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McGinn, Enfield describe early arts experiences

At last week’s Arts in Education Forum, Mayor Mike McGinn – better known as a bicycling enthusiast and environmental advocate – revealed that he once performed as a sailor in the chorus line of “South Pacific.” Not to be outdone, Susan Enfield of Seattle Public Schools revealed that her debut as an art performer had been as a fully-costumed French fry in a school play.

Seattle invests in 44 artist projects through 2011 CityArtist program

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.

Students will direct 6th annual Arts in Education Forum, Nov. 8

Parents, students, teachers, artists, residents and supporters of equitable and well-rounded education for all are invited to attend the sixth annual Arts in Education Forum, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8 at Seattle University’s Pigott Auditorium (1017 E. Marion St.). An informal reception with snacks and refreshments will follow from 7:30 to 8 p.m.

First Lady honors Wing Luke YouthCAN program

First Lady Michelle Obama presented the 2010 National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Awards yesterday at a formal ceremony at the White House. The Wing Luke Museum’s YouthCAN Program was among the recipients – one of only 15 programs across the country to receive this award, the nation’s highest honor for after school arts and humanities programs.

Visit the new and improved

Does something look different on the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ home page? You may be noticing our new, streamlined header and footer – the product of a redesign of the city of Seattle home page and top-level portal that debuted today on

Meet the 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award winners

Hear a Seattle legend talk about his life as a self-taught artist. Learn about how one unique theatre company brings books to life on stage. See how one organization is opening minds and winning hearts through music. Find out how girls can make a difference through film, how a 96-year-old art school is bring and keeping major talent in Seattle, and how an innovative dance center is putting Seattle on the map for contemporary dance.

Say farewell to Arts & Cultural Affairs director Michael Killoren on Monday, Oct. 4

You’re invited to attend a farewell celebration for departing OACA Director Michael Killoren on Monday, October 4 at 4:30 p.m. at Seattle City Hall. We hope to see you there!

Tips for effective public comment on the 2011-12 budget

The Mayor’s Office has posted a guide to effective public comment on the proposed 2011-2012 budget, highlighting two primary ways to provide feedback.

Join us for a panel discussion on art and the environment

This Thursday, September 23, join SAM, the Cascade Land Conservancy, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs for a panel discussion exploring the intersection of art, culture, and the environment.

NEA panel debates arts’ role in sustainable communities

What is the role of the arts and the creative community in creating livable, sustainable communities? A panel conversation convened this month by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Canadian Embassy is a must-watch debate on “creative placemaking” and the role it plays in the continuing evolution of the public realm.