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Check out our August eNews

In this issue:

Message from the Director: “Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights?”

We’re seeking:

…an artist to develop a site-specific art project for Fire Station 30 in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood.

…an artist to develop and fabricate a single artwork design to inlay at 10 to 15 new sidewalk locations.

…an artist to develop site-specific artwork for the Mercer West street improvement project.

The Office will celebrate Salon, a new public artwork by artist team SuttonBeresCuller, Aug. 21.

Eight local emerging artists will provide images of original artwork for temporary panels for the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction site in downtown Seattle.

Kick it this summer with free concerts at City Hall’s outdoor plaza, Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Bumbershoot visual artists and designers dish about their work.

See 28 rarely seen artworks from the city of Seattle’s portable works collection.

The latest Seattle OnHold mix is available by podcast.

Take advantage of the warm nights with free outdoor movies and concerts.

Image: John Fleming, 17 Year Old Eyes (detail), 2009, recycled stencils, chipboard, and plywood, 25″ x 50″. Artwork will be photographed and produced on a temporary panel surrounding the Civic Square construction site. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Check out our July eNews

Message from the director: Americans for the Arts 2010 convention

The Office, in partnership with Shunpike, seeks up to 12 artists to develop temporary installations for vacant storefronts in Seattle’s Pioneer Square and Chinatown/International District neighborhoods.

From the quirky pop of Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band to urban square dance with The Tallboys, check out  Seattle Presents summer concert series.

We are giving away over a dozen studio tracks and live recordings.

Seattle-based individual artists working in the performing arts have until Tuesday, July 20 to apply for funding through the CityArtist Projects program.

Mayor Mike McGinn recently announced the recipients of the eighth annual 2010 Mayor’s Arts Awards.

The dedication of Marvin Oliver’s A Salish Welcome at the Salmon Bay Natural Area will be 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 17.

An exhibition at City Hall will feature posters and original artwork from the artists who defined Bumbershoot’s look over the past four decades.

In October Arts Crush, a month-long festival, will connect artists and audiences with invigorating new experiences at hundreds of events.

Mayor Mike McGinn recently introduced the Seattle Music Commission.

Head to Seattle Center this month for some free summer fun.

Check out our June eNews

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Check out our May eNews online

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Our director talks  about Arts Education Month and local art students in the spotlight.

Mags Harries and Lajos Héder will create artwork for the First Hill Streetcar line.

Patrick Marold and David Boyer will each create an artwork for the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park and West Seattle Reservoir Park, respectively.

Are your ears tired of the same old music playlist? Check out the new Seattle OnHold lineup.

We’d like to welcome our newest staff member, Sandy Esene.

Maestro Gerard Schwarz conducts the Seattle Symphony at City Hall in May.

Heritage, identity, history, memory, coexistence and freedom are themes investigated in the exhibition American/Asian: A Tale of New Cultures at City Hall.

Help revitalize Paul Horiuchi’s Seattle Mural at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre  in time for the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair.

Seattle Center is accepting proposals to redevelop the Fun Forest South site.

Arts Crush, a new month-long regional arts festival planned for October, seeks artists and arts organizations to take part

The 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair is around the corner and a gallery and website launch the anniversary celebration.

The Seattle Design Commission wants your ideas on how to transform empty lots.
From Captain Smartypants to Maestro Gerard Schwarz, Seattle Channel’s Art Zone with

Nancy Guppy spotlights the local arts scene this month.

    April eNews


    Check out the April issue of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs eNews here.

    In this Issue – April 2010

    Image: Jaq Chartier, Color Chart (August) (detail), 2009, acrylic, stains, paint on wood panel, 24″ x 30″. Photo by Jaq Chartier.

    Office’s March eNews now available online


    Check out the March issue of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs eNews here.

    In this Issue — March 2010

    Office’s February eNews now available online