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In this Issue — September 2009
Image: Warren Dykeman, FULLNESS (detail), from the 2009 Bumbershoot Fine Arts Poster, which is made possible with support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Spectrum Dance Theater is among the Seattle arts and cultural organizations to receive federal stimulus funds to preserve jobs. Photo by Gabriel Bienczycki.
Message from the director
Earlier this month, nearly 500 arts and cultural leaders filled the Nordstrom Recital Hall at Benaroya Hall to hear Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser share practical advice for troubled arts organizations in tough times. Titled Arts in Crisis: A Kennedy Center Initiative, Kaiser's program provides planning assistance and consulting to struggling arts organizations across the country. Kaiser stopped in Seattle in the midst of a 50-state whistle-stop tour.

He reminded an energized audience of the importance of staying focused on artistic missions, emphasizing that now is not the time to back off, but to think big and bold about programming, and to plan, plan, plan for the future. He also said it is critical in these challenging economic times that we strengthen—not diminish—marketing and programming efforts. Seattle Channel taped Kaiser's remarks. So if you couldn't be there, stay tuned. We'll let you know—via our new blog—when Kaiser's talk will air and stream online.

When it comes to supporting arts organizations during this economic crisis, we were pleased this week to award $250,000 in federal stimulus dollars to help preserve dozens of jobs at 22 Seattle arts and cultural organizations. We are proud to be one of only 16 local arts agencies (along with 4Culture) nationwide to receive funding for arts jobs through the National Endowment for the Arts via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Listen to KUOW reporter Marcie Sillman's report.

For many arts organizations, these funds provide a critical stopgap and will help ensure the arts continue to serve the economic, educational and cultural vitality of our city. The process was very competitive. A peer panel reviewed more than 80 applications, and was unable to fund many worthy proposals.

Finally, I hope you will join us and Mayor Greg Nickels for the 7th annual Mayor's Arts Awards, noon, Friday, Sept. 4, at Seattle Center. It's a great bookend to summer, a beginning to Bumbershoot and an opportunity to celebrate artistic achievement and thank Mayor Nickels for his steadfast support of arts and culture in Seattle. Read about the award recipients in the September issue of City Arts Seattle.

Michael Killoren
Office awards federal stimulus funds to preserve arts jobs
Photographs being hung for the Museum of History & Industry's exhibition Picturing What Matters. Photo courtesy of MOHAI.
The Office is pleased to announce $250,000 in federal stimulus awards to help preserve dozens of jobs at 22 Seattle arts and cultural organizations.

"The arts play an important role in our economy, boosting spending in other sectors and contributing to our quality of life," Mayor Greg Nickels said. "We are focused on protecting jobs in all areas of our local economy, and these dollars will help nonprofit arts organizations preserve jobs during difficult economic times."

The federal funds will help organizations retain or restore salaried and contract jobs, ranging from performers to production staff to business managers and artistic directors. The dollars will support jobs at a range of organizations, including Maureen Whiting Dance, Seattle Chamber Players, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Center for Wooden Boats, Velocity Dance Center, Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Young Shakespeare Workshop. Click here for a complete list of funded Seattle organizations.

The Office received the $250,000 award in July from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to re-grant to Seattle organizations to preserve arts jobs threatened by the economic downturn. The NEA had $50 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to distribute nationwide.

The Office distributed the stimulus dollars through a competitive application process. A peer panel reviewed more than 80 eligible Seattle arts and cultural organizations for one-time awards of either $5,000 or $15,000 to support staff salaries or contract fees incurred between fall 2009 and summer 2010.
Funding available for neighborhood arts events
A performer at TibetFest 2008 at Seattle Center. Photo by Rabyoung Gyalkhang.
Festivals and events color the character of Seattle's neighborhoods. Community groups planning a neighborhood arts or cultural event in 2010 can apply for funding through the Office's Neighborhood & Community Arts program. Funded organizations recieve $1,200 each to support annual public festivals and events. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Oct. 27.

Pick up some pointers on putting together a successful application at a Meet and Greet, 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5 at the Theatre Off Jackson. RSVP to Paul Rucker, (206) 684-7084 by Tuesday, Sept. 29.

In 2009, the funding program provided $1,200 each to 37 organizations to support annual public festivals and events, including the Georgetown Super 8 Film Festival, the Mastery of Scottish Arts concert and the Arab Festival.
Kathleen Frugé-Brown, Maple Tops (detail), 2006, vitreous enamel on steel, 10.5" x 13.5". Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection. Photo by the artist.
City seeks artworks by mid-career artists
The Office, in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), seeks to purchase available artworks from mid-career artists for SPU's Portable Works Collection.

Artists with at least 10 years of professional experience and a significant exhibition history are encouraged to apply. The call is open to residents of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia or Alaska. Artworks in all media will be considered.

Application deadline is 11 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30. Go here for the online application and guidelines. The purchase budget is $100,000 and is supported by SPU 1% for Art funds.
Celebrate Mayor's Arts Award recipients, Bumbershoot visual arts
Warren Dykeman, FULLNESS, is featured on the 2009 Bumbershoot Fine Arts Poster.
Don't miss THE arts celebration of the summer. Join Mayor Greg Nickels to honor the 2009 Mayor's Arts Award recipients and tour the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits. Nancy Guppy, host of Seattle Channel's Art Zone In Studio, will emcee the outdoor ceremony, noon, Friday, Sept. 4 at Seattle Center's Northwest Court. Bumbershoot's visual arts exhibits will open one day early with a free public preview from noon to 7 p.m. in the Northwest Rooms.

The 2009 recipients are: Artist Trust, visual artist Jesse Higman, Seattle Opera General Director Speight Jenkins, Northwest Tap Connection and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras.

The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival. Media sponsor is City Arts Seattle, a free monthly magazine discovering creativity throughout Seattle.
Melbourne, Australia-based Strange Fruit fuses theater, dance and circus in a performance atop 15-foot poles at Bumbershoot. Photo by Morgan Keuler.
Follow the art beat on our new blog
Yep, bet you can tell we like to talk about city arts news. But more importantly, we want to make sure you are in the know about opportunities and events offered through the Office. So we did what everybody else is doing. We launched a blog. It's called Art Beat.

We invite you to follow our blog to learn about funding opportunities, calls for artists, free concerts at City Hall, public art projects, gallery openings and more. While Art Beat will offer short, regular updates, we will continue to send you our monthly eNews.

Art Beat is part of Citylink, a network of blogs hosted by the city and posted on city department Web sites. Stay tuned for more information about Citylink. Soon news from dozens of city blogs will be aggregated on a city Web page, offering a range of up-to-the-minute information about city services and activities, from road construction to economic news.
Troy Miles selected for traffic signal box decal designs
Troy Miles, Bruhman, 2003, graphic illustration.
Artist Troy R. Miles will create designs for reflective decals the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will place on traffic signal control boxes in the Central District neighborhood.

A resident of the Central District, Miles was selected from a pool of neighborhood artists. He has created graphics for institutions, companies and individual clients for several years and has shown his artwork in local exhibitions.

In 2008, SDOT Artist-in-Residence Anne Stevens initiated the signal box artwork project and designed a series of decals to promote pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Stevens' lively vinyl signs are attached to traffic signal boxes along Rainier Avenue South. The project is part of the SDOT Art Plan and is funded by SDOT 1% for Art dollars.
Steven Gardner selected for new Fire Station 6 artwork
Steve Gardner, Sky Legends, 2004, permanently sited at the High Point Branch of Seattle Public Library.
Seattle artist Steven Gardner will create an artwork for a new Fire Station 6 in the Central District. Gardner will work with a design team that includes Weinstein Architects & Urban Designers, firefighters and city staff to create a site-specific artwork or design element on the exterior of the new station.

The existing Fire Station 6, a historic landmark, is too small to accommodate the operations required to support modern emergency response. The city is building a new station at 2615 S. Jackson St. with funding from the Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2010 with completion in 2011.

Gardner is a studio and public artist with a background in ceramics and mixed-media sculpture. He sculpts with terra cotta and fused glass using traditional techniques and a wide color palette. His sculptures are installed at the High Point Branch of the Seattle Public Library, Sea-Tac International Airport and King County Metro bus hubs in Ballard and teh Central District.
Free public art roundtables for emerging artists
Kristin Tollefson, Catch + Release, 2008, permanently sited at the Seattle Public Library's Magnolia Branch.
The Office continues its series of free public art workshops with roundtable discussions geared to emerging public artists. The free workshop Public Art Roundtables is 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19 at Seattle City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room.

Participants can attend a series of 30-minute roundtable discussions on topics ranging from preparing a strong application to developing projects to delving into legal issues. Participants also can sign up at the door for a 15-minute one-on-one session with a public artist or city public art project manager. Sign-ups are on a first-come-first-served basis.

Presenters to date include public artists Marita Dingus, Claudia Fitch, Kay Kirkpatrick and Kristin Tollefson. Several Office staff members will present: Patricia Hopper and Jason Huff, public art project managers; Ruri Yampolsky, public art director; and Elly Beerman, panel coordinator. A representative from Washington State Lawyers for the Arts will also speak. Click here to find out more about the presenters. We will announce additional presenters soon.

The workshop series offers artists a chance to network and gain insight into the public art process. There is no fee to participate, but advance registration is required. Space is limited to 48 participants. To register, contact Elly Beerman, (206) 233-3930.
Fremont Bridge art project opens Sept. 26 with performance

Seattle artist Kristen Ramirez is wrapping 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.

Pedestrians, bicyclists, boaters and drivers will hear Ramirez's three-minute audio composition while stopped during daytime bridge openings. The composition includes clips of Seattle residents' stories about the bridge as well as other sounds heard on and around the bridge.

"I've got horns, bird songs, a multitude of sweet narratives, the clickety-clack of the bridgeworks, and much, much more," says Ramirez about the project. Bridge Talks Back runs through April 2010.

Want to volunteer and be a part of the fanfare at the opening event? Contact Kristen Ramirez. Visit her blog to learn more.

The project was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation 1% for Art funds.
Artists can take advantage of low-cost healthcare

Cold and flu season is around the corner. To assist artists with healthcare, the Artist Clinic at Country Doctor Community Health Clinic offers artist-focused hours every Wednesday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Artists of all disciplines can take advantage of this service. Uninsured, low-income artists can apply for a voucher to help underwrite appointment costs.

The Artist Clinic is a partnership between Country Doctor clinics and the Washington Artists Health Insurance Project (WAHIP). To make an appointment, call (206) 299-1600 and mention "WAHIP." Go here for more information.
Discover the 1909 A-Y-P at MOHAI event, Oct. 3
The first airplane built in Seattle was displayed the last week of the 1909
A-Y-P at the University of Washington. Photo courtesy of Dan Kerlee.
Do you know who hired the Olmsted Brothers to design the fairgrounds for the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific (A-Y-P) Exposition, or who built Seattle's first flying machine? Learn the answers and other interesting and fun facts about the 1909
A-Y-P at the conference A Fair to Remember: Discovering A-Y-P. The conference is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI).

To celebrate the centennial of Seattle's first world's fair, MOHAI began the program Discovering A-Y-P in fall 2008. Program participants researched the fair's history and will present their findings at the MOHAI event.

The Discovering A-Y-P conference will also feature 1909 fashions, as well as Paula Becker and Alan Stein, authors of Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, Washington's First World's Fair: A Timeline History.

The event is part of this year's A-Y-P Exposition centennial celebration managed by the Office in collaboration with nearly 60 community partners. Learn more about the centennial here.
Final days of summer bring free music to City Hall plaza
Unexpected Productions will perform An Unexpected Musical Thursday, Sept. 3, on the City Hall plaza.
Soak in the last days of summer with free music on City Hall's outdoor plaza, Thursdays, noon to 1:30 p.m., through Sept. 17.

On Sept. 3 a team of sketch improv thespians break into song and dance at the audience's beck and call in An Unexpected Musical. Unexpected Productions hosts this gut-busting musical adventure.

And on Sept. 17 Seattle guitar bluesman Michael Powers returns to City Hall with his quartet for a set of soul classics from his new CD Soul School.

Go here for the complete Seattle Presents fall concert lineup.
Join Live Theater Week action, kick-off fair open to all art forms
Live Theater Week kick-off fair is Sunday, Oct. 4.
Live Theatre Week is Oct. 12 to 18, when dozens of regional theaters will offer special events and free nights of theater. This year Theater Puget Sound (TPS) is expanding Live Theatre Week's Kick-off Fair beyond theater to visual arts, dance, music and more. The fair is 12 to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 4, at Seattle Center's Fisher Pavilion. TPS invites all Puget Sound arts organizations to participate.

At the fair the public can take advantage of organizations' special offers and raffles, learn about performances and pre-register for "Free Night of Theater" tickets. Last year over 30 organizations participated and more than 400 people attended.

If your organization is interested in getting in on the action, contact Theater Puget Sound for more information and to reserve your space. Reservations are due Sept. 8.
International art magazine highlights Seattle public artworks
Jennifer Dixon, FlipBooks, 2008, permantely sited along the Interurban Trail.
International art magazine Art in America highlighted two Seattle public artworks in its August issue. Jennifer Dixon's Flipbooks is a series of colorful signs that mimic flipbook-style animation along a section of the Interurban Trail in North Seattle. Douglas Taylor's Bird Song Listening Station is an interactive sculpture at Seattle Center that harnesses wind and sunlight to power the recorded songs of western finches.

Seattle Channel's Art Zone returns this fall
Art Zone In Studio on Seattle Channel 21 will soon return after a summer hiatus. The show will now air Fridays at 8 p.m. Here's what's coming up in September.

On Sept. 18, visit sculptor Julie Lindell's backyard studio. Art Zone's host Nancy Guppy interviews actor, comedian and rising Hollywood star Joel McHale. And see the work of painter and muralist Andrew Morrison.

On Sept. 25, hear quirky, indie music from Say Hi's Eric Elbogen. Seattle film critic Robert Horton previews the fall film scene. And visit the studio of local high-couture designer Luly Yang.
Travel from Korea to Hawaii at free festivals at Seattle Center
Performer at Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival. Photo by Alan Krell.
Celebrate Seattle's cultural diversity and the last days of summer at free festivals at Seattle Center Sept. 12 and 13. Both festivals are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Seattle Center's Center House.

On Sept. 12, immerse yourself in Korean culture with folk songs, dance, festive foods, Tae Kwon Do, films and art displays. The Korean Cultural Celebration honors Korea's traditional Harvest Festival Day, called Ch'usok, and includes an exhibit of award-winning student artworks and art by members of the Korean-American Art & Cultural Association of Pacific Northwest.

On Sept. 13, travel to the islands at the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival. Hawaiian islanders will share their homeland's colorful history through hula dance performances, historical exhibits, films, crafts, food and more.

Check out Live at Seattle Center: Spotlight on Summer for a complete calendar of events.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
(206) 684-7171
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