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Looking inside Stephanie Guerra’s Youth Arts project

“Tell me if this sounds like what a teen guy would say,” inquires Stephanie Guerra, as she is about to read out loud from her upcoming teen novel. The dozen or so teenage boys in the audience started off semi-loud and raucous, but once Stephanie started reading her work, they listened attentively, and offered responses […]

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Arts office announces nearly $350K investment in youth arts opportunities

The Office of Arts & Culture, through its Youth Arts funding program and Work Readiness Arts Program (WRAP), will invest $346,000 in more than 40 youth programs offering arts training outside of school hours for Seattle’s middle- and high-school aged youth. Youth Arts focuses awards on experienced teaching artists leading programs in all arts disciplines, […]

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Upcoming Events!

IPlayz: Life and Death in the Digital Age June 6-June 21  | Annex Theatre The Seattle Playwrights Collective presents IPlayz, a series of short plays which demonstrate the positive and negative effects of social media, mobile phones and computer applications during the digital age. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for Students, Seniors […]

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ARTSparks June Performances in Occidental Park

ArtSparks is back! June through September, Occidental Park will be buzzing with art installations and musical performances to bring an artistic presence to Pioneer Square and the entire Seattle community. Come join us in June for two exciting performances – June 10th with The Parnassus Project, and June 13 with Lemolo. The Parnassus Project will […]

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Jen Dixon installs “BunnyKid” in SDOT offices

Artist Jen Dixon has just finished installing artwork commissioned for the Seattle Department of Transportation offices. BunnyKid features excerpted elements from a larger commission Dixon completed for Linden Avenue in North Seattle. Upon completion of the Linden Avenue project, former Director Peter Hahn was so enthused by the creative use of salvaged SDOT signs, he asked […]

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Artist selected for North Precinct Police Station

“I am passionate about creating experiences that engage people’s curiosity,” writes Nikolaus Hafermaas, who has been selected to create public artwork for the new North Precinct Police Station. Hafermaas will be a part of the design team for the new police station, which will be located at Aurora Avenue North and North 130th St to […]

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Seattle Arts Commission welcomes Jonathan Cunningham

Jonathan Cunningham is the Manager of Youth Programs and Community Outreach at EMP Museum where he’s tasked with growing EMP’s numerous youth initiatives and creating more opportunities for community members to access and design programming at the museum. He has facilitated after-school programming in Seattle’s Central District and the South End; hosted a show on […]

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First Hill Art Interruptions 2014 announcement

Keep an eye out on First Hill this summer for Art Interruptions! Ten artists have been selected to develop a series of artworks that will inhabit city sidewalks and parks to offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor  for Art Interruptions 2014. These temporary small-scale […]

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John Grade prepares art for Mapes Creek project

As public art project manager Jason Huff and I walk into John Grade’s studio in Rainier Beach, Erik Satie’s classical music fills the room, only to be interrupted by the loud whirring of a woodcutting machine. Grade greets us, and apologizes for needing to finish a project very quickly before he can show us around. […]

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Arts District forum in Capitol Hill

Each spring, Capitol Hill Housing hosts a public forum for the community to discuss an issue relevant to the neighborhood.  Returning May 20, the focus will be on forming an Arts District on Capitol Hill, and speakers include Seattle Arts Commission chair, Michael Seiwerath and Office of arts & Culture cultural space liaison, Matthew Richter. […]

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