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In this Issue - October 2008
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
Image: Libby Lewis, Writers in the Schools students at Kimball Elementary School share their writing with each other. From the exhibition "Dive Down into the Loud" at City Hall through Oct. 10. The exhibition showcases student writing and photographs of the student experience in the Seattle Arts and Lectures' 2007-08 Writers in the Schools program.
Message from the director:
Mayor's proposed budget holds the line for arts in 2009
Music Makes Me Laugh, 2005. Photo by Lee Talner. Children respond to a performance by Imani Winds at Beacon Hill Elementary School as part of the UW World Series program, Community Connections.
Today, Mayor Greg Nickels announced his proposed 2009-2010 budget. The city's general fund is facing significant challenges due to the national economic slowdown and rising costs. Money is tight for arts organizations, business, families and city government. Many city departments will weather reductions.

Mayor Nickels recognizes the importance of the arts to young people, to economic growth, to the vitality of neighborhoods and communities, and to Seattle residents and visitors. Despite the tough economic climate, the mayor's proposed budget holds the line for the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' budget in 2009.

Here's the good news. We will maintain our core programs and continue our current levels of investment in the city's arts and cultural organizations, individual artists, youth arts, neighborhood and community programs. We will also enter into the second year of our groundbreaking Arts Education Partnership Initiative with Seattle Public Schools, with the district matching our $100,000 investment to provide access to a quality arts education for all students. And with more than 40 active public art projects, we will continue to enrich our city's public spaces.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs receives funding from four primary sources.

Fifth Annual Arts Education Forum, Oct. 30
Join the conversation! Mark your calendar for the fifth annual arts education forum, The State of Arts Education in Seattle Public Schools, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, 1400 East Prospect St.

Mayor Greg Nickels will kick off the evening devoted to strengthening arts in Seattle Public Schools. Learn about the first year of the city of Seattle's Arts Education Partnership Initiative with the school district. Hear about next steps for putting the arts back in education. The forum program will feature remarks by Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, Chief Academic Officer Carla Santorno and district Manager of Visual & Performing Arts Carri Campbell.

The program will also feature a sampling of student visual art, a jazz ensemble comprised of students from several schools, a dance presentation by Wing Luke Elementary School students, and a performance from the Rainier Beach High School/Broadway Bound Children's Theater production of Fame.

The arts education forum is presented by the Office, Seattle Arts Commission, and Seattle Public Schools.
Buster Simpson, Beckoning Cistern, 2002, permanently sited at 81 Vine Street.
Artists sought for temporary climate projects
The Office, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks up to four artists to each develop, produce, perform and/or install a temporary public artwork that addresses the impact of climate change on water supply and drainage utilities.

Selected artists will create an artwork that actively engages the public; captures the essence of climate protection; and raises public awareness of environmental stewardship, especially those areas for which SPU is responsible. The Office and SPU will work with the artists to schedule performance events and installations of artworks at pre-approved outdoor and possible indoor locations during summer 2009.

The call is open to Washington artists working in a variety of media including, but not limited to, sculpture, murals, print works, site-specific installation, performance or interactive artworks. Project budgets will range from $8,000 to $15,000 per artist. Application deadline is Monday, Nov 10. A link to the application is available on our Web site.
City seeks emerging artists for portable works commissions
Noah Overby, Melting Pot (detail), 2006, paper, ink, watercolor, drypoint, blockprint and acrylic medium on panel, 26" x 36". Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection.
The Office, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks eight emerging artists to create commissioned portable artworks. Selected artists will work independently to create artwork(s) for SPU's Portable Works Collection. The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 10.

An emerging artist is in the early stage of his or her career (generally five years or less), or is an artist who has caught the eye of an art critic and/or gallery, but has not yet established a solid reputation. There is no age requirement. Artists may or may not have gallery affiliation. Students are not eligible to apply.

The call for artists is open to all emerging artists who live within 100 miles of Seattle. This project is intended to be an introduction to the public commission and contracting process for emerging artists. The budget is $3,000 per artist. A link to the application is available on our Web site.
Douglas R. Taylor, model of Birdsong Listening Station, 2008. The artwork is permanently sited at Seattle Center. Photo by the artist.
Seattle Center artwork dedication, Oct. 18
The Office will celebrate a new public artwork, Birdsong Listening Station by Douglas Taylor at Seattle Center, 12 to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 18. Located at the southeast corner of the Fisher Pavilion rooftop, Taylor's kinetic and interactive sculpture harnesses the renewable energy sources of wind and sunlight to power the artwork.

As breezes fill the three 15-foot sails and rotate the wind turbine, a small generator supplies power to the sculpture's audio components. Participants standing beneath the listening station's sound dome will hear digital recordings of calling songs from a variety of western finches. Solar panels mounted on the artwork supply power when there isn't sufficient wind energy.

Taylor was selected by a panel of artists, community members and Seattle Center staff. He will greet guests and answer questions about his artwork at the Oct. 18 dedication. Birdsong Listening Station was funded with Seattle Center 1% for Art funds.
Left to right: Seattle Arts Commissioners Dan Corson, Elizabeth Jameson, Maureen Wilhelm and Deborah Semer. Photo by Deborah Semer.
Candidates sought for arts commission
The city is seeking candidates for the Seattle Arts Commission. The citizen commission advises the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs on arts and cultural policy, advocates for arts initiatives and approves funding awards to artists and organizations.

Eight seats are open on the 16-member commission. The mayor appoints seven commissioners, and the City Council appoints seven commissioners. The full commission appoints the 15th member. A 16th commissioner is appointed to a one-year term through the YMCA's Get Engaged Program.

Commissioners serve two-year terms and may be reappointed for up to three terms. Several commissioners will finish their third term at the end of this year.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents. Commissioners serve without compensation. The commission meets the second Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To be considered, submit a letter of interest and résumé by Monday, Oct. 20. E-mail your materials to or mail to: Peggy Scales, Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, PO Box 94748, Seattle, WA 98124-4748.
City seeks exhibition proposals for City Hall galleries
Anne Focke Gallery, Seattle City Hall. Photo by Nate Brown.
The Office seeks community exhibition proposals and artist group shows for display in two City Hall gallery spaces in 2009.

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

Exhibitions should reflect the diversity of Seattle's communities and emphasize the people, places and character of Seattle. Proposals from arts and community-based organizations are welcome. Individual artists are not eligible to apply unless they are sponsored by an arts or community organization and the subject of their artwork has significance to Seattle. Individual artists may apply as part of a group show.

Exhibitions are displayed for six to eight weeks. Large shows may be displayed in both the City Hall Lobby Gallery and Anne Focke Gallery. Application deadline is Thursday, Nov. 13. All applications must be submitted digitally. A link to the online application is available on our Web site.
Sheila Moss
Office's accounting unit welcomes Sheila Moss
The Office welcomes Sheila Moss to our accounting team. Sheila has 12 years of professional accounting experience. She comes to us from the city of Seattle's Retirement Office, where she worked for seven years in the accounting unit. Previously, she worked in accounting positions at a chiropractor's office and culinary equipment company.

Sheila is a vocalist, lyricist and musician, and has written, arranged and recorded music for many years. She sings pop/R&B, and names Prince as one of her influences and Mariah Carey as her favorite female vocalist. She has performed in clubs in New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.

Sheila says she looks forward to working in an office filled with creative minds that have an appreciation for the arts. We welcome her as a wonderful addition to our office.

Research A-Y-P history via MOHAI workshops
Next year marks the centennial celebration of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (A-Y-P), Seattle's first world's fair and the event that put our city on the map. Are you curious about how the fair affected Seattle's early urbanization and transportation systems, or how it influenced the women's suffrage movement? Perhaps you want to uncover the story surrounding an A-Y-P keepsake or delve into shocking accounts from behind the scenes at the fair.

Beginning this month, Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) is launching a community-wide research project, Discovering A-Y-P, to explore our region's cultural identity through the history of the fair. Join researchers of all ages and backgrounds in a series of two-hour workshops led by MOHAI experts. Discovering A-Y-P will teach you how to research historical evidence connected with the A-Y-P and help you share your research with the community.

The free workshops are open to all and offered at public libraries throughout Seattle and King County. For more information, to register for a workshop or to find out more about A-Y-P centennial events, visit the A-Y-P Web site.
Hot Club Sandwich brings their brand of smokin' hot Gypsy jazz to City Hall Thursday, Oct 2.
October's free concerts to warm up City Hall
Seattle Presents, the free lunchtime concert series at City Hall, will offer a hot line-up of music every Thursday in October. The month will open with Gypsy jazz group Hot Club Sandwich on Oct. 2.

Brazilian singer, guitarist and composer Eduardo Mendonça will play original songs, beloved bossa nova and the popular music of Brazil with pianist Josh Wilson on Oct. 9. Composer, pianist and singer Robin Holcomb performs new music with bassist Geoff Harper and saxophonist Hans Teuber on Oct. 16.

Critically-acclaimed jazz French horn pioneer Tom Varner premiers new works for his forward-looking quintet on Oct. 23, as part of the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival. Ending the month on Oct. 30, John Dylan, lead singer of the electro-infused rock group Terrene, will perform a solo "laptop-n-guitar" powered set of music and video.

All concerts are from noon to 1 p.m. City Hall is located at 600 Fourth Ave. The year-round concert series is presented by the Office. For a complete fall line-up, visit the Web site.
Ian Lindsay
Lindsay is new Get Engaged arts commissioner
Ian Lindsay has joined the Seattle Arts Commission as part of the YMCA's Get Engaged program, a cooperative program between the city and Metrocenter YMCA designed to give young professionals ages 18-29 a voice in city government through service on a city board or commission.

Lindsay—an actor, drama teacher and benefit auction planner—came to Seattle to attend Seattle University as a Sullivan Leadership Scholar in 1999. He graduated with honors in 2004 with bachelor's degrees in drama and philosophy. He has also studied and worked abroad. He recently taught at the American Embassy School in New Delhi, India. In college, he studied Spanish in Madrid, Spain and worked in an orphanage in Kolkatta, India.

Lindsay has appeared in productions at ACT, Seattle Children's Theatre, The 5th Avenue Theatre and Seattle Opera. He will appear this fall in Village Theatre's production of Beauty and the Beast. Off stage, Lindsay has taught drama to youth. By day, he is the marketing director at Kip Toner Benefit Auctions, which provides auction planning and auctioneering services to nonprofit organizations nationwide.

Lindsay will serve a one-year term as a voting member of the arts commission.

We bid farewell to outgoing Get Engaged arts commissioner Joshua Heim, exhibits developer at Wing Luke Asian Museum. Like our past Get Engaged participants, we look forward to Heim's continued involvement in the community.
Video profiles showcase Mayor's Arts Awards recipients
Cathryn Vandenbrink, regional director of Artspace Projects, 2008 Mayor's Arts Award recipient. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
Nearly 400 people attended the sixth annual Mayor's Arts Awards outdoor ceremony at Seattle Center, Friday, Aug. 29. The 2008 recipients represent a range of achievement in the arts: from a madcap marathon theater festival to an inspiring inner-city arts education program; from a photographer who captures our rich Latino community to a small nonprofit dedicated to adventurous music; from a community leader committed to space for artists to live and work, to a nationally acclaimed institution for Asian history and culture.

Learn more about this year's recipients and their achievements on our Web site, where you can watch short video profiles produced by Seattle Channel. The 2008 honorees are 14/48: the world's quickest theater festival; arts education outfit Coyote Central and Executive Director Marybeth Satterlee; photographer Hugo Ludeña; Nonsequitur, an experimental music presenter; Cathryn Vandenbrink, regional director of Artspace Projects and Wing Luke Asian Museum.
Libby Lewis, Writers in the Schools Students at Kimball Elementary School.
City Hall exhibition showcases student writing
Dive Down into the Loud, an exhibition on display in the City Hall galleries through Oct. 10, features writings by Seattle public school students and photographs capturing their interactions and discoveries. The exhibition features 15 photographs and 15 pieces of poetry and prose by students who participated in Seattle Arts & Lectures' 2007-08 Writers in the Schools (WITS) program.

The WITS program brings professional writers to Seattle public schools to help students create, perform, publish and display original literary works. The students in the program come from a variety of cultures, living situations and neighborhoods. Their writings reflect their experiences growing up in and being a part of Seattle's diverse community.

Seattle photographers Libby Lewis and Susie Fitzhugh captured the students at work in the WITS program.

Revised IRS 990 for nonprofits released
All arts, culture and heritage nonprofits take note: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the revised and redesigned IRS 990 form and instructions. The IRS 990 is required for annual filing by any nonprofit with gross receipts of $1 million or more, or total assets of $2.5 million or more at the end of the tax year (nonprofits with lesser budgets fill out the 990EZ or the 990-N).

The redesign of the reporting requirements will likely have a dramatic impact on how the nonprofit world works and how nonprofits describe and track their financial life. The IRS 990's last major revision was in 1979.

If you're interested in the specifics of the redesign, Charity Governance has an overview. Or, print out the new form and instructions and have a read.
Artists and arts organizations: sign up and be counted

Calling all artists and arts organizations: help advance the arts in America by being counted! Register online for a free Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) number. If you already have a D&B number, make sure you are accurately coded as an arts-related business.

Since 2004, Americans for the Arts has produced the Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts report, a study of the nonprofit and for-profit arts-related businesses in America. View the 2008 Creative Industries report for Seattle.

The Creative Industries research uses D&B data to document the number of arts-related businesses and employees in any geographical region or political jurisdiction. If you don't have a D&B number, then you are not represented in the data.

Americans for the Arts has compiled step-by-step directions to guide you through the process of registering online for a D&B number. The application process takes less than 10 minutes. It's fast and it's free. Go here to start.
October is National Arts and Humanities Month
Each year since 1993, more than 10,000 communities and millions of people celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) in October. National Arts and Humanities Month is a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. Held every October and coordinated by Americans for the Arts, it has become the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation.

For suggestions on how to participate in NAHM, go to American's for the Arts NAHM Web site. You can find planning toolkits, information on events, and free downloads of the NAHM logo and Web stickers that can be placed on Web sites. Americans for the Arts is also encouraging arts groups and arts lovers to join Facebook and become a fan of NAHM to show support and promote the arts and humanities.
Live Theatre Week, October 13-19, 2008.
Come out and play at Live Theatre Week
Live Theatre Week is coming! Mark your calendars for Oct. 13 to 19, when dozens of regional theaters will open their doors to offer special events and select free nights of theater. The Live Theatre Week Kick-Off Fair, noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion, offers an opportunity to beat the crowds, pick up an event guide, see a performance, and pre-register for Free Night of Theater tickets before online registration opens, Monday, Oct. 6.

"Seattle is home to many talented theater artists and adventurous audiences with an appetite for live performance," says Mayor Greg Nickels. "From edgy fringe theater to Broadway-bound musicals and Tony Award-winning playhouses, Seattle offers something for everyone. Live Theatre Week is a great way to sample our region's diverse theater scene and try something new."

Live Theatre Week will feature 25 special events, including open houses, workshops, receptions and meet-the-artist events, and more than 50 Free Night performances. Participating theaters will offer activities and performances the whole family can enjoy on Target Family Day, Saturday, Oct. 18.

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