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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: Series of temporary performances and installations takes over future City Light electrical substation lot in Cascade neighborhood

3/21/2014  10:00:00 AM

Series of temporary performances and installations takes over future
City Light electrical substation lot in Cascade neighborhood

ALL RISE launches with a poem, and commits to year of wonder

SEATTLE — The Office of Arts & Culture is pleased to present ALL RISE, a year-long series of performance and temporary installations at the site of the future Seattle City Light electrical substation on Denny Way. ALL RISE has launched with a commissioned poem by Seattle writer Arne Pihl. This city-block sized site in the Cascade neighborhood will come alive with various visual and performance-based works over the next 14 months, through spring, 2015. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

The site, formerly a Greyhound bus garage, has become an urban stage; ALL RISE will work with this natural interest and create a sense of wonder by delivering a series of artworks that unfold over the course of 14 months. In an effort to realize this sense of wonder, ALL RISE projects will be announced either at the time of installation or very near to their happening. The series will encompass structural, sculptural and site-specific elements, performance including a month of dance residencies, conversations and other time-based works. The title ALL RISE invites viewers to partici­pate in the unfolding of events from the ground up. ALL RISE seeks to provide a platform to support and challenge artists, offer transcendent experiences and inspiration, and further the contemporary art dialogue of the region. Throughout these goals is an interest in engaging its past, present and future of the Cascade neighborhood.

As a preliminary installation, the ALL RISE curators invited Arne Pihl to create a poem for the project's inauguration. Pihl considered the history of the Cascade neighborhood and looked toward the future of the place. His poem begins with the glaciers that formed the land and attests to the shaping cultures, political and civic actions and struggles that have followed. The text is installed in a series of eleven signs, one for each stanza, around the site. A particularly fitting line, "This is not a gentle poem," is displayed on four 12'x 8' plinths at Denny Way. Arne Pihl is a Seattle poet, artist and carpenter.

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ALL RISE is pleased to support, the upcoming Robert E. "Ned" Behnke Annual Lecture: Guillermo Gómez-Peña Imaginary Activism: The Role of the Artist Beyond the Art World, a free performance on April 11, at The Frye Museum. ALL RISE is particularly involved in engaging Cascade community members to participate in a workshop "Exercises for Rebel Artists," facilitated by Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Michele Ceballos-Michot of La Pocha Nostra, April 12. Contact ALL RISE for more information. 4Culture, Office of Arts & Culture | Seattle, Cornish College of the Arts, and the Neddy at Cornish are also partners in this project.

The project is commissioned with Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds and is administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

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