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In this Issue — November 2012

 Message from the director, Randy Engstrom
 CityArtist program funds 31 individual artists for 2013
 Free seminar on community engagement Nov. 2
 Artworks from sister city Perugia featured in City exhibition
 Artwork at South Spokane Street dedicated Nov. 16
 Salish artwork for Thomas Street Pedestrian Bridge dedicated Nov. 18
 'Blue House' provides tips on energy conservation, Nov. 24 & Dec. 8
 Mercer Street artwork inspired by South Lake Union biotech
 Two new artworks mark Chief Sealth Trail on Beacon Hill
 Youth Arts funding program opens December 13
 Applications for City Light facility artwork call extended to Nov. 7
 From 'Antony and Cleopatra' to 'Afraid of Figs' on Art Zone

Call: New City Light facility. Deadline: Nov. 7
Calls for Artists

Dynamic Adaptability 2.0

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Public Art Dedication: South Spokane Street artwork: SODO by merge conceptual design

Public Art Dedication: Snoqual/Moon the Transformer by Roger Fernandes

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Un Calice per Alviero
(A Chalice for Alviero)

November 6 through December 31

Reception: November 13, 3:30 to 6 p.m
Seattle Municipal Tower:
October 2 through January 4
Image: The view inside Ellen Sollod's Origami Tessellation 324.3.4 (Fractured) during fabrication. The 28-foot-tall cylinder of stainless steel is now sited in the median of Mercer Street at Boren Avenue North. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Message from the director, Randy Engstrom
Randy Engstrom
As I begin to get my arms around the breadth of work supported by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, I am both humbled and excited to have the opportunity to lead this office. The staff I get to work with are some of the most committed, passionate advocates for their city that I have met. I have felt truly supported by the Mayor's Office, other city departments, the City Council and the community. I look forward to working with all of you.

In my first few weeks, I was able to attend the Arts & Social Change Symposium, Lucia Neare's Blue House kick-off event at Jefferson Park and see an impressive number of other public art projects completed. The amount of work coming through this office is amazing. I was also pleased to announce our 2013 CityArtist recipients (all 31 of them!) and I'm looking forward to attending Dynamic Adaptability 2.0: Cultural Organizations as Civic Leaders at Town Hall this Friday.

Creativity is a natural resource for our city. It provides the fuel to drive economic development, is a catalyst for building community, and is essential for supporting and developing our youth. I see our job as harnessing and leveraging that river of creativity, and I am looking forward to building on all of the great work that has come before me.


Randy Engstrom
Interim Director
CityArtist program funds 31 individual artists for 2013
2011 CityArtist funding helped composer Eric Banks develop the concert-length dance-choral piece Approaching Ecstasy. Harpist Melissa Achten pictured here, photo by Adam Bamberg.
Congratulations to the 31 individual artists receiving a total of $160,000 for their work in dance, music and theater through the CityArtist Projects annual funding program. The program, which assists individual artists based in Seattle to develop and present their work, received 100 applicants for 2013. The CityArtist Projects program supports new works, works-in-progress or works taken to the next stage.

Thirty percent of the 2013 awards will go to first-time recipients. Amounts are set at $4,000, $6,000 and $8,000, though some funding may be less than requested based on the ranking of the application. Projects must be realized within a year.

Read more about the 2013 CityArtist Projects recipients here.

Free seminar on community engagement Nov. 2
Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art.
What does it look like when a cultural organization is authentically engaged with its community, beyond audience development strategies and outreach departments? Join us for Dynamic Adaptability 2.0: Cultural Organizations as Civic Leaders, a seminar on audience engagement, 12:45 to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 2 at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave. The event is free but registration is required.

Hear from four cultural organizations that are nationally recognized for their artistic excellence and are also deeply committed civic leaders in their communities: John Michael Schert (Trey McIntyre Company), James Kass (Youth Speaks), Lisa Sasaki (The Oakland Museum of California) and Chris Coleman (Portland Center Stage). The day will include short talks, a panel discussion and small group discussions.

Read more about Dynamic Adaptability 2.0:Cultural Organizations as Civic Leaders here.
Artworks from sister city Perugia featured in City exhibition
Riccardo Moretti, Al nonno Alviero, 2011, ceramic, 6" diameter x 16"H. Photo by Blake Haygood.
The exhibition Un Calice per Alviero (A Chalice for Alviero), on view Nov. 6 through Dec. 31 at Seattle City Hall, celebrates the 21-year sister-city friendship between Seattle and Perugia. The show features the artwork of 40 artists from the Umbrian region in central Italy and offers an opportunity to experience contemporary ceramics based on the ancient artistic tradition of that area. A public reception sponsored by the Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association will be held 3:30 to 6 p.m., Nov. 13 in the Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall. Remarks will be at 4 p.m.

The show is dedicated to Alviero Moretti (1933-2010), founder of both the Alviero Moretti Ceramic Factory and the Ceramic Foundation in Deruta, Perugia. The subject of the chalice, or calice, symbolizes an offering of gratitude by each artist to Moretti for the generous support and inspiration he gave to the Umbrian arts and artists.

Read more about Un Calice per Alviero here.
Artwork at South Spokane Street dedicated Nov. 16
merge conceptual design, SODO, 2012, paint on concrete. Located at South Spokane Street between Sixth Avenue South and East Marginal Way South in SoDo. Photo by Jason Huff.
Celebrate merge conceptual design's (Claudia Reisenberger and Franka Diehnelt) new public artwork SODO at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the South Spokane Street Project. The event will be 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, and is part of the official celebration of the newly expanded viaduct. Diehnelt and Reisenberger will be present to talk about their artwork.

SODO is a vast visual narrative that catalogues more than 200 years of the history of Seattle's SoDo area. The artwork consists of stenciled and barcode designs painted on the concrete columns that hold up the existing and new portions of the Spokane Street Viaduct between Sixth Avenue South and East Marginal Way South. Nine different color and image schemes create separate zones that recollect the natural and cultural history of the area, the industries that flourished there, and wildlife that inhabited the site.

SODO was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.
Salish artwork for Thomas St. Pedestrian Bridge dedicated Nov. 18
Roger Fernandes, Snoqual/Moon the Transformer, 2012, Lower Queen Anne Hill, Thomas Street and Third Avenue West. Photo by the artist.
Artist and storyteller Roger Fernandes' artwork Snoqual/Moon the Transformer (2012)—a new gateway to the entry of the Thomas Street Pedestrian Bridge—will be dedicated at 11 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 18 at Thomas Street and Third Avenue West in Lower Queen Anne. Fernandes will talk about the artwork and tell the Salish story of Snoqual that inspired the artwork.

The finished wooden construction shares elements of a mythic story told by many local Puget Sound Salish tribes about Snoqual, who came through the world and transformed it to the way it is today. Carved in the Salish style of flat, low reliefs, the artwork is made up of two carved and painted cedar panels in a palette of traditional, natural earth pigments: black, red, white, blue and various shades of brown and ochre.

Fernandes is a member of the Lower Elwha Band of the Klallam Indians from the Port Angeles area of Washington. His work relates to art, language, ceremony and story. Fernandes tells Native American stories from this region for his tribe and other tribes of the Puget Sound area. The artwork was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.

Read more about the artwork and listen to Fernandes tell the story of Snoqual here.
'Blue House' provides tips on energy conservation, Nov. 24 & Dec. 8
The mobile artwork There's No Place Like Home, also known as the Blue House, will travel to Seattle Center for Winterfest on Nov. 24 and to the Greenlake Festival of Lights on Dec. 8. Created by Lucia Neare's Theatrical Wonders, the nearly 14-foot-tall Victorian house is accompanied by singing bears and gnomes delivering messages of energy conservation and sustainability. All performances are free. Specific dates, times and locations can be found at Follow the Blue House's adventures on Facebook and Twitter.

Neare, recipient of a 2012 Mayor's Arts Award for her large-scale, whimsical performances, created the mobile installation to celebrate home stewardship through energy in recognition of Seattle City Light (SCL) and Community Power Works (CPW), the city of Seattle's energy upgrade program. CPW helps homeowners and businesses save energy, often with specialized rebates, incentives and financing. CPW runs until June 2013 and businesses and homeowners must sign up in the next few months to take advantage of the program. The project is funded by SCL 1% for Art funds and is administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Read more about the Blue House here.
Mercer Street artwork inspired by South Lake Union biotech
Ellen Sollod, Origami Tessellation 324.3.4 (Fractured), 2012. Photo by Kelly Pajek.
If you've been through the Mercer Street Corridor recently, you've seen the artwork Origami Tessellation 324.3.4 (Fractured) by Seattle artist Ellen Sollod. The sculpture—a 28-foot-tall cylinder of stainless steel—stands tall in the median of Mercer Street at Boren Avenue North in the South Lake Union neighborhood. The concept for the work is based on tessellations, the process of creating a pattern formed by the repetition of geometric shapes. In the artwork, white light emanates through perforations in the metal surface and highlights the folding pattern. In the evening, blue and white light illuminate the exterior.

Sollod was inspired by the biotech research for which the South Lake Union area is becoming known, with an analogy for the replication of DNA in the artwork. Sollod will add more elements, including benches, manhole covers and tiles, to the intersection over the next year. The work was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.

Read more about Origami Tessellation here.
Two new artworks mark Chief Sealth Trail on Beacon Hill
Dan Webb, Cloud Rider, 2012, aluminum, gold leaf and paint, 11'H. Photo by the artist.
Two sculptures now mark the location of the Chief Sealth Trail, on the east and west sides, where the trail crosses South Dawson Street and Beacon Avenue South on Beacon Hill. In Cloud Rider by Seattle artist Dan Webb, two bicycle riders wearing gold-leafed wings on their backs rise from the clouds. The blue female rides a step-through, commuter-style bike and the pink male rides a mountain bike with flat handlebars.

Webb states, "The two bicycle riders represented in this piece ride among the clouds, as all do who ride in Seattle. At the base of each column is the symbol of the Duwamish people, 'The People of the Inside,' living between the Cascades and the Olympics. As we ride these paths, we remember them, the first and future riders of these hills."

A resident of Beacon Hill, Webb has created both public and private artworks for Pike Place Market, the city of Bellevue, city of Burien and Equity Office Properties (Columbia Tower) in Seattle. His work is in collections at Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, New Museum in New York and numerous private collections. The artwork was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.

Read more about Cloud Rider here.
Youth Arts funding program opens December 13
2012 Youth Arts funding helped Northwest Film Forum hold media workshops for 24 teens. Photo courtesy of Northwest Film Forum.
Heads up! Applications for the Youth Arts funding program will be available in December for projects for 2013-2014. The program is open to individual artists, teams of artists, arts/cultural organizations and youth service agencies.

The Youth Arts program supports out-of-school art classes for middle and high school teens in all art forms. We encourage you to start planning early planning and make connections with agencies you may want to partner with. For more information, go here or contact Irene Gómez, project manager, (206) 684-7310.

Read more about Youth Arts funding here.

Applications for City Light facility artwork call extended to Nov. 7
Yuki Nakamura, Filament (detail), slip cast porcelain light bulbs and two-channel video projections, 2008. Seattle City Light's Portable Works Collection. Photo by Spike Mafford.
Due to the weather conditions on the East Coast, we've extended the application deadline for an artist or artist team to develop permanent, site-integrated artwork for Seattle City Lights's (SCL) new proposed Denny Substation to 11 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 (Pacific Standard Time). The call is open to professional artists residing in the United States.

The substation will provide a new electrical power distribution system to serve the South Lake Union and Denny Triangle urban areas. In addition to the artwork, the artist will develop proposals for opportunities for artworks by other artists that can be incorporated in and around the facility in the future.

The artist will join the project team in January 2013. The design phase of the project is in design development, with construction to be complete in late 2016.

Read more about the project and apply for the Denny Substation call for artists here.
From 'Antony and Cleopatra' to 'Afraid of Figs' on Art Zone

Rainy outside? Cozy up on the couch and catch up on local arts with Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy. Here are some of November's highlights.

On Nov. 2, real-life married couple Amy Thone and Hans Altwies with Seattle Shakespeare Company take on Antony & Cleopatra. Ellen Forney explores mental illness and artistic genius in her new graphic memoir Marbles. Independent filmmaker Linas Phillips reveals his alter ego, Shawnsey. And hear music from the wildly funny band Afraid of Figs. On Nov. 16, check out Art Zone's Open Studio with a line-up of local performers.

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. 9 or 23.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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