An artistic vision for downtown Seattle, brought to you by Susan Robb

Artist Susan Robb has been commissioned by the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to research, develop, and create a Public Art Plan for downtown Seattle. Robb will guide and influence the development of a public art plan that creates a robust, cohesive, and long-range vision for SDOT’s 1% for Art programming and art enhancements in Seattle’s downtown core. The residency will last approximately six months, beginning in May and running through October 2016.

Robb will work with SDOT staff, project design team consultants, and project stakeholders to examine downtown Seattle’s capital projects and engage community members and organizations such as Lake2Bay and Downtown Seattle Association/Municipal Improvement District. Her work will inform a public art master plan that brings cohesion to the various capital projects slated for downtown Seattle.

Robb’s proposed approach to working with Seattle’s downtown core reflects her ongoing, process-driven, investigation of people and place. Her work varies from sculpture, photography, and video, to temporary, site responsive, and socially engaged projects. She has been awarded commissions from 4Culture, King County Parks, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and grants from Creative Capital, Artist Trust, 4Culture and the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Other awards include a Pollack Krasner Fellowship, a Stranger Genius Award, and support by the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Robb has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues like Berkeley Art Museum; Palm Springs Art Museum; Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA; Weisman Art Museum, MN; Family Business, NYC; Discovery Greens, Houston TX; Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Maui HI; Tacoma Art Museum; Lawrimore Project; The Henry Gallery; Swing Space, NYC; and Blindside Gallery, Melbourne Australia. Robb’s work has been included in public, private, and civic collections worldwide.

Photo credit: Andrew Pogue.


Cal Anderson Park welcomes new ping pong table

New ping pong table in Cal Anderson Park. Photo by Cal Anderson Park Alliance

Cal Anderson Park has been referred to as the Central Park of Capitol Hill. It’s equipped with athletic fields, play equipment, a giant fountain and wide open lawns for picnics. This summer, a new amenity has been added to the list.

On Wednesday, June 3, the Cal Anderson Park Alliance (CAPA) installed a ping pong table on the cement space behind the baseball diamond near the shelterhouse. The community group raised $1,500 for the new piece of equipment. The table is the same style as the one found in Westlake Park and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. CAPA will provide paddles and balls, or patrons can bring their own.

New ping pong table in Cal Anderson Park. Photo by Cal Anderson Park Alliance

The ping pong table installation is part of a larger effort to provide a vibrant, more welcoming atmosphere in downtown parks throughout the summer. When park users are actively involved in positive activities in a park, negative and illegal activities seem to decrease.

“The Cal Anderson Park Alliance was thrilled to be able to work with the Seattle Parks Department to bring a ping pong table to Cal Anderson Park,” Rachael Brister, CAPA board member said.  “This is one step in our work to activate the park with fun activities for people of all ages. We look forward to many hours of ping pong playing by park visitors.”

Cal Anderson Park. Photo by Cal Anderson Park Alliance

Seattle Parks has many other activities planned in its downtown parks this summer in partnership with CAPA and other community organizations. For a full schedule of summer activities, go here.