From Our Director: All Are Welcome Here

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“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.” – Alphonse Karr, French novelist (1808-90)

Will the new administration eliminate the NEA, NEH, and CPB? We hear rumblings from the other Washington that Republicans in Congress are newly emboldened to achieve the long-desired goal of shutting down federal support for the arts and humanities and the commercialization of the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. After all, there is nothing in the Constitution about supporting public television or that arts and humanities contribute to the public good.

The above quote translates to “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” Yes, we will once again be pitched in a fight to save the pittance the federal government invests in community creativity, and civics. Advocates for arts and humanities in the Congress—and they are many—have successfully resisted these efforts in the past and they will be geared up to resist again. It helps mightily when Congress hears from you.

We have recently been asked how the elimination of the NEA would impact 4Culture. Many are concerned that 4Culture would have to reduce grants if federal funds evaporate. Not to worry. 4Culture is in no way dependent on NEA funding, except for partial support we receive for initiative projects. While 4Culture won’t be seriously impacted, we know that important state and local programs could lose critical funds, and we empathize with the anxiety facing every group whose services depend upon the NEA’s dollars. And we add our voice to all those who believe in creativity as the currency of tolerance.

We state as clearly and strongly as we can: all are welcome at 4Culture. We acknowledge that government institutions have historically not been strong partners to people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people, trans people, the poor, the disabled, and more. 4Culture commits to amplifying the voices of those who have been excluded, and to building trust in our relationships with these communities.

As our region’s leaders reaffirm the values of inclusiveness and openness even at the risk of losing federal funding, we stand with them. 4Culture has long prided itself on finding creative ways to meet the needs of all county residents—that will never change.

Sincerely,
Jim Kelly

 

Preservation Sustained Support Kicks Off Two Years of Funding

“Heartbomb” photo event, Nuclear Reactor Building at University of Washington © 2015, photo by John Shea, courtesy of Docomomo WEWA.

Through our Sustained Support grant, we assist with the day-to-day needs of organizations doing cultural work in King County. The funding provided by this grant rolls out over two-year cycles, with another one kicking off in fall 2016.

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“Heartbomb” photo event, Nuclear Reactor Building at University of Washington © 2015, photo by John Shea, courtesy of Docomomo WEWA.

Through our Sustained Support grant, we assist with the day-to-day needs of organizations doing cultural work in King County. The funding provided by this grant rolls out over two-year cycles, with another one kicking off in fall 2016.

We’re proud to be funding 18 organizations and municipalities through Preservation Sustained Support for the next two years! The panel awarded a total of $99,000 in funding, with 9 applicants receiving increased funding due to their increased activity levels and preservation-specific programming. Applicants represented 7 of 9 King County Council districts. Here are a few highlights:

The City of Bothell is great example of how municipalities can put Preservation Sustained Support funds to work through a variety of projects. They installed a historical road sign commemorating “Lazy Husband Road,” a road built by inmates sent to the Bothell Stockade as a result of the Lazy Husbands Act of 1913. They’ve nominated a small district of World War II-era cottages to their local historic register, and are planning the same for two 1930s former bank buildings on Main Street. They’ll continue to focus on Main Street revitalization over the next two years as they develop design guidelines, help property owners interested in façade restoration, and extend Main Street to connect it with new downtown development and UW Bothell Campus.

Docomomo WEWA focused their advocacy efforts this year on their Save the Reactor campaign, a collaboration with Historic Seattle and the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to prevent demolition of the National Register-listed Nuclear Reactor Building at the University of Washington. Although the building was torn down in July 2016, Docomomo raised broad community awareness about what we can learn from our built environment, and they continue to advocate for other historic resources on the Seattle campus and other properties owned by the UW.

2016 was the first time the Volunteer Park Trust applied for Sustained Support funding, seeking support for their upcoming goal of restoring the park’s great lawn. It’s an ambitious project—they’ll construct a new amphitheater slightly north of the current one, allowing them to restore the lawn to its original Olmsted design and reconnect the pathway from the Volunteer Park Reservoir to the lower loop road. With support from neighbors, performance groups, Seattle Parks, the Landmarks Board, and, now, Sustained Support funding, they’ll move forward with design and plans for a Capital Campaign to fund landscape restoration and construction.

Check out the full list of Preservation Sustained Support recipients online, and make sure to keep an eye out for the great work they’re all doing!

Introducing Hello 4Culture

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In 2017, we’re getting out of the office, putting down the phone, and talking with our community face-to-face.

On the third Tuesday of every month, 4Culture staff members will be at both the Kent Library and Third Place Commons from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm sharing information about all of our opportunities, from grants to gallery space. Whether you’re an old pro at applying for funding and artists calls or this is the first time you’ve heard of us and just want to talk about King County culture, we invite you to come see us! Bring your questions, ideas, frustrations, plans, and let’s chat.

We’ll still be here at our Pioneer Square office and available by phone or email, but we know it can be tough to get in and out of Seattle, and sometimes you just can’t beat an in-person conversation. Here are the details:

Hello 4Culture
Every 3rd Tuesday starting February 21, 2017
10:00 am—2:00 pm
Kent Library, 212 2nd Ave N, Kent WA 98032
Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155

No need to RSVP or register—just drop by any time. We look forward to talking with you.

Project Grants: Tools for Applying

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With deadlines for our Project grants—open to individuals and organizations doing all kinds of cultural work in King County—just over a month away, we want to help you submit your best application.

The grant is organized by discipline: arts, heritage, and preservation. You can apply to more than one for the same project, but they do each have different requirements and criteria, so make sure to read the guidelines carefully, and, if you’re able, join us for a grant workshop. We offer them at our Pioneer Square offices with specific meeting times for each Project grant discipline, or you can join us at locations around King County if you want to talk more generally about all three. The full schedule is below!

If you’re applying as an individual artist, grant manager Heather Dwyer talks you through the process step-by-step in the video above. With over 20 years of experience as an arts administrator, grant manager, and an artist herself, Heather truly is an expert! Here, she offers great insight into what the peer panels evaluating your application will be looking for—make sure to watch and listen.

Deadlines for Project grants are March 1 for Arts and March 8 for Heritage and Preservation. As always, don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions!

WORKSHOPS
Around King County
Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 NW 67th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Tuesday, January 31, 1:00—2:00 pm
Note: this meeting directly follows January’s AKCHO meeting at the Nordic.

Muckleshoot Library, Muckleshoot Reservation, 39917 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Auburn, WA, 98092
Wednesday, February 1, 12:00—1:00 pm

Issaquah Library, 10 West Sunset Way, Issaquah, WA, 98027
Wednesday, February 8, 12:00—1:00 pm

At 4Culture Offices, 101 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle
Heritage Projects
Thursday, February 2, 5:00 and 6:00 pm*
Wednesday, February 15, 12:00—1:00 pm
Tuesday, February 28, 12:00—1:00 pm

Preservation Special Projects
Tuesday, February 14, 12:00—1:00 pm
Tuesday, February 21, 12:00—1:00 pm

Art Projects: Groups
Thursday, January 26, 12:00—1:00 pm
Thursday, February 2, 12:00—1:00 pm
Thursday, February 9, 12:00—1:00 pm
Thursday, February 16, 12:00—1:00 pm

Art Projects: Individuals
Monday, January 30, 12:00—1:00 pm
Thursday, February 2, 6:00—7:00 pm*
Monday, February 6, 12:00—1:00 pm
Monday, February 13, 12:00—1:00 pm

*Join us for these evening workshops and then visit galleries for First Thursday Art Walk! Free parking is available at select Pioneer Square garages.

February at Gallery4Culture: Chris McMullen

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Chris McMullen, C.S.E. (Collaborative Stacking Extravaganza!), 2016

Chris McMullen
C.S.E. (Collaborative Stacking Extravaganza!)
February 2–23, 2017
Opening: First Thursday, February 2, 6:00–8:00 pm

Chris McMullen’s interactive installation, C.S.E. (Collaborative Stacking Extravaganza!), challenges viewers both mentally and physically as they work together to operate two towering wood and steel cranes—stylized versions of the ubiquitous machines that punctuate the Seattle skyline. This kinetic engagement, the stacking and arranging of materials, encourages face-to-face communication and grounding in our increasingly fractured world.

Based on the mechanics of cranes and lifting devices that were powered by humans instead of fossil fuels prior to the Industrial Revolution, the room-filling sculptures link the disciplines of art, architecture and engineering, speak to the pace of development in our region, and refute the assumption that every problem has a high-tech solution.

McMullen states, Viewers will have to use depth perception, hand-eye coordination, synchronized interaction, and shrewd communication skills to activate the cranes. The object is to overcome logistical difficulties. When multiple operators are present, alliances can be formed and competition may ensue. I’m interested to see how people interact with the work, how they perceive the challenge, and what they ultimately find as a result of their participation. Pushing the boundaries of art, which is so often static, into something that can be touched and moved provides an opportunity to directly affect human relationships.”

About the Artist:
Chris McMullen, a native of Reno, Nevada, has been working with steel in his Seattle, Washington studio since 2000. His practice is characterized by kinetic sculpture and installation that requires human involvement and is informed by his background in graphic communication. McMullen’s work is held in the collections of the City of Seattle, the City of Redmond, and the Science Museum of Oklahoma and has been featured at Bellwether, Bellevue’s Biennial Sculpture exhibition, the Redmond Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Bumbershoot, Maker Faire, Coachella, and Winston Wächter Fine Art. Recent exhibitions include Out of Sight at King Street Station and Metalmorphosis at the Bellevue Art Museum. McMullen is a recipient of 4Culture’s Individual Artist Project Grant as well as Artist Trust’s Grants for Artists Projects (GAP).

www.chrismcmullenproductions.com

Up next: Deanne Belinoff’s Space: Inside/Out 

Join 4Culture's Public Art Team

4Culture and the Tashiro Kaplan building. © Photo by William Wright.

We are looking for a seasoned Preparator to assist our Collection Curator with the ongoing maintenance and conservation of King County’s 2,200+ piece civic art collection, which includes the rotation of the portable works collection. This is a full-time, benefited position.

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4Culture and the Tashiro Kaplan building. © Photo by William Wright.
4Culture and the Tashiro Kaplan building. © Photo by William Wright.

We are looking for a seasoned Preparator to assist our Collection Curator with the ongoing maintenance and conservation of King County’s 2,200+ piece civic art collection, which includes the rotation of the portable works collection. This is a full-time, benefited position.

Applicants must have at least two years of relevant professional experience that includes a working knowledge of art installation procedures, an understanding of best practices for transporting artwork, and familiarity with a variety of tools and materials. Applicants must also possess a valid Washington State driver’s license.

To learn more, download the full job description. The deadline to apply is Monday, February 6, 2017.

Welcoming the 2017 Creative Justice Mentor Artists

The 4Culture Public Art initiative, Creative Justice, offers an arts-based alternative to detention for court-involved young people in King County, Washington.

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The 4Culture Public Art initiative, Creative Justice, offers an arts-based alternative to detention for court-involved young people in King County, Washington.

During each 16 week project session, participants engage in a variety of creative experiences and are provided opportunity to explore individual interests while developing skills in group collaboration. Creative Justice incorporates concepts of social art practice and uses a curriculum framework that considers how oppressions such as racism and classism intersect with the root causes of incarceration. The program utilizes art to amplify youth voices, as each session culminates in a community-based action or event produced and lead by the participants.

The Creative Justice sessions are facilitated by highly accomplished Mentor Artists who bring expertise in their specific disciplines as well as a wealth of community connection and cultural competence. The program is successful largely due to the talented core team of artist activists and the type of learning environment they provide. Launching year three with Aaron Counts and Nikkita Oliver again leading the program, we look forward to great things from the 2017 Mentor Artist cohort.

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Photo courtesy of Brad Puet.

Brad Puet is a photographer whose documentary work showcases the street and its lifestyle as his subject. A successful self-taught artist, his award winning work has exhibited in Tehran, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Jalisco, New York and Los Angeles. He regularly contributes to: Huffington Post, and About.com; and has been published in the Washington Post, Photo Magazine, VICE, Slate magazine, and The Guardian-UK. Brad is a proud co-founder of Grryo, formerly We Are Juxt, an international social photography collective. A dedicated youth mentor and community builder for many years, Brad (aka JoJo) is responsible for launching two local young artist movements: Isangmahal, and Seattle Youth Speaks. He regularly conducts workshops and presentations in partnership with area youth art-based organizations; and teaches social photography at Seattle Central College.

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Photo by Kelly O.

Silas Blak is a poet/emcee, a chef, and a mentor advocate by trade. He is a veteran of hip hop and a scholar of the verb. He has a strong passion for collaboration amongst the community and so has spent the excess of the last 10 plus years making music that speaks to issues we face in society and abroad. A valued and celebrated member of the region’s hip hop community since the 90s, Silas Blak has been recognized most recently for his new recording projects on Cabin Games label [#BlakFriday: The Mixtape; and Editorials: (wartunes)]. His truly original style and adept skill spitting complex bars about subjects most rappers seldom approach earned him a 2016 Stranger Genius Award nomination. Silas Blak has mentored youth at the Boys and Girls club, Alder detention facility, and Powerful Voices as an instructional coordinator and case manager; and at Evergreen High as a chef instructor.

Photo by Khadeidrah Cochran.
Photo by Khadeidrah Cochran.

Returning for a second year with Creative Justice, Olisa Enrico-Johnson (aka “Spyc-E”), shares truth and soul through performance and teaching. Rockin’ the mic for over two decades, Olisa lives her belief that artists and the arts are vital to the state of culture and society. She facilitates building connectivity, and has nurtured all-inclusive creative environments throughout the town via projects like Love-City-Love and Arts in Motion. Olisa holds a BFA in Performance and an MFA in Theater Pedagogy. Her efforts as a board member for theconciliationproject.org, promote open and honest dialogue about racism in America through active and challenging dramatic works. Whether it be as staff at Chief Leschi Schools, in the Creative Justice classroom, or through her work with any number of local partner projects, Olisa teaches students of all ages and stages always incorporating principles of community and shared responsibility.

Congratulations to Tech Specific Recipients!

Photo courtesy of the Africatown Center for Education and Innovation.

Our long-running Site Specific program went tech in 2015, and with its second round of funding taking place in late 2016, we’re more convinced than ever: King County is fascinated with the intersection of art and technology. We received applications from artists, designers, fabricators, engineers, developers, media-producers, and more, working on a huge range of projects, and we’re proud to be able to award more than $150,000 to 25 of them. See the full list below, and stay connected with us here and on social media to learn more about the projects as they take shape!

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Photo courtesy of the Africatown Center for Education and Innovation.

Our long-running Site Specific program went tech in 2015, and with its second round of funding taking place in late 2016, we’re more convinced than ever: King County is fascinated with the intersection of art and technology. We received applications from artists, designers, fabricators, engineers, developers, media-producers, and more, working on a huge range of projects, and we’re proud to be able to award more than $150,000 to 25 of them. See the full list below, and stay connected with us here and on social media to learn more about the projects as they take shape!

Africatown Center for Education and Innovation, The Africatown International
An interactive online class with global tech partners in Gambia, West Africa.

ArtsWest, AutoCad: Drafting and Beyond
Purchase of AutoCad computer software program to draft models of scenic a designs.

Mollie Bryan, Lusio Series 2017
A series of light art events set in Volunteer Park, Kabuto Gardens, and Seattle Center

City of Shoreline, Augmented Nature
To develop new platforms for the display and experience of augmented reality both indoors (City Hall) and in urban forest parks.

Scott Crawford, ION2+
An interactive kinetic installation designed to engage with the environment and the public through a reflective, responsive interface.

Degenerate Art Ensemble, Red Shoes VR
Collaboration with virtual reality company Mechanical Dreams to create an immersive video/performance experience based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of The Red Shoes.

Kaley Lane Eaton, Lily of the Valley
A multimedia experience for string quartet, electronic body sensors, electric harp, video projection, poetry, and dance, tells one orphan girl’s story of immigrating to the Pacific NW.

Elevator Corridor, A festival of sound, light, and movement
12 musicians, 7 visual artists, and 4 dancers celebrate winter with immersive music and art.

Neely Goniodsky, The Kids – Interactive Video Installation
An interactive video installation reflecting a sense of suburban boredom and loneliness based on poem by Canon Parker “The Kids”.

Katherine Groesbeck, not a quiet place but a place in a long period of quiet
A trembling overhead paper topography moves in response to the sonified impulse responses of recent high magnitude earthquakes recorded in the NW.

Hot Bit Soup LLC, Mind At Large
Objects are embedded into a haptic feedback virtual reality art installation that includes tangible and virtual objects to interact with.

Interstitial Lattice Projection Conglomerate by MSHR
A multimedia installation by MSHR in the Georgetown gallery with musical performances and instrument building workshops facilitated by the artists.

Jack Straw Cultural Center, 2017 New Media Gallery Installations and Residences
Creation and presentation of three new multidisciplinary and technology based gallery installations.

Nicole Kistler, Illuminated Ghosts
The artist and her team will project the image of an old growth forest on the grain terminal (silos) at Pier 86 for a period of 2-4 months as proof of concept for an ongoing series of illuminated projections on the terminal.

Robert Kunz, Seattle in Progress with Progressions
Five short compositions dealing with major events in Seattle’s history. An elaborate sound architecture will be designed and constructed to reinforce the performances with voices and instruments relayed through an array of large kinetic speakers.

Domonique Meeks, Soul of Seattle (Season 2)
A documentary that examines past, present and future innovation in Seattle’s Central District and South End Neighborhoods that aims to spark inter-generational conversations between entrepreneurs of color utilizing technology to push sustainability and innovation.

Northwest Art Center, Duvall Makers Society – Gadgeteers Club – Young Innovators -Maker Faire Exhibit
This project exposes youth and adults to new technology and art materials with which to innovate, challenge creative and critical thinking skills and exhibit their works in a mini-maker faire exhibit.

Now Here This, Glowing Reminders
Interactive installations exploring the social phenomenon of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out).

On the Boards, On the Boards Online Masterclasses
Digital masterclasses distributed through OntheBoards.tv to provide education in contemporary performance.

Emily Pothast, LISTEN: It’s a Sound Show
A one-night exhibition combining music, oral history, spoken word performance, sound-based objects and installations to activate an immersive, embodied, and politicized listening environment.

Yoo Sangjun, NIGHT CLOUD
Performance installation choreographing dance within an artificially induced cloud environment.

Third Place Technologies, The Wondering Woods (Luminous Garden II)
A collaborative installation at the Electric Sky festival in Skykomish with sensing, interactive flora and fauna that evoke an awareness of the forest as a living being with emergent consciousness.

Timea Tihanyi, Porcelain Studio: From digital design to slipcast ceramic sculpture
Ceramic LDM 3D printer, slip mixer, and test kiln for a ceramic studio and research hub specializing in slipcast porcelain. The process will expand this knowledge to other practitioners and to the general public in the Pacific NW.

VALA Eastside, Game On! Video Games Designed by Women
This exhibition will showcase the artwork created throughout the creative process of video game design with a focus on female game artists from the Seattle area.

zoe/juniper, zoe | juniper 360
A 3D dance-art video and free community viewing event.