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In this Issue - October 2007

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Image: Rob D'Arc's 3 Minute Theatre featuring Alissa and Claytie, the Usherettes. Photo by Elizabeth Luce.
Mayor Nickels announces $1 million for arts and culture
Pacific Northwest Ballet, Circus Polka. Photo by Angela Sterling.
This week, Mayor Greg Nickels proposed his 2008 budget which increases investments in arts and culture by $1 million.

The proposed increases include investments in arts education, history and cultural heritage, cultural facilities, additional funding for arts and cultural organizations and community projects, and a new arts project manager to advise on transportation projects.

Here's a breakdown of the mayor's increased support to the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

Arts and cultural organizations
The mayor's budget adds $300,000, a 23-percent increase, to the Office's Civic Partners program. This program, the most far-reaching in the office, awarded $1.3 million to 119 arts and cultural organizations of all sizes in 2007.

School Board candidates forum to address arts, Oct. 15
Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers in the Schools (WITS) program at Kimball Elementary. Libby Lewis Photography.
The third biennial Seattle School Board Candidates Forum is part of the continuing efforts of the Office and Seattle Arts Commission Education Committee to promote increased arts education opportunities for all Seattle public school students.

The candidates forum is Monday, Oct. 15, at Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St. on the Seattle Center campus. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., enjoy refreshments and meet Carri Campbell, Seattle Public Schools' new district manager of visual and performing arts. The candidates forum is 6:30 to 8 p.m. Paul de Barros, author and Seattle Times jazz critic, will moderate.

With a new superintendent at Seattle Public Schools and four of seven school board positions up for election, this is an important time of change for the district.

The Office is also proud to serve as a co-presenter of CityClub's Civic Participation Month. The lineup of events includes A Conversation with Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, a Sept. 25 luncheon forum, 12 to 1:30 p.m., at Washington Athletic Club introducing Seattle's new superintendent of schools. Mona Lee Locke, founder of the Foundation for Early Learning and Washington's former first lady, will moderate.

We encourage all who care about excellent public schools in our city to attend the Oct. 15 candidates forum and hear from the candidates.

Office to present trio of site-specific performances
Rob D'Arc's 3 Minute Theatre. Photo by Elizabeth Luce.
Take three artists, provide them with a unique environment, and allow them to unleash their creativity. What's the result? Site-specific art happenings - art performances, installations and events created in direct and specific response to their locations - for all to enjoy.

As part of the Site-Specific King County Performance Network, the Office will present performances by puppeteer Rob D'Arc, operatic composer Garrett Fisher and choreographer Pat Graney.

Puppeteer D'Arc will present 3 Minute Theatre, Sunday, Oct. 7 as part of as part of Theatre Puget Sound's Live Theatre Week Kick-Off Fair at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St. D'Arc's three-minute puppet performances will run continuously between 1 and 3 p.m. Space is limited. Free tickets will be available beginning at noon.

3 Minute Theatre condenses the entire theater experience into a few minutes, including dressing for the theater, seeing the show, and patronizing the arts. 3 Minute Theatre encourages in its audiences a spirit of curiosity, risk taking, and playfulness, while offering a detour from daily reality, a series of small surprises, momentary luxuries, and three minutes of big fun!

Come out and play at Live Theatre Week
Live Theatre Week is coming! Mark your calendars for Oct. 15 to 21, when dozens of regional theaters will form a united front, opening their doors to offer special events and select free nights of theater. The Oct. 7 Live Theatre Week Kick-Off Fair, noon to 3 p.m., at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St., offers an opportunity to beat the crowds, pick up an event guide, meet Live Theatre Week sponsors and participants, see a performance, and pre-register for Free Night of Theater tickets before online registration opens, Monday, Oct. 8 at

Live Theatre Week will feature more than 30 special events, including open houses, workshops, tours and meet-the-artist events and 50 Free Night performances. New this year is the first annual Target Family Day, Saturday, Oct. 20. Participating theaters will offer activities and performances the whole family can enjoy, including workshops, tours, parties, and performances at 20 participating Target Family Day theaters. Find Family Day details at

Seattle's Live Theatre Week got its start in 2005, when the Seattle City Council passed a resolution establishing one week each year as Live Theatre Week in Seattle. Theatre Puget Sound produces Live Theatre Week in Seattle and the region. Free Night of Theater is an annual national audience development program of Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Free Night of Theater will take place in nearly 30 communities throughout the United States.

SAM exhibit, concert celebrate Seattle-Kobe sister city anniversary
Araki Jogen (Japanese, 1765-1824), First quarter 19th century, Oil on canvas, Kobe City Museum.
Seattle Art Museum will showcase Japan Envisions the West: 16th -19th Century Japanese Art from Kobe City Museum, which will be presented in two parts, Part I: Oct. 11 through Nov. 25, 2007 and Part II: Dec. 1, 2007 through Jan. 6, 2008. Organized by the Seattle Art Museum in collaboration with Kobe City Museum, the exhibition provides an intriguing window on the early interaction between Japan and the West during the period of the 16th to 19th centuries.

Japan Envisions the West, featuring three centuries of Japanese art and its engagement with the West, also celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Seattle-Kobe sister city relationship. Facing each other across the Pacific Ocean, the ports of Seattle and Kobe have had an especially intimate relationship and have long engaged in vibrant intellectual, educational, and cultural exchanges.

In celebration of the Seattle-Kobe sister city anniversary, the Kobe City Philharmonic Chorus will perform at City Hall, noon, Thursday, Oct. 11. Members of the chorus perform repertoire ranging from children's songs to Japanese ballads, Western music to opera and French chanson. The performance is part of the Office's Seattle Presents series and is presented in partnership with the city of Kobe, the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association, and the Consulate-General of Japan.

Bill Anschell Trio will perform, Oct. 25.

Seattle Presents gets intimate
Beginning in October, Seattle Presents will host two months of stellar performances in the intimate chamber setting of City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room. Enjoy Japanese choral works, Western classical traditions, American chamber jazz, and more. The performances are part of the free lunchtime Seattle Presents concert series presented year-round by the Office at City Hall, 600 4th Ave.

Catch celebrated Seattle pianist Byron Schenkman, Oct. 4, in one of his final Seattle performances before moving to New York; hear the Kobe City Philharmonic Chorus, Oct. 11; move to the melodies of India performed by Farmaish, Oct. 17; and celebrate the Earshot Jazz Fesitval with two City Hall performances: the Bill Anschell Trio, Oct. 25 and saxophonist Michael Brockman, Nov. 1.

Deadline for organization funding moved back to spring 2008

The Office is converting to an online application system, and our funding program for organizations, Civic Partners, will be the first to use the new system. To allow time to make the switch, we've moved the next Civic Partner deadline back from its usual date in November 2007 to spring 2008. The application is for two years of support in 2009 and 2010.

Once we have a firm date, we will announce the deadline in this newsletter and on our Web site. The new application will be online for at least two months before the deadline.

The Civic Partner program provides a two-year funding commitment to Seattle-based arts and cultural organizations of all sizes, disciplines and levels of development. Qualifying organizations must have a minimum three-year history of continuous operation and programming, and a not-for-profit business structure. Click here for a list of the 2007-2008 Civic Partner organizations.

Contemporary Portraiture at Municipal Tower Gallery
Mary Josephson, Getting There, 2005, oil on birch plywood, 24.5 x 20.5 inches.
Contemporary Portraiture on display at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery features works by a dozen artists in variety of media, including photography, painting, printmaking, sculpture and carving.

The Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery is located on the third-floor concourse of Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave. It is free and open to the public weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contemporary Portraiture runs through Dec. 31.

Included in the exhibition are the fleshy self-portraits of Brian Murphy; a three-dimensional wall-mounted wood carving by Shawn Nordfors; and a rendering of songwriter, itinerant laborer, and union organizer, Joe Hill by Jay Backstrand.

"Whether viewing a slice of life or a representation of someone famous, portraiture continues to enthrall us all. It allows us to continue our dialogue with identity, beyond ourselves," explains Curator Deborah Paine, who selected the pieces for Contemporary Portraiture from the city's Portable Works Collection managed by this Office.

Jason Huff

Jason Huff joins public art staff
The Office welcomes Jason Huff who joins the staff as a project manager on the public art team. Jason brings energy, knowledge of the local arts community and organizational skills to his position managing 1% for Art projects.

Jason comes to us from Kirkland Arts Center (KAC), where he worked for 11 years, first as its ceramics coordinator, and since 2000, the center's artistic director. Jason developed the Kirkland Arts Center Gallery into a venue with a high public profile and a reputation for thoughtful exhibitions that engage audiences from diverse backgrounds. He curated and collaborated with regional curators to produce critically acclaimed exhibitions. Jason also developed satellite exhibitions, presenting artwork in public spaces throughout the city of Kirkland, as well as working closely with the city produce KAC's annual summer arts festival, SummerFest. He chaired the festival's artist selection committee, managed more than 100 participating artists, collaborated with visual and performing arts organizations and worked with city officials on the installation, display and removal of all public artworks featured at the weekend festival.

Himself an artist, Jason received a bachelor of fine arts degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and earned a master of fine arts in ceramics at the University of Washington, where he studied with world renowned ceramic artists Akio Takamori, Jamie Walker and Patti Warashina. He has exhibited his work regionally and nationally.

Take stock, connect the dots at Creative Conversation
Emerging leaders participate in a Creative Conversation.
Every October, in honor of National Arts & Humanities Month, Americans for the Arts partners with emerging leaders from across the country to host Creative Conversations, local gatherings of emerging leaders focused on critical arts and cultural issues in a forum setting. Conversations kicked off in Seattle last fall, and have grown into a cohesive emerging-leader network.

The first year of conversations will culminate with Taking Stock: Connecting the Dots, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Way S.W. The presentation will highlight findings from three previous conversations and include a screening of NonFiction Media's dynamic documentary by the same name, Taking Stock: Connecting the Dots, which chronicles the conversations and emerging arts leadership in the region. Click here to preview the documentary. Visit the Creative Conversations blog and Myspace page to catch up on previous discussions.

Creative Conversations, a program of Americans for the Arts, is a collaborative initiative organized by emerging arts leaders from 4Culture, Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the city of Bellevue, The Shunpike, Capitol Hill Arts Center and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.

Artists selected for Fire Station 38, South Park project
Firefighter Silhouettes, Tom Askman, 1987, permantley sited at Fire Station 10.
Portland artist Mel Katz has been selected to work with the design team for the new Fire Station 38 in Ravenna/Bryant, and Seattle artist Gregory Fields has been chosen to work with the design team for the 14th Avenue South Street Improvements project in South Park.

Katz was selected from a pre-qualified artist roster for public art projects at several neighborhood fire stations being renovated or rebuilt throughout the city under the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy. Katz creates painted steel and aluminum sculptures, and his designs originate from an interest in overlapping organic and geometric shapes. His artwork has been featured in one-person exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, Portland State University and Washington State University. His commissions for public artworks include projects for Southern Oregon University, the city of Bend, Ore., and the Washington County Justice Center in Hillsboro, Ore.

Fields was selected for the South Park project from a pre-qualified artist roster. The opportunity was also open to invited artists who live and/or work in South Park. Supporting the neighborhood goals outlined in the Mayor's South Park Action Agenda, this streetscape art project is intended to identify South Park's business district and reflect the neighborhood's unique culture.

Fields is a ceramic artist who lives and works in the South Park neighborhood. He has exhibited his artwork at the Northwest Handmade Tile Festival, Northwest Craft Center and Gallery, Form Space Light Gallery and other Seattle area venues.

Sculpture conference comes to Seattle, keynote open to public
Eagle, 1971, painted steel, Alexander Calder, Gift of Jon and Mary Shirley, © 2006 Estate of Alexander Calder / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York, Photo: Paul Macapia.
The International Sculpture Center (ISC), will host its 2007 conference, Sculpture in Public: Part 1, Sculpture Parks and Gardens, in Seattle, Oct. 15 to 17. Inspired by the opening of Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park, the conference will bring together artists, arts administrators, curators, patrons, city arts commissioners, architects, city planners, and museum directors for dialogue and networking events focused on issues related to sculpture parks and gardens nationally and internationally, while incorporating many of the great art venues offered by Seattle and nearby Tacoma.

The opening keynote address, sponsored by this Office, is free and open to the public. Ned Rifkin, Under Secretary of Art at the Smithsonian, will present Sculpture (!-?): During Our Age of (Un)Certainty, 1 to 2:25 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15 at Benaroya Hall's Nordstrom Recital Hall, 200 University St. Public seats are limited to the first 200 persons to arrive on a first-come first-served basis.

Rifkin has been a teacher, curator, and most notably a national arts leader at prominent arts institutions including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Menil Collection, High Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, and New Museum of Contemporary Art. Throughout his career he has supported contemporary artists, promoted the public dialogue on art, and initiated discussions on public policy toward the arts.

Public art project part of transportation project award
Linda Wysong, Perch, 2006, 5th Ave NE Sreeetscape.
Public art played a part in the Seattle Department of Transportation's 5th Avenue Northeast Project in Northgate, which is the recipient of a 2007 Best City Project Award of Excellence bestowed by the Washington State Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration.

The project, which transformed a high-traffic commercial street into a pedestrian-friendly urban center corridor, features Perch, a public art project by Portland artist Linda Wysong. Completed in July 2006, the art installation includes colorful glass block inserts with images of the black-capped chickadee in the sidewalk near the Northgate Branch library, three bird house sculptures along a pedestrian path and "human perchs" or benches. The Office managed the public art project funded with SDOT 1% for Art funds.

Student art contest for Neighbor Appreciation Day
Halimo Gado, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, 2007 art contest winner.
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. 9, 2008 will mark the city's 14th annual celebration of the event.

The winning artwork will adorn the 2008 Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting card. Free cards will be available at City Hall, neighborhood service centers and Seattle Public Libraries and are perfect for recognizing the contributions of your neighbors. The winner will receive $100. Student artwork must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14 at the Department of Neighborhoods. For information, contact Peter McGraw, 206-615-0950.

Dawn Cerny, Whiting, 2007 Bumbershoot Fine Arts Poster (detail).
Mayor's Arts Award recipient profiles online
Nearly 400 people attended the fifth annual Mayor's Arts Awards outdoor ceremony at Seattle Center, Friday, Aug. 31. The 2007 recipients represent a range of achievement in the arts. Learn more about them and their achievements on our Web site, where you can watch short video profiles produced by Seattle Channel. The 2007 honorees are Clarence Acox, director of jazz bands at Garfiled High School and its renowned jazz ensemble; Earshot Jazz and its Executive Director John Gilbreath; Jean Griffith, founding member and former director of Pottery Northwest; Longhouse Media's Native Lens Program; Massive Monkees, a hip-hop breakdance crew; literary arts center Richard Hugo House; and Seattle Art Museum and Director Mimi Gardner Gates.

Registration open for Cultural Heritage and Tourism conference
Space Needle. Photo by Tim Thompson.
Seattle will host the Cultural & Heritage Tourism Alliance (CHTA) Annual Conference, Nov. 28 to Dec. 1. Registration will be accepted until Nov. 1. Join professionals from across North America to learn, network and discover new opportunities in cultural and heritage tourism. This is the ninth annual conference's first stop in Seattle, and the event promises to reinforce the city's reputation as a leading cultural tourism destination.

The Grand Hyatt Seattle is the conference hotel. Highlights include two full days of workshops and seminars led by nationally acclaimed experts in the cultural and heritage tourism field, "mobile workshops" and receptions showcasing many venues around the city. The Office is proud to be a sponsor of the conference. For more information, or to register, visit the conference Web site.

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