employees.

November concerts feature opera, jazz and more
Seattle Opera's Young Artists will perform a one-act opera Thur.,
Nov. 8, noon - 1 p.m.
at City Hall. Photo:
© Rozarii Lynch.
Seattle Presents continues in November with performances in the intimate chamber setting of City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room.

The Earshot Jazz Festival hosts saxophonist Michael Brockman and trio, Nov. 1. On Nov. 8, Seattle Opera's Young Artists will perform Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti, a complete one-act opera performed in English and accompanied by piano. Wu Ziying will perform enchanting traditional Chinese music,
Nov. 15, and the evocative lute/song duo Dulces Exuvia will perform, Nov. 29. The performances are part of the free lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series presented year-round by the Office at City Hall, 600 4th Ave. Also, check out the lineup of holiday concerts on our Web site.

Lynn Yamamoto, Of Memory (detail), 2007, Seattle Central Library.
New sculpture at Central Library
Lynne Yamamoto's Of Memory, a wall sculpture depicting antiquated card catalogs, was recently installed at the Seattle Public Library's Central Library. Yamamoto's artwork is the final installation in Library Unbound, a series of short residencies begun in 2003 from which artists developed designs for permanent, enduring works of art at the Central Library. Yamamoto's work focuses on evocations of memory and absence. Of Memory consists of five wall-mounted panels, featuring the faces of card catalog file drawers cast in white resin. The card files comprise an article of furniture that has been rendered obsolete by computerized cataloging. The artwork is located on the 10th floor of the Central Library near the Seattle Collection.

Glass artist Paul Marioni featured on Seattle Channel
Paul Marioni, Grey With Circle, Glass, 9 1/2" x 5" diameter. Seattle City Light Portable Works Collection.
Glass artist Paul Marioni is the subject of a new 30-minute documentary by Seattle filmmaker John Forsen airing on Seattle Channel and streaming online. The film, funded in part by this Office, highlights the workings of Marioni, who has influenced every medium of glass art. Marioni's blown and painted works include visual puns, his signature inventions and unique kinetic forms. He began working with glass in the 1960s, and taught for 17 years at Pilchuck Glass School; he has many pieces in the Seattle public art collection and in numerous public installations around the Northwest. Marioni and artist Ann Troutner are completing an installation in Seattle City Light's 32nd floor lobby at Seattle Municipal Tower. Titled Cascades, the installation consists of a blue terrazzo floor, glass wall and reception desk, all of which reference water in imagery designed to remind the viewer of water as the source of hydroelectric energy. Seattle Channel was recently named the best municipal TV station in the country by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA).

Fremont Neighborhood Council pitches in for artwork
Artist Jenny Heishman's proposal for Water Mover at Ernst Park.
The Fremont Neighborhood Council has generously donated $5,000 towards the completion of Water Mover, a functional sculpture designed by artist Jenny Heishman for Ernst Park. The artwork will serve as a sculptural railing to run along the curved curb on the northwest side of the park's grand staircase. Heishman's sculpture will be activated on rainy days when water will run through the series of trough-shaped railings and spill off the end into a bucket.

"We gratefully acknowledge the Fremont Neighborhood Council's ongoing commitment to this artwork project," said Michael Killoren, director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, which is managing the artwork project. The city has allocated $18,000 to the project. The park acts as a "scenic" cut through between two busy streets with a path and stairs providing access to the nearby Fremont Branch Library. The artwork is expected to be completed in spring 2008.

Max Keene, Flow (detail), 2007, Seattle Public Utilities Operations Control Center.
Flow installation featured at utility facility
Many flowed under Seattle artist Max Keene's ceiling-mounted installations at the grand opening of the renovated Seattle Public Utilities' Operations Control Center, Oct. 16. As people passed under the installations, lights traced their movement implying the flow of water.

Keene's installations, aptly titled Flow, are located in the first- and second-floor employee break areas. The two sculptures are light-based interactive installations suspended from the ceiling by copper pipes. Video cameras installed in the first-floor artwork react to light and movements below and slowly reconfigure patterns of LED lights. Motion sensors in the second-floor artwork detect the presence of people, and LED lights illuminate and fade between three different colors as people move beneath the artwork. Keene writes, "Flow is intended to reference the flow of water, energy, information and people."

Civic Appreciation Month closes with birthday bash

Break out the birthday hats and celebrate the many Seattle organizations — including several arts and cultural institutions — marking milestone anniversaries this year. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is proud to serve as a co-presenter of CityClub's Civic Participation Month finale, a Community Birthday Party with emcee Pat Cashman, Thursday, Nov. 1 at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The party is 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $20 for CityClub Members and $25 for the general public. Register at: or call 206-682-7395. Seattle arts and cultural organizations with big birthdays this year include Artist Trust (20 years), Henry Art Gallery (80 years), Pike Place Market (100 years), Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association (50 years), Seattle Arts & Lectures (20 years) and The Moore Theatre (100 years).

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