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Ballard News-Tribune
Application for community festival grants open | Ballard News-Tribune
Aug. 19, 2013


Grassroots event organizers have an opportunity to apply for $1,200 grants to support 2014 festivals and community cultural projects happening in neighborhoods across Seattle through the Neighborhood & Community Arts funding program. The program, managed by the Office of Arts & Culture, supports the city’s community-led creativity, recognizing that neighborhoods are the heartbeat of our city. Applications are open Aug. 19 through Oct. 23. In 2013, the program funded 40 groups to support annual public festivals and events including the Columbia City ArtWalk, Day of the Dead Festival, Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest, Filipino American History Month, Georgetown Carnival, and more.

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
Capitol Hill’s streetcar art poles attracting street art at record pace | CHS Capitol Hill Seattle
Jseattle, Aug. 20, 2013


Surprising nobody, the “art poles” marking soon-to-be streetcar stops along Broadway have become — for reals — art poles. Or, to be more exact, street art poles.

(Image: Part of Claudia Fitch’s system-wide artwork for the First Hill Streetcar, one of nine “beaded” poles that hold the power line for the streetcar. This one is located at E. Denny and Broadway. Photo: Beth Crook/The Stranger)




My Edmonds News
Artfully Edmonds: Change is in the wind – My Edmonds News
Juliet Brewster, Aug 16, 2013

On Wednesday night this week, the Community Cultural Advising Team met for the first time to discuss goals for the next six years of Edmonds arts culture. The team, selected by Arts Commissioner Frances Chapin, consists of 20 people from all different aspects of our artistic and cultural community. I was asked to join the team not only because of my role in writing this column, but also to share of my unique perspective as a member of the younger generation. The Cultural Plan will be made in conjunction with a six-year plan concerning the use of parks and open spaces in the city. There is a similar committee giving input on the parks side of things, and it also held its first meeting Wednesday night, with the intention of overlapping with the arts committee for a brief social hour.

Seattle Times
$25,000 Neddy at Cornish awards announced | ArtsPage | Seattle Times
Melissa Davis, Aug 13, 2013

Seattle artists Victoria Haven (open medium) and Matthew Offenbacher (painting) are the recipients of the 2013 Neddy at Cornish art awards. Haven and Offenbacher each receive $25,000 and will have a show at Cornish College of the Arts from Sept. 4-Oct. 19. Sean Elwood, director for programs and initiatives at the Creative Capital Foundation in New York, selected the winners.

The Stranger
Guns and Cellos by Jen Graves – Seattle Visual Art – The Stranger, Seattle’s Only Newspaper
Jen Graves, Aug 21, 2013


The holes in the white paper are perfect circles with burned, romantic edges. They’re bullet holes from a Glock 22 semiautomatic pistol. The number of holes on each piece of paper corresponds to the number of bullets police officers shot at a specific person. Nobody is named in the row of papers mounted like target-practice torsos, only dates of shooting. February 4, 1999 is the title of the sculpture for Amadou Diallo. On the upper right of the paper, there are around eight holes, near his heart. Every “suspect” in this target lineup was unarmed and African American, except Native American carver John T. Williams, killed August 30, 2010, in Seattle. Paul Rucker is the artist who made the sculptures, hanging at Gallery4Culture.

(Image: The Stranger)