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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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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May 27, 2011, 11:02 am
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Northwest Folklife
Hopefully the rain won’t keep you from checking out the 40th Northwest Folklife Festival this weekend at Seattle Center. Starting tonight, you can partake in a cross-section of performances, vendors and food from a variety of cultures in Seattle. This year, Folklife spotlights two unique cultures: the traditions of the Northwest and the Bulgarian community. The “Northwest Stories” focus features collaborations with local storytellers, poets, writers and dancers. Folklife staff produced eight videos highlighting communities that are part of the annual festival and explore different communities in the Pacific Northwest. The videos can be viewed on the Folklife website, and many of the groups featured are scheduled to perform at the festival. To celebrate Bulgarian culture at Folklife, there will be art exhibits, dance and music performances, workshops and discussions about Bulgarian traditions. Additionally, many local musical acts such as Ravenna Woods, Yuni in Taxco, Wheedle’s Groove, and a plethora of local middle and high school jazz bands will perform at Folklife. For a full schedule of performances and to learn more about how to attend Folklife, click the link above.

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