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Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: ARTSparks installations and performances will activate historic Pioneer Square this summer

5/6/2014  9:00:00 AM

ARTSparks installations and performances will activate historic Pioneer Square this summer
June through September, Occidental Park

SEATTLE (May 5, 2014) — This summer historic Pioneer Square's Occidental Park will come alive with interactive art installations and musical experiences from June through September under the name ARTSparks. Every second and fourth Tuesday will feature classical chamber performances at noon, and social-media-themed art installations will stop visitors in their tracks. Visitors can track the action using #ARTSparks and visiting Updates and details will be available at All activities are free and open to the public.M


June — September
"JUST BE YOUR SELFIE" is a monumental neon status update rendered in cursive neon and hung on high. Designed to initiate personal and shared web-based experiences, this social sculpture is an iconic contemporary work of real-time internet art embedded into an urban environment.

NO I IN SELF, Tariqa Waters, Martyr Sauce Gallery
June — September
Our smartphones and their associated cache of photos have become as important to self-image and self-identity as our own reflection in the mirror. NO I IN SELF” explores the cultural phenomena of digitally sharing 'selfies' and 'hashtags' and brings these inherently insular activities out into the wide open space of Occidental Park.

Welcome to the Park, Sam Trout
June — September
A progressive installation of intricate patterned designs on light poles throughout the park, all made from a variety of different colored, sized and textured tapes.

Flower Mandala, Annie Penta
First Thursdays: July 3, August 7, September 4
Penta will install a large-scale visual melody of a time and place, inspired by the athapoovidals of the Harvest festival of Kerala, India.


Mill St. Sessions Concert featuring Lemolo
Friday, June 13, noon-1 pm
Enjoy local indie favorites, dream-pop duo Lemolo. The band's debut full length album, The Kaleidoscope, was self-released in 2012 and has been recognized on KEXP's "Top Listener Voted Albums of 2012" list, was a number one best seller at Sonic Boom Records and was also voted as the "Best New Music” of 2013 by City Arts Magazine. Mill Street Sessions was created to support the local Seattle arts community and showcases stripped down songs by emerging Northwest artists, recorded in the historic Smith Tower. Find out more:

Chamber Music at Noon
Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, June-September, noon-1 pm (Concert Dates: June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 12, August 26, September 9 and September 23)

Classical KING-FM 98.1 presents the Parnassus Project and other local young talents presenting informal chamber music concert twice a month all summer long. The Parnassus Project features emerging local professionals playing music they love and providing audiences with a fresh take on the classical concert experience.

Out To Lunch Concerts
Friday, July 18 and Friday, August 22, noon-1:30 pm
Free lunchtime concerts brought to you by the Metropolitan Improvement District and Downtown Seattle Association
Friday, July 18: Portland Cello Project (Indie Orchestra)
Friday, August 22: The Maldives (Country Rock)

Dancing Til Dusk
Thursdays, July 3, 10 and 17; Beginner lesson: 6-7 pm, Dancing: 7- 9:30pm
Dance outside to live bands on a real dance floor!

This project is a partnership between the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Department of Parks & Recreation, Alliance for Pioneer Square, Metropolitan Improvement District, ProjectLine, Inc. and Mill St Sessions, and Classical KING-FM 98.1.

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