Mike McGinn, Mayor
4/19/2012 4:00:00 PM
City to host Cultural Space Brown Bag on arts space initiatives, May 3
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Arts Commission to report on recent Cultural Space Seattle event, Artist Space Assistance Program, Storefronts Seattle and new facilities funding program
SEATTLE — The Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Seattle Arts Commission will present a brown-bag session to update the community on the city's arts and cultural space initiatives, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, May 3. The event is at City Hall's Bertha Knight Landes Room, 601 Fifth Ave., and is free and open to the public. Mayor Mike McGinn and Councilmember Nick Licata will give brief remarks.
Hear findings and recommendations from last December's two-day event Cultural Space Seattle, which focused on shaping policies to keep and create affordable space for artists and arts organizations in Seattle. Artists, government leaders, arts administrators, investors, real estate developers and brokers, and interested citizens participated in workshops working towards a plan to advance an agenda for cultural space initiatives.
Get an update on the Artist Space Assistance Program (ASAP), a pilot program launched in January by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs to provide relocation and placement services for artists and arts organizations. Coordinated by arts-service organization Shunpike, the pilot program ran through March 1.
Hear a report on >Storefronts Seattle, a program for artists to create artwork for vacant storefronts and display spaces in Seattle's various neighborhoods. Storefronts Seattle began in early 2010 and provides temporary space to artists, creative businesses, organizations and community groups. Applications closed in February for the 2012 cycle.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs will also provide information on the new Cultural Facilities Program. The program will award one-time funding to Seattle arts, heritage, cultural and arts-service organizations for urgent-need capital projects, including emergency facility renovations or the final-phase completion of new facilities. Applications will open in mid May and are due Wednesday, June 20.
A question-and-answer session will follow reports at the brown-bag session. Register for the event at http://cultural-space-brownbag.eventbrite.com.
For more information on the Cultural Space Brown Bag, contact the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs at (206) 684-7171, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.seattle.gov/arts. For more information on the Storefronts Seattle program, visit www.storefrontsseattle.com.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.
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