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In this Issue — October 2011
 Message from the director: go on an art adventure, mayor's budget maintains arts funding
 2012 funding cycle for individual artists open
 Learn about neighborhood arts funding at Oct. 4 meeting
 City seeks two artists for Seattle City Light service centers
 Free performance to offer a gutter's-eye view of stormwater flow
 Words are theme of city exhibition Word Play
 Anna MacDonald to install art along Burke-Gilman trail
 Seattle as Collector retrospective at SAM closes Oct. 23, SAM tour Oct. 21
 ARTSparks to close with performance art, opera at Occidental Square, Oct. 6
 October's Art Zone offers costume art, country and Carmen



Funding: Neighborhood & Community Arts
Funding: Individual artists
Call: Seattle City Light service centers
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

CityArtist Draft Application Review Sessions

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting

Neighborhood & Community Arts Information Session

Stormwater: Life in the Gutter, a one-man performance written and performed by Stokley Towles.


City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:
Seattle as Collector
at City Hall

Through Dec. 30
Seattle Municipal Tower:
Word Play
Oct. 4 through Dec. 30
Special Exhibition at Seattle Art Museum:
Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40
Through Oct. 23
 
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Image: Audience members at the 2010 National Film Festival For Talented Youth (NFFTY). NFFTY received Neighborhood & Community Arts funding in 2010 and 2011. Funding for 2012 events is open now. Click here to learn more. Photo by Bobby Bonsey.
Message from the director: go on an art adventure, mayor's budget maintains arts funding
 
 

 
As I mark six months on the job this week, I'm amazed and inspired by the range of cultural treasures Seattle has to offer and I'm looking forward to taking in even more of the city's artistic offerings during National Arts and Humanities Month.

Mayor Mike McGinn is marking the occasion by proclaiming October to be National Arts and Humanities Month in Seattle, encouraging all to participate in the artistic and cultural riches of our community and ensuring all citizens can access and experience them.

Thankfully, Arts Crush makes it easy to try out something new in October with hundreds of free events, special discounts and interactive opportunities for all ages. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is pleased to support the month-long festival, which offers creative adventures in art, literature, music, theater, dance, film and more.

Also this week, the mayor presented his proposed budget to the City Council. Despite a tough economic climate, the news is good for the arts. The mayor's proposal maintains funding for the Office at just over $7 million in 2012, sustains the Office as an independent city department (earlier this year, the department was part of a feasibility study that examined the merger of several small city departments), establishes an arts fund operating reserve and creates a one-time program to support jobs in the arts sector as part of the Seattle Jobs Plan.

The mayor's budget is before the City Council, which will vote on a final budget by Thanksgiving.

We're continuing our work to preserve and foster affordable, dedicated cultural space in Seattle's neighborhoods. Recently, we issued a request for proposals to launch a pilot program in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown-International District to provide relocation and placement services for artists seeking affordable studio or live/work space. Also, stay tuned for details on a cultural space symposium the Seattle Arts Commission's Facilities and Economic Development Committee is planning for later this fall.

Sincerely,

Vincent E. Kitch
Director
 
Claudia Fitch's 2010 CityArtist project Floating Mechanism (nightshade). Photo by Steven Lazen.
 
2012 funding cycle for individual artists open
 
We're accepting applications for the 2012 CityArtist Projects funding program for individual artists. The 2012 funding cycle will award grants to artists working in the visual, literary and media arts.

CityArtist Projects is an annual funding program that provides support to individual Seattle artists to develop and present new, in-progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. Funding is offered to artists in clusters of disciplines in the visual, media and literary arts and performing arts in alternate years.

Priority will be given to quality art projects that focus on public benefit defined as community impact and access. Projects will be rated on their ability to address at least one of these four elements: engage new audiences, develop partnerships, create access through education and public awareness opportunities and/or present in non-traditional venues.

Artists can apply for set award amounts of either $2,000 or $4,000. Public presentation of projects must take place between May and December 2012.

Applications are due 11 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1. Go here for more information and a link to the online application. We are offering a series of drop-in draft review sessions in October. Check here for dates and details.
Learn about neighborhood arts funding at Oct. 4 meeting
 
 
Funding in 2011 helped South Park Arts put on South Park Putts Outa mini-golf course with every hole an original design by a Seattle artist team. Photo by Wendy Woldenberg.
 
Learn about our Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) funding program and get some pointers on putting together an effective application at a free information session, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, at the Seattle Public Library's Douglass-Truth Branch.

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 2011, the program awarded $1,200 each to 40 organizations to support annual public festivals and events. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26. Link to the online application here.

To RSVP for the information session, contact Paul Rucker,
(206) 684-7084, by Friday, Sept. 30.
City seeks two artists for Seattle City Light service centers
 
 
Emily Ginsburg, Currents (detail), 2008, screen print on baked, enameled aluminum panels, 90" x 368". From Seattle City Light's Portable Works Collection. Photo by Spike Mafford.
 
We're seeking two artists to create semi-permanent, site-specific installations for Seattle City Light's North and South Service Centers, hubs for City Light's work. Each artist will create up to two artworks that should capture the "electricity" of City Light's activities. The call is open to artists residing in Washington, Oregon, Alaska or British Columbia.

Go here for more information and a link to the online application. Application deadline is 11 p.m., Monday, Oct. 17.

The artworks will enhance up to two walls in each of the service centers' auditoriums where City Light employees gather for meetings and training. The artworks may be two- or three-dimensional but must hang on the auditorium walls. The semi-permanent commissions will be part of City Light's Portable Works Collection.

A panel of arts professionals will review the applications and select five finalists, who will each receive $750 to create proposals. The panel will select two artists, who will each receive $23,500 to create the installations.
Free performance to offer a gutter's-eye view of stormwater flow
 
 
Stokley Towles. Photo by John J. Little, Sr.
 
The rains are coming. Uncover the world of urban rainfall and trace its travels from the clouds to the city's streets, homes and businesses and the sewer lines below in Stormwater: Life in the Gutter, a one-man performance written and performed by Stokley Towles. The series of eight, free performances runs Oct. 19 through Nov. 12. Go here for the full schedule and locations.

Towles' nearly one-hour piece is part performance, part exhibition, offering a gutter's eye view of Seattle's drainage system and the Seattle Public Utilities' (SPU) employees who guide, monitor and maintain stormwater flow in the city.

Meet Ellen, a gutter detective. Find out what a floating river is and meet James who observes them. Learn about John's trips into the bowels of the city and what he finds there. Discover who tracks toxins before they poison Lake Union.

Towles' work brings meaning to the seemingly mundane aspects of city life. Stormwater: Life in the Gutter, the third in a series of performance pieces Towles has created in partnership with SPU, aims to raise public awareness of environmental stewardship, especially in relation to SPU's work. The performance is commissioned by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs with SPU 1% for Art funds and administered in partnership with 4Culture.
 
Ross Palmer Beecher; Hershey's Chocolate Quilt (detail); 1986; stitched tin with wire, bike tire tubing, and auto tail lights; 64" x 48". Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Words are theme of city exhibition Word Play
 
Words come to us in a myriad of ways: through the books we read, billboards that line our highways, the e-mails and texts that link us to others, radio, TV, and the music on our iPods.

Sixteen visual artists express themselves with words in the exhibition Word Play, on view at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, Oct. 4 to Dec. 30. Whether the words become the artwork or are within it, each artist allows the viewer to interpret the meaning of the words.

The exhibition features 31 artworks that include photographs, prints, ceramic sculpture, collaged artworks, drawings and mixed media. In Peter deLory's With Dignity from 1979, a carefully arranged tableau of a love letter, portraits, spilled wine and lingerie belies the content of the letter. In Ross Palmer Beecher's Hershey's Chocolate Quilt from 1986, scraps of Hershey's syrup containers are woven together to form a traditional, log-cabin quilt design.

Deborah Paine, city curator and collections manager, selected the artworks from the city's Portable Works Collection managed by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Anna MacDonald to install art along Burke-Gilman trail
 
 
Anna MacDonald; Twin Sea Flex; 2006; vinyl, water, steel, and screen; 10' x 27' x 15'. Located at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Seattle artist Anna MacDonald will create a permanent, multi-site art installation for the Burke-Gilman Trail. Two to five artworks at select locations along the trail will collectively create a larger cohesive artwork. The artwork will identify the trail as a connective conduit in the city and add an element of discovery.

MacDonald's mixed-media installations create environments of passage—thresholds, portholes, arches and caverns—that provide inviting experiences that take advantage of the viewer's movement through space. A native of Stony Brook, N.Y., she has worked at the University of Washington's Center for Digital and Experimental Arts and Seattle Pacific University's Art Department. Her work has been exhibited in Berlin at the Amerika Haus cultural center, the Universität der Künste and the underground transit system; the Baltimore Museum of Art; and the Faith Lutheran Church in Seattle.

A panel selected MacDonald from an open call to professional artists living in Washington. The project is commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Seattle as Collector retrospective at SAM closes Oct. 23, SAM tour Oct. 21
 
 
Seattle as Collector exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. Photo by Robert Wade.
 
Your last chance is approaching! Stop by and see artworks spanning four decades from the city's Portable Works Collection in the retrospective exhibition Seattle as Collector: Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40 at Seattle Art Museum (SAM). The exhibition is free and closes Oct. 23.

Seattle as Collector features 112 artists, including Northwest luminaries Jacob Lawrence and Guy Anderson, and artworks in a variety of media, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and textiles. The exhibition also highlights some of the permanently sited artworks in the city's public art collection. Seattle as Collector celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.

On Oct. 21, artist Joseph Park, featured in Seattle as Collector, will discuss his work in the exhibition and illuminate other works in the museum's permanent collection as part of SAM's My Favorite Things tours. My Favorite Things tours bring artists, cultural producers and community figures into the SAM galleries to discuss their favorite works of art. The tour is free with museum admission. Go here for more information.
ARTSparks to close with performance art, opera at Occidental Square, Oct. 6
 
 
Saint Genet. Photo courtesy of the artists.
 
The new experimental, performance and visual art group Saint Genet will close ARTSparks' free summer series of installations and performances at Pioneer Square's Occidental Square at the First Thursday Art Walk, 6 p.m., Oct. 6. Saint Genet will present Triumph and Ruin, the third act of Transports of Delerium (Aesthetic Ascesis in 4 Acts). Triumph and Ruin, a site-specific investigation of Occidental Square and the surrounding alleyways and vacant lots, will include operatic performances.

Saint Genet is performing the other three acts at Lawrimore Project. Go here for dates and more information. The performance at Occidental Square is free and open to the public.

Saint Genet is founded and directed by Ryan Mitchell, founder and director of Implied Violence. Mitchell is collaborating with NKO of Free Sheep Foundation, Olivier Wevers of Whim W'him, Jessie Smith of Dead Bird Movement and Implied Violence, and Casey Curran and Anna Telcs of Implied Violence.

ARTSparks is a collaboration between 4Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
October's Art Zone offers costume art, country and Carmen
 
 

 
Spooky Halloween costume art. Down-home country music. Seattle Opera's Carmen, a thriller about a soldier's ill-fated obsession with the ultimate femme fatale. Catch highlights of the local arts scene on Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy this month. Here's what's coming up.

On Oct. 7, check out an all-performance Open Studio episode featuring a slate of artists who will perform at this year's City Arts Festival. The episode will re-air on Oct. 14.

On Oct. 21, watch a profile on the renowned theater director Valerie Curtis-Newton. Get a behind-the-scenes look at ACT—A Contemporary Theatre's Pinter Fortnightly series. Hear new music from Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers and highlights from Seattle Opera's production of Carmen. And catch our own Kathy Hsieh's report on the 2011 Gregory Awards.

On Oct. 28, get the scoop on 5th Avenue Theatre's artistic director David Armstrong. Check out the 2011 Earshot Jazz Festival. And enjoy a showcase of nontraditional performance venues and spooky Halloween costume art.

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.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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