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Ann Hamilton and the Waterfront Public Piers Project
Ann Hamilton and the Waterfront Public Piers Project

On Monday, March 30, SAL presents internationally recognized artist Ann Hamilton for an artist talk at Town Hall. Last year, Hamilton was selected for a commission on the new public piers as part of Waterfront Seattle. In this video from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture Call for Artists series, Ann Hamilton talks about the Waterfront Public Piers project, and about imagining a new relationship between the city and the water.

“One of the things that makes the site perhaps so compelling is that it is an edge. It’s an edge between what is liquid and what is solid. It’s an edge between the urban and the natural. It’s the edge between wet and dry. So that liquidity of the water, the sense of its rhythm moving in and out, its darkness and the way it reflects light. Think about how that motion meets the motion of a pedestrian walking, and how in turn that motion meets the movement of air currents, which actually make visible all of that sea of air that’s actually above the horizon of the water."

Hamilton, known for large-scale, sensory installations, is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship and has also represented the United States at the Venice Biennale. She is currently in residence at the Henry Art Gallery, where her exhibition "the common SENSE" is on view. Hamilton will join a team of architects, planners and city designers to create the Waterfront Public Piers project over the next several years.

SAL Presents Ann Hamilton
Presented in partnership with the Henry Art Gallery
Monday, March 30, 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattl

An Evening with Ann Hamilton
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Call for Submissions: Seattle Youth Poet Laureate!

The Seattle Youth Poet Laureate Program (YPL) aims to identify youth writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, poetry and performance, human relations, diversity and education across Seattle. Sponsored by Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools Program, the YPL application is open to any Seattle resident between the ages of 14-19. Applicants should apply between March 24 and April 24, 2015. The winner will read at Northwest Folklife on May 23 and secure a book deal with Penmanship Books in NYC. Click here to link to a PDF with more details!

Ruth Dickey and the Turnaround at Seattle Arts & Lectures

"In the 18 months since Dickey took over as executive director of SAL, the organization is drawing big names, filling rooms, creating buzz and operating in the black for the first time in years.

Subscriptions are up almost 40 percent. Ticket sales, to date, are higher than all of last season. Ten of the 12 Literary Arts Series events held over the last two years have sold out.

And the local book community is primed for “Words Matter,” SAL’s annual gala, to be held March 12.

So what exactly is going on over there?"

Nicole Brodeur profiled Executive Director Ruth Dickey in the Seattle Times on February 20. They talked about some of the challenges the organization has faced in the past, what SAL has been doing to get its groove back, and Ruth’s big dreams for SAL moving into the next 25 years.

Click here to read the full story.

Sheri Fink Visits Cleveland High School

"Journalism is a lot like the scientific process. We all want to prove our own theories about the things we are researching, but all of the facts and evidence must be in order before we can do that." The connections author Sheri Fink made between the writing and scientific processes resonated with over one hundred students at Cleveland High School, who stayed after classes ended for the day, in order to hear her speak this past Tuesday. Themselves in the middle of a mock trial inspired by Fink's book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist was careful to present her information gathering techniques and writing approach to the students as fact-based insights, so as not to bias their perspectives mid-case.

Dr. Fink spoke to many questions about the people she interviewed, her experiences on the ground in New Orleans and the process of putting together a truthful accout of a complicated story using research compiled over six years, inspiring a new generation of scientists and journalists with equal force.

Read more about Dr. Fink's visit to Cleveland High School on the WITS blog.