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In this Issue - September 2008
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
Image: Lynne Yamamoto, Of Memory (detail), 2007, cast resin, 44" x 170" x 6", permanently sited at Seattle Central Library. Photo by Spike Mafford.
Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, Aug. 29
Don't miss what's fast becoming one of Seattle's favorite annual arts events. Celebrate the 2008 Mayor's Arts Awards recipients and tour the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits. The celebration begins at noon, Friday, Aug. 29 at Seattle Center's Northwest Court. The ceremony and entrance to Bumbershoot's Visual Arts Exhibits are free and open to the public. The visual arts exhibits will remain open until 8 p.m. in the Northwest Rooms.

Seattle Channel's Nancy Guppy will host the sixth annual Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony. The 2008 recipients are 14/48: the world's quickest theater festival; arts education outfit Coyote Central and Marybeth Satterlee, executive director; Hugo Ludeña, photographer and founder of Latino Cultural magazine; Nonsequitur, contemporary/experimental music presenter; Cathryn Vandenbrink, regional director of Artspace Projects; and Wing Luke Asian Museum.

Save a buck and beat the weekend Bumbershoot crowds. Stick around after the ceremony to check out the visual arts exhibits. Journey from Tehran's graphic art world into a hands-on drawing jam. Move from a tasty symposium of food and conversation concerning the revolutionary year of 1968 to contemporary photographs that showcase the impact an individual can make on the world. And don't miss the satellite Henry Art Gallery exhibition featuring performance and contemporary art.

The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music and Arts Festival and media sponsor City Arts Seattle, a new city magazine discovering creativity throughout Seattle. Media support is also provided by Seattle Channel.
Fabrication subject of public art workshop, Sept. 9
Prototype version of Paul Sorey's Tree Bench (detail), 2006, permanently sited at Pratt Park. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Public artists can gain insights into the fabrication process at a free workshop, Getting it Made, 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 4408 Delridge Ave. N.W.

Three seasoned public art professionals will talk about the ins and outs of employing a fabricator to help see a project from concept to construction. Public artist Pam Beyette, fabricator Larry Tate, and public art conservation specialist Tiffany Hedrick will share tips about how to select and work with a fabricator to create a lasting public artwork.

Getting it Made, presented by the Office, is part of new workshop series designed to offer emerging and experienced artists a chance to network and gain insight into the public art process. Visit our Web site for more information about the panelists and the next public art workshop about sustainable design coming up in November.

The workshop is free. However, advance registration is required. To register, contact Eleanor Beerman, (206) 233-3930.
New date and location for Arts Education Forum, Oct. 30

We announced the Arts Education Forum in the August eNews, but now have a new date and location. Please update your calendars and join the conversation, 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.

Enjoy art and performances by Seattle students, including the award-winning Garfield High School Jazz ensemble led by Clarence Acox. A reception with light refreshments will follow the forum.

The Fifth Annual Arts Education Forum is presented by the Seattle Arts Commission, Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Public Schools.
MangoSon will perform the musical styles of Cuban son, Dominican merengue, cumbia and Venezuelan parranda at City Hall, Sept. 18. Photo by Paul Sanders.
Enjoy free fall concerts at City Hall
Gather at City Hall this fall for free lunchtime concerts, which are part of the Seattle Presents concert series presented by the Office year-round. The eclectic line-up will feature Seattle Opera's rising young artists in a one-act performance, Brazilian guitarist Eduardo Mendonça, jazz French horn pioneer Tom Varner, American composer Robin Holcomb, musical explorations of democracy from Simple Measures, and other Seattle performers not to be missed.

City Hall is located at 600 Fourth Ave. (between Cherry and James streets). Visit the Seattle Presents Web site for the complete fall concert schedule.
Learn about neighborhood arts funding program, Oct. 2
2008 Seattle Chinese Art and Cultural Festival. Photo © George Cui.
The Office will host a Neighborhood & Community Arts (NCA) Meet and Greet, 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts St. The city's NCA program supports Seattle's neighborhood arts councils and community groups that produce events to promote arts and cultural participation and build community. In 2008, the program provided funding to 30 organizations to support annual public festivals and events.

Meet Paul Rucker, NCA program manager, and receive pointers on putting together an effective application for funding. Bring a draft application for review.

Please RSVP for the event by Sept. 24. Contact Paul Rucker at (206) 684-7084. Applications for the NCA program will open in early September. Application deadline is Monday, Oct. 27. Check the NCA Web site for updates.
The new OnHold mix includes Terrene's "Unwelcome" from the CD: The Indifferent Universe.
New OnHold music mix live on city phone lines
Call a city office this fall and you may be treated to the sultry R&B grooves of Darrius Willrich or the swinging gypsy jazz of Hot Club Sandwich. These artists are part of the latest Seattle OnHold rotation, which features a vibrant mix of Seattle's musical talent piped into the city's telephone lines when callers are placed on hold. The latest music mix features 10 tracks, including the sounds of Latin music, bluegrass, classical and rock.

Music selections change every three months. Local musicians are invited to submit recordings for consideration. For details and to listen to music by OnHold artists, visit the OnHold Web site.
Student art sought for Neighbor Appreciation Day
Simon Thai of Asa Mercer Middle School won first place for this artwork (detail) in the 2008 contest.
The Office is teaming up with the Department of Neighborhoods to invite Seattle students, kindergarten through 12th grade, to submit original artwork for a contest as part of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Feb. 7, 2009 will mark the city's 15th annual celebration of the event.

The winning artwork will adorn the 2009 Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting card. Free cards—perfect for recognizing the contributions of your neighbors—will be available at City Hall, neighborhood service centers, community centers and libraries throughout Seattle. The winner will receive $100.

The artwork should depict caring and active neighbors, reflecting the theme of Neighbor Appreciation Day. Past artwork has shown neighbors sharing meals; exchanging plants; and working together on a community project, such as building a new playground, painting a mural, or beautifying school or park grounds.

Art should be submitted on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. It is recommended that art be vivid in color. Pieces done in watercolor or magic marker tend to show better, but all formats are welcome. Student artwork must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 19 at the Department of Neighborhoods. For more information, contact Peter McGraw, (206) 615-0950.
© Norman Lundin; Two Jars, Two Boxes I (detail); 2005; acrylic on gessoed paper; 14" x 19".
Public art profiled on Seattle Channel
Embark on engaging video tours of the studios and sites where Seattle public art is created. Seattle's Public Art is a series of short video profiles that showcase Seattle public artworks and artists. The segments air on Seattle Channel and stream on the Web. Filmmaker and producer John Forsen produced the videos with support from the Office and Seattle Channel.

A series of new profiles feature seven artists and their public artworks. Learn about Kay Kirkpatrick's Looking at a Watershed at the Southwest Police Precinct; Ted Jonsson's Chimera at the Seattle Public Utilities' Operations Control Center; Stuart Nakamura's Call and Response at Fire Station 10; and Jen Dixon's Witness Trees, What the Trees Have Seen at Bergen Place Park. Three profiles feature artists and their portable artworks: Barbara Earl Thomas' Burning the Word, Mary Ann Peters' in an instant...cluster to starburst, and Norman Lundin's Two Jars, Two Boxes I.
Seattle artworks recognized in Art in America magazine
Lynne Yamamoto, Of Memory (detail), 2007, cast resin, 44" x 170" x 6", permanently sited at the Seattle Central Library. Photo by Spike Mafford.
Art in America's 2007 Public Art in Review recognized recently completed Seattle artworks as examples of exceptional public commissions. Straight Shot, by Seattle artist Perri Lynch, is located at Warren G. Magnuson Park. The artwork features 12 six-foot-high limestone columns precisely placed along a one-kilometer calibration baseline. Drilled into each stone are two circular holes that allow visitors a "straight shot" view of the baseline. Surveyors use the baseline to calibrate electronic distance measurement equipment.

Of Memory, by Lynne Yamamoto of Northampton, Mass., consists of five wall-mounted card catalogues cast in white resin. Located on the 10th floor of the Seattle Central Library, the artwork is a memorial to a piece of furniture rendered obsolete by computerized cataloging.

Straight Shot was commissioned with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds. Of Memory was commissioned with Libraries for All Bond 1% for Art funds.
Tune in to panel discussion on art, environment

In July, Seattle Art Museum and Cascade Land Conservancy co-hosted an engaging panel discussion titled "Art and the Environment: A Dialogue." Watch the panel discussion on Seattle Channel's Web site.

The conversation, held at Olympic Sculpture Park, focused on the common interests of the arts and environmental communities in creating vibrant urban spaces and conserving critical landscapes. Panelists included moderator and political journalist Michael Kinsley, Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal, University of Washington College of Architecture Dean Daniel Friedman, arts and environment advocate Maggie Walker, and Northwest artist trio SuttonBeresCuller.

Panelists talked of how artists make our cities livable, outlined what cities can do to help artists thrive, and discussed near-term priorities for both the arts and the environment.

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