Our director Vincent Kitch celebrates 50 years of arts in Seattle and The Next Fifty. We’re seeking artists to create temporary art installations along Greenwood Avenue North and the Central Waterfront. We’re also seeking an artist to develop artwork for the Lower Mapes Creek Restoration Project in Rainier Beach. We’re opening a new Cultural Facilities Program to award one-time funding for urgent-need capital projects. We present six temporary artworks that illustrate environmental sustainability for the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair. The artist group Rebar lights up King Street Station’s new Jackson Plaza. Get an update on the city’s arts and cultural space development initiatives at a brown-bag session. And learn about potential risks in the art studio at a free workshop.
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Image: Adam Frank’s CURRENT is a living map of Seattle’s hydro-electric generation and electricity use. One of six temporary artworks and performances that celebrate The Next Fifty, the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair at Seattle Center. Photo by the artist.
Stacy Levy will create a temporary artwork at Seattle Center’s Broad Street Green as part of its The Next Fifty 50th anniversary celebration. The Broad Street Green—Green Infrastructure Project will address protecting the water quality of local waterways. The artwork will be on view from April 21 through Oct. 21.
Levy’s installation will be composed of wattles—tightly wrapped straw cylinders used to aid in re-vegetation and erosion control on steep hillsides—arranged in configurations that resemble Baroque garden formations. The sculpture will morph from controlled shapes into more naturalistic patterns that resemble water as it moves across the landscape. The wattles will be planted with seeds from native annual and perennial plants, making the artwork a “living sculpture” that will change throughout Seattle Center’s anniversary celebration.
Levy is a Pennsylvania-based sculptor whose interest in the natural world rests both in art and science. She uses art as a vehicle for translating the patterns and processes of nature. Levy has works in several national and international collections including Eastlake Cornerstones and Cloudstones with the city of Seattle.
Levy’s artwork was selected from a group of four proposals submitted by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Developed in partnership with Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle Center, the Broad Street Green—Green Infrastructure Project is intended to raise public awareness of environmental stewardship, especially as it connects to SPU’s work. The artwork is commissioned with SPU 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
The Seattle Symphony will perform a free community concert at City Hall this month. We have new Seattle Arts Commissioners on board. We’re accepting applications for the 2013 Youth Arts funding program. Save the date for the Arts Education Forum. The city invests in neighborhood arts and cultural events. See the exhibitions “Staff Picks” at the Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery and “Public Art in Seattle” at City Hall.
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- Message from the director: Mayor directs more dollars to Youth Arts program.
- We have a job opening for a senior public art project manager.
- We’re seeking an artist or artist team to create an artwork along the Burke-Gilman Trail.
- Rebar, a multidisciplinary artist team, was selected to create a temporary artwork for the new Jackson Plaza in front of King Street Station.
- Stokely Towles is sure to make stormwater and our sewer system interesting via a performance artwork slated to debut this fall.
- In case you missed the news, Mayor Mike McGinn recently announced the recipients of the 2011 Mayor’s Arts Awards.
- Artist Nickolus Meisel’s cloud haiku, a series of cast-bronze pillows arranged along the Seattle Streetcar’s Westlake Avenue and Seventh Avenue stop, will be dedicated 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, July 22.
- Choklate will open the free, lunchtime, Seattle Presents summer concert series at City Hall, July 7.
- The Built Environment to open at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery, July 7.
- Looking for funding? Check out the city’s new online grant portal.
- ARTSparks continues in July at Occidental Square, where an amazing array of installations and performances have transformed the urban park into an engaging and experimental art gallery of sorts.
- Seattle Center has a call out for temporaray art projects to celebrate The Next Fifty.
Image: Jennifer Dixon’s FlipBooks is an artwork composed of several sets of signs, each forming an “animated” story along Seattle’s Interurban Trail. We are currently seeking an artist for project along the Burke-Gilman Trail. Photo by Jim Tillman.
Seattle Center will host The Next Fifty in 2012, a six-month celebration of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair’s 50th anniversary. Seattle Center seeks up to 20 temporary projects to highlight arts, culture and design at the celebration. The celebration will take place on the Seattle Center grounds, April 21 through Oct. 21, 2012.
Individuals, curators, institutions and youth (age 24 and under) are encouraged to submit proposals of new and original temporary visual, performing, literary and media art projects that range in duration from one day to six months. Application deadline is Friday, July 22.
The Next Fifty’s theme is Illuminating Today’s Challenges, Imagining Tomorrow’s Possibilities. The celebration will focus on arts, culture, design, history, sustainable futures, global health, science, technology, commerce, the innovation economy, learning and civic action.
For more information, go here.
In this issue:
- Message from the director: it’s our 40th anniversary!
- The deadline to apply for 2012-2013 Civic Partners funding for organizations is Wednesday, June 8.
- Our Youth Arts funding program will invest $125,000 in 34 youth programs that offer arts training outside of school hours for Seattle’s middle and high school youth.
- Due to uncertainty regarding the city of Seattle’s 2012 budget, we have decided to postpone opening applications for the CityArtist funding program.
- Mayor Mike McGinn has appointed Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi to the Seattle Arts Commission.
- Artist Rob Ley will create a permanent artwork for Fire Station 20 on the west side of Queen Anne Hill.
- Cloud Haiku by Nickolus Meisel is a series of four cast-bronze pillows arranged along the Seattle Streetcar’s Westlake Avenue and Seventh Avenue stop.
- Beginning in July, Seattle Presents free concerts are back for the summer.
- Head down to Pioneer Square’s Occidental Square and see Gallery (206), a phone booth repurposed to contain the work of more than 200 Seattle artists, kicking off ArtSparks.
- Four photographers collaborate with dancers, musicians and actors to move beyond the fleeting moments of a performance to create powerful visual metaphors, on view at City Hall through July 11.
- Join in a discussion about bringing community projects in art, culture and design to the Seattle Center’s 50th anniversary celebration.
- Get in on the Arts Crush action this October.
Image: This flag flew at the May 11 opening of Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Turns 40 at Seattle Art Museum. Seattle as Collector is a 40th anniversary retrospective exhibition of artworks from the Portable Works Collection. The opening drew more than 400 people. Photo by Spike Mafford.
- Know an individual or an organization making a difference in Seattle through arts and culture? Nominate them for a 2011 Mayor’s Arts Award.
- On Monday, April 4, we’ll open applications for the city’s Civic Partners funding program.
- The city is seeking artists to bring temporary site-specific art and performances to Occidental Square.
- We’re seeking an artist or artist team to create a temporary, site-specific public art project for the new Jackson Street Plaza at King Street Station.
- Artist Jennifer Dixon will create a public artwork for a fence that is part of the Linden Avenue North corridor along Seattle’s Interurban Trail.
- The opening for Storefronts Seattle will be 6 p.m., Thursday, April 7.
- The exhibition Animalia will be on view at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery April 5 through July 5.
- Seattle Parks and Recreation seeks proposals for curriculum-based visual and performing arts programs at five parks.
- Explore Seattle’s connections with Japan and learn about earthquake and tsunami relief efforts at the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival at Seattle Center.
- Poetry, art and rock ‘n’ roll on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy this month.
Image: John Ackermann in AWESOME’s Savory Onyx Machine performed in a Storefornt Seattle space during a special Arts Crush event presented by Theater Puget Sound. Photo by Mike Hipple.
In this issue:
Arts commission elects chair, commissioners appointed.
An assortment of textile artworks are on view at Seattle Municipal Tower through April 1,
Don’t miss the application deadline for the Youth Arts program, 11 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15.
Three recently released reports show the economic impact on arts in the Puget Sound region and around the country.
Check out Seattle Center’s new 2011 Festivals and Events Guide.
You can now have a one-stop resource for all your arts information from the city with the new website my.seattle.gov.
Image: Mandy Greer, Mater Matrix Mother and Medium: Topography (detail), 2009, wool and synthetic yarn, plastic, fabric, glass and plastic beads, 36″ x 68″. Photo by Blake Haygood.