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In this Issue — September 2011
 Message from the director: The arts mean business
 Celebrate Mayor's Arts Awards, preview Bumbershoot Visual Arts
 2012 neighborhood arts funding opens Sept. 1
 2012 funding cycle for individual artists to open Sept. 27
 Daniel Mahle appointed as "Get Engaged" commissioner
 City curator to presents talks on Seattle as Collector retrospective
 Hike through history on the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop
 Staff restores Seattle Center Totem, other public art projects
 Art Zone kicks off season with theater, R&B, comedy and more



Funding: Neighborhood & Community Arts
(opens Sept. 1)
Funding: Individual artists (opens Sept. 27)
Other:
Calls for Artists
Jobs
Funding
Training

2011 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony

Seattle Arts Commission Meeting


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

Through Dec. 30
Seattle Municipal Tower:
The Built Environment
Through Sept. 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: Illustration by LeDouxville.
Message from the Director: The arts mean business
 
 

 
Last week, Mayor Mike McGinn joined business, labor and community leaders to celebrate progress made in the first year of the Seattle Jobs Plan and to lay out how the city will support job creation.

"This recession is deep and long," the Mayor said. "We have to build on our strengths to help Seattle compete in the global economy."

Of course, Seattle's creative sector is one of its biggest strengths. Nationally, Seattle consistently ranks high in the number of arts-related businesses per capita. Despite the onset of the recession, the creative workforce increased by 10 percent in Seattle between 2006 and 2009, according to a recent Creative Vitality Index report.

Seattle's creative sector is a cornerstone of economic development and tourism. We're a national hub of cultural and economic innovation, and our creative edge attracts good companies, skilled workers and visitors. The Jobs Plan supports a Seattle Tourism Improvement Area that would raise as much as $6 million in 2012 to support Seattle as a tourist destination. Our city's thriving arts scene is a big reason people choose to pay us a visit.

During tough economic times, some still question public investment in the arts. The answer is simple. The arts mean business and they are important to our economy, the education of our children and our quality of life.

In 2010, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs invested $1.6 million in 130 arts and cultural groups of all sizes through our funding program for organizations.

Collectively, these funded partners supported 1,528 full-time employees and 3,392 part-time jobs. The organizations sold nearly 4.1 million tickets, offered 1.9 million free admissions and engaged more than 957,000 youth. Talk about a great return on investment.

The broader creative industry in Seattle supports a remarkable 21,000 jobs at 4,000 businesses. When you widen the lens to include the metro region, there are 73,000 skilled creative workers. Our creative vitality—a measure based on arts participation and employment—is nearly 3.6 times the national average.

Arts and culture permeate every layer of our civic life, so much so that we can't always see the positive impacts on the health of our city. When we support the arts, we not only enhance our quality of life, but we also invest in Seattle's economic well being.

Seattle's thriving arts and cultural scene is what attracted me from Austin, another cultural capital. I look forward to celebrating our city's artistic assets at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony this Thursday, 4 p.m. at Seattle Center on the North Fountain Lawn. I hope you can join in the celebration!

Sincerely,

Vincent E. Kitch
Director
Celebrate Mayor's Arts Awards, preview Bumbershoot Visual Arts
 
 
Audience members cheer at the 2010 Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony. Photo by Jennifer Richard.
 
Join Mayor Mike McGinn to celebrate Seattle's creative community and the award recipients of the 9th annual Mayor's Arts Awards, 4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, at Seattle Center's North Fountain Lawn. Nancy Guppy, host of Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, will emcee the outdoor ceremony.

The Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits will be open for a free public preview from 3 to 9 p.m. It's a great way to kick off or close your First Thursday. Immediately following the awards ceremony, local celebrity chef Tom Douglas will serve up some of his favorite summertime recipes for free near the visual arts exhibits. Douglas will offer gourmet bites from a food truck, which is touring the nation as part of Macy' Chefs A-Go-Go tour.

The 2011 award recipients are: Donald Byrd, Tony-nominated choreographer; Jack Straw Productions, audio arts center;
Dr. Quinton Morris, accomplished concert violinist and professor; On the Boards, one of America's best theaters for contemporary performance; Pratt Fine Arts Center, a place named in honor of a local Civil Rights leader where everyone can make art; and Tet in Seattle, the producer of Tet in Seattle, a cultural festival that opens doors to our Vietnamese community.

The Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony is presented in partnership with Bumbershoot®: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival with support from event sponsor Chihuly Garden and Glass and media sponsor City Arts magazine.
2012 neighborhood arts funding opens Sept. 1
 
 
Funding in 2011 helped South Park Arts put on South Park Putts Out—a mini-golf course with every hole an original design by a Seattle artist team. Photo by Wendy Woldenberg.
 
Seattle offers an extraordinary array of arts and cultural events throughout its diverse neighborhoods.

Community groups planning a neighborhood arts or cultural event in 2012 can apply for funding through the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs' Neighborhood & Community Arts program. Funded organizations receive $1,200 each to support annual public festivals and events. When the online application opens on Thursday, Sept. 1, you can link to it here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Pick up some pointers on putting together a successful application at an information session, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4 at the Douglass-Truth Branch of The Seattle Public Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way. RSVP to Paul Rucker, (206) 684-7084, by Friday, Sept. 30.

In 2011, the funding program provided $1,200 each to 40 organizations to support annual public festivals and events, including the Moisture Festival, World Rhythm Festival concert and the Hmong New Year.
2012 funding cycle for individual artists to open Sept. 27
 
 
Claudia Fitch's 2010 CityArtists project Floating Mechanism (nightshade). Photo by Steven Lazen.
 
Mark your calendars. The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs will open the 2012 CityArtists Projects funding program, Tuesday, Sept. 27. Applications are due 11 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 1. Read this message from our director Vincent Kitch for more information on this funding cycle.

Due to the quick turnaround, we are giving applicants advance notice so they can get a jump start on their proposals. CityArtists invests in different disciplines in alternating years. The 2012 cycle will award grants to artists working in the visual, literary (except screenwriting) and media arts. Review the application guidelines.

This will be a highly competitive round, as we expect funding for the program may decrease in 2012. Previously, artists could apply for awards ranging up to $10,000. In 2012, 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.

We will offer a series of drop-in draft review sessions in October. Check here for dates and details.
Daniel Mahle appointed as "Get Engaged" commissioner
 
 
Daniel Mahle
 
Daniel Mahle is the Seattle Arts Commission's new "Get Engaged" commissioner for 2011-2012. Mahle will fill the position currently held by Ellie McKay, education program manager at Seattle Children's Theatre.

Mahle is the founder and program director of The Art Affect, a nonprofit youth arts and leadership program. He is also a recording artist, producer and Seattle Architecture Foundation member.

"Get Engaged" is a YMCA program that connects young adults with city boards and commissions. The "Get Engaged" position is a one-year term. Mahle's appointment is subject to confirmation by the City Council.

The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency. Seven commissioners are appointed by the mayor, seven by the City Council with a 15th member selected by the 14 appointed members. A 16th commissioner is selected through the "Get Engaged" program.
City curator to presents talks on Seattle as Collector retrospective
 
 
Seattle as Collector exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. Photo by Robert Wade.
 
Get an inside perspective on the retrospective exhibition on view at Seattle Art Museum (SAM) Seattle as Collector: Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Turns 40. City Curator and Collections Manager Deborah Paine will present two talks: one at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 14 at Hotel 1000 as part of SAM's In the Studio series (free), and another at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7, at SAM's Plestcheeff Auditorium (free to seniors and SAM members; others pay museum admission).

Seattle as Collector showcases artworks spanning four decades from the city's Portable Works Collection. Featured are 112 artists, including Northwest luminaries Jacob Lawrence and Guy Anderson, and artworks in a variety of media, including paintings, photographs, sculptures and textiles. Paine will discuss the artworks in the exhibition, tell some humerous back-stories, and talk about how the city purchases and collects works. She will also highlight 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.
Hike through history on the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop
 
 
Decal image marking one of the sites in Studio for Urban Projects' Field Notes, an audio tour of the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop. Photo courtesy of the artists.
 
Enjoy the warmer weather (while it lasts!) and get a history lesson at the same time. Take a walk around the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop with the audio tour Field Notes: Observing Lake Union by the Studio for Urban Projects.

Lake Union has served as home to Native American villages, lumber mills, airplanes, boat-building, the military and recreation. The audio tour focuses on four sites along the six-mile trail: Lake Union Park, Fairview Park, Gas Works Park, and the Lake Washington Ship Canal viewing spot under the Aurora Bridge on the Burke Gilman Trail. To begin the tour call (206) 395-2311 and follow prompts from there. Within each site, printed flags mark observation points and provide additional call-in numbers.

Field Notes runs through Oct. 31. Read more about the audio tour here.

Field Notes was created in collaboration with audio engineer Tim Halbur. The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs commissioned the temporary artwork with Seattle Department of Transportation and Parks and Recreation of 1% for Art funds.
Staff restores Seattle Center Totem, other public art projects
 
 
Staff restore Seattle Center Totem, carved by Duane Pasco, Victor Mowatt and Earl Muldon in 1970.
 
Our public art conservation team took advantage of the dry weather in August and restored several artworks. We partnered with Seattle Center to restore the Seattle Center Totem, carved by Duane Pasco, Victor Mowatt and Earl Muldon in 1970. Staff from both agencies worked to remove the old concrete footing, fabricate and attach a new metal support brace, and reinstall the freshly restored totem pole into its new foundation.

In preparation for the shorter days ahead, staff restored lighting for several artworks, including pieces at two libraries: South Park Lights by Franklin Joyce and Beacon Hill Discovery by Miles Pepper. Repairs are still underway on John Roloff's The Seventh Climate (Paradise Reconsidered) at the 1-5 Colonnade Park and Neon for the Bagley Wright Theatre by Stephen Antonakos.

Staff also recently treated William Peter Sildar's Queue VI at Seattle Center, Rain Drum Court by Dan Corson and Traffic of Ideas by Brian Goggin.
Art Zone kicks off season with theater, R&B, comedy and more
 
 

 
Seattle Channel's Art Zone with Nancy Guppy is back from a summer hiatus! From theater and performance art to R&B and folk rock, catch up on what's happening in the local arts scene. The show airs on Seattle Channel at 8 p.m., Fridays, and on KCTS Channel 9 at 11 p.m., Sundays. You can also watch Art Zone on the web.

The show kicks off its new season on Sept. 16 with a profile on Freehold Theatre and a look at SuttonBeresCuller's new show at On the Boards. Hear the music of Yuni in Taxco, performing at Bumbershoot over Labor Day weekend and the City Arts Festival in October. And Tonya Lockyer, executive director of Velocity Dance Center, will talk about their fall kick-off party.

On Sept. 23, get up close and personal with R&B sensation Jus Moni. Get a sneak peek of the refurbished Neptune Theatre. And check out Art Chantry's poster art show at Fulcrum Gallery.

On Sept. 30, go behind the scenes with local comedian Emmet Montgomery. See quilt art at Greg Kucera Gallery. And enjoy the music of Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs.
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
City of Seattle
arts.culture@seattle.gov
(206) 684-7171
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