There's more to life than politics (no matter how fabulous those inaugural balls and concerts in Washington, DC). In our local arts news, the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs announced today eight new members for its Seattle Arts Commission. The mayor appointed four: SAM curator Sandra D. Jackson-Dumont, architect Debra Guenther, Cornish trustee Carol Munro, CD Forum founder Stephanie Ellis-Smith, and musician David Sabee. (Sitting member Joaquin Herranz, a UW professor, was reappointed.)
The city council named three: artist Diana Falchuk (associated with Crawl Space Gallery), Wester Bridge curator Eric Fredericksen, and attorney Jon Rosen, who's on the board of the Holocaust organization Music of Remembrance.
The volunteer group, numbering 15 in all, advises the city on grants, pubic art installations, and a variety of other cultural matters. In 2007, the commission directed $1.7 million in arts spending.
Meanwhile, over at Richard Hugo House, the executive director position mysteriously vacated by Lyall Bush last September remains open. Interim director Cory Sbarbaro is still leading the search for a new leader. And Bush remains interim head over at Northwest Film Forum.
Then there's 911 Media Arts Center, whose executive director Misha Neininger just left after two years in that position. His job will not be filled; rather, the board and curators will assume his duties.
Reading between the lines of all these recent press releases, arts organizations may not have the money to attract and retain top-tier management. 2009 may be a rocky year indeed for funding and patronage. But there is some good recession news: The Paramount is participating in the national Broadway Across America ticket sale on Sunday, Jan. 25. Between noon and 3 p.m., in person only (sorry, no Web), discounts of up to 20 percent will be available for subscription seats for the following touring shows:
Frost/Nixon, May 6 - May 10 Wicked, Sept. 2 - Oct. 4 August: Osage County, Oct. 27 - Nov. 1 Fiddler on the Roof, Nov. 27 - Dec. 5