We think it’s cool that Gabi Campanario, who has a sketching gig with the Seattle Times, draws on arts and cultural events to tell the city’s story. Last week, he stopped by Jovino Santos Neto’s free lunchtime concert at City Hall, billing the concerts as a welcome break from the cubicle. Campanario also sketched the Christopher Columbus statue, which is temporarily under cover to protect it from vandals, and Hammering Man, who will undergo repairs to his arm in early November.
The fall arts season is in full swing. So is flu season. And the winter storm season isn’t far behind. When disaster strikes, many arts and cultural organizations have no plan to help them prepare for, respond to and recover from an emergency.
Being prepared means having a plan BEFORE a crisis hits. Many arts and cultural organizations are busy paying the bills and launching the next show, leaving precious little time to craft an emergency plan.
Sound familiar? If so, take time now to plan for the next disaster. Arts and cultural organizations are invited to a free emergency-preparedness seminar, 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Seattle University’s Piggott Auditorium. Get more details and register here.
The seminar is hosted by Seattle University, in partnership with ArtsFund, 4Culture, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs and Public Health-Seattle & King County.
We sat down with the five candidates for Seattle School Board and asked them a series of questions about arts education. Hear what they have to say about the role of the arts in closing the achievement gap and boosting graduation rates, their arts experiences as kids and their views on the value of arts in the classroom.
We recorded the interviews at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on Sept. 24 and 25. Special thanks to the Youth Media Institute headed by Seattle Arts Commissioner Estevan Muñoz-Howard and to student recording engineer Cham Ba.
Image: Beacon Hill Elementary students delight at an Imani Winds performance. The quintet was in residence at the school as part of the UW World Series Community Connections program. Photo by Lee Talner.
Watch Miss Melba tap her way into kids’ hearts at her South Seattle dance studio. Learn about the man who helped make Seattle Opera an international sensation. See how one organization helps artists succeed at the business of art. Hear breathtaking music by the country’s largest youth symphony, and meet a painter whose outlook on life is as inspiring as his artwork.
Nearly 400 people joined Mayor Greg Nickels at Seattle Center on Sept. 4 to honor the recipients of the 2009 Mayor’s Arts Awards. If you missed the party, you can meet this year’s winners on Seattle Channel.
Image: Nancy Guppy, host of Seattle Channel’s Art Zone In Studio, presided over the Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony at Seattle Center, Sept. 4. Photo by Randy Nichols.
Mayor Greg Nickels today presented to the City Council his proposed 2010 budget, which maintains funding for arts grants and sends 75 percent of city-admission-tax revenues to Seattle’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. For complete details on Mayor Nickels’ 2010 Proposed Budget, visit his homepage.
This is very good news in the wake of a major national recession and underscores the importance of arts and culture in a healthy city.
Seattle artist Kristen Ramirez will wrap up her summer artist residency at the Fremont Bridge with a temporary audio installation, Bridge Talks Back. A short version will be broadcast from the bridge’s speakers during daytime bridge openings through April. To hear the full sound composition, including clips of people’s bridge stories, call 1-800-761-9941.
Ramirez talked to KPLU about her time in one of the bridge towers and the sound composition that emerged from her residency there.
The installation opens Saturday, Sept. 26 with a celebratory performance at the bridge from 1 to 4 p.m.
Image: Kristen Ramirez, Bridge Talks Back postcard, 2009. Illustration by Jacques Moitoret.
Nancy Guppy, host of Seattle Channel’s Art Zone In Studio, will emcee the outdoor ceremony, noon, Friday, Sept. 4 at Seattle Center’s Northwest Court. The weather forecast is calling for a slight chance of showers, so you might want to bring your bumbershoot.
Bumbershoot’s visual arts exhibits will open one day early with a free public preview from noon to 7 p.m. in the Northwest Rooms.
“The arts play an important role in our economy, boosting spending in other sectors and contributing to our quality of life,” Nickels said. “We are focused on protecting jobs in all areas of our local economy, and these dollars will help nonprofit arts organizations preserve jobs during difficult economic times.”
The federal funds will help organizations retain or restore salaried and contract jobs, ranging from performers to production staff to business managers and artistic directors. The dollars will support jobs at a range of organizations, including Maureen Whiting Dance, Seattle Chamber Players, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Center for Wooden Boats, Velocity Dance Center, Wing Luke Asian Museum and the Young Shakespeare Workshop. Click here for a complete list of funded city organizations.
The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs received the $250,000 award in July from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to re-grant to Seattle organizations to preserve arts jobs threatened by the economic downturn. The NEA had $50 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to distribute nationwide.
The Office awarded the stimulus dollars through a competitive application process. A peer panel reviewed more than 80 eligible Seattle arts and cultural organizations for one-time awards of either $5,000 or $15,000 to support staff salaries or contract fees incurred between fall 2009 and summer 2010.
Read the mayor’s full press release.