Cultural Perspectives Part III opens October 4, 2016 at the Seattle Municipal Gallery

Cultural Perspectives Part III, October 4 – December 28, 2016

Cultural Perspectives Part III is the third and final installment of a series of exhibitions featuring recent acquisitions for the Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection. The goal of the purchase was to select artworks that represent experiences and social concerns of and from communities of color. The final installation will feature 23 contemporary artworks ranging from carvings, paintings, ceramics, photography and prints.

Part III includes artworks by Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Romson Bustillo, Ron Carraher, Jo Hamilton, Sabina Haque, Naomi Ishisaka, Dave Kennedy, Hyunju Kim, Yegizaw Michael, Ted Mase, Tivon Rice, Mamoun Sakkal, Jayce Salloum, Naomi Shigeta, Akio Takamori, Maki Tamura, Barbara Earl Thomas, and Tariqa Waters.

The entire acquisition totaled 66 contemporary artworks from 45 artists representing the Pacific Northwest.

Photo credit: Barbara Earl Thomas, Story Before Dreaming II (book of fishing), 2008, Lino cut, 18” x 20”


ARTS Presents: Lunch + Learn

Celebrating Asian Pacific American History Month

Friday, May 13 | 12-1 p.m.
Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall
600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Please join us for a special Lunch + Learn, celebrating Asian Pacific American History Month. Artists Akio Takamori, Diem Chau, and Humaira Abid will present their work and talk about how their artwork reflects their cultural heritage. Curated by Ruri Yampolsky, Public Art Program Director, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Please bring your lunch; beverages and food for thought will be provided.

Please RSVP here by Monday, May 16, 2016.

Akio Takamori courtesy the artist. Humaira Abid photo by Kelly O

Diem Chau
Bound 2, 2010
porcelain plate, organza, cotton fabric & thread
6.5 x 9 x .75 inches

Mayor’s Arts Awards 2015 by the numbers

2015 marks the 13th year Seattle has been celebrating our arts and culture scene with the Mayor’s Arts Awards. For the past 13 years three Mayor’s have been honoring the best organizations and individuals that make Seattle one of the most livable and fastest growing cities in the U.S. This year was no exception. So instead of a narrative about the day, we thought we’d let the numbers speak for themselves. Check out the video,

  • 500 people attended the ceremony

Mayor Ed Murray, Councilmember Nick Licata and the 2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards recipients.
On September 4, 2015, Mayor Edward B. Murray honored the 2015 recipients of the MayorÕs Arts Awards at the Seattle CenterÕs Mural Amphitheater. Presented in partnership with Bumbershoot, the awards ceremony is part of the official opening of Bumbershoot 2015, which runs through Monday.
The 2015 honorees are:
¥ Cultural Ambassador: Dr. Robin K. Wright
¥ Arts & Innovation: Akio Takamori
¥ Cultural Preservation: Densho
¥ Future Focus: Seattle JazzED
¥ Creative Industries: Daniel Brown
Photo by Marcus R. Donner © 2015

  • 600 programs printed
  • 300 chairs were set up (so yes, there were quite a few standing)
  • 25 members of the Chinese Community Girls Drill Team
  • 1 Mayor
  • 5 Mayors Arts Awards winners
  • 14 Seattle Arts Commissioners
  • 1 Seattle Councilmember

1 Civic Poet (here’s a link to the poem she read)

  • 1 Seattle based glass artist Manuel Castro who designed and created the Mayor’s Arts Award, in partnership with Chihuly Garden and Glass (maybe a link to his site)
  • 1 artwork Fear of Volcanos 46 unveiled that was dedicated to Councilmember Nick Licata (by artist Ryan Molenkamp, and purchased with Seattle Public Utilities 1% for Art funds)
  • 75 volunteers to set up the event
  • 7 temporary artworks in the Seattle Center Sculpture Walk
  • 397 nominations
  • 1 ukulele player, thank you Champagne Honeybee!
  • 9 months of planning

2015 Mayor’s Arts Awards at Seattle Center

Mayor Edward B. Murray, the Seattle Arts Commission and the Office of Arts & Culture invite you to the

MAYOR’S ARTS AWARDS CEREMONY 4 p.m., Friday, September 4 Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle Center


Cultural Ambassador: Dr. Robin K. Wright
Arts & Innovation: Akio Takamori
Cultural Preservation: Densho
Future Focus: Seattle Jazzed
Creative Industries: Daniel Brown

For more information about the winners visit:

The Mayor’s Arts Awards are presented by the Seattle Arts Commission and the Seattle Office of Art & Culture.