Artists Up Grant LAB

4Culture is proud to be a collaborative partner of Artists Up, which has recently launched the Grant LAB, an experiment of grantmaking ideas and practices for greater access and equity to benefit ALL communities in Seattle, King County and Washington State. This opportunity is open to artists working in all disciplines.

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Artists Up Logo4Culture is proud to be a collaborative partner of Artists Up, which has recently launched the Grant LAB, an experiment of grantmaking ideas and practices for greater access and equity to benefit ALL communities in Seattle, King County and Washington State. This opportunity is open to artists working in all disciplines.

We seek to support artists who have received less than $1,600 from the collaborative partners [Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, 4Culture or Artist Trust] in the past 2 years [2014-2016].  There will be up to 18 awards and each award will be $3,000.  Artists of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Awarded artists will need to offer an opportunity to share in-progress or finished work with the community. This can include an exhibit, installation, performance, reading, screening or collaborative presentation.

Deadline: September 28, 2016 – 5pm Pacific

Workshops: To learn about the application, review or contracting, artists are encouraged to listen to a webinar or attend a workshop.

Artists – experiment with us, to help us achieve greater equity in funding!

Leo Berk Selected for New Colman Dock Terminal

Subterranium, 2016. University of Washington Station, Sound Transit. Aluminum, polycarbonate. 44’ x 109’ x 34’. Photo by Mark Woods.

As King County grows, transit is growing with it—on land and on the water. Water Taxis, managed by the King County Department of Transportation Marine Division, currently depart from downtown Seattle’s Pier 50 and head to the Vashon Island Ferry Terminal and West Seattle’s Seacrest dock. In response to a 9.5% increase in ridership between 2014 and 2015 and expected continued growth, a new multimodal terminal is being designed as part of the larger Washington State Ferries Colman Dock preservation project.

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Subterranium, 2016. University of Washington Station, Sound Transit. Aluminum, Polycarbonate. 44’ x 109’ x 34’. Photo by Mark Woods.
Subterranium, 2016. University of Washington Station, Sound Transit. Aluminum, polycarbonate. 44’ x 109’ x 34’. Photo by Mark Woods.

As King County grows, transit is growing with it—on land and on the water. Water Taxis, managed by the King County Department of Transportation Marine Division, currently depart from downtown Seattle’s Pier 50 and head to the Vashon Island Ferry Terminal and West Seattle’s Seacrest dock. In response to a 9.5% increase in ridership between 2014 and 2015 and expected continued growth, a new multimodal terminal is being designed as part of the larger Washington State Ferries Colman Dock preservation project.

We’re excited that public art will be an essential component of this project, and we are pleased to announce that Leo Berk has been selected to provide permanent work of art for the new Water Taxi terminal! Artwork will serve as a welcoming gateway, a visual indication that a uniquely Northwest journey and experience is about to begin, whether passengers are departing or arriving.

Leo is no stranger to creating art for transit. If you’ve travelled through the new LINK light rail station at the University of Washington, which opened in March of this year, you’ve encountered his immersive and dazzling piece, Subterranium. Over the course of the selection process, Leo discussed the transition from land to water and back again that happens when travelling on the Water Taxi, and his personal connection with that experience, sharing, “As an avid cyclist living in Seattle, one of my favorite local bike trips is to take the ferry to Vashon to ride its bucolic roads. There is an undeniably transformative feeling—a shift in psyche—when the ship leaves the terminal and is free from land. Once the ferry arrives at its destination, there is the comforting feeling of being connected to land again, with the distinct difference that the journey has refreshed and rebooted my body and mind.”

We can’t wait to see how Leo will bring this feeling to life at the King County Seattle Ferry Terminal at Colman Dock, and how travelers will get to experience it! Design is set to be completed early next year. Stay connected with us to see how the project unfolds.

September at Gallery4Culture: Sylwia Tur

Sylwia Tur. C-channels (1 inch), 2016. Porcelain. 22 x 18 x 1 inches. Photo by the artist.

Sylwia Tur
Image Space
September 1–29, 2016
Opening: First Thursday, September 1, 6:00–8:00 pm

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Sylwia Tur. C-channels (1 inch), 2016. Porcelain. 22 x 18 x 1 inches. Photo by of the artist.  
Sylwia Tur. C-channels (1 inch), 2016. Porcelain. 22 x 18 x 1 inches. Photo by the artist.

Sylwia Tur
Image Space
September 1–29, 2016
Opening: First Thursday, September 1, 6:00–8:00 pm

Sylwia Tur’s interests lie in a variety of systems: language, architecture and design, distilled to their basic components of organization, grid, proportion and reduction.

Her new body of work, Image Space, is about the language of structures, space and movement, where she is exploring the continuum between the architecture of language and language of architecture.

When observing the world, we create invisible movements in space, looking for patterns and connections, making sense out of what we see. Tur thinks of these movements as gestures or vectors and is interested in how we form our own visual and semantic paradigms. By juxtaposing architectural objects, she intends to generate a perceptual awareness of space, access memory and create new spatial relationships.

Tur states, “In my creative process, I tend to avoid that which already has a solid representation in the world. Instead, I focus on ideas and mechanisms, extrapolating them into the objects I make. They come in the form of gestures and fragments of seemingly disjointed processes, and I task myself with finding their patterns and rules. I use analogies similar to the processes that come together to form language. Thinking of language as a system keeps pointing me in the direction of exploring the landscape of systems present around us. I see architecture as a system of processes and treat its organized and multi-dependent nature as a canvas for my work, a starting point. It is on that canvas that I build my linguistic systems.”

About the Artist: Sylwia Tur is a sculptor and installation artist who works primarily in porcelain. Born and raised in Poland, she received her MA and BA in Linguistics from the University of Washington, where she also completed post-baccalaureate studies in ceramics. Tur’s work has been exhibited nationally, including solo exhibitions at the Linda Hodges Gallery, Monarch Contemporary Gallery, the Bellevue Arts Museum, the PNW Gallery, and the UW Ceramics Gallery. She is a recipient of the Artist Trust GAP Grant, the Regional Exhibition Award from the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and an Individual Artist Grant from 4Culture. Her artwork is held in private and public collections in Australia, France, Poland, and the United States. In addition to her art practice, Tur works as a linguist, a field from which she continues to draw inspiration. She lives in West Seattle with her partner who is an architect, and a Harrier Hound named Glinka (which means “clay” in Polish).

Help Shape Cultural Access Washington

Students attend a field trip at the Burke Museum, 2011. Image courtesy of the Burke.

After nearly seven years of work by a wide coalition of Washington State cultural organizations and leaders, a bill called Cultural Access Washington (CAWA) passed through the state legislature last summer, making a path for a public vote. The bill would use funds generated by a small sales tax increase to make cultural experiences of all kinds more accessible to Washingtonians.

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Students attend a field trip at the Burke Museum, 2011. Image courtesy of the Burke.
Students attend a field trip at the Burke Museum, 2011. Image courtesy of the Burke.

After nearly seven years of work by a wide coalition of Washington State cultural organizations and leaders, a bill called Cultural Access Washington (CAWA) passed through the state legislature last summer, making a path for a public vote. The bill would use funds generated by a small sales tax increase to make cultural experiences of all kinds more accessible to Washingtonians.

Help make CAWA as strong as it can be! Before seeking voter approval, cultural organizations from all over the region will be tackling the bill through five main components, and discussing them at public meetings happening this month. You are invited to attend these meetings and give your input on what will eventually be the CAWA funding program! The full schedule is as follows:

Eligibility
Wednesday, August 24, 3:00 pm
Burien Community Center
Discussion points: Defining eligibility to ensure equity is the highest priority, funding the greatest number of cultural organizations possible under existing legislation.

Education
Wednesday, August 24, 1:00 pm
Renton Highlands King County Library
Discussion points: Distributing the educational funds in the most effective way, supporting the most effective opportunities for learning both in and out of the classroom.

Community Organizations and Initiatives – combined meeting
Wednesday, August 24, 10:00 am
Carco Theatre
Discussion points: Using CAWA funds as a catalyst for change and better practices in the cultural sector, defining eligibility to allow the greatest access to funding for organizations and individuals.

Regional Organizations
Tuesday, August 30, 3:00 pm
Woodland Park Zoo
Discussion points: Reporting and eligibility requirements, developing a shared definition of public access/public benefit.

Full Convening – Public Meeting
Wednesday, September 21, 4-6:00 pm
Washington Hall
The First Draft of  CAWA program recommendations and framework will be presented for review and feedback.

Check in on this post or contact willow.fox@4Culture.org for the latest updates.

 

Claude Zervas to Create Art for Swedish Skybridge

¾ Time, 2014, Collaboration with Joseph Park, acrylic paint, 8’ x 200’, Civic Square Fence, Cherry Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Photo by Claude Zervas.

We’re excited to announce the next step in our ongoing work with Swedish as they complete the First Hill Mile, a one-mile pedestrian loop to promote walking and wellness in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Artist Claude Zervas has been selected to create art for a new 210-foot skybridge that will cross Minor Avenue between Columbia and Cherry Streets.

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¾ Time, 2014, Collaboration with Joseph Park, acrylic paint, 8’ x 200’, Civic Square Fence, Cherry Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Photo by Claude Zervas.
¾ Time, 2014, Collaboration with Joseph Park, acrylic paint, 8’ x 200’, Civic Square Fence, Cherry Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Photo by Claude Zervas.

We’re excited to announce the next step in our ongoing work with Swedish as they complete the First Hill Mile, a one-mile pedestrian loop to promote walking and wellness in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood. Artist Claude Zervas has been selected to create art for a new 210-foot skybridge that will cross Minor Avenue between Columbia and Cherry Streets.

The skybridge and the First Hill Mile are components of Swedish’s Public Art Program, which seeks to support wellness and spotlight Northwest artists by sharing the hospital’s art collection with the public. In this spirit, although the bridge will primarily be used by hospital visitors and staff, it will also be visible from Minor Avenue, bringing the healing power of art to the neighborhood.

Claude Zervas, whose body of work is a balance of process inspired by both science and art, is the perfect choice for this unique space. Zervas lives and works in Seattle, and has shown widely in the U.S. and Canada. Working with everything from paint to video to electronic sculpture, Zervas is known for his sophisticated approach to color and light, often influenced by nature. Zervas plans to use this approach to transform the visitor experience of the skybridge space, creating a work that is in tune with the flow of the building, but that also transcends it by reflecting on the natural world and connects to the environment.

Stay tuned to see how this and other projects transform Swedish and First Hill!

King County's Essential Tools: Equipment Grant Recipients

One of five lawns at the historic Dunn Gardens that will be cared for by a brand new mower. © 2014, courtesy of Dunn Gardens

When you take an art class, see a play, or check out an exhibit, it can be easy to overlook all the tools that go into making those experiences possible—but for the organizations who put them on, equipment is critical. Through our Cultural Equipment grant, we help fund the things that get used day-in and day-out. They’re not always the most glamorous—kiosks, shelving, data servers—but in the hands of King County’s cultural organizations, they make a big impact. We just awarded our 2016 Cultural Equipment grants! Here are a few highlights:

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2015 Centennial video shoot © 2014, courtesy of Dunn Gardens
One of five lawns at the historic Dunn Gardens that will be cared for by a brand new mower. © 2014, courtesy of Dunn Gardens

When you take an art class, see a play, or check out an exhibit, it can be easy to overlook all the tools that go into making those experiences possible—but for the organizations who put them on, equipment is critical. Through our Cultural Equipment grant, we help fund the things that get used day-in and day-out. They’re not always the most glamorous—kiosks, shelving, data servers—but in the hands of King County’s cultural organizations, they make a big impact. We just awarded our 2016 Cultural Equipment grants! Here are a few highlights:

The Arab Center of Washington noticed something missing from their otherwise successful 2015 Arab Festival at Seattle Center: performances by youth. To promote Arab arts among our region’s young people, the ACW has partnered with Waseem Sbait, a local musician, and Laila Taji, a community organizer, to offer classes centered around the derbekkeh, a durable and kid-friendly drum. After piloting an Arabic derbekkeh class this spring with a small group of preschoolers using borrowed drums, Waseem, Laila, and the ACW are ready to expand. Using their Equipment grant, they’ll purchase 10 derbekkeh drums and plan to offer a 4-week class this fall!

Every week, the Grounds Manager at the historic Dunn Gardens faces a daunting task: mowing 65,000 square feet of grass across five different lawns using a 16-year-old lawnmower. Additionally, in the fall months, that same mower is also used to clean up and shred fallen leaves which, together with the grass clippings, is used to make a mulch compost that nurtures the large planting beds originally designed by the famous Olmsted brothers in 1916. After many years of service, the lawnmower will be retired, and replaced by a John Deere 1023E Sub-Compact Utility Tractor, which will be able to support the work of preserving this piece of Seattle’s past.

Seattle Children’s Theatre, along with many other King County theaters, are doing the critical work of making their performances accessible to hearing-impaired attendees. SCT’s current Assistive Listening System is more than 20 years old and soon to be discontinued, but with help from an Equipment grant, this year they’ll replace it with Hearing Loop technology in both of their theatres. The process, which involves moving and then restoring some seats and carpeted areas to accommodate the equipment, will ensure a full and high quality audio experience for all hearing-impaired patrons at SCT. Look for the system to be up and running in time for SCT’s new season in October!

See the full list of this year’s Cultural Equipment grant recipients!

 

Help Set the SODO Track in Motion

SODO Track artwork by Kyler Martz.

For many years, Seattle’s community of artists and advocates imagined turning the SODO busway into a vibrant street art corridor. This summer, after years of conversations with the SODO BIA, Sound Transit, and Urban ArtWorks and nearly a year since teaming up with Planning Artist Gage Hamilton, we’re finally bringing that vision to life!

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SODO Track artwork by Kyler Martz.
SODO Track artwork by Kyler Martz.

For many years, Seattle’s community of artists and advocates imagined turning the SODO busway into a vibrant street art corridor. This summer, after years of conversations with the SODO BIA, Sound Transit, and Urban ArtWorks and nearly a year since teaming up with Planning Artist Gage Hamilton, we’re finally bringing that vision to life!

We’re kicking off the project in style, and you’re invited. Head to SODO and make this exciting launch event part of your Seattle Art Fair celebrations:

Saturday, August 6, 6:00-9:00 pm
Metropolist, 2931 First Avenue South, Suite A, Seattle
A suggested $20 donation at the door includes two drink tickets (21 and over) and a special guest music performance. See street art in progress on the big screen, enjoy food trucks, find out how you can help out with this project, and more!

The first phase of painting is underway! Artists from Germany, the Netherlands, Los Angeles, Portland, and, of course, Seattle are hard at work in SODO, painting through August 10. Get to know them at sodotrack.com, and get a peek at what they’re each creating for the SODO Track on Instagram by checking out #SODOtrack.

Artist Ola Volo at work on a mural for the SODO Track. Photo by @wiseknave.
Artist Ola Volo at work on a mural for the SODO Track. Photo by @wiseknave.

If you’d like to join the team, stay tuned to 4Culture this summer for information on a call for artists for a Muralist Roster. This list of pre-qualified artists will be used as a resource to staff projects for the SODO Track and throughout King County. We’ll be taking applications through October! The SODO Track will transform 2 miles of SODO building backs into an international arts destination over the next three summers. Artists from around the world will paint alongside the Pacific Northwest’s best, marking SODO as the creative gateway to Seattle, and making your experience of traveling through the neighborhood so exciting you won’t be able to look away.

Come See Us at Seattle Art Fair!

Image courtesy of Seattle Art Fair.

After incredible success in its first year, Seattle Art Fair is back August 4—7 at CenturyLink Field Event Center, and we’re excited to be part of the festivities! Whether you’re an artist, gallery-owner, arts administrator, or someone who just loves seeing great art, come chat with us—we’ll have a table at the Fair all weekend long.  Thanks to a great partnership with the team at Art Fair, we’re able to offer discounts to our friends and supporters—enjoy!

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Image courtesy of Seattle Art Fair.
Image courtesy of Seattle Art Fair.

After incredible success in its first year, Seattle Art Fair is back August 4—7 at CenturyLink Field Event Center, and we’re excited to be part of the festivities! Whether you’re an artist, gallery-owner, arts administrator, or someone who just loves seeing great art, come chat with us—we’ll have a table at the Fair all weekend long.  Thanks to a great partnership with the team at Art Fair, we’re able to offer discounts to our friends and supporters—enjoy!

We have lots to share about what’s going on in the arts in King County.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to see Andrew Hoeppner’s exhibition Monkey God at Gallery4Culture, now is the perfect time! We’ve extended the run of this fascinating show through August 8, and we’ll be celebrating it on Thursday, August 4, 6:00—8:00 pm. Openings for both Art Fair and Out of Sight will be happening that evening—if you’re attending, make sure to stop by our gallery in Pioneer Square on your way there or home!

One project we’re especially excited to share this summer is the launch of the SODO Track! For nearly a year, we’ve been working with Planning Artist Gage Hamilton, the SODO BIA, and Urban ArtWorks to transform more than 2 miles of building backs along the SODO Busway into a street art corridor unlike any other in the world. Help us kick off this project in style on Saturday, August 6, 6:00—9:00 pm at Metropolist in SODO.

Make sure to check out Satellite Seattle, an incredibly robust resource for anyone experiencing the arts in Seattle during Art Fair. It hosts information on events, shows, artists, and more, both at Art Fair and all around it. We highly recommend making it your go-to calendar throughout this busy weekend.

See you out there!