Nancy Guppy hosted the SEATTLE CHANNEL's special LIVE broadcast of the Bumbershoot PreFunk! Party, featuring the Mayor's Arts Awards and a preview of some of the best arts and entertainment at the 2007 edition of Seattle's premier arts festival.
The fun began at 12 noon on Friday, August 31 from Seattle Center, with a ceremony honoring individuals and organizations making a difference in the city's arts community. The Mayor's Arts Awards are presented each year by the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture, the SEATTLE CHANNEL's partner in the Bumbershoot PreFunk! Party.
The awards ceremony was followed at 1:15 p.m. by a nearly three-hour LIVE broadcast featuring an array of artists and performers, with live interviews and live performances on stage. The SEATTLE CHANNEL's Nancy Guppy was your guide for a journey to the heart of Bumbershoot, with help along the way from SEATTLE CHANNEL correspondents Marcie Sillman and Matt Smith, who wandered the grounds of the festival as preparations were underway and reported back on what they found.
Watch the entire event, or watch video clips of each Mayor's Arts Award recipient below.
Art Zone Shuffle: Jerry Everard
One Reel board member and Bumbershoot fan, Jerry Everard talks with Nancy Guppy of the Art Zone show about Bumbershoot 2013 getting back to it`s "roots". Recorded May 28 in the Seattle Channel studio.
Art Zone with Nancy Guppy
"Homebody" opens at New City Theatre, Bumbershoot turns 43, Puppetry 101, Brian Faker spouts off and music from The Gary Minkler Combination.
2008 Mayor's Arts Award Ceremony
A celebration of the 2008 Mayor's Arts Awards.
2007 Mayor's Arts Awards: Clarence Acox
For the past 35 years Clarence Acox has led the jazz band program at Garfield High School, where he also directs the renowned Garfield Jazz Ensemble ( http://garfieldjazz.org/ ), winning dozens of awards and making regular appearances at national and international venues.
2007 Mayor's Arts Awards: Earshot Jazz / John Gilbreath
Earshot Jazz, best known for its fall jazz festival, was formed in 1984 to support jazz artists, students and audiences in the Seattle area. Since 1991, John Gilbreath has shaped Earshot's varied programs. http://www.earshot.org
2007 Mayor's Arts Awards: Jean Griffith
Pottery Northwest is a non-profit ceramics center which offers a unique communal learning and working environment. Jean Griffith, a founding member and the centers director for more than 30 years, has played a major role in promoting contemporary ceramics in the Northwest. www.potterynorthwest.org
2007 Mayor's Arts Awards: Longhouse Media's Native Lens Program
Longhouse Media's Native Lens program teaches Native youth not only how to make films but how to collaboratively tell stories that challenge stereotypes about Native Americans while bridging a gap between Native youth and digital media. www.swinomish.org/native_lens/home.html
2007 Mayor's Arts Awards: Massive Monkees
Massive Monkees, a world champion b-boy (break-dancing) crew, is a local favorite on the international performance and competition circuits and has wowed audiences around the globe with its spectacular flow and combinations. www.massivemonkees.com
2007 Mayor's Arts Awards: Richard Hugo House
The Capitol Hill literary arts center is fast evolving into a regional and national force, with a focus on nurturing new writing through classes, literary events and residencies for writers. Hugo House, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in September 2007, has supported poets, journalists, prose writers, storytellers, spoken word artists, zine makers, graphic novelists, bloggers and more. www.hugohouse.org
Check out past Seattle Channel coverage of Bumbershoot