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In this Issue — October 2009
Image: Jennifer Molina, Chofer, 2009, chromogenic print, 16" x 24". From the City Hall exhibition, Arte Para Todos—Art for All, through Nov. 9.
Message from the director: mayor proposes dedicated arts funding
Saul Williams shows off his hip-hop chops at Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival. Photo by Christopher Nelson.
Mayor Greg Nickels today presented to the City Council his proposed 2010 budget, which maintains funding for arts grants and sends 75 percent of city-admission-tax revenues to Seattle's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For complete details on Mayor Nickels' 2010 Proposed Budget, visit his homepage.

This is very good news in the wake of a major national recession and underscores the importance of arts and culture in a healthy city.

Dedicating dollars for the arts
Currently, the Office receives 20 percent of admission-tax revenues. The city collects five percent on every dollar of ticket sales to entertainment and recreational events, including movies, rock concerts and University of Washington football games. Nonprofit cultural organizations and some live music venues don't pay the tax.

The mayor's proposal to shift more than half our department's budget from the city's general fund to admission-tax revenue provides a dedicated and reliable funding stream for the Office and helps to buffer us from the year-to-year variability of the general fund.

The bulk of admission-tax revenue goes to the city's general fund. Earmarking 75 percent of that money for the arts won't result in cuts to other programs, as the Office will take an equivalent reduction in general-fund dollars.

Currently, the Office's annual budget is comprised of three primary sources: the general fund; 20 percent of eligible admission-tax receipts; and the municipal arts fund, which sets aside one percent of the cost of city building projects for public art.

Our annual admission-tax allocation will be based on receipts from two years prior. For the 2010 budget, the calculation will be based on 75 percent of eligible receipts collected in 2008. Next year this will amount to $3.6 million.

In recent years, our department's allocation has been based on roughly $5 million in eligible admission-tax revenue. Receipts from men's professional sports are excluded. Over the years, the admission tax has proven to be a relatively stable funding source, which is especially welcome in these challenging economic times. The mayor's proposal also calls for a reserve of admission-tax dollars to cushion our department against future economic downturns.

If you want more information about admission-tax proposals we've prepared some frequently-asked-questions.

Holding the line for arts grants
The mayor's budget also recognizes the vital role arts and culture play in Seattle's economy and cultural identity. His budget holds the line at about $2.4 million for our annual funding programs. This is especially welcome news, as most of Seattle's cultural organizations have suffered significant losses in endowments and contributed revenue. Consequently, arts and cultural organizations face a serious need for stable funding.

Calculating the bottom line
Like most city departments, we are doing more with less. Our total proposed budget for 2010 is just over $6 million, a 12.5 percent, or $866,000 drop from our agency's $6.9 million budget in 2009. We shaved about $449,000 in administrative and operational expenses. The administrative cuts include a staff-wide 10-day furlough in 2010. We are reducing postage and printing costs, postponing technology upgrades and reducing some of our annual service contracts. An anticipated decline in capital-project budgets citywide trimmed our fund for public art by nearly $417,000.

Preserving our core programs
We are positioned to absorb these reductions without impacting our core programs. Our staff and Seattle arts commissioners remain committed to working together to help sustain a stable arts community, which generates direct financial returns, offers positive activities and educational opportunities for our young people, attracts tourists and business and contributes to our quality of life.

The mayor's budget is a balanced budget, and is now before the City Council for review. The Council is expected to approve the city's budget by Thanksgiving. Many thanks to the mayor and the Seattle Arts Commission for their steadfast support of arts and culture in Seattle.

Michael Killoren
Seattle seeks artist for Rainier Beach Community Center
Nikki McClure, The Eddy, 2006, Northgate Community Center, Seattle Parks and Recreation Community Centers Levy 1% for Art.
The Office, in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, seeks an artist or artist team to develop a three-dimensional, site-specific or site-integrated artwork for the new Rainier Beach Community Center and Pool.

Established professional artists living in the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants will ideally have skills in sustainable or environmental design and experience designing, fabricating and installing artwork in one or more of the following media: metal, glass, stone, concrete, ceramic, wood, light or new media.

The selected artist/artist team will work with the community, community center design team and city staff. The all-inclusive budget is $180,000. Application deadline is 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26. Go here for the online application and guidelines.
Mayor, Council appoint new Seattle arts commissioners
Students participate in a Brazilian dance class sponsored by Arts Corps, a 2008 Youth Arts partner. Photo by Karie Hamilton.
The Office announces two new members of the Seattle Arts Commission. Mayor Greg Nickels appointed Estevan Muñoz-Howard and the Seattle City Council appointed Lara Davis. The new commissioners began their terms in September.

Nickels appointed Muñoz-Howard to a one-year term as the new YMCA "Get Engaged" commissioner. "Get Engaged" is a program that connects young adults with city boards and commissions. Muñoz-Howard is executive director of the Youth Media Institute, where he designs and implements media training programs for high-school youth. Davis will complete the second half of Laura "Piece" Kelly's two-year term on the commission. Davis is the community partnerships director and program team lead for Arts Corps, a nonprofit organization that fosters creativity in youth through arts education.

The mayor appoints seven of the commissioners; the City Council appoints seven, and a 15th member is selected by those 14. An additional commissioner is selected through the YMCA's "Get Engaged" program.
Earth Ball Embrace in the Meadow (detail), from The Nature Consortium's 2007 Arts in Nature Festival and exhibited at City Hall earlier this year. Photo by Catherine Anstett.
Exhibition proposals open for City Hall galleries
The Office is accepting proposals for community exhibitions and artist group shows for display in two City Hall gallery spaces in 2010 and early 2011.

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 showcase the work of regional artists, nonprofit organizations and community groups. Past exhibitions have highlighted arts education, climate change and homelessness. Group shows have featured works by Seattle print and quilt artists, Native American youth, and Latino and African-American artists.

Individual artists are not eligible to apply unless they are sponsored by an arts or community organization or the subject of their artwork has great significance to Seattle. Individual artists may also apply as part of a group show.

Proposals should emphasize the people, places, character or history of Seattle or topics relevant to city life. Exhibitions are displayed for six to eight weeks, and most shows span both galleries. The exhibition cycle will begin in mid-April and run through March 2011.

The application deadline is 11 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 5. For more information and a link to the online application, click here.
Kristen Ramirez, Bridge Talks Back postcard, 2009. Illustration by Jacques Moitoret.
Fremont Bridge to 'talk back,' Sept. 26
Seattle artist Kristen Ramirez will wrap up her summer residency at the Fremont Bridge with a temporary art project celebrating the daily rhythms and sounds of the bridge. Bridge Talks Back, a sound artwork, opens Saturday, Sept. 26 with a celebratory performance at the bridge from 1 to 4 p.m., when each bridge opening will be marked with pageantry and fanfare. Flags will festoon the bridge. Horn players will call from its towers, and people will carry artist-made signs with words and phrases about the bridge.

Through April 2010, Ramirez's two-and-one-half-minute audio composition—layered with bird songs, boat horns, bridge bells and more—will play through the speakers on the bridge during daytime openings. Street signs at the bridge invite pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists to call a telephone number to hear a longer version of the soundscape peppered with people's recorded musings about the neighborhood bridge.

Ramirez's residency and the resulting temporary art project were commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds. Visit Ramirez's blog to learn more.

KPLU reported on the project. Listen to the story.
Part II of emerging-artist exhibition to open Oct. 1
Justin Gibbens, Double-headed Redtail, 2008, watercolor, gouache, ink, pencil, tea on paper, 40" x 26". Photo by the artist.
View 25 artworks by 17 emerging Northwest artists at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, Oct. 1 to Dec. 31.

The exhibition includes paintings, photography, watercolor, works on paper, sculpture and mixed media. The featured artworks are part of a larger recent purchase by Seattle City Light totaling 86 artworks by 56 artists. City Light recently purchased the artworks for its Portable Works Collection.

Meet the artists 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery. The featured artists are: Stephanie Ashby, Wanda Benvenutti, Evan Blackwell, Dawn Cerny, James Cicatko, Claire Cowie, Tim Cross, Jesse Durost, Carl Faulkner, Derek Franklin, Justin Gibbens, Midori Hirose, Christopher Hoff, Anne Mathern, Adam Satushek, Samantha Scherer and Claude Zervas.

The purchase was made possible with city 1% for Art funds. The rest of the artworks will be on display in a third exhibition from January through March. The Office manages the city's portable works collection, which features more than 2,700 artworks displayed in municipal buildings.
Jovino Santos Neto will perform contemporary Brazilian music at City Hall Oct. 15. Photo by Daniel Sheehan.
Free concerts to heat up City Hall this fall
Enjoy an electic line-up of free lunchtime concerts at City Hall, noon to 1 p.m. on select Thursdays in October.

On Oct. 1, savor intimate acoustic music from Latin singer Carlos Cascante and his quartet. On Oct. 15, master pianist, flutist and composer Jovino Santos Neto performs contemporary Brazilian music with his trio. On Oct. 29, the 15-member Greg Williamson Large Ensemble re-imagines music of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition—Seattle's first world's fair.

For the complete fall line-up, visit our Web site.
City Hall galleries feature works by Latino artists
Jaime Olaya, El brasalete de Dolores, 2008, pastel, 20" x 25".
Latino City Employees and Latino Cultural Magazine present the exhibition Arte Para Todos—Art for All at City Hall to celebrate National Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15). The exhibition runs through Nov. 9.

Arte Para Todos features more than 50 artworks in a variety of media by eight Northwest Latino artists: Marcio Diaz, Isaac Hernández, Rene Julio, Hugo Ludeña, Jennifer Molina, Jaime Olaya, Jose Orantes and Blanca Santander. The works include color photographs of Latino life; landscape, portrait and abstract paintings in acrylic, oil, and egg tempera; and pastel and scratchboard drawings.

In conjunction with the exhibition a free concert featuring the acoustic Latin jazz of Carlos Cascante will take place noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1, at City Hall. An artist reception with light refreshments will follow from 1 to 2 p.m.

Arte Para Todos—Art for All spans the City Hall Lobby Gallery and the Anne Focke Gallery, on the L2 level of City Hall. For more information, go here.
John Grade, Mantle (installation in progress), reclaimed wood, 20' x 12' x 12'. Photo by Jason Huff.
Grade installs evolving sculpture at reservoir
Artist John Grade's large temporary sculpture is taking shape at the Bitter Lake Reservoir. But it's not meant to keep its form. Planned for completion on Sept. 30, the piece, titled Mantle, will disintegrate in the coming months. Evoking the shape of a water tower, the artwork's wooden frame will rise to cradle a spherical cloud-like form. The "cloud," made of a corn-based polymer, will gradually biodegrade when exposed to rain and ultimately disappear, inviting its viewers to consider the role water plays in our urban landscape.

Mantle will be on view through January 2010 near the intersection of North 138th Street and Linden Avenue North. The temporary sculpture is part of Water Calling—a series of short films and temporary public art projects that explore environmental stewardship and urban watersheds. The projects were commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds and managed by this Office.
Arts and Humanities Month, a good time to advocate for arts

October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), and there's no better time to advocate for the arts. With the Nov. 3 election on the horizon, the Office and Seattle Arts Commission will ask the mayoral candidates about city arts policy and talk with school board candidates about arts education. Our goal is to learn the candidates' views on arts policy and share what we hear with you. Our efforts are non-partisan, and we are providing the same opportunity for all candidates.

We plan to post video of our interviews with the two candidates for mayor the third week in October, and release audio files of our conversations with the five school board candidates next week. The arts commission also teamed up with the Washington State Arts Alliance to invite the Seattle City Council and mayoral candidates to complete an arts-and-culture questionnaire. We hope to post their responses online in the coming weeks.

If you prefer to take a backseat to politics, there are other ways to advance the arts. Take time to volunteer and serve in your community. Americans for the Arts invites all to post arts opportunities and volunteer stories on its new Web site, dedicated to promoting community service opportunities for arts groups, arts volunteers, activists and artists nationwide. For suggestions on how to participate in NAHM, go to American's for the Arts' NAHM Web site.

City of Music launches awards, Web site
Seattle's Office of Film + Music just rolled out a new Web site for its City of Music initiative. The site lists live music suggestions, a local-music news feed and details about the upcoming inaugural Seattle City of Music Awards, 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Showbox at the Market. The event will honor jazz legend Quincy Jones, indie rockers the Fleet Foxes and local radio station KEXP.

KEXP DJ Riz Rollins will preside over the program, which will feature alt-country band The Maldives, the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra and indie folksters Pearly Gate Music. Young artists from Seattle Theatre Group's More Music @ The Moore teen music program will open the festivities. Indie rock upstarts the Tea Cozies will close the celebration.

Pick up free tickets to the all-ages awards show online or at independent music retailers Easy Street Records, Everyday Music, Silver Platters and Sonic Boom Records.
Learn about Neighborhood arts funding at Oct. 5 event
A performer at TibetFest 2008 at Seattle Center. Photo by Rabyoung Gyalkhang.
Learn about the Office's Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) funding program and pick up pointers on putting together an effective application at a meet-and-greet, 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5, at the Theatre Off Jackson. To RSVP for the event, e-mail Paul Rucker or call (206) 684-7084 by Tuesday, Sept. 29.

The NCA program supports Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community. In 2009, the program awarded $1,200 to 37 organizations to support annual public festivals and events.

Application deadline for the NCA program is Monday, Oct. 27. Link to the online application here.

Classical to burlesque on Art Zone in October
Spice up your Friday nights this fall. Tune in to Art Zone In Studio on Seattle Channel 21, 8 p.m., Fridays. Here are a few highlights for October.

On Oct. 2, our own Kathy Hsieh offers a behind-the-scenes look at Intiman Theatre's Abe Lincoln in Illinois. Hear music from the hot jazz trio Cocoa Martini and get a glimpse of the current City Hall exhibition featuring local Latino artists.

On Oct. 23, Art Zone's host Nancy Guppy tours the offices of King County arts agency, 4Culture; rock music journalist Charles Cross talks about his new book on Led Zeppelin; and burlesque performer Waxie Moon heats up the studio.

On Oct. 30, meet set designer Etta Lilienthall; hear indie folk musician Jose Gonzales' thoughts on the local music scene; and check out chamber group Simple Measures performing on the Seattle Streetcar.
The group pictured above sailed in a "Viking" ship from Kirkland across Lake Washington to the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition for the fair's Norway Day, Aug. 30, 1909. Photo courtesy of Dan Kerlee.
KCTS to debut A-Y-P documentary
KCTS 9 will premier the first film on the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (A-Y-P), AYPE: Seattle's Forgotten World's Fair, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17.

In 1909, Seattle was shedding its rough frontier past and embarking on a future destined to become its legacy—a city of innovation, of vision, and of breathtaking beauty. It is at this juncture that the young city decided to host a World's Fair. Seattle filmmaker John Forson tells the story of the A-Y-P through thousands of historical images, rare archival footage and contemporary interviews. Narrated by actor and former Seattle Arts Commissioner Tom Skerritt, AYPE: Seattle's Forgotten World's Fair integrates the past and present by exploring the fair's historical reverberations.

October will bring the conclusion of the year-long A-Y-P centennial celebration managed by the Office in collaboration with nearly 60 community partners. Learn more about the centennial here.
Teen Tix invites teens to join its steering committee
Zoe Barker-Aderem uses her Teen Tix pass to get a ticket to Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde at ACT. Photo by Pete Rush.
Seattle Center's Teen Tix program is inviting teenagers with a passion for the arts to join its steering committee, a group of teens working as leaders in the local art scene. Teen Tix brings the arts to teens through activities such as $5 tickets to local events. The steering committee meets once a month, from October to June at Seattle Center.

Nominations are required to apply to join the committee. Teens or adults (who are not parents of the nominees) can send an e-mail to to nominate teens. For more information, call (206) 233-3959 or visit the Teen Tix blog.

Come out and play at Live Theatre Week
Live Theatre Week is coming! Mark your calendars for Oct. 12 to 18, when dozens of regional theaters will open their doors to offer special events and select free nights of theater. This year's Live Theatre Week boasts record participation with 55 theaters and performing arts organizations offering over 90 regional events.

The Live Theatre Week Kick-Off Fair is noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4 at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion. Dozens of arts organizations will be on site with information, special one-day ticket offers, prizes and discounts. Beat the rush and pre-register for Free Night of Theater tickets before online registration opens, Monday, Oct. 6.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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