Creative Alternatives: Lead Engagement Artist

Participant artwork, Young New Yorkers
Participant artwork, Young New Yorkers
Participant artwork, Young New Yorkers

HELP DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT ARTS-BASED ALTERNATIVES PROGRAMMING FOR COURT INVOLVED YOUTH AND FAMILIES

Continue Reading ›
Participant artwork, Young New Yorkers
Participant artwork, Young New Yorkers

HELP DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT ARTS-BASED ALTERNATIVES PROGRAMMING FOR COURT INVOLVED YOUTH AND FAMILIES

King County is redeveloping the aging Youth Services Center (YSC) in Seattle as the Children and Family Justice Center (CFJC), co-locating juvenile detention facilities, juvenile courts, and other related functions to support court and youth and family services. Using 1% for Art funds and a generous award from the National Endowment for the Arts, 4Culture is seizing this unique opportunity to establish strategies that support the County’s efforts to provide alternatives to incarceration.

In partnership with Juvenile Court and the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, we are developing arts-based alternatives to secure detention. A detailed framework for the program, Creative Alternatives [working title], is being established and will be piloted at the YSC in 2015 and continue to evolve at the new CFJC.

Mentor artists, with practices rooted in social engagement, will collaborate with court-involved youth and families to create artworks that are grounded in an understanding of the systemic causes of youth incarceration and amplify youth voice in social transformation.

We are now looking for a Lead Engagement Artist (LEA) to serve as project coordinator and liaison to mentor artists and the Court, facilitating creative partnerships and assisting in the development and implementation of the year-long pilot.

The LEA will work with the Court to identify youth for the project, provide orientations, attend all program sessions, coordinate food for participants, and report on activities to families, Juvenile Probation Counselors, social workers, and other providers. The LEA will also work with community partners and youth providers to ensure the arts curriculum is anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, and guided by principles of restorative justice.

Specific roles and responsibilities will include:
• Helping to develop the pilot project scope and mentor artist scopes;
• Participation in the mentor artist selection process;
• Participation in racial and social equity training;
• Attendance at stakeholder advisory board meetings and relevant community meetings;
• Development and maintenance of relationships with stakeholders;
• Identification, recruitment and orientation of youth and families;
• Oversight, support and participation in pilot sessions; and
• Support of the program evaluation.

This opportunity is open to professional teaching artists residing in King County, WA. Qualified applicants will have proven experience working as a teaching artist (preferably with youth who are or have been arrested, adjudicated, suspended or expelled from school, and/or involved with the foster care system).

To learn more, visit our opportunities listings. The deadline to apply is Thursday, July 3, 2014.

 

5/10: Community Poetry Workshop with Vietnamese Poet Ky Nguyen

Ky Huu Nguyen, community poet. Photo © 2014 Timothy Aguero.
Ky Huu Nguyen, community poet. Photo © 2014 Timothy Aguero.
Ky Huu Nguyen, Poet. Photo © 2014 Timothy Aguero Photography.

May 10, 2014 @ 2pm

Continue Reading ›
Ky Huu Nguyen, community poet. Photo © 2014 Timothy Aguero.
Ky Huu Nguyen, Poet. Photo © 2014 Timothy Aguero Photography.

May 10, 2014 @ 2pm

NewHolly Library

7058 32nd Ave S, Seattle 98118

4Culture is excited to announce the first of our Community Poetry Workshops for Poetry on Buses: Writing Home. The project’s Poet Planner, Roberto Ascalon, is working with community liaisons and poets in the Latino, Russian, Somali and Vietnamese communities to create custom, bilingual workshops. Each workshop will offer a variety of writing exercises to explore the meaning of “home,” feature local poets and explore culturally-specific poetic traditions over shared resources and refreshments. 

First up: a poetry workshop in Vietnamese and English organized with the support of liaisons Khang Diep Do and Tu-Anh Phan, of the Vietnamese-American Community of Seattle & Sno-King Counties.

This week’s workshop will feature poetry readings by Vietnamese poet Ky Nguyen who will also teach the Lục bát or “six eight,” a traditional Vietnamese verse form. Plus Bánh mì (Vietnamese sandwiches) to enjoy together. Writers of all levels are welcome.

Visit the Facebook page for translated information and Poetry on Buses Workshops page to RSVP.

A second workshop, also open to the public while focused on engaging the Vietnamese community, will take place on June 7 at the Beacon Hill Library at 2pm.

4Culture Seeks Media Art for Digital Display

e4c screen at the Gates Foundation © 2014 4Culture. Photo by Andrew Pogue

Apply to exhibit Media Art in 4Culture’s electronic gallery

Continue Reading ›

Apply to exhibit Media Art in 4Culture’s electronic gallery

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/46125881[/vimeo]

The application is now open for e4c, 4Culture’s storefront media gallery.

Deadline: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

 e4c, is a highly visible, public venue presenting dynamic electronic artworks while enlivening Seattle’s urban core. Since 2008, nearly seventy artists have presented media artworks on our screens, ranging from humorous paper-cut animation to challenging documentary. We are currently upgrading e4c. Visibility will be better than ever!

Independent electronic media artists residing in the US are eligible to apply. Up to twenty works will be selected for display at the storefront gallery. Because the audience for e4c is often on the move, comprised of bus and car commuters, pedestrians and bicyclists, artworks between 1-5 minutes duration are desired. Media artists working in all genres are encouraged to apply.

e4c is located in 4Culture’s Tashiro Building, at 101 Prefontaine Place South in Seattle, Washington’s historic Pioneer Square neighborhood. In conjunction with Gallery4Culture, e4c launches selected works for display during First Thursday Art Walk, Seattle’s largest art walk. 4Culture promotes e4c artists through a press release, 4Culture website highlight, and social media. Each artwork will be displayed with others on rotation, during e4c presentation hours for a period between three to twelve months.

Interested artists are encouraged to carefully read the guidelines before applying in order to submit a competitive application. Guidelines are available and the application is now open. The deadline is Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. The works to be displayed will be selected through a panel review process to be held mid-June. Artists will be notified in early July.

Selected works may also be considered for presentation on the Digital Art Display of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Throughout 2014, the Foundation is partnering with 4Culture to provide innovative media content at their headquarters in Seattle. Artworks will be selected from 4Culture’s e4c program and updated quarterly.

“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Digital Art Display in Seattle is a significant and welcome addition to the urban art screen venues around the world.” States 4Culture Executive Director, Jim Kelly. “Together, we can more effectively present exciting media artwork, to benefit of the thousands of people who pass by our screens, as well as the artists who have so few opportunities to share their work.”

e4c screen at the Gates Foundation © 2014 4Culture. Photo by Andrew Pogue
e4c artist, Barbara Robertson’s work playing on the Digital Display at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation © 2014 4Culture. Photo by Andrew Pogue

This partnership has been running since January 2014 and has featured works by Andrew Binkley (Honolulu), Webster Crowell (Seattle), Ben Houge (Valencia, Spain), Tess Martin (Seattle/Netherlands), Long House Media (Seattle), Relja Penezic (Los Angeles), Dane Picard (Los Angeles), Barbara Robertson (Seattle) and Gazelle Samizay (Los Angeles).

 

 

 

Let's Explore the Poetry of Home

Writing on the bus © 2014 Tim Aguero Photography

Some of us were born here. Some of us traveled thousands of miles to be here. No matter the distance, be it ocean or bus ride, the notion of home draws us near.

Continue Reading ›
Writing on the bus © 2014 Tim Aguero Photography
Writing on the bus © 2014 Tim Aguero Photography

Some of us were born here. Some of us traveled thousands of miles to be here. No matter the distance, be it ocean or bus ride, the notion of home draws us near.

What does “home” mean to you? Is home a place? Or an idea?

The 2014 reboot of Poetry on Buses is an open invitation to explore the poetry of home – on the bus, online, and in the community.

The Call for Poems is now open! All King County residents are invited to submit an original, short poem  (50 words or less) on the theme “Writing Home.” This year, we are seeking and will display poems in English, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese (languages identified as the top language needs in the County). Poems will be accepted through June 30, 2014. Visit the project website for all the details: poetryonbuses.org/submit.

Attend a workshop! To guide you in developing poems and offer opportunity for community building and resource sharing, a series of multi-lingual community poetry workshops are being offered around King County in May and June. Writers of all levels are welcome! Community liaisons and poets working in the Latino, Russian, Somali and Vietnamese communities are working with 4Culture and our Poet Planner, Roberto Ascalon, to customize each community workshop. More information and translations are available at: poetryonbuses.org/workshops.

POB_logo

This fall, select poems will be featured on a series of RapidRide buses and stations. The project website will become an online poetry portal that offers a new locally-sourced poem every day for a year. Seriously! The intent: an enhanced transit experience and the art of local voices in your every day life.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for our series of Blog4Culture posts profiling the creative folks who are helping 4Culture and King County Metro Transit bring this project to life! 

Poetry on Buses is managed by Public Art 4Culture using Percent-for-Art Dollars allocated for the commissioning and management of artwork for shared public space.
 

The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator Residency is now accepting applications

Cornish Playhouse, Mark Bocek, 2014

The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator residency aims to facilitate the risk taking of the allied arts. The goal for this program is to support artists in the creation of work that is outside the boundaries of their genre, discipline, or comfort zone. The intention of the Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator is not to create a final, polished product. Instead, the program seeks to give artists time and space to incubate and begin to develop an idea, concept, or exploration. Nine groups will be selected to participate in the Arts Incubator residency. They will receive free rental space at the Playhouse to incubate new and exciting ideas.

Continue Reading ›
Cornish Playhouse, Mark Bocek, 2014
Cornish Playhouse, Mark Bocek, 2014

The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator residency aims to facilitate the risk taking of the allied arts. The goal for this program is to support artists in the creation of work that is outside the boundaries of their genre, discipline, or comfort zone. The intention of the Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator is not to create a final, polished product. Instead, the program seeks to give artists time and space to incubate and begin to develop an idea, concept, or exploration. Nine groups will be selected to participate in the Arts Incubator residency. They will receive free rental space at the Playhouse to incubate new and exciting ideas.

The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator Program is open to anyone age 18 and older, including professional and non-professional artists, teachers, ensembles and groups, students, Cornish community, and those outside the Cornish community. The lead artist applying must be a Washington State resident.

Applications are due by June 9, 2014

Please follow this link for information, FAQs, and application material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submit Your Proposal for STG's 2014 Nights at The Neptune: A People's Theatre Joint

2014 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – OPEN NOW!

Continue Reading ›

Nights at the Neptune2014 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – OPEN NOW!

Artists seeking an opportunity to present work at The Neptune Theatre’s Nights at The Neptune are encouraged to apply now for one of 8 performance slots. Seattle Theatre Group, a 4Culture supported arts organization, is making The Neptune Theatre in Seattle’s University District available free of charge to artists and community organizations interested in creating and performing a public arts event of their own design. Chosen events will be presented during the summer of 2014, and offered at no charge to the public!

• Selected performances for the 2014 Nights At The Neptune program will take place between June 19 & August 26, 2014.

• Eligibility includes artists and community organizations located in Seattle

• Selection of artists will be made by a panel of local arts professionals and community advocates

• Selected presentations must be ready for performance and include all necessary permissions or copyrights for performance

• Primary consideration is given to content that includes issues of race, social justice, youth, or marginalized populations

• The program is intended to increase access for underserved populations

• Program includes two days of theatre use including 1 day for prep and 1 day for presentation, basic staffing and crew, basic lighting and sound, public relations and marketing support

Details and proposal submission instructions. 

For additional information:

E-mail inquiries (preferred): natn-submission@stgpresents.org or Phone: Martín Sepulveda, Nights At The Neptune Program Manager (206) 467-5510 extension 1131

 

How-To-Apply Videos

Technology offers the promise of making things easier, but from first-hand experience we know all too well that it adds unnecessary confusion and complexity. Especially when you have to fill out complicated forms or applications. As our first round of 2014 funding deadlines approach, we have created a series of brief “how-to” videos to demystify our online application process and help you apply with confidence. These short videos cover:

Continue Reading ›

Technology offers the promise of making things easier, but from first-hand experience we know all too well that it adds unnecessary confusion and complexity. Especially when you have to fill out complicated forms or applications. As our first round of 2014 funding deadlines approach, we have created a series of brief “how-to” videos to demystify our online application process and help you apply with confidence. These short videos cover:

  1. How to start a 4Culture application
  2. How to get back into your application and work on it
  3. How to upload files and images
  4. How to finish and submit the application

The best advice I’ve heard from our program managers isn’t necessarily related to how you fill out the online form. They say the most important thing you can do is to read the guidelines carefully and give yourself plenty of time to pull your materials together and submit them before the deadline date. My first boss gave me these words of advice that I still rely on to this day (but don’t always remember to follow) “estimate the amount of time a project will take and then double it.”

 

 

 

 

Watch the whole series

Gallery4Culture application deadline is January 6

© Brent Watanabe, 2011, This Heavy Load, installation detail. Photo by Winifred Westergard, courtesy of the artist.
© Brent Watanabe, 2011, This Heavy Load, installation detail. Photo by Winifred Westergard, courtesy of the artist.

Continue Reading ›

Lorenzo Moog, Gala Bent and Brent Watanabe (left to right)

Three artists talk about their Gallery4Culture exhibit experience

Artist applications for exhibition in Gallery4Culture during the 2014-2015 season are open until Monday, January 6 – that’s a week from today. If you are considering applying we urge you to gather your materials and submit your application. Over the past weeks we’ve invited several artists who have had successful exhibits in Gallery4Culture to share their stories. Gala Bent, Lorenzo Moog and Brent Watanabe create very different kinds of work but have all found the opportunity to exhibit at 4Culture meaningful in the development of their work. We’d like to thank all three artists for taking the time to reflect on their experience and encourage other artists to take advantage of this opportunity.

 

Painter Gala Bent:

In late 2008, I found out that I had finally landed a spot to exhibit at 4Culture’s gallery for 2009. The experience was pivotal. The gallery is a beautiful space to begin with, and it is located in a spot where it is virtually impossible to be kicking your own heel at your opening. First Thursday in the Tashiro Kaplan triangular building and beyond always brings a solid flow of viewers. As an artist emerging in general or in Seattle as a city, this is invaluable.

Read Gala’s full post.

 

Assemblage artists Lorenzo Moog:

4Culture is an organization that supports artists, they want you to succeed. All that you have to do is to get chosen by the peculiar alchemy of a selection panel, which means all you really have to do is submit the application (then forget all about it) and get on with your work. The selection panel changes annually.

Read Lorenzo’s full post, which includes advice on writing from FDR.

 

Media artist Brent Watanabe:

In my work, I experiment with video projection, kinetic sculpture, computer programming, electronics, and there is a lot of uncertainty as to how things will work (or how long they will work), right through the opening and the run of the show. I had a wonderful experience working with Esther and her open, encouraging attitude. I felt very comfortable and welcome to experiment, troubleshoot, and try things out as I installed the show.

Read Brent’s full post and watch a video of his latest work in progress.

 

The Artist Opportunity for Gallery4Culture closes on January 6, 2014. Eligibility is limited to artists, artist teams, and independent curators who reside in King County, WA and are not represented by a commercial gallery at the time of application. Members of artist run collectives and cooperative galleries are eligible. Artists working in all media and genres are encouraged to apply, including those whose medium or method of work is under-represented in commercial galleries. Learn more and apply

Photo Credits, left to right:  © Lorenzo Moog, Richard Nixon, detail, from The Pizza Presidents. Photo courtesy of the artist. © Gala Bent 2009, Ship For Fools, Detail. Photo courtesy of the artist. © Brent Watanabe, 2011, This Heavy Load, installation detail. Photo by Winifred Westergard, courtesy of the artist.

Lorenzo Moog on Gallery4Culture

© Lorenzo Moog, Richard Nixon, detail, from The Pizza Presidents. Photo courtesy of the artist.
© Lorenzo Moog, Richard Nixon, detail, from The Pizza Presidents. Photo courtesy of the artist.
© Lorenzo Moog, Richard Nixon, detail, from The Pizza Presidents. Photo courtesy of the artist.

With the Call for Artists for Gallery4Culture exhibition currently open, we’ve asked several artists who have exhibited in the gallery in the past to talk about their experience. Artist and guest Lorenzo Moog was a part of the 2011-2012 season in Gallery4Culture.

Continue Reading ›
© Lorenzo Moog, Richard Nixon, detail, from The Pizza Presidents. Photo courtesy of the artist.
© Lorenzo Moog, Richard Nixon, detail, from The Pizza Presidents. Photo courtesy of the artist.

With the Call for Artists for Gallery4Culture exhibition currently open, we’ve asked several artists who have exhibited in the gallery in the past to talk about their experience. Artist and guest Lorenzo Moog was a part of the 2011-2012 season in Gallery4Culture.

Hey King County Artists! The time for submissions for Gallery Culture’s 2014 calendar is just around the corner.

If you are a King County artist and meet the criteria, by all means submit a proposal for your work. The requirements for the submission are cogent, reasonable and in no way excessive. 4Culture is an organization that supports artists, they want you to succeed. All that you have to do is to get chosen by the peculiar alchemy of a selection panel, which means all you really have to do is submit the application (then forget all about it) and get on with your work. The selection panel changes annually.  I’m sure the majority of submissions come from Seattle but artists from all over the county should consider participating.

If you are secure in your concept and are looking for public exposition Gallery4Culture is a wonderful venue for all types of art.  My own installation, “The Pizza Presidents; Expansion, Prohibitions, War”, was 44 miniature assemblages (w/ other elements) and worked wonderfully in the gallery.  Some of the other artists’ installations in the same calendar year (2012) were medium scale and others large scale and they all worked well in the space. Visual artists add a special richness to King County’s vibrant cultural scene so how about adding your vision? In order to succeed you will need words along with your visuals and here I will give you a suggestion from President Franklin Roosevelt who had a sign on his desk that said “Be sincere. Be brief. Be seated.”  For the purposes of your submission we can paraphrase FDR’s sign to say “be seated (at your writing place) then be sincere and be brief.  It’s often difficult to write briefly for an expansive concept but it will be to your advantage to do so.  In any event, good luck with your submission and best wishes for a healthy, creative New Year.

 

The Artist Opportunity for Gallery4Culture closes on January 6, 2014. Eligibility is limited to artists, artist teams, and independent curators who reside in King County, WA and are not represented by a commercial gallery at the time of application. Members of artist run collectives and cooperative galleries are eligible. Artists working in all media and genres are encouraged to apply, including those whose medium or method of work is under-represented in commercial galleries. Learn more and apply. Read posts on Galllery4Culture from two other artists, Gala Bent and Brent Watanabe.

Brent Watanabe on Gallery4Culture

Brent Watanabe
Brent Watanabe

Continue Reading ›

With the Call for Artists for Gallery4Culture exhibition currently open, we’ve asked several artists who have exhibited in the gallery in the past to talk about their experience. Media artist and guest Brent Watanabe was a part of the 2011-2012 season in Gallery4Culture. Spending concentrated time developing his ideas is part of Brent’s artistic practice. The posted video was created during a current residency at MacDowell Colony. Brent has shared a host of videos in this series online.

 

I found out I was going to have a show at Gallery4Culture shortly before leaving on a five-week artist residency. The timing couldn’t have been better, and I was excited to have their large gallery space to focus on and plan around during my uninterrupted art time.

During the residency, I worked on prototypes and tests, and I received a lot of support from 4Culture, mainly with my many questions via email… how tall are the ceilings? Can you give me access to your Internet connection for multiple computers? How loud is too loud? Can I curtain off the bathrooms? Will someone be willing to start up and shut down 3 computers, an iPad, 3 power strips, and 3 projectors each day?

In my work, I experiment with video projection, kinetic sculpture, computer programming, electronics, and there is a lot of uncertainty as to how things will work (or how long they will work), right through the opening and the run of the show. I had a wonderful experience working with Esther and her open, encouraging attitude. I felt very comfortable and welcome to experiment, troubleshoot, and try things out as I installed the show. The electronic bleeps, dinging bells, whirring motors, and chatter of a police scanner radio created an often-chaotic environment in the gallery, from install through the closing of the show. 4Culture was incredibly supportive, patient, and generous throughout the entire process.

I am very thankful for the experience. The exhibition at Gallery4Culture gave me the opportunity to take chances, push my art, work with wonderful people, and share the results in a beautiful space.

 

The Artist Opportunity for Gallery4Culture closes on January 6, 2014. Eligibility is limited to artists, artist teams, and independent curators who reside in King County, WA and are not represented by a commercial gallery at the time of application. Members of artist run collectives and cooperative galleries are eligible. Artists working in all media and genres are encouraged to apply, including those whose medium or method of work is under-represented in commercial galleries. Learn more and apply

Hey creative professionals, 4Culture wants you!

© Ethan Steinman, Photo by Ricardo Quintero Londono
© Ethan Steinman, Photo by Ricardo Quintero Londono
© Ethan Steinman, Photo by Ricardo Quintero Londono

Are you a graphic designer? Web designer? Web programmer? Photographer? Videographer?

If you’re based in King County, we want you!

Please consider applying for the 4Culture Talent Roster. We’ll be using the Roster to select and hire professionals like you for a variety of 4Culture projects – coming up in 2014 and all the way through 2016. And we may share the Roster with other agencies who are looking to hire qualified folks, as we’d love to help support opportunities for you and your work.

Continue Reading ›
© Ethan Steinman, Photo by Ricardo Quintero Londono
© Ethan Steinman, Photo by Ricardo Quintero Londono

Are you a graphic designer? Web designer? Web programmer? Photographer? Videographer?

If you’re based in King County, we want you!

Please consider applying for the 4Culture Talent Roster. We’ll be using the Roster to select and hire professionals like you for a variety of 4Culture projects – coming up in 2014 and all the way through 2016. And we may share the Roster with other agencies who are looking to hire qualified folks, as we’d love to help support opportunities for you and your work.

Here’s how it works: A selection panel will review all eligible applications and select professionals for each category of the Talent Roster. Once set up, the Roster may be consulted by 4Culture staff who identify a 4C project that needs graphic design, web design, web programming, photo or video work. One or more Roster professionals will be contacted about the opportunity with a scope of work, timeline, and budget for their consideration. If interested in pursuing the project, the professional will be hired by 4Culture on a contractual basis. And the work will begin!

The first project the Talent Roster will be used for is Poetry on Buses 2.0. It’s an initiative that will create in-person and online poetry experiences throughout King County – on the bus, online, and in the community. The project has immediate need for a graphic designer, web designer and web programmer – with work to begin in February 2014. A photographer and/or videographer will be hired in the spring and/or summer. We’re looking forward to learning about you and your work, and finding the right team to work with us on this project!

Freelance professionals, creative firms or businesses working in these fields, are invited to apply. To view the full Request for Qualifications, and to apply, visit the 4Culture Opportunities Page and scroll down to the 4Culture Talent Roster listing. The deadline is January 13, 2014 and we encourage you to reach out with any questions you may have, well in advance.