Seattle Office of Film + Music


Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
Each year, the city celebrates the rich contributions of arts and culture in Seattle with the Mayor’s Arts Awards. This year, the recipients hail from the worlds of dance, multidisciplinary arts, music and the Vietnamese community. The Seattle Arts Commission recommended a selection of individuals and organizations to Mayor Mike McGinn from a pool of more than 300 public nominees. The awards will be presented at 4 pm at Seattle Center and will also kick off Bumbershoot’s Visual Arts Exhibits, which will be open until 9 pm tonight. Below is a list of those receiving the Mayor’s Arts Awards this year:

  • Donald Byrd, choreographer and artistic director of Spectrum Dance Theater
  • Jack Straw Productions
  • Dr. Quinton Morris, violinist and professor
  • On the Boards
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center
  • Tet in Seattle, producer of the annual Tet Festival
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August 5, 2011, 9:35 am
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City Arts Festival
Last week, City Arts Festival released the lineup for its second annual celebration of music, dance, theater, literature and the Seattle art community. Wristbands for the event, which takes place October 20-22, are on sale today. Headliners include Ryan Adams, Robyn, Built to Spill, Ozomatli, and Crystal Castles. A slew of local artists make up the rest of the impressive lineup, including Mudhoney, Fastbacks, The Long Winters, Fences, Campfire OK, USF, Allen Stone, Yuni in Taxco, Seapony, Grand Hallway, Fly Moon Royalty, and many more. Also expect dance workshops, poetry readings, film screenings, a tribute to The Replacements, visual art exhibits, comedy, and some other unconventional performances taking place at 20 different venues around Seattle.

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June 28, 2011, 9:34 am
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Artist Trust
The largest award available to Washington State artists of all disciplines is Artist Trust’s Arts Innovator Award (AIA). Two artists will receive $25,000 each for their display of originating new works, experimenting with fresh ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their fields. This is the first year that the AIA, previously a nomination-only process, is accepting open applications. So if you are a Washington State artist over the age of 18 and not currently enrolled in any degree program, get your application in by July 25.

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The Next Fifty
Next year, the Seattle Center will celebrate its 50th anniversary. The iconic public space made its debut during 1962 World’s Fair, drawing attention for the futuristic-looking Science Center and Monorail. Seattle Center is gearing up for seven months of anniversary-centric programming called The Next Fifty. Beginning in April 2012, each month will be dedicated to a different focus, ranging from science and technology to global health to commerce and the innovation economy. The theme of art, culture and design will last from April to October and include a wide spectrum of temporary art displays. The Next Fifty will award a total of $500,000 ($75,000 set aside for youth artists 24 years old and younter) to artists whose vision matches the criteria of the art, culture and design committee. Projects can be from a variety of mediums, from screenings to concerts to multi-disciplinary events. The deadline to apply is July 22.

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June 24, 2009, 11:13 am
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Seattle Weekly
Where better to showcase emerging arts talent than Georgetown, the neighborhood that’s made “on the cusp” a form of greatness? This year, SW’s annual Artopia event has merged with the Georgetown Music Fest to deliver a full day of free sounds, stunts, family fun, and weirdness. There’ll be 25-cent dances, boxers on roller skates, and a great slate of local bands. See it all on Saturday, June 27th 2:00 – 10:00 pm.