Monday, March 30, 2009

Connecting the Dots

New York. London. And now Seattle! Only three cities in the world will experience this exciting new production of Sunday in the Park with George. The 5th Avenue Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim's musical masterpiece in a production featuring the Olivier award-winning scenic effects that dazzled audiences and critics alike. Sondheim's Pulitzer prize-winning musical explores what it means to be an artist -- and what it takes to love one.

Join our city-wide discussion of what it takes to create art in today's world through Connecting the Dots, a collection of lectures and events throughout Seattle involving galleries, museums, schools and other art institutions. Find details at

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Call for Artists - EXTENDED DEADLINE!!!

Pioneer Square Fire Festival

HONORARIUM: $1,000.00


DEADLINE: 5:00 PM on Friday, MAY 8, 2009, not a postmark deadline.


The Pioneer Square Community Association (PSCA) is seeking image rights to an existing or newly created artwork in any two-dimensional media by a King County-based artist. The work should capture the energy and vibrancy of the 2009 Fire Festival, which has long been regarded as one of Seattle's premier neighborhood events.

The selected artist's work will be incorporated alongside event information as well as the PSCA and Fire Festival logos into the following collateral materials:

  • Posters (11x17, approximately 1000 copies & 24x36, approximately 20 copies)
  • Postcards (4x6, approximately 1500 copies)
  • Other promotional materials for the 2009 Pioneer Square Fire Festival

The original artwork will remain the property of the owner and may be for sale.


The Pioneer Square Community Association (PSCA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3). The mission of the PSCA is to make the Pioneer Square neighborhood an active and vibrant place to live, work, and visit. The PSCA acts as a liason between the community and the city to ensure that community projects get planned, funded, and executed.
The Fire Festival is a celebration of Pioneer Square, Seattle's first neighborhood and site of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 (after which most of Seattle as we know it was built). After a brief hiatus following the Nisqually Earthquake, the Fire Festival was reborn through the efforts of the Pioneer Square Community Association and the Seattle Fire Department. This summer, on July 10th & 11th, 2009, neighborhood volunteers will again join together around this exciting and engaging community event.
Additional information on the Fire Festival and the Pioneer Square Community Association can be found at


This competition is open to all professional artists and graphic designers working in two dimensional media and residing in KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON.

A community panel comprised of artists, design professionals, Pioneer Square residents, and Fire Festival stakeholders will review submissions and select one artist for the reward.

The finalist will be selected based on the following criteria

  • Artistic quality of the applicant's work;
  • Ability to respond to the community spirit of the celebration and reference the unique history of the neighborhood;
  • Ability to integrate image into collateral materials.


Deadline for entry 5:00 PM on Friday, MAY 8, 2009
Selection Panel & Notification: late April, 2009


Artists must provide print ready artwork to be incorpotated into Fire Festival collaterals by submitting one digital still image by mail on a CD-R. Please label the the CD-R with your name, piece information (including title, date the artwork was created, medium, and dimensions), and the contact information (mailing address, telephone number, email address if available). Artists should also include a brief description of the artwork.
  • File Format -- Submit only "high" quality JPGs, layered Adobe Photoshop (psd) files or Adobe Illustrator files (.eps). Do not use GIFs, TIFFs, or other formats. Original artwork submissions should be photographed and follow these guidelines. If the design contains letters or words, fonts must be converted to outlines or the fonts must be provided.
  • Image Size -- Images must be at least 500 pixels by 750 pixels and 300 dpi or greater.
  • File Labeling -- Files must be titled with the artist's last name and artwork title. Example: Dixon_Untitled.jpg.

Please include a self addressed, stamped envelope with submissions if you wish to have them returned. PSCA will make every effort to protect submitted materials; however, it will not be responsible for any loss or damage.

Pioneer Square Community Association
Attn: Fire Festival Call for Artists
201 Yesler Way, Suite B
Seattle, WA 98104

TEL 206.624.0978

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

4Culture is pleased to announce the launch of Destination Heritage, a new multi-media guide to historic places around King County. Three themes - Agriculture, Industry, and Maritime – provide background on each featured site, and allow visitors and residents alike to better understand what is truly distinctive about our corner of the country. Pioneer Square appears on page 3 of the Industry guide.

Please visit the new project website to view the guides. Be sure to check out the audio component that allows travelers to access short interpretive talks on their cell phones.

Destination Heritage is a project of 4Culture, in partnership with the King County Historic Preservation Program, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Preserve America.

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Art of Comedy

What do you get when you put Urban Craft Uprising and Comedy Underground together?

The Art of Comedy that's what.

Urban Craft Uprising and the Comedy Underground are teaming up to bring you the Art of Comedy. When the Comedy Underground decided to open it's doors to local artists who use humor and beguiling sensibilities in their work, they called on Urban Craft Uprising, organizers of the largest indie craft show in the Pacific Northwest. Twelve of the funniest indie crafters and artists in the city will be showing off their talent in the Comedy Underground lobby located at 109 S. Washington St. (at Occidental), followed by a full night of comedians bringing the funny. Please join us during the First Thursday Art Walk for our first curated event, March 5th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

At 9:00 the funny continues with headliner John Roy.

John has appeared on Comedy Central's "Premium Blend" in the 2005-2006 season, and a November 2005 episode of CBS' "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." John appeared in several episodes of NBC's "Last Comic Standing" where he advanced to the semifinals of the reality show/ competition. In January, 2008 John made his debut performance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Tickets for the comedy show can be purchased in advance at

Come for the Crafty, stay for the Comedy.