Guest Post: Kent Arts Commission launches Kent Creates

Approaching Storm by John Armstrong – an Inaugural Exhibit Winner

4Culture is opening up shop in Kent, with Hello 4Culture, and we thought it was a good time to check in with Ronda Billerbeck, the Cultural Programs Manager for the City of Kent and Director of the Kent Arts Commission, to see what she’s working on these days. We were excited to learn about one of their new programs, which includes an dynamic way to participate in the arts. We asked Ronda to share her news:

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Approaching Storm by John Armstrong – an Inaugural Exhibit Winner

4Culture is opening up shop in Kent, with Hello 4Culture, and we thought it was a good time to check in with Ronda Billerbeck, the Cultural Programs Manager for the City of Kent and Director of the Kent Arts Commission, to see what she’s working on these days. We were excited to learn about one of their new programs, which includes an dynamic way to participate in the arts. We asked Ronda to share her news:

The Kent Arts Commission is proud to announce the launch of Kent Creates. This web platform for sharing art, culture, and creative endeavors is meant to be a community of imagination and inspiration for anyone who creates or seeks to be inspired by creativity.

Kent Creates is for artists, musicians, writers, crafters, illustrators, dancers, filmmakers, hobbyists, and other creatives to share their work and meet people with similar interests. Creative work of all kinds may be shared on KentCreates.com  – drawings, cartoons, recipes, do-it-yourself how-to videos, short films, and anything else creative minds can dream up.

The project started as a dream to involve and engage the public on a new level. Instead of commissioning an artist to make a piece of art to be passively experienced and enjoyed by the public, Kent Creates encourages Kent residents to be the artists.

We recognized a national trend – Individuals taking a more hands-on role in their participation of arts and culture, and often using technology to that end. Kent Creates is a response to these shifts in the way we generate and consume creative material.

The Kent Arts Commission believes strongly in the power of art to transform the lives of individuals and communities, and that creative pursuits are truly for everyone – not just professional artists. We know Kent – and the larger Puget Sound region – is home to a wealth of creativity including writers, musicians, singers, photographers, filmmakers, and others keeping traditional ethnic arts alive. We are pleased to implement Kent Creates to build connections through showcasing that creativity.

An Inaugural Exhibit was held in October and November of 2015 to launch and test Kent Creates; it garnered 48 submissions including photography, collage, painting, piano composition, poetry and more. The Kent Arts Commission voted on submissions and, in keeping with the Commission’s commitment to pay artists for their work, the top five pieces received $100 honorariums. The winners’ work also appears on the featured carousel on the Kent Creates homepage.

The five winners from the Inaugural Exhibit are: John Armstrong (photography), Mary Ann Cagley (encaustic photo transfer), Jamie Greene (watercolor), Arries McQuarter (piano composition), and Naoko Morisawa (mosaic collage).

The next exhibit for Kent Creates is open January 23 through March 31 and focuses on the theme of “Home.” The call for entries reads:

What does ‘home’ mean to you? In today’s world, many people move far away from the place they were born and raised, to distant cities, states, and countries. As a result, our communities are more diverse with people from varied ethnic, religious, socio-economic, and geographic backgrounds. Despite our differences, home is a common concept, one that elicits strong feelings, memories, and hopes. Is home where you currently live? Is it where you’re from? Is home a place or is it a feeling? Is it a group of people, a memory, or even a period of time? What is HOME?

Work may be submitted through March 31, 2017 – at which time the exhibit will close. The Kent Arts Commission will select the top five pieces, which will receive $100 honorariums and featured status on the site.

Kent Creates is free to use and anyone, anywhere can sign up; there is no requirement to live in Kent.

 

Audition for the Touring Arts Roster

Splinter Dance Company © 2013 Commence Vision

Performers, did you know that our Touring Arts Roster can help you reach new audiences? This online tool, which features more than 200 performers from across King County, connects you with organizations and individuals of all kinds who are looking for dynamic live experiences. Plus, we offer reimbursement incentives for nonprofits when they book you through the Roster, strengthening our region’s creative cultural community.

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Splinter Dance Company © 2013 Commence Vision

Performers, did you know that our Touring Arts Roster can help you reach new audiences? This online tool, which features more than 200 performers from across King County, connects you with organizations and individuals of all kinds who are looking for dynamic live experiences. Plus, we offer reimbursement incentives for nonprofits when they book you through the Roster, strengthening our region’s creative cultural community.

If you’re a King County performing artist in just about any genre and this sounds like it might be up your alley, audition for the Roster this month! Auditions will be held Saturday and Sunday, February 18 and 19, at Renton’s Carco Theatre. We ask that all those who’d like to audition fill out and submit an Intent to Audition form so we can schedule you for a 30 minute—1 hour time slot. Good luck, and see you on stage!

Artists, submit your exhibition proposals for Gallery4Culture's 2017-2018 season!

Andrew Hoeppner. Monkeys, 2016. Ceramic, glaze, and 24K gold. Photo: Joe Freeman

Gallery4Culture showcases contemporary art, presenting the work of outstanding independent artists living in King County. Our 1,000 sq. ft. exhibition space is located on the street level of the 4Culture administrative offices in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

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Andrew Hoeppner. Monkeys, 2016. Ceramic, glaze, and 24K gold. Photo: Joe Freeman
Andrew Hoeppner. Monkeys, 2016. Ceramic, glaze, and 24K gold. Photo: Joe Freeman

Gallery4Culture showcases contemporary art, presenting the work of outstanding independent artists living in King County. Our 1,000 sq. ft. exhibition space is located on the street level of the 4Culture administrative offices in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square.

Visual artists working in all media and genres are invited to submit solo, collaborative and group exhibition proposals for our next season, which runs from September 2017-July 2018. Emerging artists and those whose approach to studio practice is underrepresented in commercial venues are especially encouraged to apply.

Selected artists will receive curatorial direction, communications/PR support, and a $500 honorarium to help defray expenses.

Visit the 4Culture OPPORTUNITIES page and scroll to King County, WA + Gallery4Culture to find the detailed call, materials checklist, and a link to the online application.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, January 9, 2017.

Contact Jordan Howland at 206.263.1589 with questions.

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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!

They Come in Threes: Opportunities for Artists

n, Part of the Cycle, on view at e4c © 2016 photo Sean Stearns

If you’re an artist interested in unique, outside-the-box opportunities, this September has lots to offer. Whether you have new media work you want to share with the public, need funding for a technology-based art project, or are interested in helping us learn how to better serve artists, make sure these deadlines are on your calendar:

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If you’re an artist interested in unique, outside-the-box opportunities, this September has lots to offer. Whether you have new media work you want to share with the public, need funding for a technology-based art project, or are interested in helping us learn how to better serve artists, make sure these deadlines are on your calendar:

Call for artists: e4c 2017 season
Deadline: Wednesday, September 28, 5:00 pm PST

e4c is our highly visible venue for emerging artists to present work in Seattle’s vibrant Pioneer Square neighborhood. Since 2008, more than seventy artists have presented their media artworks to an audience on the move: bus and car commuters, pedestrians, and bicyclists. This call is for independent electronic media artists living in the U.S. and working in all genres. Artworks between 1-5 minutes are desired. Up to 15 artists will be selected to present work for as long as one year, and each selected artist will receive a $500 honorarium.

Artists Up Grant Lab
Deadline: Wednesday, September 28, 5:00 pm PST
Introducing Grant Lab: the grant that’s also an experiment! Through our collaborative program Artists Up, artists of color have given us ideas about how to make our grants more accessible, and now we’re testing them out. By applying, you’ll help us learn how we can improve our programs. Visit our Opportunities page to see the full guidelines, and learn more about Artists Up.

Tech Specific Grant
Deadline: Thursday, September 29, 5:00 pm PST
Calling all makers! Are you working where art and tech collide? Have a project in mind that could use some help getting off the ground? Analog to digital, low-tech to high-tech, individuals to organizations—we’re interested in supporting it all. Learn more about the grant requirements online, and come meet your fellow tinkerers and chat with us about it at an Art + Tech Happy Hour on August 30!

Conductive Garboil Grant Open Now

Past Recipients Paul Rucker (Photo by Wendy Johnson), Christian French, and Jeppa Hall (Photo by Russell Daniels)

Seattle artist Su Job was a woman of extraordinary energy and drive, fiercely dedicated to her art and to the Pioneer Square neighborhood. She believed that the value of art should transcend the buying and selling of objects, and that artists should take responsibility in their communities to stimulate ideas, conversation and change. This grant opportunity seeks artists with many of the same attributes and attitudes.

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Past Recipients Paul Rucker (Photo by Wendy Johnson), Christian French, and Jeppa Hall (Photo by Russell Daniels)
Past Recipients Paul Rucker (Photo by Wendy Johnson), Christian French, and Jeppa Hall (Photo by Russell Daniels)

Seattle artist Su Job was a woman of extraordinary energy and drive, fiercely dedicated to her art and to the Pioneer Square neighborhood. She believed that the value of art should transcend the buying and selling of objects, and that artists should take responsibility in their communities to stimulate ideas, conversation and change. This grant opportunity seeks artists with many of the same attributes and attitudes.

Su passed away in 2008—in honor of her legacy and to carry out her vision, we partner with her estate and Artist Trust to offer an annual, unrestricted grant of $3,000 to artists who have demonstrated a profound ability to challenge the limits of creative discourse and its effects on our society, pushing the artistic act beyond accepted limits, and who have a connection to the Pioneer Square neighborhood. Artists or artist teams working in any media or discipline can apply for this grant. Su was interested in acknowledging persons who are committed to an artistic practice that connects with community and society.

Is that you? Download and read the full Call for Artists. Apply by Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm PST. 

Call for Artists: Gallery4Culture 2016-17 Season

Gallery4Culture is seeking exhibition proposals for the season beginning in September 2016 and running through July 2017.

The gallery is located on the street-level of the 4Culture administrative offices in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood and presents solo, collaborative and group shows by visual artists who reside in King County.

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Gallery4Culture is seeking exhibition proposals for the season beginning in September 2016 and running through July 2017.

The gallery is located on the street-level of the 4Culture administrative offices in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood and presents solo, collaborative and group shows by visual artists who reside in King County.

Dave Kennedy. Purple Dave, 2014. Still from single channel video.
Dave Kennedy. Purple Dave (still), 2014. Single-channel video.

When to Apply
The application for Gallery4Culture is now available online. The deadline for submissions is 5PM on Monday, January 11, 2016. Don’t wait until the last minute to apply!

Who Can Apply
Visual artists, collaborative teams, and artist groups working in all media and genres (except performance art) are eligible to apply. Applicants, including group or team members, must reside in King County, WA.

Emerging artists and those whose approach to studio practice is under-represented in commercial venues are especially encouraged. In fact, applicants may not be represented by a commercial art gallery at the time of submittal. Members of artist run collectives and cooperative galleries are welcome to apply.

Individual artists who have previously exhibited at Gallery4Culture in solo or two-person shows are ineligible to reapply for a period of three years.

Selection Process
A selection panel comprised of three regional arts professionals will review applications and award ten exhibitions starting in the fall of 2016 and running through the summer of 2017. The panel composition changes every year; prior applicants, whose proposals were not selected, are encouraged to reapply.

The selection panel will consider the quality of the work, as demonstrated in submitted work samples, along with the strength of the exhibition proposal. Both work samples and résumés must clearly demonstrate a candidate’s capacity to successfully execute the proposed exhibition. Cultural and geographic diversity are considerations, as is showcasing various approaches to contemporary art practice. The panel will meet in mid-February to review submissions; applicants will be notified of results by the end of the month.

Trophies (detail) © 2015 Christopher Buening. From Hunter<Gatherer, June 2015 Gallery show.
Christopher Buening. Trophies (detail), 2015. Mixed media.

How to Apply
Visit the 4Culture OPPORTUNITIES page and scroll to King County, WA + Gallery4Culture to find the detailed Call to Artists, Application Materials Checklist, and a link to the online application. Requirements include a professional résumé; ten (10) digital work samples; and a proposal statement.

If you encounter difficulties with the online process, 4Culture staff are happy to provide assistance.

Questions
Jordan Howland: 206.263.1589
Ryan Feddersen: 206.263.1587

November at Gallery4Culture: Alexander Mouton

© 2014 Alexander Mouton, Łódź Kaliska Railway, Lodz, Poland, Archival Inkjet, 17” x25”. Courtesy of the artist.

Alexander Mouton, Some Time Later…I’m Here: Photographs from Poland and Ukraine
November 5—December 3, 2015
Opening: First Thursday, November 5, 6:00—8:00 PM
Closing: First Thursday, December 3, 6:00—8:00 PM
Please note: the gallery will be closed November 26—27 for the Thanksgiving holiday

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© 2014 Alexander Mouton, Łódź Kaliska Railway, Lodz, Poland, Archival Inkjet, 17” x25”. Courtesy of the artist.
© 2014 Alexander Mouton, Łódź Kaliska Railway, Lodz, Poland, Archival Inkjet, 17” x25”. Courtesy of the artist.

Alexander Mouton, Some Time Later…I’m Here: Photographs from Poland and Ukraine
November 5—December 3, 2015
Opening: First Thursday, November 5, 6:00—8:00 PM
Closing: First Thursday, December 3, 6:00—8:00 PM
Please note: the gallery will be closed November 26—27 for the Thanksgiving holiday

Next month, Gallery4Culture features a 22-photograph exhibition by Seattle-based artist Alexander Mouton titled Some Time Later…I’m Here: Photographs From Poland and Ukraine. The show presents select images from Mouton’s ongoing documentary project in Eastern Europe, which began directly following the fall of the Berlin Wall, when Mouton lived in Berlin, Germany for four years. His photographs explore the milieu in which those remaining Ukrainian and Polish citizens—who survived the Nazi invasion, Stalin’s brutal rule, and postwar Soviet totalitarianism—live out the remaining years of their lives. Some Time Later…I’m Here consists of color photographs from 2013, taken in Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz, and Wroclaw, Poland and in Lviv, Ukraine.

Mouton’s study in Eastern Europe was supported, in part, by a Fulbright Fellowship, during which he apprenticed to a master bookbinder and participated in international arts projects. Recently, Mouton’s photographic practice has expanded to explore new technology, showing his interactive and time-based art in national and international venues. He is currently an Associate Professor of Digital Art and Design at Seattle University.

Up Next: Gallery4Culture will be closed in December, reopening on January 7 with a solo show by Michelle de la Vega.

Artist Call: King County visual artists interested in showing work at Gallery4Culture in the 2016-17 season are encouraged to apply. Applications will be available online in December, and due January 11. Please call 206-263-1587 with any questions.

Creative Justice Mentor Artist Daemond Arrindell Embraces Challenge

Mentor Artists Daemond Arrindell leads Session 3 of the pilot year of Creative Justice. Photo by Tim Aguero.

With the pilot year of Creative Justice—4Culture’s arts-based alternative to youth incarceration in King County—almost complete, we are reflecting on lessons learned and looking towards the future. We asked Session 3 Mentor Artist, Daemond Arrindell to provide some insight into his experience working with participants and helping to shape this ground-breaking new program. The call is open for 2016 Mentor Artists—apply now!

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Mentor Artists Daemond Arrindell leads Session 3 of the pilot year of Creative Justice. Photo by Tim Aguero.
Mentor Artists Daemond Arrindell leads Session 3 of the pilot year of Creative Justice. Photo by Tim Aguero.

With the pilot year of Creative Justice—4Culture’s arts-based alternative to youth incarceration in King County—almost complete, we are reflecting on lessons learned and looking towards the future. We asked Session 3 Mentor Artist, Daemond Arrindell to provide some insight into his experience working with participants and helping to shape this ground-breaking new program. The call is open for 2016 Mentor Artists—apply now!

Last month saw the culmination of eight weeks of work for the participants of Creative Justice Session 3. The members of the group who took the stage at a celebratory closing presentation expressed pride, gratitude, and seemed to have enjoyed themselves afterwards. But, when I say “work,” I mean just that—they worked hard to get to a place where they could celebrate, and it was far from easy.

This group was at a disadvantage compared to the other Creative Justice session participants—their session took place during the summer. They had less time to get to know one another, build trust, take risks, and try on new versions of themselves. Summer is code for “break”—and it takes a great deal to compel anyone, much less a teenager, to give up part of their summer break to enter a classroom. Some of the participants knew each other, which in some ways is an asset as they supported each other, but also created cliques. If you were to sit down with any of the participants to engage in conversation, you’d find an individual with intelligence, who is inquisitive and has a mind of their own. But in a group, it’s not so easy to be an individual, especially amongst peers. So there was posturing, bravado, one-upping, and a lot of energy that was difficult to direct.

A big focus for this session was definitions and labels. All of the participants have been labelled—by family and friends, their social groups, society. Adolescence is a time when we really begin to define who are, and those labels can limit our scope, our self-worth and sense of what is possible. Each time that we got together, we began with a meal and a discussion. The topics: strength, beauty, power, respect, second chances, prison reform, self-sabotage. The discussions were rarely easy because these young people don’t typically get asked for their opinions on such matters—but that’s exactly why they should be asked. The objective: to recognize that words and definitions can be reclaimed and re-defined for ourselves, that we have agency.

Participants worked with graphic artist Greg Thornton to create their own t-shirts to visually demonstrate the principles that are important to each of them. Singer/songwriter Naomi Wachira visited them and gave a live, impromptu performance—as she began to strum her guitar and her voice filled the entire building, the participants were enthralled. It was the quietest the group had been the entire summer. They also watched a documentary called “Rubble Kings,” about the gang warfare that took place in the Bronx during the late 1960s, and how those kids transformed that violent energy into something positive—Hip-Hop.

Their final presentation followed the same format as their weekly gatherings. We began with a meal, but this time, the participants got to ask the questions. They went around to the tables of our guests and led conversations on the topic of their choosing. Some focused on second chances, others on the prison system. To close it all out they performed their script, which though edited by me was written completely by the participants. It provided an opportunity for them to share how the topics we had just discussed affect their lives personally.

It’s honestly hard to believe that it’s over—spending a little more than four hours with this group of young people each week doesn’t seem like that much, and very little of it came easy, but then they say nothing worth having ever does. All in all, that’s the deeper message, I think—to keep going, in spite of the work and challenge, so that we can become better people on the other side. That we, and the work, are worth it. Each young person walked into the sessions with a past filled with choices they made for themselves, and some choices that were made for them. The results? They still remain to be seen, but the process of trying to “Turn the Page,” which takes heart, patience, forgiveness, and courage, has begun.

– Daemond Arrindell

Apply to Be a Creative Justice Mentor Artist

Mentor Artist Shontina Vernon, Session 1, 2015. Photo: Tim Aguero

King County teaching artists: lift up the creativity and imagination of youth and help transform the juvenile justice system as a Creative Justice Mentor Artist!

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Mentor Artist Shontina Vernon, Session 1
Mentor Artist Shontina Vernon, Session 1, 2015. Photo: Tim Aguero

King County teaching artists: lift up the creativity and imagination of youth and help transform the juvenile justice system as a Creative Justice Mentor Artist!

4Culture’s Creative Justice is an arts-based alternative to incarceration for court-involved youth in King County. Through collaboration with Mentor Artists, participants consider the root causes of incarceration as they intersect with racism, classism and other oppressions, and focus on the positive role youth voice can have in building a more equitable justice system for the region.

Mentor Artists lead 8-12 week intensive project sessions in a range of disciplines. During these sessions, participants meet twice a week, for two hours to dialogue, create, and share meals. Each session culminates with a youth-produced event in the community.

As we wrap up a transformative pilot year of programming, we are calling for a new cohort of experienced teaching artists to facilitate 2016 project sessions. To learn more, visit our Opportunities page.

Deadline: October 12, 2015, 5:00 pm
Eligibility: Open to professional teaching artists residing in King County, WA
Compensation: $14,000
Apply: 4culture.org/apply

Your Art Could Greet Travellers at Sea-Tac Airport

© Katy Stone, willowcloudwavescape, 2009. King County Public Art Collection, photo by Lara Swimmer

Whether arriving home, changing planes, or setting off on an international adventure, the Port of Seattle Art Program wants travelers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to feel a distinctly Northwest sense of place. We’re teaming up with the Port to find two artists or artist teams to help with that goal, by creating site-specific artwork for two highly visible walls in the Airport’s North Satellite Terminal renovation.

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© Katy Stone, willowcloudwavescape, 2009. King County Public Art Collection, photo by Lara Swimmer
© Katy Stone, willowcloudwavescape, 2009. King County Public Art Collection, photo by Lara Swimmer

Whether arriving home, changing planes, or setting off on an international adventure, the Port of Seattle Art Program wants travelers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to feel a distinctly Northwest sense of place. We’re teaming up with the Port to find two artists or artist teams to help with that goal, by creating site-specific artwork for two highly visible walls in the Airport’s North Satellite Terminal renovation.

Rendering of  Concourse C Ticketing Wall (41’5”H X 152’6”W)
Rendering of Wall 2: Concourse C Ticketing Wall (41’5”H X 152’6”W)

The two walls each sit at locations that have the potential to set the tone for a traveler’s entire experience at Sea-Tac Airport.

The first wall, located between a set of escalators, runs vertically from the North Satellite Transit Station, where passenger trains run between flight gates, and up to Concourse C, visually connecting the two levels. The second wall spans an entire side of the Concourse, and its artwork will be visible to all passengers as they walk in.

What does it mean for something – or somewhere – to feel like the Northwest? To help guide the development of the terminal and its artwork, the Port of Seattle team brainstormed a collection of words that speak to the intangible qualities that make our region distinct:

Adventure, biophilic, curiosity, experience, experimentation, and exploration, frontier of possibility, innovation, risk-taking.

As you get ready to apply, we ask artists to consider these descriptors. Eventually, the selected artists will work with the Port design team to integrate their artwork into the overall building design, and create continuity within the terminal.

This opportunity is open to professional artists living in the United States and Canada. The budget for the project is $300,000 – $500,000. Please review the full Call for Artists before applying. All application materials must be submitted online by Thursday, October 1, 2015 by 5:00 pm PST. Questions? Contact Tamar Benzikry at tamar.benzikry@4culture.org or 206-263-1617.