Today’s Seattle Times includes an inspiring story about an art program at The Union Gospel Mission supported by our smART ventures program. The Mission will open a gallery during tomorrow’s First Thursday Art Walk, February 3. Check it out!
Don’t forget to check out the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ online listing of opportunities including funding leads, job postings and training workshops like this one that recently landed in our inbox: How to Build a Strong Grant Application. Presented by our friends at Artist Trust, this workshop includes “dos and don’ts” for work samples, artist résumés, project proposals and more. The Seattle workshop is set for Thursday, Feb. 10, 6 to 8 p.m., at the Northwest African American Museum. The session is free although a $5 donation is requested on site. A small investment considering the potential return!
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is now accepting applications for our Youth Arts funding program, which supports arts training opportunities for Seattle’s middle and high school youth outside of school hours.
Individual teaching artists, artist teams, arts and cultural organizations, and youth-service agencies with nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship are eligible to apply. Priority is placed on serving youth or communities with limited access to arts and culture. Funding awards range up to $10,000 for projects in all artistic disciplines that take place between September 2011 and September 2012. The application deadline is Feb. 15, 2011.
“There is no doubt that the arts challenge, engage and motivate young people,” said James Keblas, interim director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. “The Youth Arts program is one way we are forging community partnerships to help Seattle’s teens build lifelong skills and find friends and positive self-expression through the arts.”
For more information and to access the online application click here.
All applicants are encouraged to learn more about the Youth Arts program and application process at an upcoming workshop, to be held Jan. 19, 2011.
In this issue:
Message from the interim director: 2010 recap and the future.
The 2011 Youth Arts online application will open Wednesday, Dec. 15.
Tour the new West Seattle fire station and see Lifter, a new site-specific, 26-foot sculpture.
Nearly 200 supporters of equitable arts opportunities for youth attended the sixth annual Arts in Education Forum.
Come in from the cold and tap your feet to free music in December.
KING FM 98.1 will celebrate the talented youth of the Northwest who are pursuing music with the second annual Classical KING FM Ten Grands Young Artist Awards.
William Cumming, known for his brightly colored figurative artwork, died Nov. 22.
Enjoy the sights, sounds and spirit of the season at Seattle Center Winterfest.
From violin to puppets on Art Zone this month.
New affordable health insurance plan for small businesses.
Image: Students rehearse for the Pat Graney Company’s House of Mind performance. Photo by Tim Summers.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs has announced $200,000 in awards to 44 individual artists working in the performing arts, including dance, music, theater and multi-disciplinary projects. Seattle’s CityArtist Projects annual funding program assists individual artists based in Seattle to develop and present their work.
The 2011 program received 125 applications. Seventeen of the 44 artists funded are first-time recipients, representing 39 percent of applicants. The awards range from $1,500 to $10,000, with an average award of $4,545.
2011 awards include $5,328 to Hugo Solis to produce a traveling sound installation inside a cargo container that explores the history, sights and sounds of the Washington coast; $2,271 to Holly Arsenault to complete and present a public staged reading of a new full-length play exploring religion, commitment and family through the story of a divorce ceremony; and $6,660 to Jherek Bischoff to create, present and record 10 new compositions of ambient orchestral music, utilizing a 45-person orchestra, three conductors working simultaneously, and two sound technicians.
Additional awards include $5,215 to Jody Kuehner to complete, rehearse and perform an evening-length, site-responsive dance exploring the LGBTQ experience in Seattle; $4,663 to Curtis Taylor to workshop, design and stage an evening-length original play exploring the nature and high cost of loneliness in the technologically-saturated modern world; $5,661 to Alexander Chadsey to develop new and in-progress musical works in son jarocho, salsa and jazz with a collaborative ensemble of musicians from Seattle, Los Angeles and Mexico; and $3,330 to Jovino Santos Neto, to perform and record a CD of original music, adding additional percussion, melodica and flute to recently completed musical tracks.
Natasha Marin O’Brien will receive $4,995 to present an interactive and participatory theatre piece inspired by the Japanese Tea Ceremony and 1960s art “happenings.” Ruthie Dornfeld will get $2,000 to create a multi-disciplinary performance that links traditions of African kora players and medieval European artists through music and recitation. $5,328 will go to Amy O’Neal to create and perform a new evening-length dance piece that gradually accumulates dancers and musicians on-stage, from one performer to 20 over the course of 30 minutes.
Click here to view a complete list of 2011 CityArtist Projects.
The CityArtist Projects program supports new works, works-in-progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. All projects must incorporate a public presentation. Funding is offered to different artistic disciplines in alternating years. In 2010, the program funded 48 artists working in the visual, literary and media arts. CityArtist Projects is part of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs “cultural partnership” investments ensuring Seattle residents access to a wide variety of arts and cultural opportunities.
Due to budget constraints, The Office will postpone opening the next funding cycle for organizations to 2011. This means the 132 organizations currently funded by the Office’s Civic Partners program will receive a third year of funding. The award amounts will be determined after the city’s 2011-2012 budget is adopted later this year. To qualify for continued funding, organizations will be required to update core financial and audience data.
The choice to extend funding for an additional year responds to feedback from regional arts leaders captured in the Helicon Report, a 2009 study of the impact of the economic recession on the arts. The study showed a desire for more flexible, streamlined funding, including extending awards and minimizing paperwork. Extending the funding for an additional year will reduce process and paperwork for funded organizations and our staff, saving time and resources in these lean times.
“It is counterproductive to encourage organizations to complete the rigorous application, only to be shut out or to receive token funding that results from cutting other groups’ allocations,” said Office Director Michael Killoren.
Organizations not funded through the Civic Partners program have other funding options—including smART ventures and the performing arts cycle of CityArtist Projects. Go to the funding section of our website or call a funding project manager to ask for guidance about your options.
We’re accepting applications for the 2011 CityArtist Projects program that supports Seattle-based individual artists working in the performing arts, including dance, music and theater. Funding awards range up to $10,000 to support projects in 2011.
CityArtist Projects is an annual funding program that provides support to individual Seattle artists to conceive, develop and present new, in-progress or remounted works taken to the next stage. Projects must include a public presentation in the city. The program encourages a broad range of artistic and cultural expression that reflects Seattle’s diversity. Funding is offered to artists in clusters of disciplines in the visual, media and literary arts and performing arts in alternate years.
Attend an application overview workshop, 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 24 at the Douglass-Truth Branch of The Seattle Public Library. All applicants, particularly new ones, are encouraged to attend this free information session which includes an introduction to the CityArtist Projects funding program; a step-by-step review of the application process; and presentations by previous grant recipients, choreographer Dayna Hanson and theater artist Zaki Abdelhamid. Reservations are not required.
Posted by Director Michael Killoren
The arts are a powerful tool for inspiring our young people. Arts training encourages creative thinking and instills self-confidence – important ingredients for cultivating Seattle’s next generation of engaged citizens.
For this reason, I’m pleased to announce the City will invest $200,000 to help fund 31 diverse arts training projects for middle and high school youth. The grants are part of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ annual Youth Arts program, which provides training outside of school hours for Seattle’s middle and high school students. Priority is placed on serving youth and communities with little or no access to the arts.
With an average award of $6,452, it’s estimated the projects will engage nearly 5,000 young people in 24,000 hours of arts training throughout the city from September 2010 to September 2011.
The dollars will reach deep into our community. A group of youth will organize community participation in a summer mural project to revitalize their neighborhood, thanks in part to an $8,000 grant awarded to El Centro de La Raza. A $3,824 grant will help expose three dozen Native-American youth to Haida tribal traditions, including lessons in carving a canoe at the Center for Wooden Boats.
With a $4,800 award, Spectrum Dance Theater will engage teens in a dance residency linking Zimbabwean history and dance tradition to hip-hop choreography and spoken word. Arts Corps will receive $8,000 to engage hundreds of young people in a variety of art forms, including the performing, visual and literary arts. This is just a sampling of the funded projects, for a complete list click here.
The Youth Arts program speaks to the spirit of Mayor Mike McGinn’s Youth and Families Initiative, which aims to create pathways for all young people in Seattle to succeed. Art provides our youth with positive outlets, helps them excel in learning and life and offers them a vehicle to connect with their communities and other cultures in a creative way.
As May is Arts Education month, I’m especially pleased to announce the City’s investment in arts training. Recently, the Mayor issued a proclamation observing the month and celebrating the contributions of arts educators.
Working together, we can ensure every student has access to a quality education and life experiences that include the arts.
Jean Godden, a member of the Seattle City Council and chair of its Budget and Finance Committee, writes about the Great Recession’s impact on Seattle’s arts organizations in a recent Crosscut column, “Struggling to keep the stage lights on.” Godden asks, “What can be done to keep the lights on, to preserve our rich cultural traditions?”
The Neighborhood & Community Arts program will provide $48,000 ($1,200 per organization) to public festivals and events taking place throughout the city this year. Fifteen of the 40 funded projects are first-time recipients, representing 37 percent of the awards.
The varied slate of events includes BeatWalk, Columbia City’s monthly music festival; a national film festival for youth; Honk! Fest West, roving street bands performing across the city; The Edible Book Festival; Sounds Outside, a creative music festival at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill; and dozens of neighborhood festivals celebrating various cultures, including Hawaiian, Asian, African American and Latin art forms.
The program supports neighborhood groups that produce recurring festivals or events that promote arts and cultural participation, build community and enhance the visibility of neighborhoods through arts and culture.
Image: Mairi Rankin of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, dazzles the audience with Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle tunes at the Mastery of Scottish Arts Concert. Photo by Dr. Gary Brown.