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Image: Dawn Cerny, 2007 Bumbershoot Fine Arts Poster (detail) left to right Whiting, Shannon, and Jamie.
Dawn Cerny, 2007 Bumbershoot Fine Arts Poster (detail) Kristen.
Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, Aug. 31
Celebrate the 2007 Mayor's Arts Awards recipients with Mayor Greg Nickels and tour the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits. The celebration begins at noon, Friday, Aug. 31 at Seattle Center's Northwest Court. The special event is free and open to the public. The visual arts exhibits will remain open until 6 p.m. in the Northwest Rooms.

Seattle Channel's Nancy Guppy will host the fifth annual Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, noon to 1 p.m., followed by the Bumbershoot PreFunk! Party, featuring conversations and performances by Bumbershoot artists and performers in advance of the Labor Day Weekend festival's Sept. 1 opening. The awards ceremony and Bumbershoot PreFunk Party! will be broadcast live on Seattle Channel, cable channel 21.

The 2007 Mayor's Arts Award recipients 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.

The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music and Arts Festival and primary media sponsor Encore Arts Programs, the magazine proudly serving performing arts organizations throughout the Puget Sound. Media support is also provided by Seattle Channel and Seattle Magazine.

Mayor Greg Nickels chats with Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Symphony music director, at the 2006 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, where Schwarz was honored. Photo by Chris Bennion.
Mayor Nickels on the arts in Seattle
Mayor Greg Nickels recently sat down for an exclusive interview with Inside Encore, a publication of Encore Arts Programs, the primary media sponsor of the 2007 Mayor's Arts Awards.
Click here and be among the first to read the interview in its entirety and learn Mayor Nickels' thoughts on what powerhouse arts and culture mean to Seattle. An abbreviated version of the interview with the mayor will appear in the September issue of Inside Encore along with short features of the 2007 Mayor's Arts Award recipients. Inside Encore is available at all venues served by Encore Arts Programs and at Seattle Public Library branches. Copies of Inside Encore will be distributed at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, Aug. 31 at Seattle Center.

Save the date for School Board Candidates Forum, Oct. 15
Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers in the Schools (WITS) program at Kimball Elementary, Libby Lewis Photography.
Mark your calendars now for our third biennial Seattle School Board Candidates Forum focusing on arts education and the governance of Seattle Public Schools. This year's candidates forum is 6:30 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, at Seattle Children's Theatre, 201 Thomas St. Preceding the forum, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., enjoy light refreshments and meet Seattle Public Schools' new manager of visual and performing arts, Carri Campbell.

The candidates forum is hosted by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Arts Commission Education Committee in partnership with the League of Women Voters, ArtsEd Washington and the Washington State Arts Alliance, along with many other friends of arts education.

Look for full details in the October eNews, or sign up for our periodic Arts Education Updates.

The candidates forum is part of the continuing efforts of the Office and the Seattle Arts Commission Education Committee to promote increased arts education opportunities for all Seattle public school students. 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. We encourage all who care about excellent public schools in our city to turn out and hear from these candidates.

2008 Neighborhood and Community Arts funding opens, Aug. 29
2006 Central Area Community Festival.
Program guidelines and the application for the 2008 Neighborhood and Community Arts (NAC) program will be available on our Web site beginning Aug. 29. This program supports neighborhood arts councils and community-based groups that serve diverse cultures and produce recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation and build community relations.

Funding of $1,200 per organization supports direct event expenses such as artist fees, venue and equipment costs and other production-related expenses. The application deadline for 2008 events is Monday, Oct. 29.

Those interested in applying are invited to a free Neighborhood and Community Arts Meet & Greet, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 27 at the Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave. on First Hill. Meet the project manager, briefly review the application, ask questions, chat about your projects and view the new exhibit at the Frye. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact project manager Paul Rucker, (206) 684-7084.

City Hall show documents light rail construction, diverse community
Romeo Semo, of Samoa, is featured in photographer Joanne Petrina's Rainier Valley Narrative.
Sound Transit and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs join forces this fall to exhibit the work of renowned local photographers Peter de Lory and Joanne Petrina in their efforts to photograph the human side of the massive civil construction project that is Link light rail. The exhibition of black-and-white photographs, Link in Process + Rainier Valley Narrative, will be on display at Seattle City Hall in the lobby and the Anne Focke Gallery, 600 4th Ave., Sept. 5 to Oct. 30. Join the artists for a reception and refreshments from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19 in the City Hall lobby.

"The work of these artists gives us lasting images of the people who are building light rail and a window into the lives of people in one of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods the system will serve," said Seattle Mayor and Sound Transit Board member Greg Nickels.

Fire Station 37. Photo by Ian Edelstein.
Artists selected for neighborhood fire stations
Three artists will create public art projects at neighborhood fire stations in Mt. Baker, West Seattle and Lake City. The artists, Susan Zoccola, of Seattle; Pete Beeman, of Portland, Ore.; and Stephen Glassman, of Venice, Calif., were selected from a pre-qualified artist roster for public art projects at several neighborhood fire stations being renovated or rebuilt throughout Seattle under the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy.

Artists selected for Mercer Corridor and Seattle Center
A model of Doug Taylor's Bird Song Listening Station.
Two artists have been selected to complete public art projects in South Lake Union and at Seattle Center. Seattle artist Ellen Sollod will work with the design team for the major street improvement project underway along the Mercer Corridor in the South Lake Union neighborhood. Vancouver, B.C. artist Doug Taylor will create and install Bird Song Listening Station, a site-specific wind-powered artwork featuring recorded bird songs at Seattle Center.

Artwork commissioned for City Light lobbies, conference room.
Artist Emily Ginsburg's proposal for a Seattle City Light elevator lobby commission.
Seven artists will create portable artworks for seven Seattle City Light elevator lobbies currently undergoing renovations in the Seattle Municipal Tower. The artists were commissioned through an invitational call issued by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. Ten arts professionals from across the country were tapped to nominate artists in their geographical region. Ninety-three artists responded, and a review panel selected fourteen artists to create proposals. The following seven artists received commissions: Emily Ginsburg, Portland. Ore.; Victoria Haven, Seattle; Margie Livingston, Seattle; Yuki Nakamura, Seattle; Kerry Skarbakka, Pittsburgh, Pa.; Marie Watt, Portland, Ore.; and Claude Zervas, Seattle.

Artist Kumi Yamashita, of New York, N.Y., will create an artwork for a City Light conference room named for the late Michael Hildt, who served on the Seattle City Council from 1978 to 1985 and was instrumental in supporting energy reform, among other forward-looking initiatives. Through an invitational process, five artists were commissioned to present proposals for the conference room. Yamashita was selected to create an artwork that reflects the spirit of Hildt.

Intimate chamber setting a fit for fall City Hall concerts
Supersones will perform acoustic Cuban music, Sept. 20 at City Hall.
With summer coming to a close, the concerts at City Hall will move indoors Sept. 6 with a performance by The Miho & Diego Duo and their bold blend of world music. This fall enjoy Japanese choral works, Western classical traditions, American chamber jazz, and more in the intimate listening environment of City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room in October and November. September concerts will take place in the City Hall lobby.

The performances are part of Seattle Presents, the free lunchtime concert series presented year-round by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs at City Hall, 600 4th Ave. The fall bill will feature ten performances, including celebrated pianist Byron Schenkman in one of his final Seattle performances before moving to New York, the Kobe City Philharmonic Chorus and Seattle Opera's Young Artists performing Leonard Bernstein's Trouble in Tahiti. For the complete fall concert lineup, click here.

Artists sought for Seattle's transfer stations, Electric Gallery

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs seeks artists for two work-place enhancing utility projects: a pair of artist residencies at Seattle's two solid waste transfer stations and an opportunity for temporary large-scale installations at the outdoor Union Street Electric Gallery. Find out more about these calls for artists and link to the project applications here.

Speaking of applications, the Office is using a new application tool. Applicants must apply using CaFÉ™, a Web-based online application service which allows artists to upload high-resolution images of their artwork. The deadline to apply for the transfer station artist residencies is Friday, Sept. 28. The application deadline for the Union Street Electric Gallery is Friday, Oct. 5.

Joshua Heim

Heim is new Get Engaged arts commissioner
Joshua Heim 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 commission.

Heim is the exhibits developer at The Wing Luke Asian Museum, where he coordinates the development of community-led exhibits. He also manages the oral history activities and YouthCAN, an arts based youth leadership program that engages at-risk youth in and around the International District. Heim is an award winning Hawaiian hula dancer and chanter and is passionate about increasing support and community access to artistic and cultural resources. Heim will serve a one-year term as a voting member of the arts commission.

We bid farewell to outgoing Get Engaged arts commissioner Sean Howell, a stock broker and artist. Like our past Get Engaged participants, we look forward to Sean's continued involvement in the community.

Office a partner in CityClub's Civic Participation Month

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is proud to serve as a co-presenter of CityClub's Civic Participation Month, designed to provide opportunities to get involved with the Greater Seattle community. The lineup of events begins with the United Way Day of Caring, Sept. 21 continuing through Election Day on Nov. 6. Upcoming CityClub presentations include A Conversation with Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, a Sept. 25 forum introducing Seattle's new superintendent of schools; Wiki-Media: Who Plays and Who Pays in the Modern World of Journalism? a Sept. 28 forum exploring innovations and dangers in the emerging print and online media landscape; and Speed-Dating with the Candidates: Your Interactive Voter's Guide, an Oct. 2 evening event at Pike Place Brewery and a CityClub collaboration with Seattle Works. For details and a complete listing of CityClub Civic Participation Month events, visit CityClub's Web site

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