City of Music Career Day Roadshow at a High School near you

On Tuesday March 22nd the Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS), the Arts Commission, Music Commission, and the Office of Film + Music brought Executive Director of The Vera Project  (and Seattle Music Commissioner) Tim Lennon, and ARTS’ Digital Media Specialist (and Stranger writer and KEXP DJ/musician ) Larry Mizell Jr to Nathan Hale High School to speak to students for the City of Music Career Day Roadshow. Mizell and Lennon spoke with two classes of young people that were engaged and curious, and answered questions about getting experience, making connections, and finding opportunities to work in the music industry. (A request to freestyle was sadly denied.)

A few students knew about the organizations that Mizell and Lennon represented, a couple had heard Larry’s radio show, and one was already volunteering at Vera, but it was news to most in attendance. After talking with Lennon and Mizell, some students expressed excitement, and made plans with each other before they left the room, to volunteer at one or more of the organizations in the future. All in all, the roadshow was a great opportunity to spread the word about the annual City Of Music Career Day, what making a living in the arts and music can mean, and about how to crack the too-often-inscrutable puzzle of “how to get started”.

City of Music Career Day Roadshows: A new partnership in 2016 with Seattle Public Schools, produced in partnership with Seattle Music Commission, Office of Film + Music, Seattle Arts Commission and Office of Arts & Culture, the City of Music Career Day Roadshows are concentrated outreach and engagement programs that pair two music industry professionals (musicians, producers, radio personalities, record labels, etc.) and brings them into the classroom to share their artistic, creative, and professional experiences with students. It provides a direct connection for students to learn about the diverse opportunities and career pathways available in the music industry. Additionally, it raises awareness and interest in the annual City of Music Career Day event.

ARTS Welcomes three new art commissioners

This month the Office of Arts & Culture welcomes three new arts commissioners: artist Juan Alonso-Rodriguez; Steve Galatro, executive director of Pratt Fine Arts Center and Cassie Chin, deputy executive director at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. All three bring a wealth of arts and cultural experience to the commission.

Juan Alonso-Rodriguez arrived in the United States from his native Cuba in 1966. He is a self-taught artist whose transition from music to visual arts coincided with his move to Seattle in 1982. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Latin America and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Microsoft, Swedish & Harborview Hospitals and General Mills and he has created public works for Century Link Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, Sound Transit’s Light Rail system and Chief Sealth High School. His awards include a 2010 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, The Neddy Fellowship, PONCHO Artist of the Year, two Artist Trust GAPs, a 4Culture Individual Artist Grant and a residency at the Centrum Foundation. In 2015, he completed artist residencies for the City of Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture and Town Hall Seattle. Photo by Kseniya Sovenko

Steve Galatro, Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Executive Director since 2012, has extensive experience in nonprofit arts administration and higher education, elevated by an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University. Previous management experience comes from various positions at Empty Space Theatre and the Seattle University Fine Arts Department, where he continues to serve as an adjunct professor. In 2014, Galatro was honored for his rejuvenation of Pratt as one of the top 40 Under 40 business leaders in the region by the Puget Sound Business Journal.



Cassie Chinn, Deputy Executive Director at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, oversees planning and implementation of exhibition, collection, public programming and education initiatives in collaboration with community members. In her 20 plus years with the museum, she has worked with numerous community advisory committees and community members to create exhibitions, gather oral histories and produce other museum projects, including The Wing’s recent multi-year exhibition on Bruce Lee. During the museum’s capital project, she led community-based program planning and served on the design team. She is the author of The Wing’s Community-based Exhibition handbook. She currently serves on the 4Culture Heritage Advisory Board. Chinn holds a BA and MA in art history as well as a Master in Teaching.

The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency. Commission members include artists, arts professionals and other citizens with diverse backgrounds and strong links to Seattle’s arts community. The mayor appoints seven of the commissioners; the City Council appoints seven, and a 15th member is selected by those 14. An additional commissioner is selected through the YMCA’s “Get Engaged” program.