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Seattle Office of Arts and Culture
Features, events and discussions presented by Seattle's Office of Arts and Culture.  

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Mayor`s Arts Awards 2014 4/15/2014
Nominations for the Mayor`s Arts Awards are being accepted until May 15.
Art Zone Shuffle: Meet Randy Engstrom 2/25/2014
Seattle`s Office of Arts and Cultural Director Randy Engstrom fields some questions from Art Zone`s Nancy Guppy.
Civic Cocktail: Pot and Culture 12/4/2013
December`s Civic Cocktail, a monthly event dedicated to civic conversation, featured two lively panel discussions on the state of culture and cannabis in Seattle. City Attorney Pete Holmes and the ACLU`s Alison Holcomb discussed rules for a legal marijuana system, including increasing the number of pot stores in Seattle to zoning for pot commerce. Randy Engstrom, director of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; James Keblas, director of the Seattle Office of Film + Music; and The Seattle Times` "Seattle Sketcher" Gabriel Campanario touched on film incentives, funding for arts education and the role of arts in the redevelopment of Seattle`s waterfront. Joni Balter moderated with input from journalists Joel Connelly of seattlepi.com, Joe Copeland of Crosscut and Deborah Wang of KUOW.
2013 Mayor`s Arts Awards 8/30/2013
Former Mayor Mike McGinn honors recipients of the 2013 Mayor`s Arts Awards at a public ceremony at Seattle Center.
Seattle`s Public Art: Gloria Bornstein, Neototems Children`s Garden 5/1/2007
Gloria Bornstein, Neototems Children`s Garden. The maze garden is a small corner plaza and transitional space for pedestrians passing from the Science Pavilion and the Children`s Theater at the Seattle Center -- a mixed-use park. The design of the whale garden is derived from a Salish Indian legend of whales swimming beneath the site, connecting the city`s two major waterways. The centerpiece of the garden is a baby whale tail water feature, part of the artist`s sculptural pod of whales installed at the International Fountain area in 1995. Low native plantings, pruned to children`s height for safety, are shaped and colored to resemble tidal pools. The garden is a field for the imagination where children can explore and take risks.
Mayor`s Media Availability: ArtPlace 1/25/2013
On January 7, 2013, ArtPlace announced "America`s Most Animated Arts Places," a list of 30 neighborhoods across the country that are particularly vibrant and arts-driven. The announcement was accompanied by a 35-page report with profiles of the Top 12 Most Animated Arts Places, of which the Pike/Pine Corridor was included.
Making Art, Making Change 10/12/2012
Dr. Manuel Pastor (University of Southern California Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity) speaks about demographic trends and trans-formative possibilities in the United States. This opening plenary of the Arts and Social Change Symposium at the Seattle Center on October 12, 2013, was hosted by the Washington State Arts Commission with support from The Wallace Foundation. Additional partners for the symposium include 4Culture, The Association of American Cultures, City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative, Seattle Center Next 50, Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Seattle Office for Civil Rights with major support from The Boeing Company.
Seattle K-12 Arts Education Collaborative 9/27/2012
The Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs checks in on the 5 year partnership with the Seattle Public Schools in arts education, including conversations with students and business leaders.
2012 Mayor`s Arts Awards 8/31/2012
Former Mayor Mike McGinn honors recipients of the 2012 Mayor`s Arts Awards at a public ceremony at Seattle Center.
Seattle Arts Budget Brown Bag Discussion 10/12/2011
A round table discussion and question & answer session during which policy makers, artists, arts education advocates, and arts supporters discuss the Mayor`s proposed 2012 budget and its impact on local arts funding and arts-related initiatives.
A Quest for a Home: Latino Artists in Seattle 8/16/2011
A Quest for a Home: Latino Artists in Seattle, is a documentary that portrays the beautiful work and contributions of Latino artists from various fields; while it also addresses the difficulties they face as under served group. Produced by Mario Zavaleta and Martha Sanchez
Mater Matrix Mother and Medium 6/28/2011
From July to August 2009 Mandy Greer`s artwork Mater Matrix Mother and Medium was at Camp Long as part of Water Calling, a series of temporary public art projects about water. The project began with the creation of a 200-foot fiber river, knitted and crocheted at community events all over Seattle. Greer took the fiber pieces into the forest and crocheted the river into the trees. On July 16th, Greer produced a performance under the fiber river in collaboration with dancer Zoe Scofield and composer Morgan Henderson. Over 100 guests sat next to the pond to watch a performance which invited viewers to reflect on the subtle sounds and movements of an urban forest. Reflecting on the inspiration for the project, Greer says, “Water, both mundane and miraculous, mirrors the everyday meeting of strangers and the tiny moments that begin to bond us together.” Greer directed this short film. Ian Lucero edited and directed photography and sound design.
Waterlines 6/28/2011
In July 2009, Stokley Towles presented and exhibited Waterlines, a performance piece and installation that explored local perceptions and behaviors around water use, its sources and conservation. Towles interviewed several staff members of Seattle Public Utilities and discovered, among other things, where Seattle`s water comes from, how water taste testing is conducted, how the utility is coping with drainage and flood issues, and how many SPU customers complained about rats in their toilets. A part of the Water Calling series, Towles presented his findings in a free 45-minute humorous and informative presentation inside a construction trailer, which served as a stage/laboratory, parked next to a city reservoir. In addition to his performance, Towles used the “water laboratory” as an installation space to present water stories from other cultures and invited visitors to share their water stories. Video directed by Mary Ann Peters.
Town Square: Vision Loss Connections 6/2/2011
Kevin Carey, Chair of the Royal National Institute of Blind People and a non-profit organization focused on technology and social inclusion presents a talk on The Importance of Art and Cultural Accessibility to People who are Blind and Low Vision.
Engaging Young Adult Audiences Forum 5/25/2011
Sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission and The Wallace Foundation, learn how arts organization leaders are using new techniques and new technology to cultivate younger adult participants. Key speakers include: Peter Boal, artistic director of Pacific Northwest Ballet; Linda Garrison, marketing director of The Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago; consultant Jerry Yoshitomi of Meaning Matters (Los Angeles) presenting new research from the national marketing firm Slover Linnett; and Ellen Walker, marketing director of Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Engagement Through Digital Media Forum 2/17/2011
Sponsored by the Washington State Arts Commission and The Wallace Foundation, Hanson Hosein presents Personal Engagement in the Arts through Digital Media: Where We`ve Been and Where We`re Going with responses from Crystal Clarity, Deborah Person and Scott Macklin.
Latino Heritage Award 11/1/2010
The Latino City Employees and Former Mayor Mike McGinn presentation of the Latino Heritage Award; followed by The Seattle Fandango Project, sponsored by Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Art and the Environment: A Panel Discussion 9/23/2010
SAM, the Cascade Land Conservancy, and the Mayor`s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs present the next panel discussion exploring the intersection of art, culture and the environment. What role does creativity play in shaping a vibrant, livable, urban environment? Join choreographer and Artistic Director of Spectrum Dance Theater, Donald Byrd, who will moderate the discussion with local developer Ron Sher, the Executive Director of 4Culture, Jim Kelly, and Dr. Susan Enfield, Chief Academic Officer of Seattle Public Schools. Opening remarks by Derrick Cartwright, Director, Seattle Art Museum with a closing by Gene Duvernoy, President, Cascade Land Conservancy.
2010 Mayor`s Arts Awards 9/3/2010
Former Mayor Mike McGinn honors recipients of the 2010 Mayor`s Arts Awards at a public ceremony on the eve of the Labor Day weekend Bumbershoot festival at Seattle Center, noon, Friday, Sept. 3. 2010 recipients: Juan Alonso, visual artist, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Dennis Coleman, artistic director, Seattle Men`s Chorus & Seattle Women`s Chorus, Reel Grrls, nonprofit media production organization engaging young women, Sergei Tschernisch, president, Cornish College of the Arts and Velocity Dance Center.
Town Square: Art and Environmental Advocacy 2/4/2010
A panel of folks from the Seattle Art Museum and the Cascade Land Conservancy discuss what roles artists should play in championing environmental causes and how environmentalists and artists can collaborate to build public interest around sustainability.
Seattle's Public Art: Fay Jones 1/26/2009
Fay Jones is one of the Northwest`s most recognizable artists. Her imaginative paintings can be seen around the city in public and private collections and in numerous public spaces (e.g., the Westlake Metro Station). Her work has also been featured on posters for city-wide events, such as Bumbershoot and Earshot Jazz. Jones work has been featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions, and is included in the collections of the Seattle Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, and the Boise Museum of Art. In 1997, the Boise Museum of Art held a 20-year retrospective on Jones` work.
Seattle's Public Art: Robert Jones 1/19/2009
Robert C. Jones was born in West Hartford, CT, in 1930. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design, receiving a BFA (1953) and an MS (1959). In 1963, Jones moved to Seattle with his wife, painter Fay Jones, to join the faculty of the University of Washington School of Art. He retired in 2001. Jones' large abstract oil paintings often invoke a sense of background landscape, with foreground figures and shapes drawn as simple curves. His canvases are heavily layered. White and black are often primary, with vivid colors providing the impression of light and shade. Robert Jones' work has been included in over 40 solo and group exhibitions, and is part of a number of public and corporate collections. His paintings have been shown at the Tacoma Art Museum, the Bellevue Art Museum, the Museum of Northwest Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Art. Jones was the recipient of a 2003/2004 Flintridge Foundation award for west coast artists "whose work demonstrates high artistic merit and a distinctive voice for 20 or more years.
Front Row: Wayne Horvitz 9/18/2008
Bassist Geoff Harper and drummer Eric Eagle join maverick composer and pianist Wayne Horvitz, whose music has been described as "...sonic experiment gone horribly right" by Guitar Player magazine. For more information about the Seattle Presents and City Hall noon concerts, go to: www.seattle.gov/arts/
Seattle's Public Art: Barbara Earl Thomas 8/1/2008
As a Seattle based painter and writer Barbara has exhibited artwork at the Seattle Art Museum, The Bellevue Art Museum, and Whatcom County Museum and in museums throughout the U.S. In 2005 she had major solo exhibitions at the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science, Evansville, ID and at the Meadows Museum in Shreveport, LA. Her work is included in a number of prestigious private and public collections such as the Safeco Corporate Collection, the Microsoft Corporate Collection, The City of Seattle One Percent for Art and the Seattle Art Museum permanent collection.
Seattle's Public Art: Jen Dixon 8/1/2008
The theme for the Witness Trees at Bergen Place Park is inspired by the site's rich history. History is fluid like water -- always changing, moving and shifting upon each telling. The telling carves, reveals, and brings forward a strata of individual and collected stories. "Witness" or "bearing" trees were used as reference points for the first U.S. land surveys in 1851. The five cedar posts that previously held up an awning in the original park plan, suggest a vast primordial forest. The artwork symbolically turns the posts back into trees through the installation of five tree sculptures -- Fossil Tree, First Tree, Clam Tree, Immigrant Tree, and New Growth Tree.
Seattle's Public Art: Kay Kirkpatrick 8/1/2008
n the Northwest our eyes turn always to the great forests; they hold our dreams, mark our memories, and provide us sustenance and safe haven. The trees stand together in order and harmony, despite inundation by the chaos of life. Although hiding uncertainty and the unknown in their vastness, they shelter and protect us. The art works in the station look at the surrounding Longfellow Creek Watershed for different perspectives and attempt to create the same sense of sanctuary and peace for both police officers and citizens.
Seattle's Public Art: Mary Ann Peters 8/1/2008
Inspired by her Lebanese heritage, Mary Ann Peters' work investigates a combination of Western aesthetic elements with Arabic influences. This cross-cultural interest gives Peters' work a unique personal vocabulary. Sensuous in their forms and inviting in their reference to a personal territory, Peters' work maps a response to a place either real or imagined. They are abstractions anchored by the possibility that the elements exist. Peters' unique formal vocabulary uses a combination of Arabesque lines, organic shapes and washes of graphite and color. Driven by something largely felt, or initiated by and guided within intuition, these elements combine to give her work a rhythmic spontaneity and complexity.
Seattle's Public Art: Norman Lundin 8/1/2008
Just as one cannot have something long without having something short for comparison, one cannot have an object without a void. It is the void that interests me. With this kind of priority I find that I must use objects that have little or no emotional association. Negative space is fragile if one wants to use it as the primary ''subject matter'' of a painting. Any object depicted that has significant emotional associations will tend to dominate (which is exactly what I don't want to happen). The objects are not there to be described; they are there to explain the space. I don't limit myself all the time, though, and, once in a while, I do use loaded subject matter.
Seattle's Public Art: Stuart Nakamura 8/1/2008
Stuart Nakamuara's "Call and Response," a sculptural installation comprising several elements will greet staff of, and visitors to, fire Station 10 at the entry plaza. A composition including a boulder, inlaid paver and a cut metal screen reflects Fire Station 10's legacy, ties into the international District, and draws attention to the importance of water in live and in the work of the firefighters. A large, custom selected rock, etched with abstract lines evoking water ripples, forms the focal point of the composition. It recalls the original Fire Station 10's stature as the foundation, the footing and the anchor of the firefighting service in Seattle.
Seattle's Public Art: Ted Jonsson 8/1/2008
Artist Ted Jonsson created this artwork for the Seattle Public Utilities' Operations Control Center, answering the City's request for work that would "use water as the primary sculptural element, rather than other sculptural materials." The sculpture consists of two curved, stainless steel pipes, at either end of a pool of water. The pipes mirror one another, creating a figure eight. Water pours out of the top of each pipe and into the pool. The water can be manipulated by two valves, which employees and the public can operate.
Seattle Presents: Earshot Jazz - Bill Anschell Trio 11/29/2007
Earshot Jazz Festival hosts The Bill Anschell Trio. Anschell is a deft pianist and humorist that has performed across the country and around the world. In 2002 Anschell moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Seattle, Washington where he performs with both local and visiting jazz legends. In February 2006 he won the "Northwest Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year" Golden Ear Award (Earshot Jazz), and in January 2007 his trio received a Golden Ear as the "Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year." For more information, go to: www.billanschell.com
Seattle's Public Art: Ashley Thorner, JUMs 11/26/2007
This edition of Seattle's Public Art looks at JUMs by Ashley Thorner. JUMs consists of three sculptures that combine three elements (jellyfish, umbrellas, mushrooms) that relate to the Northwest environment. The sculptures reflect upon the themes of community and diversity, but with an Alice in Wonderland fantastical kind of way. Produced for the SEATTLE CHANNEL by John Forsen with support from the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Seattle's Public Art: Gerard Tsutakawa, Urban Peace Circle 11/26/2007
This edition of Seattle's Public Art looks at The Urban Peace Circle by Gerard Tsutakawa. The Urban Peace Circle is the culmination of a gun buy-back program by an organization called Stop The Violence, formed after six young people were shot and killed in the Puget Sound region on weekend in March 1992. The funds raised from the buy-back were used to commission the piece, and several of the reclaimed guns were symbolically entombed in the concrete base of the sculpture. Produced for the SEATTLE CHANNEL by John Forsen with support from the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Seattle's Public Art: Kristin Tollefson, WaterLogs + Leaf/Hull 11/26/2007
This edition of Seattle's Public Art looks at WaterLogs + Leaf/Hull by Kristin Tollefson. The work blurs the boundaries between land and water, past and present, nature and our imprint on it. The curving tilted logs reclaimed from the bottom of Lake Union suggest the half hull of a boat, the pilings of an old pier, or perhaps outstretched fingers. The concave steel ellipse alludes both to the trees and to the maritime influences at the site. The work aims to be simultaneously scientific and poetic, minimal and baroque. Produced for the SEATTLE CHANNEL by John Forsen with support from the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Seattle's Public Art: Preston Singletary, Raven Crest Hat 11/26/2007
This edition of Seattle's Public Art looks at Raven Crest Hat. The design style of Northwest Coast Native art is used by artist Preston Singletary for his glass designs. Mr. Singletary says: Working with these designs gives me a sense of purpose while paying homage to my family and my ancestors. By researching my family/tribe, I have a stronger foundation by comparing an older understanding of the world and how it works, to my current notion of society. Produced for the SEATTLE CHANNEL by John Forsen with support from the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
2007 Mayor's Arts Awards: Clarence Acox 9/14/2007
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 9/14/2007
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 9/14/2007
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 9/14/2007
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 9/14/2007
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 9/14/2007
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
2007 Mayor's Arts Awards: Seattle Art Museum and Mimi Gates 9/14/2007
The Seattle Art Museum has matured into a world-class arts institution with a global perspective. The mastermind behind the museum's renaissance is Mimi Gardner Gates, who joined the Seattle Art Museum as director in May 1994. During her tenure, Gates has led the museum forward, organizing major exhibitions, publishing scholarly publications and embarking on significant capital projects. www.seattleartmuseum.org
Seattle's Public Art: Perri Lynch, Straight Shot 7/26/2007
Perri Lynch's Straight Shot is a procession of 12 standing stones (one stone has yet to be installed due to park construction), which runs parallel to and marks the calibration baseline. The stones are perfectly aligned over the course of one kilometer in an orderly progression from north to south. In land surveying, as in art, special relationships may be expressed through classic algebraic terms. Between each pair of stones, the distance doubles.
Seattle's Public Art: Monad Graves Elohim, The Unity and Oneness for All 7/19/2007
The Unity and Oneness for All is an installation of sculptural figures spanning the central skylight atrium of the Southeast Seattle Community Health Center. From a primary mother figure, various other smaller creatures are suspended. All have both human and animal characteristics, and are made of artificial fur, cloth, papier-mache, and/or clay.
Seattle's Public Art: Vicki Scuri, West Galer Flyover 7/12/2007
Wave Wall is a pattern created using thick rope and tire treads has been pre-cast onto retaining wall panels. The panels, when turned, repeated and laid in a running bond, form a pattern which simultaneously evokes waves, nautical motifs, and the helix of genetic material. Sail Armatures are four custom light fixture brackets which are attached to standard light poles. Fabricated of white-painted bent steel pipe with cross bracing, the arching attachments resemble sails and marine mammals. Lit from below, they will be visible both day and night and will mark the overpass for those passing below, and will also provide a gateway to Magnolia and Interbay.
Seattle's Public Art: John Young, The Fin Project 7/5/2007
The Fin Project is a major environmentally scaled sculptural installation on the west shore of Lake Washington. Located on the north loop trail of Warren G. Magnuson Park, the Fin Project is built from the recycled diving plane fins from 22 decommissioned 1960's United States Navy attack submarines. The artwork, which resembles a pod of Orca whales, consists of hydrodynamically designed fins, placed at various angles and heights. It traverses a length of 410 feet and a width of 90 feet. Each fin is 10,000 pounds, and the donation has been valued by the U.S. Navy at $625,000.
Seattle Presents at City Hall: Dark Divas 6/29/2007
Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, and other renowned Dark Divas are celebrated with song and theatrics by top Seattle divas Kibibi Monié, Lakema Bell, Azani Tate and Josephine Howell. The sounds of The Apollo and Cotton Club ring out in this energetic two-act performance portraying the eccentric and sublime stylings of African-American women who changed the way we hear music. Accompanying the divas will be a powerhouse rhythm section led by Portland pianist Janice Scroggins.
Seattle Presents at City Hall: Quinton Morris and Friends 6/22/2007
Metropolitan Opera soprano Indra Thomas and celebrated Seattle pianist Byron Schenkman join acclaimed violinist Quinton Morris for a performance of classical and contemporary music. Raised in Seattle, Morris is the founder of the Young Eight string octet.
Seattle's Public Art: Dan Corson, Cedar River Watershed 4/9/2007
Dan Corson was selected in 1994 to work with the architectural and landscape architectural firm Jones and Jones to integrate art into the new facility. Spending time in the watershed and working also with Cedar River Watershed staff, the developed artwork which relates not only to the natural resources of the watershed, but also uses nature and technology to create a musical artwork in the rain drum court.
Seattle's Public Art: Marita Dingus, Children of the Sea 4/9/2007
A mixed-media installation featuring three African-American cherub-like figures that "swim" among seaweed and vines located at The Douglass Truth Library. The artwork was inspired by an existing bas-relief frieze adorning the exterior of the building and the mythical Yoruba momolokun, "children of the sea."
Seattle's Public Art: Paul Sorey, Tree Bench 4/9/2007
Paul Sorey was the first artist selected (from the Public Art Roster) to complete a small park project under the Pro Parks Art Plan. Pratt Park was selected because of its geographic location within the city and its relation to other park sites selected for art projects. Paul used the metaphor of a tree as a gathering of many cultures.
Economic Impact Of Local Arts Forum 4/3/2007
When most people think of the impact of arts’ organizations on our community, they immediately think of cultural enrichment. Often overlooked is the positive contribution that the arts make to our economy-providing sustainable living-wage jobs and helping create a healthy economy. This financial contribution has been measured by numerous regional economic studies. At this brown-bag forum, arts’ leaders and City officials reports on the lesser-known side of cultural organizations-their financial importance to the community.
Seattle Presents at City Hall: Clinton `Bassie` Fearon 4/1/2007
Clinton `Bassie` Fearon is counted among Jamaica`s most talented musicians by peers and professionals in the Reggae music industry. As a youth, Bassie went to Kingston to eventually become a well-known bassist, vocalist and lyricist. His infectious bass riffs, guitar licks, percussion accents and powerful vocals make Bassie a living legend amongst reggae musicians and fans. For over 17 years, Fearon was a key member of the legendary reggae band The Gladiators, as well as a house musician for Coxsonne Dodd`s Studio One and Lee `Scratch` Perry`s Black Ark Studio. Fearon recorded many of Perry`s best known songs, including "Roast Fish and Cornbread" which features one of Fearon`s most famous bass lines.
Seattle Presents at City Hall: Jay Thomas 10/19/2006
The Earshot Jazz Festival kicks off at City Hall with a cultural exchange led by trumpeter Jay Thomas, featuring three of Seattle's finest jazz musicians teamed up with three of Japan's top jazz talents.
Seattle Presents at City Hall: Byron Schenkman, Pianist 10/12/2006
Byron Schenkman began his career as a harpsichordist and forte pianist. After many critically acclaimed recordings, national and international appearances, Mr. Schenkman co-founded the Seattle Baroque Orchestra with violinist Ingrid Matthews in 1994. In 2001 Byron Schenkman made his debut as a modern pianist and has quickly matched his prior accomplishments. His first modern piano CD, featuring music of Joseph Haydn, was recently released on Centaur Records.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2006 - Gerard Schwarz 9/14/2006
Appointed as music director of the Seattle Symphony in 1985, Gerard Schwarz holds the longest tenure of any current music director of a major American orchestra. Under Schwarz's artistic leadership, the Seattle Symphony has evolved into one of the world's finest orchestras. His nearly 100 recordings with the symphony have received widespread recognition, including 10 Grammy nominations. Schwarz was also a prime mover in the creation of Benaroya Hall, a vital part of the revitalization of downtown Seattle which has greatly expanded the realm of cultural events. Schwarz has led the orchestra on numerous tours, and carries the Seattle mantle with him as he guest conducts all over the world.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2006 - Linda Hartzell and Seattle Children's Theatre 9/14/2006
The Seattle Children's Theatre is the second largest resident theater for young audiences in North America. Its programs aim to empower young people to make new discoveries about themselves and the world around them, while building a lifelong interest in the arts. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Linda Hartzell, the theater has developed a number of amazing new scripts and had showcased 36 world premieres, including this year's productions of The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Goodnight Moon, and Afternoon of the Elves.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2006 - Michael Herschensohn and Northwest Folklife 9/14/2006
In its 35th year, Northwest Folklife creates opportunities for individuals and communities of the Pacific Northwest to celebrate, share, and sustain the vitality of folk, ethnic and traditional arts through education and other public programs. It's the largest folk, ethnic and traditional arts event in North America, drawing an estimated 250,000 people to Seattle Center each Memorial Day Weekend. Executive Director Michael Herschensohn took the helm of Northwest Folklife in 1998, and under his leadership the program has successfully expanded to include recordings, education programs, exhibits, publications and research and consulting services.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2006 - Michael Spafford, Elizabeth Sandvig and Spike Mafford 9/14/2006
A family of celebrated Northwest artists, husband and wife Michael Spafford and Elizabeth Sandvig and their photographer son Spike Mafford are among the most esteemed artists on the Seattle scene. Their artwork hangs in many museums and collections, including the City's portable works collection. Michael Spafford taught at the University of Washington for a number of years, influencing many young artists. Elizabeth is a prolific artist who is known not only for her wonderful paintings and prints, but also for her sculptures. Spike, a photographer, has captured scenes from around the world and also started Galleria Potatohead, an innovative Seattle art gallery.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2006 - Rainier Vista Cambodian Youth Program 9/14/2006
A dozen years ago, Cambodian immigrant parents living in the Rainier Vista public housing project started the Cambodian Youth Program to teach their children about their Cambodian language and culture, as well as provide them with safe activities. The program provides Cambodian language, dance and drawing lessons to school-age children living at Rainier Vista. It operates six months of the year with weekend classes for more than two dozen youth. In addition to preserving Cambodian cultural traditions, the program has helped to motivate the young people academically. Of the 15 youth who attended the program when it began in the mid-1990s, all have graduated from high school and are enrolled in postsecondary education.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2006 - Reggie Watts 9/14/2006
Born in Germany to a French mother and African-American father, Watts' work reflects his diverse roots. Rock and soul, French and American, theater and dance, lead singer and solo artist, all become a complementary relationship in Watts' work. Known for his music - Watts fronted the soul sensation Maktub, and works with the live electronic group SynthClub - he has more recently turned his talents to the alternative comedy circuit, and in 2005 won an award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Seattle Presents at City Hall: Children of the Revolution 8/22/2006
Seattle Presents, a free lunch time concert series at City Hall, showcases Children of the Revolution -- a world rock band that believes that there can be unity in the world through music.
Traffic Jam Poetry Mash Up 7/27/2006
Top Seattle spoken-word artists convene for a summer evening poetry jam features performances by RA Scion of Common Market, poetry slam diva Melissa Noelle Green, performance artist Stokley Towles, rising stars from Youth Speaks, and theatrical orator Christian St. Jacques. Presented in partnership with Allied Arts and Jack Straw Writers Program.
Seattle Presents at City Hall: The Tiptons 7/20/2006
The Tiptons (all-female sax quartet with percussion) return home from Europe to play their unique brand of high energy groove music. These local ladies who’ve gone global pair entrancing beats with luscious tone and harmony stacks big enough to climb.
Seattle Presents at City Hall: Julien Priester 6/23/2006
For over 50 years, trombonist Julian Priester has performed with many of the most pioneering jazz artists of our time: Muddy Waters, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, Lionel Hampton and Sun Ra to name only a few. Priester passes on his musical wisdom in Priester's Cue, a quartet comprised of decidedly younger yet equally vibrant talents, Dawn Clement (piano), Byron Vannoy (drums), and Geoff Harper (bass). Presented in partnership with Cornish College of the Arts.
Seattle Presents: Seattle Choral Company 2/16/2006
Under the direction of Fred Coleman, SCC presents a choral tribute to America's black composers. Ragtime and opera join hands in Scott Joplin's folk fable, Treemonisha, his only large-scale work to survive. It was never performed during his lifetime. The program also features the music of R. Nathaniel Dett, Jester Hairston and Moses Hogan. Joining the choir are special guest soloists: Ellaina Pauline Lewis, Awilda Verdejo, Ekello Harrid, Ronald Campbell, and The Sound of the Northwest, directed by Juan Huey-Ray.
Seattle Presents: Korla Wygal 2/2/2006
A soulful vocalist whose ballads and sultry sound captivate audiences of all ages. Korla received critical acclaim for her work defining the character “Lulu Belle Jenkins” from the Broadway hit musical Smokey Joe’s Café, and continues stage, night club and festival performances around the country.
Seattle Presents: The Klez Kats 12/21/2005
Klezmer and Jewish music with a spritz! Dedicated to preserving and encouraging the rich musical heritage of the Yiddish diaspora, their repertoire includes joyous freylachs and shers, lilting waltzes, mysterious terkishes and bulgars, and gypsy and Middle-Eastern influenced pieces. The Klez Katz have been featured at Seattle KlezFest, Seattle Jewish Festival, Wallingford Wurst Festival, Folklife Festival and Tilth Harvest Fair.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2005: Alden Mason 9/2/2005
The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference in our community through arts and cultural activities. This video honors Alden Mason, 'Northwest Legacy: Visual Art'.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2005: David Brewster 9/2/2005
The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference in our community through arts and cultural activities. This video honors David Brewster and Town Hall, 'Cultural Catalyst'.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2005: Pat Wright 9/2/2005
The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference in our community through arts and cultural activities. This video honors Reverend Pat Wright and Total Experience Gospel Choir, 'Soul of the Community'.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2005: Peter Donnelly 9/2/2005
The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference in our community through arts and cultural activities. This video honors Peter Donnelly, 'Tour de Force'.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2005: Sara Liberty Laylin 9/2/2005
The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference in our community through arts and cultural activities. This video honors Sara Liberty Laylin and Adams Elementary School, 'Innovation in Integrated Arts Education'.
Mayor's Arts Awards 2005: Tsutakawa Family 9/2/2005
The Mayor's Arts Awards recognize contributions made by artists, arts and cultural organizations and community members who make a difference in our community through arts and cultural activities. This video honors The Tsutakawa Family: Gerard, Deems, Marcus and Mayumi, 'A Generation of Artistic Inspiration & Leadership'.
Seattle Presents: Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra 8/4/2005
The Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra big band includes some of the most prominent jazz soloists and band leaders in the greater Seattle area. They perform selections from Miles Davis' "Birth of the Cool." Presented in partnership with Out To Lunch. The award-winning orchestra is co-directed by drummer Clarence Acox and saxophonist/arranger Michael Brockman.
Town Hall Presents: The Rise of the Creative Class 9/4/2003
Town Hall, City Club and the Mayor's Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs co-sponsor an evening with Carnegie Mellon Regional Economic Development Professor Richard Florida talking with Marcie Sillman about the link between communities' creative residents and economic prosperity.





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