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In this Issue — November 2009
 Message from the director—It pays to be prepared
 Mayoral candidates weigh in on arts and culture
 Hear the school board candidates on arts education
 Mihalyo, Han to create artwork for Theater Commons
 SAM panel to tap into artists' water projects
 Step out of the office, soak up some music
 Cajun to classical on city phone lines
 A-Y-P centennial celebration wraps up in November
 Proposals open for City Hall galleries
 Don't miss a beat, follow our blog
 Tune in to Art Zone, tops for arts coverage
 Student art sought for Neighbor Appreciation Day



Exhibition proposals for City Hall galleries
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Greg Williamson Large Ensemble, Free concert
East West Double Trio
Seattle Arts Commission Meeting
Paul Taub, Free concert

Seattle Municipal Tower: Northwest Emerging Artists Seattle City Light Portable Works: Part II
Oct. 1 - Dec. 31
City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Arte Para Todos/Art For All
Extended through Nov. 9
Contemporary QuiltArt Association: Beyond the Block, Nov. 12 - Dec. 31
 
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Image: Claude Zervas, Flashlight 2 (detail), 2000, 20" x 28", Seattle City Portable Works Collection. On display at Seattle Municipal Tower gallery through Dec. 31. Photo by the artist.
Message from the director—It pays to be prepared
 
 
 
 
Damages at Taproot Theatre after an the early morning fire on Oct. 23. Photo by Paul Morrell.
 
 
"The readiness is all." This line from Hamlet echoes the responsibility of preparing for the worst-case scenario—a flood, flu pandemic, snow storm, earthquake, fire or other disasters.

On the heels of an emergency-preparedness seminar we co-hosted last week for arts and cultural organizations, a fire swept through several businesses in Greenwood. The adjacent Taproot Theatre sustained significant water and soot damage. As devastating as this news was, it was also heartening to see the cultural community come together to support Taproot in their time of need.

Taproot was able to mobilize quickly. The theater company has administrative offices across the street from its playhouse. Via the Web, e-mail, telephone and social media, theater management reached out to employees, board members, current ticket holders, patrons and the press.

Topping the theater's list: finding an alternate space to host the closing performances of its show Enchanted April. Seattle Children's Theatre answered the call, and more than 600 Taproot ticket holders attended the play one day after the fire. The show must go on!

But it might not have gone on, if it weren't for an established crisis communication plan and solid relationships in the community. Both are important elements of an emergency plan.

"(After the fire) our management staff did some swift planning and strategizing and then passed the plans off to a team of staff members and very capable volunteers (past employees, actors and friends - including an attorney who listened and advised the team throughout the day)," explained Nikki Visel, Taproot's marketing director. "This allowed us to think steps ahead and not get bogged down in unnecessary details. Being nimble was key. Having your data backed up off site is also crucial."

With flu and winter storm season upon us, 100 people from about 50 regional arts and cultural organizations attended a free two-hour emergency-preparedness seminar put on by Seattle University's Master of Fine Arts in Arts Leadership program. Our office co-sponsored the event with ArtsFund and 4Culture. Staff from Public-Health-Seattle & King County and the Seattle Office of Emergency Management offered tips for starting or refining an emergency plan.

If you couldn't make it, click here for a list of resources. Public Health has also prepared swine flu resources and information for businesses and employers. And a local coalition of government, utility and insurance agencies just launched a campaign to urge readiness for winter's trials. It's called Take Winter by Storm. Check it out. It pays to be prepared. Last winter's snowfall paralyzed the city, resulting in canceled performances and lost ticket revenue at some arts and cultural organizations.

Taproot is looking for a space to perform its Christmas production and is setting its sights on reopening its doors in time for its 2010 season. The theater company owns its building and had excellent insurance coverage.

Taproot's Visel has this piece of parting advice. "Contact your insurance agent immediately. The faster you can start working together, the faster repairs can begin. Our adjuster was able to clear our building for cleaning and repairs beginning at 8 a.m. the morning after the fire."

Michael Killoren
Director
 
 
 

 
 
Mayoral candidates weigh in on arts and culture
 
The general election is one week away. If you have yet to cast your ballot and are curious what the candidates for mayor have to say about arts and culture, Seattle Channel's C.R. Douglas sat down last week with each candidate to find out.

Candidates Joe Mallahan and Mike McGinn chatted about their taste in music, shared some of their arts and cultural experiences and talked policy—touching on topics including arts education, affordable cultural space, the future of Seattle Center, dedicated funding for the arts, the City of Music initiative and more.

To watch the interview with Mallahan, click here. To watch the interview with McGinn, click here. We invited both candidates to take part in the one-on-one taped interviews and thank our partners—the Seattle Channel, Seattle Arts Commission, Washington State Arts Alliance and Seattle Art Museum, where the conversations were taped.

You can also read the candidates' responses to an arts and culture questionnaire. Our office and the arts commission partnered with the arts alliance to issue the Q&A. To date, several candidates for Seattle City Council, city attorney and mayor have responded.

And finally, if you want to delve deeper, both mayoral candidates published policy papers on arts and culture. Read McGinn's policy papers here and here and Mallahan's here.
Hear the school board candidates on arts education
 
 
 
 
Beacon Hill Elementary students delight at an Imani Winds performance. The quintet was in residence at the school as part of the UW World Series Community Connections program. Photo by Lee Talner.
 
 
We sat down with the five candidates for Seattle School Board and asked them a series of questions about arts education. Hear what they have to say about the role of the arts in closing the achievement gap and boosting graduation rates, their arts experiences as kids and their views on the value of arts in the classroom.

Listen to the full interviews (they run about 15 minutes) with each candidate or hear the candidates' responses to specific questions.

We recorded the interviews at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on Sept. 24 and 25. Special thanks to the Youth Media Institute headed by Seattle Arts Commissioner Estevan Muñoz-Howard and to student recording engineer Cham Ba.
Mihalyo, Han to create artwork for Theater Commons
 
 
 
 
Lead Pencil Studio, Linear Plenum (detail), 2004, at Suyama Space.
 
 
Artist team Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo will create a temporary public artwork for the Theater Commons at Seattle Center. The commons project will make over a paved area between Seattle Repertory Theatre and Intiman Theatre into a landscaped open space and north entrance to the center.

The Theater Commons is planned to open in May 2010, and the artwork will be on view through the summer.

The commons will include a path and gardens to honor arts leader Peter Donnelly, who died in March after a long career that took root at Seattle Repertory Theatre in the 1960s.

Han and Mihalyo, known as Lead Pencil Studio, explore the overlap between art and architecture. A peer panel chose the artist duo from a pool of applicants.

Lead Pencil Studio's temporary projects include Mary Hill Double at the Columbia River Gorge in 2006 and Exit Ramp at the Moore Theater earlier this year. Their permanent public artworks include Endless at Bellevue Community College and an in-progress work at the United States/Canadian Border in Blaine, Wash.

The Theater Commons art project was commissioned with Seattle Center 1% for Art funds.
 
 
 
Mandy Greer and Zoe Scofield, Mater Matrix Mother and Medium, 2009, fiber, performance. The temporary installation ran through late August at Camp Long in West Seattle. The performance was held in July.
 
 
SAM panel to tap into artists' water projects
 
This summer we commissioned artists to tap the flow of Seattle's water with free performances, films and installations. Under the theme Water Calling, artists created temporary artworks and short films that celebrated water's mythical power, examined its flow and history, and offered ways to care for our urban watersheds.

We've teamed up with the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) to host a discussion, Water Calling: Artist Panel, 2 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at Olympic Sculpture Park's PACCAR Pavilion. Artists Mandy Greer, Stokley Towles and filmmaker Britta Johnson will talk about and show parts of their projects, which include a 200-foot "fiber river" of blue yarn and recycled fabric, a one-man performance/exhibition about water, and a stop-animation film.

The discussion is part of SAM's series Creatively Speaking: The Artist's Point of View.

The talk is free, but registration is required. Seating is limited. The Water Calling projects were commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds in partnership with Restore Our Waters, the city's initiative to protect and restore Seattle's urban waterways.
 
 
 
East West Double Trio will perform at City Hall on Nov. 5. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
 
Step out of the office, soak up some music
 
Spice up a soggy fall afternoon with some free tunes at City Hall. Lunchtime performances are noon to 1 p.m. Here's what's coming up.

Step back in time on Oct. 29 with the Greg Williamson Large Ensemble as it re-imagines music of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exhibition—Seattle's first world's fair. The 15-member group will play period instruments and project images from the fair. Thanks to our partner Earshot Jazz Festival.

On Nov. 5, we team up again with Earshot Jazz Festival to host the scalding-hot jazz sextet East West Double Trio, featuring players from Japan and Seattle.

On Nov. 19, flutist Paul Taub, founding member of the Seattle Chamber Players, celebrates 30 years in Seattle with a program of contemporary original music. Pianist Cristina Valdes joins him for this eclectic program of work by composers Bun-Ching Lam, Wayne Horvitz, Reza Vali and Toshio Hosokawa.
 
 
 
"Under The Moon" by Dub Lounge International is featured on the latest Seattle OnHold mix.
 
 
Cajun to classical on city phone lines
 
The latest Seattle OnHold music mix treats listeners to some "Slow Cookin'" from Cajun band Big Squeezy, a tune "Under The Moon" by Dub Lounge International, and the siren song of a glow bug as told by indie stars Mirah and Spectratone International. Check out the rest of the line-up on the OnHold Web site.

And you don't have to dial a city office and be placed on hold to hear the music. Subscribe to the free music podcast to get a new song every seven to 11 days.
A-Y-P centennial celebration wraps up in November
 
 
 
 
Entrance to the Igorrote Village, Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Seattle, 1909 by Frank H. Nowell. Photo courtesy Special Collections Division, University of Washington Libraries, neg. no. Nowell 1557. On view in the exhibition A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply through Nov. 29 at the Burke Museum.
 
 
There's still time to get in on some A-Y-P action. The centennial celebration of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition will close in November with a series of events, including a play, a symposium and exhibition and a documentary. All commemorate the 100th anniversary of Seattle's first world's fair, which helped shape the region.

Book-It Repertory Theatre will present a free performance of Two Wheels North, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Center House Theatre. Adapted from the book by Evelyn McDaniel Gibb, Two Wheels North brings to life the true tale of two young men who rode their bicycles from Santa Rosa, Calif., to the 1909
A-Y-P in Seattle. The action-packed staged reading is part of 4Culture's Site-Specific Network. The run of performances around King County closes in November. Click here for dates, times and locations.

A Burke Museum exhibit, A-Y-P: Indigenous Voices Reply, takes a critical look at how indigenous peoples were represented at the fair. Speakers will discuss the portrayal of indigenous cultures at the A-Y-P and other world's fairs at a symposium, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 at UW's Kane Hall, Room 110. Dr. Robert Rydell, the premier world's fair historian, will deliver the keynote address.

Or you can learn about the A-Y-P from the comfort of your couch. The film, The Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition: Seattle's Forgotten World's Fair will begin airing on Seattle Channel later this week. Seattle filmmaker John Forsen tells the story of the A-Y-P through thousands of historical images, rare archival footage and contemporary interviews. Here are a few of the air dates: 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1; 6 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2; and 9 p.m., Tuesday,
Nov. 3.

The year-long A-Y-P centennial celebration was managed by the Office in collaboration with nearly 60 community partners. Learn more about the centennial here.
 
 
 
Hugo Ludeña, Che Carlitos, 2009. Featured in the exhibition Arte Para Todos—Art for All at City Hall through Nov. 9.
 
 
Proposals open for City Hall galleries
 
The Office invites community and artist groups to submit proposals for exhibitions in two City Hall gallery spaces in 2010 and early 2011. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5.

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 showcase the work of regional artists, nonprofit organizations and community groups.

The exhibition cycle will begin in mid-April and run through March 2011. For details and a link to the online application, click here.
 
 
 
Melbourne, Australia-based Strange Fruit fuses theater, dance and circus in a performance atop 15-foot poles at Bumbershoot. Photo by Morgan Keuler.
 
 
Don't miss a beat, follow our blog
 
If you don't want to miss a beat when it comes to news from our office, follow our Art Beat blog to learn about funding opportunities, calls for artists, free concerts at City Hall, public art projects, gallery openings and more. While Art Beat offers short, regular updates, we will continue to send you our monthly eNews.

Art Beat is part of Citylink Seattle, a new Web site and network of news feeds from city departments including utilities, parks, Seattle Center, police, fire, transportation and others.

"Citylink Seattle takes our city beyond traditional news releases and printed newsletters to delivering faster, more immediate information that keeps you in touch with your city in one convenient place," said Mayor Greg Nickels.
 
 
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Tune in to Art Zone, tops for arts coverage
 
It's TV weather. A great time to curl up on the couch Friday nights with one of the hottest art tickets in town—Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. The arts show, which airs on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m. Fridays, just nabbed a first-place award for its arts and entertainment coverage. In fact, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors showered Seattle Channel with 29 national government programming awards!

Here are a few Art Zone highlights for November. FYI, Art Zone will not air on Nov. 13.

On Nov. 6, enjoy music from One World Taiko. Watch the vibrant dance of Northwest Tap Connection, a 2009 Mayor's Arts Award recipient. On Nov. 20 (and also on Nov. 27), Guppy and her crew will change things up with "Art Zone Open Studio," a half-hour special where five local artists will get three minutes each to do their thing.
Student art sought for Neighbor Appreciation Day
 
 
 
 
Samara Haq of West Woodland Elementary School won first place for this artwork in last year's contest.
 
 
The Office is teaming up with the Department of Neighborhoods to invite Seattle students, kindergarten through 12th grade, to submit original artwork for a contest as part of Neighbor Appreciation Day, Feb. 6, 2010.

The winning artwork will adorn the 2010 Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting card. Free cards will be available at City Hall, neighborhood service centers, community centers and libraries throughout Seattle. Winners will receive cash awards of up to $100.

The artwork should depict caring and active neighbors, reflecting the theme of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Past artwork has shown neighbors sharing meals; exchanging plants; and working together on a community project, such as building a new playground, painting a mural, or beautifying school grounds.

Art should be submitted on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. It is recommended that art be vivid in color. Pieces done in watercolor or magic marker tend to show better, but all formats are welcome. Student artwork must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 11 at the Department of Neighborhoods. For more information, contact Lois Maag, (206) 615-0950.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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