Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival: July 4-6

Wooden Boat Festival 2013. Photo courtesy of Center for Wooden Boats
Wooden Boat Festival 2013. Photo courtesy of Center for Wooden Boats
Making a kayak at the Wooden Boat Festival 2013. Photo courtesy of Center for Wooden Boats

38th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival – 4th of July weekend

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Making a kayak at the Wooden Boat Festival 2013. Photo courtesy of Center for Wooden Boats
Making a kayak at the Wooden Boat Festival 2013. Photo courtesy of Center for Wooden Boats

38th Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival – 4th of July weekend

Lake Union Park & The Center for Wooden Boats
Friday, July 4th, 2014 through Sunday, July 6th, 2014
10:00am – 6:00pm daily (Lake Union Park open through fireworks)
Free! (Donations gratefully accepted)

The 38th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival kicks off on the 4th of July, and runs for three days. This year’s Festival will include: visiting vessels, boat tours, free public boat rides on Lake Union, activities for kids including toy boat building and pond boat sailing, craft and skill demonstrations, food vendors, live music, and a 24-hour boat building race called the Quick and Daring, where teams build their boat on-site and then race around a course.

On July 4th, Lake Union Park will be open for families looking for somewhere to spread their blankets and watch the fireworks over Lake Union. This year, the Center for Wooden Boats has partnered with Seafair, connecting their Gasworks Park programming with Lake Union Park to provide a great fireworks-viewing experience at both ends of the lake. This allows CWB to focus on the most important part of the Festival – the boats!

Activities for the kids at the Wooden Boat Festival include Toy Boat Building where they can build and decorate their own model boats; Model Boat Sailing in the pond; El Toro Train Rides where kids can learn to steer a small sailboat while under tow; exploring historic ships; and Pirate Storytime aboard the historic tug boat Arthur Foss, featuring the nautical yarns of Pirate Lou. Kids who get stamps from four or more activities on their Activity Passport (located in the Festival Guide) receive a prize!

New this year is Walk-up Boatbuilding, where people of all ages can drop in and help with the construction of a canoe. No experience required! Construction includes cutting plywood, joining sides and bottom together. Tools used include drills, saws, hammers, and sandpaper. Youth welcome with adults. Upon completion, the boat will be raffled and you could be the winner. Raffle takes place at 5:00 pm on Sunday, July 6.

The Center for Wooden Boats gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors in making it possible to bring so many wonderful boats and boat lovers together over the holiday. Sponsors include: Vulcan Real Estate, Pemco Insurance, Holland America Line, West Marine, Seafair, 4Culture, The City of Seattle office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Pilgrim Media Services, Hagerty Insurance, and At Lake Union Park.

For up-to-date information about the Festival Schedule, check the Center for Wooden Boats website.

 

DAILY ACTIVITIES

Free Public Rides: Take a trip on Lake Union by sail, row, paddle, steam, electric or power boat. Boats available vary but they all fill up fast! Sign up on dock.

Boat Building Demonstrations: Watch master craftspeople as they build kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and more.

Quick and Daring Race: Are they amazing, or just crazy? Watch teams build a boat in 24 hours and cheer them on as they launch and race on Sunday.

NW Seaport: Tour 1889 tugboat Arthur Foss and Lightship No. 83 “SWIFTSURE”.

Walk-up Boatbuilding: Help construct a wooden boat, all skill levels welcome! Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win the boat when it’s finished.

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES

Toy Boat Building: We supply the hull, mast, sails and tools you need. Bring your imagination and build the boat of your dreams!

Pirate Pond Boats: Sail models of the sailboat Pirate in Lake Union Park’s model boat pond!

Activity Passport: Kids can get stamps at activities, and if they have four or more stamps they will receive a prize! The passport is printed in the Festival Guide.

WOODEN BOATS OF NOTE
Over 100 wooden boats from dinghies to sailing schooners over 130 feet in length are on public display throughout the festival.

Adventuress, 133-foot National Historical Landmark schooner built in 1913 for John Borden so he could sail to Alaska try to catch a bowhead whale for the American Museum of Natural History. Adventuress will arrive on the afternoon of June 5th loaded with Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and Sea Scouts who have joined her for the “Scouts on the Sound” sail from Bellingham as part of the boats celebration of her 100th birthday. Friday evening, the public is invited aboard for a Shanty Sing, brought to you by Northwest Seaport, 7:30- 9:30pm. Saturday and Sunday, she will be open for dockside tours 10am-4pm, and going out for Festival Sails 5pm-9pm (purchase tickets at the Sound Experience booth. CWB, MOHAI, and Sound Experience members receive a discount!). More info: www.soundexp.org

Lotus, 92-foot Edwardian house boat built in 1909 in the Sloan Boatyard in Seattle for Maurice McMicken, the legal counsel to the Washington State Legislature and publisher of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. MV Lotus is Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is 92 feet long, 18 feet wide and can float in as little as 5.5 feet of water. She weighs 102 tons, and was designed specifically to cruise the inside passage to Alaska. More info: http://www.mvlotus.org/

At Last, 57 foot Chris Craft classic cruiser. She was built in 1956 by Chris Craft and came to Northwest waters first in 1974. Cruised extensively by owners from Puget Sound to Alaska, At Last fell into disrepair and neglect, finally being sold at bank auction. But recently, her new owner has completed an extensive restoration and at last she’s ready to take her place back in the sun.

About The Center for Wooden Boats
The Center for Wooden Boats, founded in 1976, provides a gathering place where maritime history comes alive through direct experience and our small craft heritage is enjoyed, preserved, and passed along to future generations. CWB, with locations on Lake Union in Seattle and at Cama Beach State Park on Camano Island, engages visitors in whole body learning by putting the historic boats, oars and paddles, sails and tools in the hands of people who visit.

Volunteers needed for Art of the City street fair

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On Saturday, August 2, The Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts celebrates its 10th Anniversary by throwing the TK Art of the City Art Street Fair. A day long, indoor-outdoor festival featuring live music, performances, street art, food trucks, artisan booths, and over 25 open galleries and artist studios. The street fair will take place in the Tashiro Kaplan lofts and on Prefontaine Pl. S. located in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.

Normally closed on Saturdays, 4Culture will open its doors. We’re excited to celebrate with our neighbor on their auspicious anniversary. Ours is next year.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are needed to help with the event. We need strong, muscle types to help with set up and tear down tasks. Volunteers are also needed to welcome visitors by handing out programs and answering questions. There will be a short volunteer training session. Contact willow.wilcox.fox(at)gmail.com  and (206) 851.0899 to sign up.

TK Art of the City: Art Street Fair
11 AM – 9 PM
Location: Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, 115 Prefontaine Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104 & Prefontaine Pl S
More info: http://streetfair.tklofts.com
Free

Scenes from a typical alley in a rough part of town…

© Scott Kolbo, 2014, Alley Kids 02, Video Projection, ink and charcoal. Photo courtesy of the artist
© Scott Kolbo, 2014, Alley Kids 02, Video Projection, ink and charcoal. Photo courtesy of the artist

July at Gallery4Culture
Scott Kolbo: Our Alley
July 3 – August 2, 2014
Opening: 1st Thursday, July 3, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

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© Scott Kolbo, 2014, Alley Kids 02, Video Projection, ink and charcoal. Photo courtesy of the artist
© Scott Kolbo, 2014, Alley Kids 02, Video Projection, ink and charcoal. Photo courtesy of the artist

July at Gallery4Culture
Scott Kolbo: Our Alley
July 3 – August 2, 2014
Opening: 1st Thursday, July 3, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Gallery4Culture welcomes Seattle-based multimedia artist Scott Kolbo in a July solo exhibition titled Our Alley, a hybrid installation of new media, drawing and printmaking centered on urban narratives. Kolbo presents figurative drawings, but melds the traditional art form with video projection and digital media techniques. The exhibit features three looping videos projected over large scale, wall-mounted ink and charcoal drawings. The show also presents a series of altered monitors, covered with layers of translucent drawings superimposed over looping video segments. The exhibit includes a number of static 2-D drawings and prints. Kolbo’s drawings freeze the figures in the space and time, while the video footage focuses the viewer’s attention on momentary fragments of the narrative.

The theme of the exhibit revolves around a typical alley in a rough part of town. As a part of the project, Scott Kolbo collaborated with neighborhood kids to create short vignettes about what they imagine happens in these transitional spaces. Alleys and abandoned lots are places where young people are allowed to play imaginatively and without supervision. The project produced images and video footage of kids singing, swearing, playing, fighting, breaking bottles, starting fires and generally having fun being free. But Kolbo’s drawn imagery also exposes a more sinister side of empty lots and alleys – it portrays grown men stealing bikes and exhibiting other antisocial behaviors. These disparate actions take place in the same space and, at times, simultaneously. Scott Kolbo explores the idea of how people are shaped by their environment, as well as how individual actions impact the environments we create for each other.

About the Artist: Scott Kolbo earned his MFA in printmaking and drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began his teaching career at Whitworth University in Spokane, living in the neighborhood that inspired this body of work. He currently teaches at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. Scott Kolbo has exhibited widely throughout the Northwest region. He was a 2011finalist in the Portland Art Museum’s coveted Contemporary Northwest Art Awards and has been recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. His works on paper are included in numerous public collections. Learn more at www.scottkolbo.com.

Touring Arts Roster at Folklife

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Te Fare O Tamatoa Presents Te'a rama_byDawnLucrisia_2010
Te Fare O Tamatoa presents Te’a rama – Dawn Lucrisia (2010)

43rd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival, May 23-26, 2014

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Te Fare O Tamatoa Presents Te'a rama_byDawnLucrisia_2010
Te Fare O Tamatoa presents Te’a rama – Dawn Lucrisia (2010)

43rd Annual Northwest Folklife Festival, May 23-26, 2014

The Pacific Northwest is home to an extraordinary and diverse array of communities. The many cultural traditions and expressions practiced by the people who reside here are celebrated every Memorial Day weekend. Featuring thousands of amazing local artists who donate their time and talent, Northwest Folklife Festival offers four days of free concerts, workshops and cultural experiences across the Seattle Center campus.

A complete schedule of events can be found on the Northwest Folklife Festival website.

We are pleased to highlight the performances and workshops that will be presented by members of the 4Culture Touring Arts Roster!

 

FRIDAY 23rd

Maggie Bennett (Folksinger Storyteller with Irish Harp) 1:00 – 1:50pm; Discovery Zone Stage: Sponsored by Parent Map

Anzanga Marimba (Traditional and Contemporary Marimba) 6:30 – 7:00pm; Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre

Cordaviva (Global Inspired Dance Music) 8:45 – 9:15pm; Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre

African All Stars (featuring members of Soyaya) 7:15 – 7:45pm; Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre

 

SATURDAY 24th

Te Fare O Tamatoa (Tahitian Music and Dance) 11:00 – 11:30am; Exhibition Hall (International Dance Stage)

Todo Folklore Cubano (Afro-Cuban-Haitian Dance) 2:00 – 2:20pm; Cornish Playhouse

Joy Mills Band (Organic Soulful Country Roots) 1:15 – 1:45pm; Fountain Lawn Stage: Sponsored by Seattle P-I

The Croatian Showcase featuring Bonaca & Ruze Dalmatinke, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, (and more) 3:00 – 5:00pm; Bagley Wright Theatre

De Cajón Project (Afro-Peruvian Music & Dance) 3:00 – 3:15pm; Cornish Playhouse

Hagucha Garinagu (Folkloric Music and Dance of the Garifuna Collective) 3:40 – 4:00pm; Cornish Playhouse

Arturo Rodriquez (Puerto Rican and Cuban Percussion Workshop) 5:00 – 5:50pm; Rhythm Tent

William Pint & Felicia Dale (Maritime Folk Music) 5:40 – 6:00pm; Trad Stage: Sponsored by Fretboard Journal

Smilin’ Scandinavians (Polka Music) 7:45 – 8:20pm; Armory Stage

 

SUNDAY 25th

Northwest Tap Connection (Youth Tap & Dance) w/South Seattle Community Youth Orchestra – 2:30 – 3:30pm; Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre

Juliana & PAVA (Russian Folk) 3:00 – 3:30pm; Cornish Playhouse

Whozyamama (Louisiana Dance Music) 3:15pm – 4:00pm; Fisher Pavilion: Warren’s Roadhouse

Dunava (Balkan A Capella Songs) 4:20 – 4:50pm; Cornish Playhouse

VamoLá! (Brazilian Music & Dance) 5:00 – 5:15pm; Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre

Show Brazil! (Brazilian Music with Eduardo Mendoca) 5:30 – 6:00pm; Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre

Helene Erikson & ANAR DANA (Dance from North Africa to Central Asia) 6:45 – 7:45pm; Cornish Playhouse

The Jangles (Western Swing & Country) 7:10 – 7:40pm; Fisher Green Stage: Sponsored by KBCS 91.3FM

Belly Dance Spectacular Showcase featuring Sabura, Nadira (and more) 8:00 – 10:00pm; Exhibition Hall (International Dance Stage)

SuperSones (Cuban Son) 8:30 – 9:00pm; Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre

 

MONDAY 26th

Global Heat (World Music & Rap) 12:00 – 1:45pm; EMP Sky Church

Brian Vogan (& his Good Buddies) (Music for the Young) 2:00 – 2:30pm; Fountain Lawn Stage: Sponsored by Seattle P-I

Gansango Dance (Participatory West African Dance Workshop) 2:00 – 2:45pm; Armory Stage

The Lonely Coast (Folk Duo) 3:00 pm; Folklife Café stage, in McCaw Hall

Alleyoop! Al Hirsch (Fun Family Music & Storytelling) 3:30 – 4:30pm; Discovery Zone Stage: Sponsored by Parent Map

Valse Cafe Orchestra (Small Dancehall Orchestra) 9:00 pm; Roadhouse Stage

June Gallery Exhibition Stays on the Sunny Side

© 2014 Jenny Fillius, Stay on the Sunny Side, Repurposed tin. Photo by Gregg Krogstad.
© 2014 Jenny Fillius, Stay on the Sunny Side, Repurposed tin. Photo by Gregg Krogstad.
© 2014 Jenny Fillius, Stay on the Sunny Side, Repurposed tin. Photo by Gregg Krogstad.

Jenny Fillius
Stay on the Sunny Side
June 5 – June 26, 2014
Opening: First Thursday, June 5, 6:00  – 8:00 pm

Gallery4Culture is pleased to present an exhibition of low relief, wall-mounted sculptures created by Seattle-based metals artist Jenny Fillius. Titled, Stay on the Sunny Side, the show conveys Fillius’ delight in discovery of the found object and her pleasure in reconfiguring and repurposing discarded tin into captivating art objects.
Fillius constructs ornate compositions from fragments of recycled tin. Her crowded studio houses an impressive inventory of deconstructed metal objects that were once toys, containers, religious iconography and such. Fillius’ assemblages are the products of a vivid imagination and robust sense of humor. She mines the unique characteristics (printed, painted or embossed) of the salvaged tin for inspiration, responding nimbly and improvising on sparked ideas. The art also draws inspiration from the artist’s personal experiences, especially a transformative brush with mortality that occurred several years back. Full recovery infused Fillius’ art with a palpable joie de vivre; an air of optimism pervades her work.

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© 2014 Jenny Fillius, Stay on the Sunny Side, Repurposed tin. Photo by Gregg Krogstad.
© 2014 Jenny Fillius, Stay on the Sunny Side, Repurposed tin. Photo by Gregg Krogstad.

Jenny Fillius
Stay on the Sunny Side
June 5 – June 26, 2014
Opening: First Thursday, June 5, 6:00  – 8:00 pm

Gallery4Culture is pleased to present an exhibition of low relief, wall-mounted sculptures created by Seattle-based metals artist Jenny Fillius. Titled, Stay on the Sunny Side, the show conveys Fillius’ delight in discovery of the found object and her pleasure in reconfiguring and repurposing discarded tin into captivating art objects.
Fillius constructs ornate compositions from fragments of recycled tin. Her crowded studio houses an impressive inventory of deconstructed metal objects that were once toys, containers, religious iconography and such. Fillius’ assemblages are the products of a vivid imagination and robust sense of humor. She mines the unique characteristics (printed, painted or embossed) of the salvaged tin for inspiration, responding nimbly and improvising on sparked ideas. The art also draws inspiration from the artist’s personal experiences, especially a transformative brush with mortality that occurred several years back. Full recovery infused Fillius’ art with a palpable joie de vivre; an air of optimism pervades her work.

Jenny Fillius was born in Richmond, California and spent time living in Mexico. Her first solo was in 1971 at the Richmond Art Center and she has been exhibiting ever since. Ms. Fillius has been dedicated to the creation of art for the past 35 years. While primarily self-taught in the medium of metals, Jenny Fillius attended California College of Arts and Crafts and numerous independent workshops in a wide variety of media. She is an active member of the Seattle Metals Guild.

First Thursday festivities include live music by Rat City Brass, Seattle’s premier Tijuana Brass tribute band. Free hot dogs, by Dirty Dog, will be served to the first 100 attendees. Vouchers for free First Thursday (5:00-10:00 pm) parking at the Frye Garage, 117 3rd Ave S, (plus other designated Pioneer Square garages) are available at Gallery4Culture on a first come, first served basis.

Learn more about Jenny Fillius.

 

Celebrate Preservation Month with Site Specific

Heart Content, by Cabin Fever Dance Company © 2013 Joy Jacobs Photography
Heart Content, by Cabin Fever Dance Company © 2013 Joy Jacobs Photography
Heart Content, by Cabin Fever Dance Company © 2013 Joy Jacobs Photography

May is Preservation Month! This celebration was established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to help celebrate historic spaces across the country. This years theme, “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage” focuses on maintaining our preserved spaces, inspiring the community, and engaging them with events and celebrations.

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Heart Content, by Cabin Fever Dance Company © 2013 Joy Jacobs Photography
Heart Content, by Cabin Fever Dance Company © 2013 Joy Jacobs Photography

May is Preservation Month! This celebration was established in 1973 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to help celebrate historic spaces across the country. This years theme, “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage” focuses on maintaining our preserved spaces, inspiring the community, and engaging them with events and celebrations.

In this spirit, we’d like to invite site stewards from across King County to apply for the Roster of Historic Sites for Site Specific 2015.

Now in its 10th year, the Site Specific program has supported dozens of projects and hundreds of performances and installations. Most recently, the program has focused on enlivening and interpreting historically significant spaces throughout the county, with the help of talented creative collaborators.

Recent projects include:

Heart Content (shown above) A project by Cabin Fever, a dance company that specializes in performances within homes. This piece centered around illuminating the mood and architecture of the historic Stimson-Green Mansion. 

Black Forest A one and a half acre land art installation at the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlife park, started in Spring 2014, examining it’s history as the site of a large coal mine.

Check out the 2014 Season to see more projects, or apply to host a creative collaboration at your facility in the upcoming 2015 season. Guidelines and more information can be found here.

Photographer Abby Inpanbutr: Persistent Work

© 2012 Abby Inpanbutr, The Grant, Inkjet print from 4 x 5 negative. Photo courtesy of the artist.
© 2012 Abby Inpanbutr, The Grant, Inkjet print from 4 x 5 negative. Photo courtesy of the artist.
© 2012 Abby Inpanbutr, The Grant, Inkjet print from 4 x 5 negative. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Photographs of historic Maritime sites in Gallery4Culture for May

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© 2012 Abby Inpanbutr, The Grant, Inkjet print from 4 x 5 negative. Photo courtesy of the artist.
© 2012 Abby Inpanbutr, The Grant, Inkjet print from 4 x 5 negative. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Photographs of historic Maritime sites in Gallery4Culture for May

Abby Inpanbutr
Persistent Work, Images of History and Industry on Salmon Bay and Lake Union
May 1 – May 29, 2014
Opening: First Thursday, May 1, 6PM – 8PM

May is National Preservation Month. In recognition of this and the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting & Museum Expo (AAM), taking place in Seattle May 18 through 21, Gallery4Culture proudly presents a curated exhibition honoring an authentic piece of Pacific Northwest history. Persistent Work, Images of History and Industry on Salmon Bay and Lake Union presents the work of Seattle-based architectural photographer Abby Inpanbutr. Since 2011, in a project done in partnership with The Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle, Ms. Inpanbutr has been recording the small maritime businesses that have historically populated Seattle’s working waterfront.

Persistent Work is an ongoing documentation of Seattle’s vanishing marine industrial heritage, focusing on those situated on Lake Union and Salmon Bay. In the first phase of the project (2011/12), three local waterfront businesses were selected for their long-term presence and historic significance. These were Pacific Fishermen Shipyard and George Broom’s Sons, both on Salmon Bay in Ballard; and Jensen’s Motorboat Company, located on Portage Bay. Abby Inpanbutr photographed the buildings and sites to strict archival standards in black and white with a 4×5 camera and large-format film. Company histories were collected by staff from The Center for Wooden Boats through interviews and review of their photographic archives. Waterfront development has accelerated the pace of change, and since 2012, sail makers George Broom’s Sons have lost their historic building to demolition.

In February 2012, the early phase of the photographs from Persistent Work were exhibited alongside key pieces of historic memorabilia at The Center for Wooden Boats. The upcoming Gallery4Culture exhibition combines some of these materials alongside the project’s second phase (2013/14) which documents these additional maritime work sites: Bakketun & Thomas Boat Company, Salmon Bay; Fishing Vessel Owners’ Marine Ways, Salmon Bay; and Ballard Oil, Salmon Bay.

Celebrate National Preservation Month and experience Seattle’s rich maritime heritage at Gallery4Culture.

About the Artist: Abby Inpanbutr is a photographer and graphic designer. Her preferred medium is large-format film photography; the slow process is well suited for collecting stories and building relationships. Some of her work has been submitted to the Library of Congress through the Historic American Engineering Record and Historic American Building Surveys. Abby was introduced to large format photography while studying architecture at the University of Washington. Experience in the field of architecture and historic preservation continues to influence her work. In addition to working with The Center for Wooden Boats and on her own projects, she is currently employed as an artist at Art & Soul Studios in Ballard. Learn more by visiting her website.

About The Center for Wooden Boats: The Center for Wooden Boats was founded by local wooden boat enthusiasts Dick and Colleen Wagner in the late 1960s. Their aim was to highlight the region’s rich boating tradition through boat rentals, workshops, lectures, field trips, and direct experience on the water and at the docks. Located in Seattle’s South Lake Union, CWB is a community-based, hands-on, living maritime museum. 4Culture is proud to support the work of the CWB. Learn more by visiting their website.

*Vouchers for free First Thursday art patron parking (5PM-10PM at the Frye Garage, 117 3rd Ave S) are available at Gallery4Culture on a first-come basis.

Stipends for WaMA Conference in Port Townsend

© Steven Pavlov, 2007, Jefferson County Courthouse in Port Townsend,WA
© Steven Pavlov, 2007, Jefferson County Courthouse in Port Townsend,WA

Washington Museum Association Conference convenes  June 18-20

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Washington Museum Association Conference convenes  June 18-20

© Steven Pavlov, 2007, Jefferson County Courthouse in Port Townsend,WA
© Steven Pavlov, 2007, Jefferson County Courthouse in Port Townsend,WA

Again this year, 4Culture is offering stipends of $250 each to King County heritage museum staff, volunteers, and board members attending the Washington Museum Association Conference in Port Townsend. The 2014 WaMA Conference, Authenticity: Real Things, Real Stories, Real Places will take place June 18th – 20th. Stipends may be used for conference registration, and to defray travel and lodging costs. To receive the stipend, qualifying individuals must attend the conference and be prepared to write a short report about their experiences.

To be eligible for a 4Culture stipend, a prospective recipient must reside in King County; be a staff member, or volunteer, or board member of a heritage museum in King County; and otherwise be unable to attend the conference because of financial constraints. An individual requesting a stipend must submit a letter of interest detailing his or her status with a King County heritage museum, his or her reasons for attending the WaMA conference, and his or her reasons for desiring a stipend. Letters of interest should be sent to:

4Culture
Attn: Eric Taylor
101 Prefontaine Place S.
Seattle, WA 98104

The deadline for delivery of letters of interest has been extended to May 15 and should contain the individual’s contact information, including daytime phone number, mailing and e-mail addresses. For further information, contact Eric Taylor at phone 206 296.8688.

Museums added to Map 4Culture

Dino Day, © Carol Swales 2013. Photo Courtesy of the Burke Museum.
Dino Day, © Carol Swales 2013. Photo Courtesy of the Burke Museum.
Dino Day, © Carol Swales 2013. Photo Courtesy of the Burke Museum.

We’ve recently updated Map 4Culture, our interactive online and mobile map, with museums. Like the organizations participating in Destination Heritage, and integrated Public Art projects in King County’s collection, all the museums included on the new Map 4C layer receive funding from 4Culture. It’s a fun way to discover new places and artworks to explore, learn about and visit.

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Dino Day, © Carol Swales 2013. Photo Courtesy of the Burke Museum.
Dino Day, © Carol Swales 2013. Photo Courtesy of the Burke Museum.

We’ve recently updated Map 4Culture, our interactive online and mobile map, with museums. Like the organizations participating in Destination Heritage, and integrated Public Art projects in King County’s collection, all the museums included on the new Map 4C layer receive funding from 4Culture. It’s a fun way to discover new places and artworks to explore, learn about and visit.

The timing of this update coincides with the American Alliance of Museums conference taking place at the Washington State Convention Center from May 18 – 21.  With thousands of attendees in town and a planned regional Museum Week in the works, it seemed a good time to add to this public resource. Mark your calendars for Museum Week, May 16-23, when 56 participating museums will offer 2-for-1 admissions, special events and exhibitions. Museum Week events will be highlighted on the STQRY smartphone app, where you can find 4Culture arts and heritage stories now. The Museum week website will launch April 18.

Explore Map 4Culture and venture out to a museum, public art site or heritage destination in April. It’s a great way to issue in the spring.

*See that swell map icon in the upper right corner of our home page? Yes, that is Map 4C.

Sammamish Slough Racers to speak at Redmond Historical Society on April 12

Sammamish Slough Race. Photo © Allan Anderson, courtesy of Redmond Historical Society.

Driver Steve Greaves leads panel on Sammamish Slough Race

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Sammamish Slough Race. Photo © Allan Anderson, courtesy of Redmond Historical Society.
Sammamish Slough Race. Photo © Allan Anderson, courtesy of Redmond Historical Society.

Driver Steve Greaves leads panel on Sammamish Slough Race

Redmond Historical Society Speaker Series: The Sammamish Slough Race 1933-1976

Saturday, April 12th
10:30am – noon
Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center
16600 NE 80th St., Redmond, WA.
$5 suggested donation for non-members

Before Major League sports in Seattle, boat racing was king and the Sammamish Slough Race was one of the premier Northwest events. Every April thousands of spectators watched drivers jump logs and dodge bridge pilings on the narrow and winding 13-mile slough from Lake Washington to Lake Sammamish. This year, the City of Kenmore and organizer A. Gaul Culley will revive this racing tradition in North Lake Washington on Saturday, April 5. For details and a link to scheduled activities check out our post on the this event.

On Saturday, April 12th at 10:30am at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, Steve Greaves, a four time slough racer and national champion boat racer, will moderate a panel of former Slough Race drivers and officials to give the audience a feel for the challenges and excitement of this by-gone event. He is speaking as part of the Redmond Historical Society Saturday Speaker Series and will be joined by a panel of slough racers.

It was a challenging race as is had 63 turns and a lot of unpredictable obstacles. I remember coming around a bend going through Redmond and having to dodge a cow getting a drink in the water,” recalls Greaves, who participated in his first race at fourteen and went on to set over 30 World and National water speed records.

The races ran from 1933 to 1976. Unofficial estimates of 40,000 or more fans lined the river banks and bridges. Spectators loved it because it was loud and the action was only fifteen feet away. Photographers positioned themselves to capture crashes and helicopters flew overhead for local radio coverage. The event ended after 1976 as permitting and insurance costs became a burden for the organizers.

The Saturday Speaker Series is a monthly program presented by the Redmond Historical Society on every second Saturday (with the exception of December) at 10:30am at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, located at 16600 NE 80th Street. Topics range from local, state and Pacific Northwest historical interest. Learn more about the Historical Society.

 

2014 Welcomes New Touring Arts Roster Artists

NighTraiN, photo by Greg Stonebraker 2011
NighTraiN, photo by Greg Stonebraker 2011
NighTraiN, photo by Greg Stonebraker 2011

For more than three decades, 4Culture’s Touring Arts Roster has supported the performing arts of King County. Available as a free resource -especially useful to concert and event planners- this online juried directory offers nearly 200 professional acts in Dance, Music and Theatre featuring a diversity of genres, styles and cultural traditions. NighTraiN, pictured above, is featured in the current issue of City Arts Magazine. Check out the story of how they came to perform together.

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NighTraiN, photo by Greg Stonebraker 2011
NighTraiN, photo by Greg Stonebraker 2011

For more than three decades, 4Culture’s Touring Arts Roster has supported the performing arts of King County. Available as a free resource -especially useful to concert and event planners- this online juried directory offers nearly 200 professional acts in Dance, Music and Theatre featuring a diversity of genres, styles and cultural traditions. NighTraiN, pictured above, is featured in the current issue of City Arts Magazine. Check out the story of how they came to perform together.

Live auditions for the Touring Arts Roster have generally been held annually, theater style before a judge’s panel of presenters, artists and administrators from across the county. The most recent round brings an exciting new bunch of talent to the mix! We invite you to visit their pages and get to know their work.

Alma Villegas y Azucar: vocal fronted Latin Jazz offering a diversity of styles.

Concert Imaginaire: electro-acoustic ensemble featuring strings, keyboard and percussion.

Cynthia Alexander: visionary singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Darrius Willrich: acclaimed Soul singer and Jazz pianist.

Duo Finelli: Vaudevillian musical comedy.

Elnah Jordan Experience (The): R&B, Jazz, Blues, and Gospel vocal inspirations.

EntreMundos Quarteto: from the deep well of Brazilian song.

Esoterics (The): award winning contemporary a cappella choral ensemble.

Eva Moon: “The Mutant Diaries: Unzipping My Genes” a musical storytelling born from a battle with cancer.

Good Co: modern beats meet vintage Swing.

Hagucha Garinagu: folkloric music and dance of the Garifuna people.

Hammon-Esvelt Quintet (The): straight-ahead group taking Jazz of the twenty-first century back in time.

Joy Mills Band: organic soulful Country Roots.

Karin Kajita: solo Jazz and Classical piano.

Leslie Rosen/Pyrosutra: fire performance, stilt walking and dance.

Longstride: Rock-Reggae quartet.

Mark Hilliard Wilson: solo acoustic guitar.

Mary Sherhart & Balkan All-Stars: heartfelt songs of the Balkans.

Meredith Connie: solo Classical and Latin guitar.

Mighty Tiny Band (the): a small mobile horn band.

NighTraiN: locomotive Punk.

Northwest Tap Connection: young performers of Tap and Dance.

Steve Griggs Ensemble (Panama Hotel Jazz): original Jazz inspired by local history.

Pickled Okra: untraditional Bluegrass.

Splinter Dance Company: ajusticenetwork Dance for social change.

Susan Pascal Quartet: Jazz vibraphonist.

Uncle Bonsai: contemporary Folk-Pop trio.

Verbal Oasis: soulful spoken word.

Yoginis Indian Jazz Project: Classical Indian meets Jazz.

Artists interested in joining the Touring Arts Roster may submit an Intent to Audition form directly on the TAR website.