In this issue:
- Arts-related businesses and arts employment in Seattle saw a slight uptick in 2009.
- We’re seeking up to eight emerging artists to develop temporary large-scale, colorful panels for the fence surrounding the Civic Square construction.
- Funding is now open for Seattle-based individual artists working in the performing arts.
- Our annual Youth Arts program recently provided $200,000 to 31 youth arts programs.
- Funding cycle for organizations extended to 2011, next opening postponed.
- Seattle artist Dan Webb will create a three-dimensional, permanent artwork for the Chief Sealth Trail.
- A new public artwork will be dedicated at Lake City’s new Fire Station 39, June 12.
- A new public artwork will be dedicated at Salmon Bay Natural Area, June 12.
- More than 1,000 small, cast-iron wind chimes will fill the new Theater Commons at Seattle Center.
- Kiddie-pop and Celtic folk come to City Hall this June.
- Pioneer Square’s Occidental Park will shine with dynamic art in all its forms this summer.
- From soul/rock to kiddie-pop, catch Art Zone with Nancy Guppy this June.
- Explore life between the buildings at downtown parks this summer.
- Attention artists seeking health care.
Are your ears tired of the same old music playlist? Check out the new Seattle OnHold lineup, and subscribe to the free Seattle OnHold podcast. Three times a month (sometimes more) we’ll dish up a tasty local music MP3.
Call the city, and if you’re put on hold, you’ll also hear the tunes.
Image: The latest Seattle OnHold mix features “September Skies” by Jonathan Kingham. Photo by Puja Parakh.
In this issue:
Our director talks about Arts Education Month and local art students in the spotlight.
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.
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 Stranger’s visual art critic Jen Graves asks what Mayor Mike McGinn’s mayorality means for the arts. Read all about it here.
If you missed Mandy Greer’s temporary public art installation, Mater, Matrix, Mother and Medium, at Camp Long last summer, check it out at the Herbert Bayer Earthworks at Earthworks Park in Kent on Earth Day, 7 to 8:30 p.m., this Thursday, April 22.
Mater, Matrix, Mother and Medium was originally commissioned by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds. Last spring, Greer hosted a string of crocheting circles. The result was a 200-foot fiber “river” of blue yarn and recycled fabric that flowed through the trees near Camp Long’s Polliwog Pond in West Seattle.
For Earth Day, Greer will install a river of blue yarn above Mill Creek at Earthworks Park. The Earthworks, an environmental artwork and local landmark, is a fitting place to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The evening’s activities will include Greer’s art installation, leaf boats with environmental artist Kristin Tollefson, music by the Paul Rucker Quintet and a performance by acornDance at sundown.
Image: Mandy Greer, Mater Matrix Mother and Medium, 2009, fiber. Located at Camp Long in West Seattle. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Your vote can help us reel in six figures in preservation funds to restore the Seattle Mural. This mid-century, glass mosaic masterpiece serves as a colorful backdrop for the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center. It’s pushing 50, and it’s showing its age. Many of its pieces are missing, faded or cracked. It needs a facelift.
With your support, we can revitalize this landmark public artwork in time for the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair. The mural was commissioned for the fair and designed by acclaimed Northwest artist Paul Horiuchi.
It’s one of 25 worthy Seattle-Puget Sound area projects in the running for a Partners in Preservation grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, which announced this week they will dole out $1 million in grants to historic sites throughout the region.
Online votes will determine which project walks away with full funding. So vote for the mural every day, once a day, through May 12.
It’s easy as 1, 2, 3!
1) Register online at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website. Your registration information is confidential. It will not be shared
2) Vote for the mural once every day through May 12. You can also share your stories and photos of the site.
3) Spread the word to your friends and family.
The mural has led a colorful life. It set the stage for early performances by popular Seattle bands, including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. It remains a popular venue for concerts, outdoor movies and cultural celebrations.
Thank you for helping us to restore this artistic and cultural landmark and preserve a gathering place for generations to come!
Join us at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre, noon to 5 p.m., Sunday, May 2 for an open house. We’ll celebrate the Seattle Mural with live music (act to be announced soon), collage crafts and cake. Come on down!
We’re pleased to announce Hammering Man reported to work today and should be fit for duty by the evening shift. Contractors are working to reattach his arm right now.
In case you haven’t noticed, Hammering Man has been on an extended medical leave of sorts. We turned him off last summer when we discovered a bulge in his shoulder while applying a fresh coat of paint. The diagnosis – the artistic equivalent of rotator cuff surgery. Contractors rebuilt the dual gear cone drive, electric motor and lead counterweight system that powers the arm. They also resurfaced and repainted his 18-foot, 1,900-pound arm.
The iconic, 48-foot tall sculpture by Jonathan Borofsky represents the working man. Since his installation in 1992 at the downtown Seattle Art Museum, Hammering Man has logged nearly 90,000 hours, resting his arm each evening and every year on Labor Day. All that repetitive motion added up to a lot of wear and tear on the sculpture, which is part of the city’s public art collection.
Hammering Man, sidelined due to disability in the midst of the recession, is an apt metaphor for the times. Last month, the economy posted its biggest job gain in three years. Perhaps Hammering Man’s return to work is a sign of better things to come? We hope so.
Check out the April issue of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs eNews here.
In this Issue – April 2010
- Message from the director: Youth, arts education and the Cultural Congress
- New sound sculpture at Lake Union Park
- Michael Seiwerath joins arts commission
- Deadline approaching for Mayor’s Arts Award nominations
- Mid-career artists work at Seattle Municipal Tower Gallery
- Creation Project and Bernstein fest at City Hall in April
- Seeking events and marketing intern
- CityClub to address creative use of space, April 19
- Alt-country, comedy and dance on Art Zone in April
- Seattle Center abloom with Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Fest
- Get in on Census action
Image: Jaq Chartier, Color Chart (August) (detail), 2009, acrylic, stains, paint on wood panel, 24″ x 30″. Photo by Jaq Chartier.
The Seattle City Council recently appointed Michael Seiwerath to a two-year term on the citizen-advisory Seattle Arts Commission. Seiwerath helped build Seattle’s filmmaking community at Northwest Film Forum before launching a career in housing and community development at Capitol Hill Housing.
Seiwerath is the founding executive director of the Capitol Hill Housing Foundation, a new nonprofit that supports the work of Capitol Hill Housing. He oversees fundraising and outreach and is involved with community efforts to preserve and expand affordable arts space in Seattle.
Before joining Capitol Hill Housing in 2008, Seiwerath spent a dozen years at Northwest Film Forum raising the organization to a position of national prominence through expanded screenings, film productions and a capital campaign to open a new permanent home for the film arts organization in Capitol Hill.
Seiwerath served on the City Council’s Cultural Overlay District Advisory Council. He is a member of the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce Arts and Culture Committee, the Capital Campaign Cabinet of Velocity Dance Center and the Cal Anderson Park Alliance Advisory Board. He received the 2005 Stranger Genius Award for Film and the 2008 Seattle Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Filmmaking.
Seiwerath is filling Maureen Wilhelm’s expired term on the commission. Wilhelm, a scenic artist and president of IATSE Local 488, served six years on the commission.
Photo by Chase Jarvis.