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In this Issue - November 2008
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
Image: Barbara Noah, Flying Colors (detail), 2008, Union Street Electric Gallery. Photo by Deborah Paine.
Free public art workshop to address sustainable design
Douglas R. Taylor, Bird Song Listening Station (detail), permanently sited at Seattle Center. Photo by Jason Huff.
Sustainability is the buzzword of the moment, but what does it mean when applied to public art? Gain insights into "green" art at a free workshop, Green Art: What Does 'Sustainable Design' Mean in Public Art?, 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave. N.

A panel including environmental artist Gregory Glynn, public artists Lorna Jordan and Nicole Kistler, and landscape architect Karen Janosky will share their approaches to making "green" projects. They will exchange ideas about how public art can embrace sustainable design practices. The panelists will also discuss varied artistic approaches, from action-oriented environmentally themed works to artwork that actually serves an ecological purpose, as well as green building practices.

Green Art, presented by the Office, is part of a new workshop series designed to offer emerging and experienced artists a chance to network and gain insight into the public art process. The workshop is free. However, advance registration is required. To register, contact Elly Beerman at or (206) 233-3930. For more information about the workshop panelists, visit our Web site.
Srivani Jade. Photo by Paul Noll.
Enjoy free concerts at City Hall in November
Experience North Indian classical music and opera in November as part of Seattle Presents, the free lunchtime concert series at City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. Both shows are from noon to 1pm.

On Nov. 6, take a seat on plush rugs for a traditional-style performance of 19th-century North Indian classical music by Hindustani singer Srivani Jade. Jade will be accompanied by Manoj Biswas on tabla drum, Mausam on harmonium (a hand-pumped organ), and Annie Penta on tanpura (a long-necked Indian plucked string instrument). The performance will include a variety of modern, light and semi-classical Indian musical forms. After the show, meet the artist and enjoy traditional Indian desserts from Punjab Sweets. Rugs are courtesy of Pande Cameron.

On Nov. 13, catch a one-act opera on your lunch break as Seattle Opera's Young Artists perform a costumed production in English accompanied by piano. Don't miss this chance to hear America's most exciting young opera singers in an intimate chamber-style setting.
U.S. Conference of Mayors spotlights arts funding needs
Mayor Greg Nickels. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
In early October, Mayor Greg Nickels joined about 40 U.S. mayors at a meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., to discuss the impact air travel, tourism and the arts have on the economy. The mayors—citing arts and culture as a critical component of local and national economies—plan to present their findings to the nation's new president during his first 100 days in office. Among the mayors' recommendations is a Cabinet-level position for culture and tourism.

Mayor Nickels, who is currently vice president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, will take over as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June 2009.

The arts generate approximately $166 billion in economic activity every year in the United States and support close to 6 million jobs, according to Americans for the Arts, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit. In Seattle, nonprofit arts and culture generate $330 million in annual economic activity. Read more about the economic impact of the arts in Seattle here.
Isaac Layman, Extension Cord, 2006, digital C-print, 48" x 75". Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection. Photo by the artist.
SPU purchases artworks by emerging artists
Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) recently purchased 32 existing artworks from 24 emerging artists for the SPU Portable Works Collection.

The selection panel included artist Jeffry Mitchell; Yoko Ott, curator at Seattle University's Hedreen Gallery; Joanna Sikes, special projects manager at Chihuly Studio; and Merri Westphal, business analyst for SPU. The panelists chose the works from more than 4,500 images submitted by 277 Northwest artists.

The selected artists are: Robert Adams, Gretchen Bennett, Zack Bent, Ben Beres, Tram Bui, Juan Carlos Castellanos, Diem Chau, Dante Cohen, Isabel Collins, Tim Cross, Rachel Denny, Garek Druss, Eric Eley, Chris Engman, Scott Foldesi, Isaac Layman, Todd Lown, Richard Nicol, Chauney Peck, Alexis Pike, Jamie Potter, Eva Skold Westerlind, Maki Tamura and Claude Zervas.

The SPU Portable Works Collection is exhibited throughout SPU's offices, engaging both employees and the public and creating an interesting and diverse work environment. SPU 1% for Art funds supported the purchase. The artworks will be on view in the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery in early 2009.

Attend Arts Education Forum, Oct. 30
The fifth annual arts education forum, The State of Arts Education in Seattle Public Schools, is 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect St.

Learn about the first year of the city of Seattle's Arts Education Partnership Initiative with the school district. Hear about next steps for putting the arts back in education. Mayor Greg Nickels will kick off the evening, and the program will feature remarks by Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Chief Academic Officer Carla Santorno and district Manager of Visual & Performing Arts Carri Campbell. The evening will also feature a sampling of student visual art and performances. Don't miss out!

The arts education forum is presented by the Office, Seattle Arts Commission and Seattle Public Schools.
Office seeks artists for temporary climate projects, portable works
Buster Simpson, Beckoning Cistern (detail), 2002, permanently sited at 81 Vine Street.
The Office, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks artists for two public art opportunities - temporary projects that address climate change and commissioned portable works by emerging artists. The deadline for both calls is Monday, Nov 10.

The Office will select up to four artists to each develop, produce, perform and/or install a temporary public artwork that addresses the impact of climate change on water supply and drainage utilities. The call is open to Washington artists working in a variety of media including, but not limited to, sculpture, murals, print works, site-specific installation, performance or interactive artworks. Project budgets will range from $8,000 to $15,000 per artist. A link to the application is available on our Web site.

The Office seeks eight emerging artists to create commissioned portable artworks for SPU's Portable Works Collection. The call is open to emerging Seattle artists and artists who live within 100 miles of Seattle. This project is intended to be an introduction to the public commission and contracting process. The budget is $3,000 per artist. A link to the application is available on our Web site.
Artists put their best face forward in City Hall exhibition
Melissa Dahl, Bearded Woman, 2008. The drawing won third place in the Gage Academy of Art's self-portrait competition in February.
Gage Academy of Art students, alumni and instructors put their best face forward in Face Forward, a self-portrait competition and exhibition on display in the Anne Focke Gallery at City Hall. Scott Lawrimore, owner of the celebrated Lawrimore Project gallery, juried the work for the annual competitive prize show earlier this year.

From striking realist oil paintings to interpretive pencil drawings, the exhibition features 27 artworks entered in the competition last February and originally displayed at the Rosen Gallery at the Gage Academy. The competition attracted dozens of self-portrait works in charcoal, oil, pastels, ink and more. The City Hall exhibition includes a cross section of these works, including the best of show, first-, second- and third-prize winning works.

Face Forward expanded for this special City Hall exhibition to include Generation Next, a showing of 31 non-juried artworks created by artists ages 6 to 18 from Gage Academy's youth training programs. The student work is on display in the City Hall Lobby Gallery. Face Forward and Generation Next are on display at City Hall through Dec. 1.
Exhibition proposals sought for City Hall galleries
Anne Focke Gallery, Seattle City Hall. Photo by Nate Brown.
The Office seeks community exhibition proposals and artist group shows for display in two City Hall gallery spaces in 2009. Application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 13.

The galleries - the City Hall Lobby Gallery and the Anne Focke Gallery - focus on artworks that reflect the broad diversity of Seattle's communities and highlight the work of regional artists, nonprofit organizations and community groups.

Exhibitions should reflect the diversity of Seattle's communities and emphasize the people, places and character of Seattle. Proposals from arts and community-based organizations are welcome. Individual artists are not eligible to apply unless they are sponsored by an arts or community organization and the subject of their artwork has significance to Seattle. Individual artists may apply as part of a group show.

Exhibitions are displayed for six to eight weeks. Large shows may be displayed in both the City Hall Lobby Gallery and Anne Focke Gallery. All applications must be submitted digitally. A link to the online application is available on our Web site.
Work in Progress on view at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
John Stewart; Henk Pander, Artist; 1983; selenium toned silver print; 14" x 17". From Seattle City Light's Portable Works Collection.
The exhibition Work in Progress, on display at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery Oct. 28 to Dec. 31, features paintings, drawings and photography that depict men and women performing various jobs in their work-a-day world.

Work in Progress features artworks by more than 25 artists. Included in the exhibition are documentary photographs by Lyn McCracken and Peter de Lory highlighting the work of Seattle City Light and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) employees, whose activities are critical to the daily life of Seattle. These artists each participated in photographer-in-residence programs at City Light and SPU respectively, capturing images of workers, their tasks and their workplace.

Photographer John Stewart captures the artist Henk Pander working on a large painting, while Dan Webb illustrates in his drawings the warm-up routine of a ballet dancer. Karen Ganz's large painting, Rudimental, gives us a 1940's cartoon rendering of "the everyday man" who represents the workforce.

Curator Deborah Paine selected the pieces for Work in Progress from the city's Portable Works Collection.

"As Americans, we honor our workforce. Laws restrict the number of hours we can work and dictate the minimum wage we must earn. Our country celebrates Labor Day, the holiday specifically named to honor the hard work of all employees," notes Paine. "This exhibition showcases many of the utilities workers, the diversity of their manual tasks, and how integral they are to the functioning of our city."
Outdoor Union Street Electric Gallery features new mural
Barbara Noah, Flying Colors (detail), 2008, Union Street Electric Gallery. Photo by Deborah Paine.
A new fanciful, colorful mural graces the outdoor Union Street Electric Gallery through mid-April 2009.

The mural Flying Colors by Seattle artist Barbara Noah is a photographic amalgamation of a soaring beanie hat flying into the Carina Nebula, which represents an expansive energy source-a galactic explosion-that leaves behind beautiful colors among the stars. The image, reproduced as a vinyl mesh mural 14 feet high and 100 feet long, provides commentary on alternative wind-driven energy by utilizing a photograph of a low-tech propeller hat ascending into improbable and transcendent heights.

"I chose this image as a flight of fancy, not to reflect the surroundings in a predictable or literal manner, but as a metaphor to emphasize the notion of here and there - from the everyday world to this wondrous place over our heads and so far away," Noah said in an artist statement.

The Union Street Electric Gallery is located on the western exterior wall of the Seattle City Light facility at Union Street and Western Avenue. Flying Colors is the last temporary artwork installation at the current Union Street Electric Gallery site. Seattle City Light is exploring other locations to display temporary murals.
Capacity-building program for arts orgs accepting applications
Springboard, a new capacity-building program for small and mid-sized arts and cultural organizations, is accepting applications for 2009, its inaugural year. Executive Service Corps (ESC), in cooperation with Claudia Bach of AdvisArts, developed Springboard to help organizations reach the next level of success.

Teams of staff and board members from participating groups will address issues such as improving business operations, increasing revenues, building audiences and strengthening governance. Organizations will learn from peers and local arts experts and work with ESC consultants to develop individual plans for moving forward. ESC will provide follow-up support for plan implementation and continued peer learning.

A maximum of eight Seattle/King County organizations will be accepted for the first year. Program fees are on a sliding scale and start at $500. Call ESC at (206) 682-6704 to discuss eligibility and to receive application materials. Applications are due Thursday, Dec. 18. Participants will be notified in mid-January, and the program will start at the end of February.

Funding for Springboard was provided by the Seattle Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, the Nesholm Family Foundation and The Boeing Company.
Columbia was "Queen of the Pay Streak" at the 1909 A-Y-P
The 16-year-old Columbia (on the right), pictured here with her mom, was selected "Queen of the Pay Streak" at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. Photo courtesy of Museum of History and Industry.
Columbia, a Labradorean Eskimo, was selected "Queen of the Pay Streak" at the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (A-Y-P). The Pay Streak was the amusement zone at the 1909 A-Y-P. The A-Y-P was Seattle's first world's fair and the event that put our city on the map.

The 16-year-old Columbia (on the right), pictured here with her mother, was everyone's favorite at the A-Y-P. Columbia was born in 1892 in Chicago, Ill., where her mom was to appear at the World's Columbian Exposition. She was named for that world's fair.

Next year marks the centennial celebration of the 1909 A-Y-P. For more information about Columbia, the 1909 A-Y-P, or to find out about A-Y-P centennial events, visit the A-Y-P Web site. Columbia's story is posted here.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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