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In this Issue — November 2010
 Seattle invests in 44 artist projects through CityArtist program
 Join in a discussion about arts education
 City seeks director for the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
 Artist Catherine Wagner to create artwork for Mercer underpass
 Artist John Fleming to create artwork for sidewalk inlays
 Office to dedicate artwork for downtown construction fence
 Artist Trust's EDGE program graduates show artworks at City Hall
 Free public art web seminar for artists, Nov. 3
 Warm up with fall concerts at City Hall
 Slow-strut jam to Gaelic on city phone lines
 Visual art to rock musicals on Seattle Channel's Art Zone



Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Civic Square fence project artwork dedication
Arghavan: Soul of Wine, free concert
Arts in Education Forum
Seattle Arts Commission Meeting
Whozyamama, free concert

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Postscripts from the EDGE
Nov. 3, 2010 - Jan. 4, 2011

Artist reception
4 - 6 p.m., Nov. 3
City Hall lobby
 
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Image: Joy Hagen, Logging Roads I (detail of triptych), 2010, encaustic mixed media on wood panel, 32" x 56". Photo by Larey McDaniel. Featured in Postscripts from the EDGE, an exhibition on view Nov. 3 to Jan. 4, 2011, at Seattle City Hall.
Seattle invests in 44 artist projects through CityArtist program
 
 
 
A scene from Brian Kooser's Bloody Henry, a puppet show loosely based on the life and times of King Henry VIII of England. Kooser received 2009 CityArtist Project funding. Photo by Diedre Muns.
 
This week, the Office announced $200,000 in awards to 44 individual artists working in the performing arts, including dance, music, theater and multi-disciplinary projects. Seattle's CityArtist Projects annual funding program assists individual artists based in Seattle to develop and present their work.

The 2011 program received 125 applications. Seventeen of the 44 artists funded are first-time recipients, representing 39 percent of applicants. The awards range from $1,500 to $10,000, with an average award of $4,545.

For a complete list of 2011 CityArtist Projects, go here.

The CityArtists Projects program supports new works, works-in-progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. All projects must incorporate a public presentation. Funding is offered to different artistic disciplines in alternating years. In 2010, the program funded 48 artists working in the visual, literary and media arts. CityArtist Projects is part of the Office's "cultural partnership" investments ensuring Seattle residents access to a wide variety of arts and cultural opportunities.
 
 
Susie Fitzhugh, Learning Perspectives, 2007. Arts Corps student learning how to use perspective in Lauren Atkinson's visual arts class at St. Therese School.
 
Join in a discussion about arts education
 
Parents, students, teachers, artists, residents and supporters of equitable and well-rounded education for all are invited to attend the sixth annual Arts in Education Forum, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8 at the Seattle University's Pigott Auditorium (1017 E. Marion Street). An informal reception with snacks and refreshments will follow from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

The forum will be a student-directed community forum that engages issues around arts education, creative learning and student success. It is presented by the Seattle Arts Commission, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Public Schools, with support this year from the Seattle University College of Arts & Sciences.

Three Seattle students will lead a panel discussion with Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Susan Enfield about how the arts engage, challenge and motivate young people.

Bring your own questions for our students and policymakers and learn more about how the city and Seattle Public Schools are partnering now to help ensure arts learning can be a part of a basic education for all students.

Youth of all ages are encouraged to attend. For more information, view the online invitation. We hope to see you there!
City seeks director for the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
 
 
 

 
The city of Seattle is seeking a director to lead the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. The department director reports to the mayor and the position appointment must be confirmed by the Seattle City Council. The director manages specific programs and services that provide funding, technical assistance and advocacy for artists, organizations, neighborhood groups, educators and students, as well as the commission of the city's artworks through the 1% for Art program. The Office is supported by the Seattle Arts Commission, a 16-member voluntary citizen commission whose members are appointed by the mayor and City Council.

Applicants must have at least five years experience directing and managing professional level staff in business, governmental or non-profit arts organizations and at least four years of executive management experience.

Desired qualifications include successful experience developing and cultivating innovative approaches within arts communities; ability to partner with the arts community and public, private and non-profit supporters; and a demonstrated record of managing a diverse workforce in an equitable manner.

The application deadline is 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9. Learn more about the position and how to apply here.
Artist Catherine Wagner to create artwork for Mercer underpass
 
 
 
Catherine Wagner, The Pomegranate Wall, 2001, lambda duratrans and lightbox. At the San Jose Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Artist Catherine Wagner will create permanent artwork for the Mercer Street underpass at Aurora Avenue as part of the second phase of the Mercer Corridor Improvement project. The artwork will transform the experience of traveling through the underpass for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. The artwork will be located along the concrete walls that frame Mercer Street between Dexter and Taylor avenues. Wagner will begin design work this fall and complete the artwork by 2014.

Wagner is a San Francisco-based artist who creates art in the studio and in public places. She has completed large-scale, site-specific public art pieces for the city of San Francisco; the University of California, San Francisco medical school; and the city of Los Angeles. She is currently working on other projects for the city of Santa Monica and the city of San Jose. Her public artworks combine the theoretical rigor of her photographic studio works with an awareness of the specifics and history of each site.

A panel of art professionals, joined by a Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) representative and community members from the Uptown and South Lake Union neighborhoods, selected Wagner from a pool of applicants from across the United States. The project is commissioned with SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office.
Artist John Fleming to create artwork for sidewalk inlays
 
 
 
John Fleming, Cube Series, 2009, recycled traffic signs and reflective paint on plywood, 15" x 15" x 15". Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Seattle artist John Fleming will create a single artwork design to inlay at 10 to 15 new sidewalk locations throughout Seattle. The inlays are part of Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) Sidewalk Development Program. In 2011, SDOT will build up to 15 blocks of new sidewalks in various parts of the city through the program. Fleming will work with SDOT staff to design and fabricate the artwork for the inlays.

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, the Storefronts Seattle installation project in Seattle's Pioneer Square, and created the Grass Blades installation at Seattle Center.

Fleming was selected from an open call to professional artists living in Washington and chosen by a panel comprised of artists, community representatives and city staff.

The artworks are commissioned with SDOT Bridging the Gap transportation levy funds.
Office to dedicate artwork for downtown construction fence
 
 
 
Mark LaFalce, I-695 Commuters (detail), 5' x 10'. A visual commentary on the need for more public transportation. Photo by Art & Soul Photo.
 
The Office will celebrate eight artists' works installed on the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction site in downtown Seattle. Dedication remarks will take place at 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the Seattle City Hall lobby, located at 600 Fourth Ave. A tour around the fence to view the artwork will begin at 5:45 p.m.

The Civic Square site is located between Third and Fourth avenues and Cherry and James streets. The five-foot-high by 10-foot-wide panels will be on view for approximately one year.

The artists are Laura Castellanos, Anna Mia Davidson, John Fleming, Mark LaFalce, Maria Olga Meneses, Scott Schuldt, Kate Sweeney and Patrice Tullai.

A panel of art professionals, including representatives from the Seattle City Council, Department of Finance and Administrative Services and Triad Development Inc., selected the artists from a pool of 62 applicants. The panel selected two or more artworks by each artist, for a total of 24 pieces. Funding for the Civic Square temporary artwork program is provided by Triad Development Inc.

Also taking place 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, in City Hall lobby is the artist reception for Postscripts from the EDGE, an exhibition of more than 30 artworks by 13 graduates of the Artist Trust EDGE Program. Postscripts from the Edge will be on view Nov. 3 through Jan. 4, 2011, at City Hall.
Artist Trust's EDGE program graduates show artworks at City Hall
 
 
 
Anne Simernitski, Blue Bird (diptych), 2010, acrylic and metallic paint and collage on canvas, 24" x 36" and 36" x 36". Photo by Larey McDaniel.
 
Inspired by their extraordinary bonding experience, 13 artists who graduated from the 2009 Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development Program in visual arts reunite to share new work created since completing the program. Postscripts from the EDGE will be on view Nov. 3 to Jan. 4, 2011, at Seattle City Hall. The exhibition is a visual portrayal of each artist's personal relationship to Seattle. The artists will present two to three artworks that include fused glass, reverse painting on glass, mixed media collage, painting, encaustic painting and photography.

The artists are Kathie Bliss, Tracy Boyd, Minh Carrico, Jeanne Dodds, Jessica Dodge, Miguel Edwards, Sara Everett, Joy Hagen, Lin McJunkin, Victori Raymond, Tom Schworer, Anne Simernitski and Juli Sipe.

An artist reception will take place 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 3 in City Hall lobby.

Artist Trust's EDGE program is a professional development program for artists living and working in Washington state. Held at Centrum, a nonprofit center for artists in Port Townsend, Wash., the program offers artists a comprehensive survey of professional practices through a hands-on, interactive curriculum. EDGE aims to provide artists with the entrepreneurial skills to achieve their career goals and the opportunity for peer support and exchange.

Also taking place at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, in City Hall lobby, the Office will dedicate eight artists' works that will enhance the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction site in downtown Seattle. A tour around the fence to view the artwork will begin at 5:45 p.m.
 
 

 
Free public art web seminar for artists, Nov. 3
 
The Office and 4Culture invite you to sit in on Public Art 101 for Artists, a free web seminar (or "webinar") produced by Americans for the Arts. The webinar is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave.

The webinar "Working with Materials and Budgets" will provide artists new to public art with information about how to be successful during design development. Presenters are Mary Rubin, city of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs; Brian Laczko, architect; Amy Trachtenberg, artist; and Sam Rodriquez, artist. Participants will be connected with the presentation by phone and projected streaming video. Public art staff from the Office and 4Culture will be there to answer questions following the program.

Advance registration is required. Contact Sandy Esene, (206) 233-3920. Visit Americans for the Arts' website for more information about upcoming webinars.
 
 
Zydeco band Whozyamama will perform a free concert at City Hall Nov. 18. Photo courtesy of the band.
 
Warm up with fall concerts at City Hall
 
Persian music and zydeco rhythms warm up City Hall this month. The free noontime shows take place inside City Hall's lobby, 600 Fourth Ave., and are part of the Office's Seattle Presents year-round concert series.

On Thursday, Nov. 4, Iranian vocalist and tar (Persian lute) player Parvaneh Daneshvar joins Seattle vocalist and composer Jessika Kenney for Arghavan: Soul of Wine's performance of classical Persian music and poetry.

On Thursday, Nov. 18, loosen the knees and move as you please to the zydeco sound of Whozyamama's Cajun French vocals, rub-board rhythms, squeeze box harmony and Southern Louisiana charm.
 
 
The new Seattle OnHold mix includes the Monarch Duo's "Shmuli's Waltz" from their self-titled CD.
 
Slow-strut jam to Gaelic on city phone lines
 
Discover local music with Seattle OnHold. A new batch of tunes hits city phones today and you can hear it all at www.seattle.gov/onhold.

The mix features a slow strut jam from Vunt Foom, a longing Gaelic melody from Ockham's Razor, stunning choral performance by The Esoterics, a live track of Charanga Danzón with Hilario Durán and much more.
Visual art to rock musicals on Seattle Channel's Art Zone
 
 
 

 
Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on Seattle Channel 21 spotlights the local arts scene. Catch the show on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on the web. Art Zone returns to KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17; at 5 a.m. the following Mondays; and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays. Here are this month's shows. (Art Zone will not air on Nov. 11 or Nov. 26.)

On Nov. 5, visual artist Anna McKee unveils a new show of Antarctica-inspired work. The Seattle Repertory Theatre opens Three Tall Women. Watch a profile on mixed media artist Merrily Tompkins. And listen to The New Seattle Brass Ensemble.

On Nov. 19, experimental stage artist Dayna Hanson premieres her new rock musical Gloria's Cause. Watch a feature on actor Annette Toutonghi in the show's "Downstage Center" series. And Indian fusion band Manooghi Hi lights up the studio.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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