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In this Issue — November 2011

 Message from the director: making space for the arts in learning and in our communities
 School board candidates answer arts education survey
 Shunpike selected for pilot arts space program
 Funding applications for individual artists due Nov. 1
 Adam Frank City Light artist-in-residence
 One-man show on sewers gains steam
 Save the date for Cultural Space Seattle, Dec. 6 and 7
 TPS announces the Melissa Hines Award
 From rock and roll to TED talks on Art Zone



Funding: Individual artists
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Stormwater: Life in the Gutter, a one-man performance written and performed by Stokley Towles.


City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Seattle as Collector
at City Hall

Through Dec. 30
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Word Play
Through Dec. 30
 
Image: Members of the Seattle Baroque Orchestra rehearsing for Vivaldi Folia at Town Hall Seattle. Join us at Cultural Space Seattle, a two-day event to help shape policies to keep and create affordable space for artists and arts organizations to work, rehearse and perform in Seattle. Photo by Jeremy M. Johnsen.
Message from the director: making space for the arts in learning and in our communities
 
 
This summer, Youth in Focus used their Storefronts Seattle residency at 604 Second Ave. in the Hartford Building in Pioneer Square to shoot their 20 Paces project, where the kids are tasked with photographing anything they can see from within 20 paces of the storefront door. Photo by Jessica L.
 
The arts are a powerful tool for inspiring our young people. With Election Day, Nov. 8, just around the corner we invited the candidates for Seattle School Board to complete a short survey about arts education. Read more about the survey below and link to the candidates' responses.

Engaging the candidates in a conversation about arts education is especially timely considering Seattle Public Schools recently received a $1 million planning grant from The Wallace Foundation to engage the community and develop a plan for introducing more arts instruction into the classroom. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' multi-year Arts Education Partnership with the school district played a large role in leveraging this investment, and we look forward to working with the district to realize this important work.

We're also continuing to advocate for cultural space in Seattle's neighborhoods and will soon launch a pilot Artist Space Assistance Program (ASAP) in the Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods. Shunpike was selected to manage the program, which will provide relocation and placement services for artists and arts organizations seeking affordable space.

The goal of ASAP is to keep artists in the neighborhood and to develop a cultural space model for other neighborhoods. Shunpike is well positioned to do this work. Last year, Shunpike launched Storefronts Seattle in Pioneer Square. The successful program activates empty spaces with art. Also, the nonprofit's Arts Business Clinic provides a strong model for matching artists and arts groups with space.

Finally, I invite you to save the date for Cultural Space Seattle, Dec. 6 and 7. We're working with the Seattle Arts Commission's Facilities and Economic Development Committee to host the two-day event to shape policies to keep and create affordable, stable space for artists and arts organizations. Mark your calendar for a public forum the evening of Dec. 6 followed by a morning working session on Dec. 7.

Sincerely,

Vincent E. Kitch
Director
 
School board candidates answer arts education survey
 
 
Sculptor Katrina Wolfe teaches teens about musculature, bone structure and other details of the figure while working with clay at Gage Academy of Art. Photo by Fedora El Morro.
 
Wonder what the candidates for Seattle School Board have to say about arts education? We partnered with the Seattle Arts Commission and ArtsEd Washington to develop and send a short questionnaire about arts education to each of the eight candidates running for four seats on the Seattle School Board.

We asked the candidates about their arts experiences growing up, what role arts education can play in closing the achievement/opportunity gap and how they would help shape school board policy for arts education. We urge you to read their full responses online.

The Seattle School Board represents seven geographical regions, known as districts, within the city of Seattle. All Seattle voters get to vote for the four open board positions in the Nov. 8 general election.

Want to know more about the candidates? Watch a debate between candidates for Seattle School Board on Seattle Channel.
 
Shunpike selected for pilot arts space program
 
 

 
Nonprofit arts service organization Shunpike will launch the Artist Space Assistance Program (ASAP), a pilot program in the Pioneer Square and Chinatown-International District neighborhoods designed to provide relocation and placement services for artists and arts organizations seeking affordable studio, live/work, exhibition, performance and/or rehearsal space.

ASAP grew out of community concerns related to the recent loss of artist studio space in Pioneer Square, a historic cultural district. On Oct. 1, the 619 Western Building, home to about 100 artist studios, was boarded up to make way for construction of the Highway 99 tunnel below.

In September, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking proposals from individuals or organizations to develop a pilot artist space program. 4Culture, King County's cultural services agency, is a program partner.

From now until March 1, Shunpike will assess artist needs and space opportunities, offer direct services to artists and arts groups and recommend a model for expanding the program to other Seattle neighborhoods. Shunpike envisions involving more than 30 artists and arts groups and a dozen property owners and real estate professionals and offering more in-depth, free placement services to about 10 artists and/or arts groups.

Interested artists and arts groups must complete a short application and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to artists with ties to Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District, especially those displaced by the closure of the 619 Western Building. Applications will open in November.

"We're passionate supporters of keeping artists in Seattle," said Andy Fife, executive director of Shunpike. "Real estate is not a static field. Shunpike is excited to create a model to help artists and arts groups navigate the ever-changing landscape of opportunities."
 
Funding applications for individual artists due Nov. 1
 
 
Claudia Fitch's 2010 CityArtist project Floating Mechanism (nightshade). Photo by Steven Lazen.
 
Seattle artists, last call! The deadline to apply for the 2012 CityArtist Projects funding program is 11 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1. Go here for more information and a link to the online application.

CityArtist Projects is an annual funding program that provides support to individual Seattle artists to develop and present new, in-progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. The 2012 funding cycle will award grants to individual artists working in the visual, literary and media arts. Priority will be given to quality art projects that focus on public benefit defined as community impact and access.

Artists can apply for set award amounts of either $2,000 or $4,000. Public presentation of projects must take place between May and December 2012.
 
Adam Frank City Light artist-in-residence
 
 
Adam Frank; Sunlight; 2011; projector, computer, and solar panels. Each night, as the sun sets in Denver, a projected sun rises on the Minoru Yasui building downtown. As the night progresses, a shining star climbs up to the top of the east fašade. The projection continues through the night and sets as the actual sun rises. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Adam Frank will work as artist-in-residence at Seattle City Light, where he will study the utility's energy conservation programs and develop a series of innovative projects to bring awareness to energy conservation. The conservation and sustainability residency will begin in November and run through December 2012.

One of Frank's first major projects will be to develop an interactive artwork designed to educate and inspire people to incorporate sustainability into their lives. It will be unveiled at Seattle Center in April 2012 as part of The Next Fifty celebration. Frank will also work with City Light partner programs such as the Seattle Office of Sustainability's Community Power Works program in Seattle's central and southeast neighborhoods.

Frank is a New-York based artist whose work involves an ongoing investigation of light, interactivity and the perception of nature. His projects are site-specific, customized and bring a mix of technology, with performance qualities that involve the spectator and reach a broad audience. Recent installations include Performer at the Times Square Alliance in New York, N.Y.; Spectator in Rochester, N.Y.; Sunlight in Denver, Colo.; and exhibitions in Sweden and London.

The residency is funded with Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
 
One-man show show on sewers gains steam
 
 
Stokley Towles. Photo by John J. Little Sr.
 
Travel to the underbelly of the city with Stokley Towles as he continues his one-man performance Stormwater: Life in the Gutter at different locations around the city. Catch the performance tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Northeast Library or at noon, Sat. Oct. 29 at High Point Library. The remaining four free performances run through Nov. 12. Go here for the full schedule and locations.

Towles traces the flow of sewage and stormwater by weaving interviews, observations and historical research together with humor. The nearly one-hour piece entertains and gives a gutter's eye view of Seattle's drainage and sewer system and the Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) employees who guide, monitor and maintain stormwater flow in the city.

Read about the performance on the KCTS 9 website, in the West Seattle Herald and listen to radio reports on KPLU and KIRO.

Stormwater: Life in the Gutter is the third in a series of performance pieces Towles has created in partnership with SPU. In 2010, he investigated garbage and its role in the lives of those who generate and collect it in Trash Talk. In 2009, he traced the flow of the city's water supply in Waterlines.

The performance is commissioned by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs with SPU 1% for Art funds in partnership with 4Culture.
 
Save the date for Cultural Space Seattle, Dec. 6 and 7
 
 
Dancers from the Pat Graney Company. Photo by Tim Summers.
 
Mark your calendar for Dec. 6 and 7 to participate in Cultural Space Seattle, a two-day event to help shape policies to keep and create affordable space for artists and arts organizations to work, rehearse and perform in Seattle. Hear from national and local cultural space leaders; discuss policy, funding and program models; and learn about current cultural space projects.

Artist and cultural planner Theaster Gates will deliver a keynote address at the public forum, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Town Hall Seattle. The free forum will also feature a panel discussion and Q&A followed by a reception. Dig deeper and determine next steps at a morning working session 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Town Hall. The working session is free, but registration will be required. Stay tuned for details.

The event is open to the public and designed to engage artists, arts and cultural organizations, elected officials, government leaders, arts administrators, creative business owners, investors, real estate developers and brokers, nonprofit organizations and interested citizens.

Cultural Space Seattle is sponsored by JPMorgan Chase and 4Culture in partnership with Town Hall Seattle, Seattle Art Museum and University of Washington College of Built Environments.
 
TPS announces the Melissa Hines Award
 
 
Melissa presents the Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award in October 2010 to M. Burke Walker, founding artistic director of The Empty Space Theatre. Photo: Mike Hipple, courtesy of Theatre Puget Sound.
 
Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) unveiled its newest award at the 2011 Gregory Awards on Oct. 17—the Melissa Hines Award honoring individuals working behind the scenes to make theater possible.

Melissa was a beloved member of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs team from 2004 to 2011. She passed away from cancer in April. She directed the Office's funding programs, led the city's arts education partnership with Seattle Public Schools, and increased access to the arts with focus on underserved communities.

Prior to her career in public service, Melissa spent 23 years at The Empty Space Theatre, guiding the company through 16 seasons as managing director.

A veteran arts administrator and devoted public servant, Hines preferred to stay out of the spotlight, instead working tirelessly behind the scenes. In 2012, TPS will honor an individual making a difference in theater off stage, including dedicated administrators, volunteers and techies who go above and beyond.

The 2012 recipient will be selected from submitted nominations. Nomination details and form will be available in 2012. For more information, contact nominations@tpsonline.org.

TPS presented the 2011 Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award to Bill Forrester, longtime Seattle theater designer and University of Washington drama professor. Melissa received the award in 2002.
 
From rock and roll to TED talks on Art Zone
 
 

 
Lights from Space. TED talks. A photographer documents Seattle's art scene and rock band Moondoggies jam in the studio. Catch these highlights and more on Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy in November. Here's the lineup.

On Nov. 4, visit the studio of artist Ryan Molenkamp. Watch a profile on artist Patty Grazini and a new music video from Lights From Space. And preview the upcoming Nov. 12 TEDx Rainier talks, an independently organized TED event, featuring entrepreneurs, academics, artists, environmentalists and engaged citizens working to design better futures.

On Nov. 11, sneak a peek of Isaac Layman's show at the Frye Art Museum. Watch a profile on 5th Avenue Theatre's executive producer/artistic director David Armstrong. See photographer Robert Wade in action as he documents Seattle's art scene. And hear local rockers Moondoggies play in the studio.

On Nov. 18, Art Zone's "Open Studio" features performers chosen by five local record labels.

Art Zone with Nancy Guppy airs on Seattle Channel 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. Art Zone will not air on Nov. 25.
 
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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