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In this Issue — September 2010
 Message from the Director: Deviation from the Norm
 Celebrate Mayor's Arts Awards, tour Bumbershoot visual arts
 Signal Box artwork hits the streets
 Artists chosen for temporary storefront installations
 Don't miss the end of Windfall at Seattle Center
 Celebrate public art at Lake Union Park grand opening, Sept. 25
 Artwork to be dedicated at Crown Hill's new fire station, Sept. 25
 Free fall concerts bring global traditions to City Hall
 Free public art web seminar for artists, Sept. 29



Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

The Kora Band, free concert
Storefronts Seattle launch celebration
2010 Mayor's Arts Awards
Seattle Arts Commission Meeting
AMA, free concert
Windfall closing event
Lake Union Park grand opening
Fire Station 35 artwork dedication

City Hall Lobby and Anne Focke galleries:

Umbrella for the Arts:
40 Years of Bumbershoot Artworks

Through Sept 7, 2010

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

Evocative: Artworks that Invite Conversation
Through October 1
 
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Image: Peter Richards and Sue Richards, Blanche, 2010, permanently sited at Lake Union Park. Photo by Patricia Hopper. Meet the artists at the Lake Union Park grand opening, Sept. 25, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Message from the Director: Deviation from the Norm
 
 
 
Reel Grrls, a nonprofit media production organization engaging young women, will be honored at the 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony, noon, Friday, Sept. 3 at Seattle Center. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
 
"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible."
- Frank Zappa

Everywhere I look these days, people are talking about "hitting the reset button," or "right-sizing government," or looking for the "paradigm shift" in this crazy, deep recession we're in. But then I take a close look at the six recipients of this year's Mayor's Arts Awards and am reminded of how much the Seattle arts community has to be proud of—and why it's so important to pause and recognize the dynamic individuals and institutions who have helped make Seattle one of the most vibrant cultural capitals in the nation.

Each of the 2010 recipients is a trail blazer. All of these recipients deviated from the norm in some way or another: In difficult economic times, when some people would question an investment in arts and culture as non-essential, I look to these inspiring stories and respectfully disagree. It is precisely in challenging times like these that we need to look to our artists for creativity and inspiration. It takes true courage to deviate from the norm, but just look at the results. These honorees have used their gifts to make Seattle an extraordinary city—and their stories are only scratching the surface.

Arts and culture permeate every facet of our everyday civic life, yet the benefits are often invisible, especially in tough times. I'm reminded of a quote by the late Marshall McLuhan, who said something to the effect of, "If you want to know what water is, don't ask the fish."

We are so accustomed to having art and culture woven into our everyday life that we can't always see the everyday connections to the economy, public safety, the health of our city, and the happiness of people—especially our youth and seniors. As a society, we seem to be more focused and successful at measuring things that are broken and too often neglect things that are healthy and functioning well, like our arts and cultural sector. Seattle should be rightly proud of its cultural and artistic assets. So please join me in thanking each of this year's recipients, and to everyone else in this community who is accomplishing major and minor miracles on a daily basis.

Sincerely,
Michael Killoren
Celebrate Mayor's Arts Awards, tour Bumbershoot visual arts
 
 
 
Gregory Blackstock, 40 Memorable Seattle Joys To Go For, 2010, marker on paper, 25" x 55". 2010 Fine Arts Poster. Image courtesy of One Reel.
 
Don't miss the chance to celebrate Seattle's most dynamic artists and art organizations at the 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards, noon, Friday, Sept. 3. Join Mayor Mike McGinn to honor the 2010 Mayor's Arts Award recipients and tour the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits on their opening night. Nancy Guppy, host of Seattle Channel's Art Zone In Studio, will emcee the outdoor ceremony, which will be held 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 2010 recipients are: Juan Alonso, visual artist; Book-It Repertory Theatre; Dennis Coleman, Artistic Director of Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus; Reel Grrls; Sergei Tschernisch, President of Cornish College of the Arts; and Velocity Dance Center.

The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival. Media sponsor is City Arts, a free monthly magazine that follows arts, music, and creative living in Seattle, Tacoma and the Eastside.
Signal Box artwork hits the streets
 
 
 
Troy R. Miles, Inside, 2010, decal mounted on a signal box in Seattle's Central District neighborhood. Photo by Vaughn Bell.
 
This month, Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) crews installed eye-catching new decals on signal boxes throughout Seattle's Central District neighborhood. Signal boxes—metal boxes found at all intersections with traffic lights—provide a perfect showcase for art projects by engaging pedestrians and enlivening the street scene.

For the project, Seattle graphic artist Troy R. Miles designed three unique decals—Straight Out the CD, Jackson Street Jazz, and Inside—that pay tribute to the Central District's heritage.

Miles' Straight Out the CD decal includes images of William Grose, who was one of the first African Americans to settle in the Central District; local civil rights activist Edwin Pratt; and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, a neighborhood cultural arts institution. Jackson Street Jazz includes images and names of local musicians and references the roots of Seattle's jazz scene in the clubs and restaurants along Jackson Street. The third decal, Inside, depicts a streetcar scene on Jackson Street circa 1940.

A resident of the Central District, Miles has shown his artwork in numerous local exhibitions. He was selected from a pool of neighborhood applicants last summer.

For more information on the signal box project, or a map showing the location of the decals, go here. The project is part of the SDOT Art Plan and is funded by SDOT 1% for Art dollars.
Artists chosen for temporary storefront installations
 
 
 
Vacant storefront in Pioneer Square. Photo by Paul Rucker.
 
Twelve artists will develop temporary installations for vacant storefronts in Seattle's Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District neighborhoods. The installation project, titled Storefronts Seattle, will be on display from September to February 2011.

The launch celebration, with artists present, will take place 4 to 5 p.m, Thursday, Sept. 2, at the Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum located at 317 Third Ave. S.

The storefront displays will be divided into two parts. The artists for September through November are: James Barker, Chris Engman, John Fleming, Ben Hirschkoff, Dan Reeder and Ingrid Lahti. The artists for December through February are: Christine Chaney, Celeste Cooning, Tom Maul and Robert Hutchison, Paul McKee, Alyson Piskorowski, and Ben Zamora and Etta Lilienthal. Click here for information on the artists.

Storefronts Seattle is a pilot program to make vacant storefront space available for creative uses in Pioneer Square and the Chinatown/International District with the possibility of future expansion to other Seattle neighborhoods. The installation project is part of a series that includes artist residencies in storefronts, where visual and performing artists can create, work, rehearse and perform in storefront space.

Partner organizations for Storefronts Seattle are the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Shunpike, Seattle Chinatown/International District Preservation and Development Authority, Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area and The Alliance for Pioneer Square.
Don't miss the end of Windfall at Seattle Center
 
 
 
Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo, Windfall, 2010. Film still by Ian Gill.
 
Windfall, a temporary sound artwork at Seattle Center's Theater Commons, will close Sept. 15. On Sept. 16 and Sept. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m., artists Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo will be at Seattle Center to meet visitors and hand out the bells that hung in the trees during Windfall's three-month run. Stop by the Theater Commons to take a bell and take away a memory of the artwork and the inauguration of this new entry for Seattle Center.

Closing events are free and open to the public. Theater Commons is located between the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Intiman Theatre on Second Avenue North between Mercer Street and August Wilson Way.

Since mid-June, the delicate sound of more than 1,000 small, cast-iron wind chimes have filled the Theater Commons at Seattle Center. Theater Commons is a new, sustainably landscaped campus entry with a tree-lined pedestrian corridor and terraced seating created in collaboration with the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Intiman Theatre. The last day to see Windfall intact is Sept. 15. To learn more, watch a video or listen to a recent radio story.

Windfall was commissioned with Seattle Center 1% for Art funds and administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Celebrate public art at Lake Union Park grand opening, Sept. 25
 
 
 
Marina McDougall, from Studio for Urban Projects, interviews Richard Haag, designer of Gas Works Park. Photo by Marcia Iwasaki.
 
Join us on Sept. 25 as we celebrate two public art projects at the grand opening celebration for Lake Union Park.

Peter and Sue Richards completed their floating sound sculpture, Blanche, at Lake Union Park earlier this year. Underwater sound tubes capture the soft fluid resonances of wave movement on the lake and transmit them into a sound chamber created by an upturned boat. Meet the artists at the artwork and learn more, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Blanche is on the water just west of the Historic Ships Wharf.

Field Notes: Observing Lake Union is a year-long temporary public artwork that honors the ecology and history of Lake Union. Beginning Sept. 25, the cell phone audio tour will be available at four points along the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop: Lake Union Park, Fairview Park, Gas Works Park and at the mouth of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The artists, working under the group name Studio for Urban Projects, will talk about their artwork and hand out audio tour brochures, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Lake Union Park on the west side of the footbridge.

The Lake Union Park grand opening celebration will take place sunrise to sunset, 7 a.m. to 7:01 p.m., Sept. 25. The free public celebration will include musical performances, model boat races, Native American canoe displays, food and more. Visit the event website for a full schedule. The event is organized by Seattle Parks Foundation in partnership with Center for Wooden Boats, Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI), The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the city of Seattle.

Blanche was commissioned with Seattle Parks and Recreation 2000 Parks Levy 1% for Art funds. Field Notes was commissioned with Seattle Department of Transportation and Parks and Recreation of 1% for Art funds.
Artwork to be dedicated at Crown Hill's new fire station, Sept. 25
 
 
 
Kay Kirkpatrick, Rescue (detail), 2010, permanently sited at Fire Station 35. Photo by Peter de Lory.
 
The Office will celebrate Rescue, a new public artwork by Seattle artist Kay Kirkpatrick, 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, at Crown Hill's new Fire Station 35 at 8729 15th Ave. NW.

Rescue marks and shelters the entrance to Fire Station 35. The abstracted ladder juts upward toward the sky as a reference to the many rescues that fire fighters perform daily in Seattle's Crown Hill neighborhood. Floating near the top of the ladder is the fire fighter's adversary, the flame. Adorned with a neon crown and the number 35, the sculpture plays off the neighborhood's 1950s architecture.

The artwork was commissioned with Seattle's Department of Finance and Administrative Service's Fire Facilities and Emergency Response Levy 1% for Art funds.
Free fall concerts bring global traditions to City Hall
 
 
 
The Kora Band will perform a free concert at Seattle City Hall, Sept. 2. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 
Hear a world of music this fall at City Hall. Eight globe-trotting free concerts will showcase Seattle artists whose music is inspired by everything from Cajun tunes to Persian poetry, vocal folk to the roaring '20s, West African to Eastern European traditions, and more.

First up, on Thursday, Sept. 2 The Kora Band performs a joyous jam of West African music and American jazz improv. For the complete fall lineup, go here.

The free noontime shows take place both inside City Hall's lobby and on the outdoor plaza, 600 Fourth Ave., and are part of the Office's year-round Seattle Presents concert series.
Free public art web seminar for artists, Sept. 29
 
 
 

 
Grab a sack lunch and drop by the Office to sit in on Public Art Academy for Artists, a free web seminar (or "webinar") produced by Americans for the Arts. The webinar is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29 at Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave.

Presenters are Barbara Goldstein, public art director, city of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs; and Steven Huss, cultural arts manager, city of Oakland, Cultural Arts Marketing Department. They will discuss contracts and provide artists with tools for managing project timelines and budgets. Liesel Fenner, public art program manager for Americans for the Arts, will moderate the discussion.

Participants will be connected with the presentation by phone and projected streaming video. Artists can ask questions and join the conversation via a live chat online.

Advance registration is required. Contact Sandy Esene, (206) 233-3920. Visit Americans for the Arts' website for more information about webinars.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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