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In this Issue — October 2010
 Message from the Director: Reflections on arts and culture in Seattle
 Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Budget Update
 Upcoming forum examines the role of arts in education, Nov. 8
 Goldbloom to create artwork for new Mt. Baker fire station
 Fandango to folk music for free at City Hall
 Photo retrospective documents Seattle's largest nonprofit youth arts educator
 October is National Arts and Humanities Month
 Arts Crush, month-long arts festival, kicks off Oct. 3
 From Picasso to reggae funk on Seattle Channel's Art Zone



Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting
The Seattle Fandango Project, free concert
The Starlings, free concert

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Reflections: Ten Years of Arts Corps Photographs by Susie Fitzhugh
Sept. 9 - Nov. 1, 2010
Seattle Municipal Tower:

Fine Threads
Oct. 4 - Jan. 4, 2011
 
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Image: Susie Fitzhugh, Waiting for a Response, 2008. Having just read his poem to Amber Frame's spoken word class, an Arts Corps student waits to see his audience's response.
Message from the Director: Reflections on arts and culture in Seattle
 
 
 
Michael Killoren. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
 
Dear friends and colleagues,

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of this office, I have the privilege of reflecting on the importance of arts and culture in defining this great city. In 1971, with unemployment at a record 17 percent, city leaders decisively chose to invest in the arts to improve the quality of life for all citizens. Four decades later, Seattle is recognized world-wide for its art and culture, consistently earning high rankings for a city our size.

Our most recent survey of 140 Seattle cultural non-profit organizations shows a whopping increase in attendance over the last two years. According to our data, in 2009, more than 8 million people flocked to Seattle's museums, concert halls, theatres and neighborhoods to engage with art, artists, history and culture. Now, more than ever before, our residents and visitors are demonstrating that access to arts and culture is a priority. Demand is up because of the quality of program offerings, and because our organizations have worked very hard to make programs more affordable and accessible.

Access is at the heart of the work we do in the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Arts Commission. Over the past eight years, our programs and services have reached more broadly and deeply into the community than ever before. It has been an honor to lead this agency during this period, through enormous challenges like a massive lawsuit threatening the public art program, and through securing a significant increase in the portion of Admission Tax revenue to support our work. The more we do to promote Seattle's cultural assets, the stronger the performance of the Ad Tax.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you to contribute to creative and cultural vitality of Seattle. I have cherished every single challenge and triumph, and consider myself truly blessed to have served as steward of the city's cultural portfolio.

Before I launch into my new role at the National Endowment for the Arts, I want to formally express my most sincere gratitude to Seattle's elected officials and city leaders who understand and appreciate the enormous value that arts and culture generate for our city. The Seattle Arts Commission is an active and outstanding model of civic engagement, and I am thankful for their advice, counsel, advocacy and support. And the staff of the office works incredibly hard and is deeply committed to the work.

Art and artists will once again help shape, define and refine Seattle in the next decade. I look forward to watching new, creative talent emerge to lead this city through difficult times. Art and culture at its core brings hope and promise to our future, and as our history shows, Seattle's future will be bright.

Cheers,
Michael Killoren
 
 
Northwest Tap Connection performance at City Hall, 2009. Photo by Nate Brown.
 
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Budget Update
 
This afternoon, Mayor Mike McGinn transmitted his proposed 2011-2012 budget to Seattle City Council. With the city facing an estimated $67 million budget shortfall in the coming biennium, all city departments have been asked to take a proportionate share of cuts to balance the budget and to prepare for the fiscal reality of the coming years. Accordingly, the City Budget Office and the Mayor's Office have asked the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs to take an approximately 7.5 percent cut to our 2011-2012 budget.

If finalized by the City Council, these budget reductions will result in the reduction of 2.5 positions in our office; reduce Seattle Presents concerts and City Hall visual art exhibitions; eliminate the Mayor's Arts Awards; and institute a ten percent across-the-board cut for Office funding programs, including the Civic Partners, CityArtists Projects and Youth Arts programs. The Mayor's proposed budget also shifts about $1 million of Admission Tax revenue to Seattle Parks and Recreation to support and preserve community arts programming and provide relief to the General Fund.

There were no easy decisions to be made during this budget process, which has been extraordinarily difficult for all city departments. Despite these reductions, the Office remains well-positioned to deliver superb customer service and support to the Seattle arts and cultural community this year.

Under the established city budget process, the City Council will now review the mayor's proposed budget and may modify authorized spending to reflect the City Council's policy priorities and feedback from the public. City Council must complete its review of the proposed budget by the end of November, usually by Thanksgiving.

The Office is proud to partner with the community to promote arts and culture in Seattle. Together, our work ensures that Seattle's vibrant and unique cultural sector will continue to grow and thrive. Thank you for your support!
Upcoming forum examines the role of arts in education, Nov. 8
 
 
 

 
Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle Public Schools Chief Academic Officer Susan Enfield, and a panel of Seattle students will participate in an upcoming community forum on increasing access to quality arts learning in Seattle Public Schools. The sixth annual State of the Arts in Education Forum, presented by the Seattle Arts Commission, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Public Schools, will take place 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8 at Seattle University's Pigott Auditorium.

This year's forum will bring together the arts and education community—including the students themselves—in a lively, moderated Q & A session on the role of arts and creative learning in helping all students to succeed. Youth of all ages are encouraged to attend.

The city of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools are engaged in a multi-year partnership to support success for Seattle youth by ensuring that arts and creative learning are available to all students. Sign up online to receive e-mail updates and learn about opportunities to get involved.
Goldbloom to create artwork for new Mt. Baker fire station
 
 
 
Brian Goldbloom, Stormwater Project, 2008, granite. Located at Sound Transit LINK Light Rail's Othello Station, Seattle. Photo by Aly Peterson.
 
Artist Brian Goldbloom will create an artwork for the new Fire Station 30 in Seattle's Mt. Baker neighborhood. Goldbloom will work with a design team that includes Schacht/Aslani Architects, firefighters and city staff to create a site-specific artwork in front of the new station. Fire Station 30 is located at 2931 Mt. Baker Blvd. S.

The original Fire Station 30 did not meet current earthquake safety and operations standards and would have required significant work to upgrade the existing building. The city is building a new station at the existing site with funding from the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy. The project is under construction, with completion anticipated for spring of 2011.

For over 30 years, Goldbloom has created site-specific public installations in granite and other durable stone. His artwork fuses natural stone into the built environment, melding seamlessly into its surroundings, and invites viewers to become active participants within the space. Goldbloom has completed public installations for Sound Transit's Othello Station, Seattle; the University of Washington, Tacoma campus; and the Federal Way Community Center.
 
 
The Starlings will perform a free concert at Seattle City Hall on Oct. 21. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Fandango to folk music for free at City Hall
 
Fandango and folk music heat up City Hall this month. The free noontime shows take place inside City Hall's lobby, 600 Fourth Ave., and are part of the Office's Seattle Presents concert
series.

On Thursday, Oct. 14 get swept up in the interactive fandango (folk and flamenco dance) traditions of Veracruz, Mexico with The Seattle Fandango Project. Dancing on box drums, festive melodies and bright flowing dresses immerse the audience in convivencia (the spirit of living and being in community).

On Thursday, Oct. 21, The Starlings' sweet folk and country music fill City Hall. Their tunes are packed full of storied songwriting, tender vocal harmonies and acoustic goodness all "buoyed by shimmering vocalist Joy Mills," writes the
Seattle P-I.
Photo retrospective documents Seattle's largest nonprofit youth arts educator
 
 
 
Susie Fitzhugh, Preparing Her Work for the Kiln, 2009. An Arts Corps student in Lana Sundberg's visual arts class at Kimball Elementary School, Seattle, Wash.
 
Arts Corps, Seattle's largest nonprofit youth arts educator, celebrates a decade of service to the community with a photo retrospective by Susie Fitzhugh. Reflections: Ten Years of Arts Corps Photographs by Susie Fitzhugh will be on display through Nov. 1 in Seattle City Hall's lobby and Anne Focke Gallery located on the L2 level of the building. Twenty-six images curated by the artist will show the power, joy and concentration of children learning through dance, music, theater, literary and visual arts.

The mother of Arts Corps' founder Lisa Fitzhugh, photographer Susie has spent her life and career focusing on children, education and social issues across the country. Fitzhugh's photography has been featured in LIFE magazine, People, The Washington Post and many education and healthcare publications.
October is National Arts and Humanities Month
 
 
 

 
Each year in October, more than 10,000 communities and millions of people celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), 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, including planning toolkits and event information, visit Americans for the Arts' NAHM Web site. This is an excellent time to volunteer and serve in your community. Americans for the Arts invites all visitors to post arts opportunities and volunteer stories on its Web site, dedicated to promoting community service opportunities for arts groups, arts volunteers, activists and artists nationwide.
Arts Crush, month-long arts festival, kicks off Oct. 3
 
 
 
Arts Crush festival kicks off Oct. 3. Photo by Laurie Clark.
 
Arts Crush, a month-long festival that connects artists and audiences with invigorating new experiences at hundreds of events across the region. The festival kicks off Sunday, Oct. 3 with a party at Seattle Center's Fisher Plaza & Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Party attendees can reserve free night tickets, take advantage of amazing one-day-only special offers from more than 80 regional arts organizations, play in the Arts Crush Photo Booth, become an instant poet in AK Mimi Allin's Poetry Chair, participate in a community art project, and catch free performances by Caspar Babypants, Stimulate Dance and more.

More than 200 arts organizations and artists have planned more than 350 free events all over the Puget Sound for Arts Crush. Spotlighting a different discipline each week, the festival features opportunities to participate in theatre, music, literature, dance, visual art and more, and emphasizes hands-on participation, peeking behind the scenes, and experiencing art in unexpected places. Many events are free, discounted, or pay-what-you-will.

For a full roster of events, which can be sorted by category, discipline or city, visit the Arts Crush website. Theatre Puget Sound manages Arts Crush in cooperation with a consortium of arts leaders from various arts disciplines and geographic regions throughout the Puget Sound.
From Picasso to reggae funk on Seattle Channel's Art Zone
 
 
 

 
Art Zone with Nancy Guppy on Seattle Channel 21 spotlights the local arts scene with a jam-packed lineup this October. Catch the show on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on the web. Art Zone returns to KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17; at 5 a.m. the following Mondays; and at 1 p.m. on Thursdays.

On Oct. 1, Art Zone's Nancy Guppy takes a behind-the-scenes tour of the Picasso exhibit at Seattle Art Museum. Jennie Shortridge and Garth Stein preview their project, The Novel: Live! Watch a profile of visual artist Harold Hollingsworth. Listen to the reggae funk of Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band.

On Oct. 15, see SuttonBeresCuller's new installation at Henry Art Gallery. Listen to indie rock band Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. City Arts magazine lays out their upcoming festival schedule. And actor Ray Tagavilla tells a true life story.

On Oct. 22, five local performers visit the studio for "Open Studio." Watch a profile of longtime Seattle artist Richard Peterson. And filmmaker Dale Goodson shares his latest music video.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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