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Interactive map highlights Seattle’s 13 art walks

Last month, Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata launched Seattle Art Walks, a website designed to highlight Seattle’s abundant and unique art walks – from First Thursdays in Pioneer Square to Second Saturday Georgetown Art Attack to the annual Madison Park Art Walk on the shores of Lake Washington.

September 12-18 is national Arts in Education Week

Highlighting the essential role of the arts for all students and demonstrating their understanding that the arts are a vital part of a well-balanced, engaging and equitable education, Congress has designated the second week of September as National Arts in Education Week.

Killoren accepts new position with the National Endowment for the Arts

Today Mayor Mike McGinn announced that he has accepted the resignation of Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Director Michael Killoren, who is leaving Seattle to serve as discipline director for Local Arts Agencies / Challenge America Fast Track for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Don’t miss the 2010 Mayor’s Arts Awards – this Friday!

Join Mayor Mike McGinn and the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs this Friday, September 3 to honor the 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award recipients and preview the Bumbershoot Visual Arts Exhibits.

Seattle “purr[s] with jazz,” says the New York Times

Seattle’s thriving and dynamic jazz scene, galvanized by award-winning high school jazz ensembles and increasingly developing its own signature sound, caught the attention of the New York Times yesterday.

September eNews now online

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs’ September eNewsletter is now online and is chock-full of great information on the upcoming Mayor’s Arts Awards; new signal box artwork in the Central District; Storefronts Seattle; art dedications, closings, and celebrations; and more.

“Murky depths” and “bold strokes” at new Juan Alonso show

Visual artist and 2010 Mayor’s Arts Award winner Juan Alonso’s new show received a glowing review this week in the Seattle Times. Michael Upchurch writes of Alonso’s “Underground No. 1,” “Subterranean #1” and “Subterranean #2,” “The more you look at them, the more there is to see.”

Calling all arts lovers and medallion-seekers to the Emerald City Search

For those of you who love scavenger hunts, Seattle arts organizations and winning, get ready – because Emerald City Search is about to begin. Emerald City Search is the 5th annual citywide search for a hidden medallion, and this year’s theme is 40 Years of Bumbershoot.

Art Hazards Project seeks new name, logo

The King County Local Hazardous Waste Management program has announced a contest to develop a new name and logo for the Art Hazards Project. The artist who proposes the best logo and/or the best name will win $100 or a gift card to Pratt Fine Arts Center.

Learn to engage your audience – Aug. 26/27

The Washington State Arts Commission and The Wallace Foundation invite you to attend an Arts Participation Leadership Initiative learning opportunity August 26-27 at Seattle Center’s McCaw Hall. Designed for arts managers, board members, artists and volunteers, the event features a forum and workshops that explore emerging practices in audience engagement.