2007 CityArtist awards announced

The Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announces $200,000 in grants to 31 artists working in the performing arts. The city's 2007 CityArtist annual funding program supports the development and presentation of original work by individual artists based in Seattle.

The funded projects will involve 445 artists in 147 events throughout the city. Twenty-two of the 31 artist projects funded are first-time recipients, representing 71 percent of the awards, which range from $1,500 to $10,000. Sixty-five percent of the applicants' requests were fully funded with an average award of $6,451. The program received a record 118 applicants, a 103-percent increase in applications from the previous 2005 funding cycle for performing disciplines (music, dance and theater).

Awards include $5,000 to Jennifer Zeyl to direct Hedda: Blah, Blah, Bang, a reconstruction of Hedda Gabler, a classic Henrik Ibsen play; $8,500 to William Smith to compose, record and present Jazzopera, a lecture-performance combining elements of classical music and jazz; $2,600 to Elspeth Savani Macdonald to present a concert of original boleros, sambas and folkloric music; $1,500 to Raymond Houle to present Against the Grain/Men in Dance, a series of performances highlighting the evolution of male dance in contemporary society; $10,000 to Lucia Neare to present Lullaby Carriage, an outdoor, interdisciplinary "dream-theater" piece; and $9,500 to Haruko Nishimura to create a series of solo dance performances in partnership with dance, theater and music artists.

Click here for a complete listing of award recipients.

"Individual artists make important contributions to our lively cultural landscape and our creativity," said Mayor Greg Nickels. "By investing in individual artists, we help give life to work that engages, inspires, challenges and stimulates, resulting in big returns to the community."

The CityArtist program provides funding to different artistic disciplines in alternating years. In 2006, $201,000 was awarded to 36 projects in visual, literary, media and interdisciplinary arts. CityArtists is part of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs "civic partnership" investments ensuring Seattle residents access to a wide variety of arts and cultural opportunities.

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