Special Projects Funding
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Congratulations to all of our Special Projects 2014 Artists and Arts Groups!
We received a record number of applications, which means there is a great year ahead for the arts in Bellevue. Here is a list of all the projects funded for this year and links to all the artists and organizations with websites. If you have questions about a particular event feel free to contact the organization or artist directly.
The City is proud to support all of these events. We are also grateful to the individuals, businesses and other organizations who also support these organizations.
Arts Program Funding
Event Description, Location and Dates
American Asian Performing Arts Theatre
Ode To Spring – 2014 Chinese New Year Celebration Performance Westminster Chapel – Event completed.
Anindo Chaterjee Institute of Tabla Seattle
Thumri Musical Poetry Project Concert and interactive workshop featuring Thumri, poetry set to folk music of India. Eastside Bahai Center Auditorium, April 11 & 12, 2014.
Dante’s Inferno, the Ballet with original music by Glenna Burmer and Tim Huling, conducted by Grammy award winner David Sabee, with the Northwest Sinfonia. Meydenbauer Theatre, - Event completed.
Eastside Jazz Club
Eastside Jazz Club Annual Jazz Extravaganza. Approximately 15 jazz artists Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Downtown Bellevue. Sept. 20, 2014
Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association
Aki Matsuri 2014 ~20 performing and cultural artists/groups actively involving 200+ performers and practitioners representing a variety of Japanese cultural and performing arts. Includes guest artists from Japan. Bellevue College, Sept. 6 & 7, 2014
Evergreen City Ballet
Coppelia Ballet performances, all ages. Meydenbauer Theatre, June 21 & 22.
From Within Nucleus
“Through our eyes”. Using the dance form Bharatanatyam, a classic South Indian style of dance, this original production depicts episodes from daily life. Meydenbauer Theatre, May 4, 2014
Stripe Messages Newport Hills artist Hanson will invite residents visiting the Newport Hills Shopping Center to share memories of the shopping center and their dreams of what it could be. He will paint responses on the white lines of parking spaces in the shopping center. Project is pending; permission from property owner will be needed.Newport Hills Shopping Center parking lot, Aug. 2 – Sept. 1, 2014, estimated.
Hengda Dance Academy
Rhythm of Dance – Times: an Exploration of Dance. An annual Chinese Dance performance by students of the Hengda Dance Academy, from both Bellevue and Seattle classes. Dances of many Chinese ethnic groups will be included. In addition, original work by Hengda Li will be performed. Meydenbauer Theatre, June 2014 (dates tba )
Huay Yin Performing Arts Group
Rising Star – Youth Program. Dancing and musical performance with before and after education programs.Studio, 12754 Bel Red Road. Events completed.
Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Club
Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera Performance. Tradition Chinese Opera performanceMeydenbauer Theatre, July 12, 2014
Attention Shoppers!” a sound installation broadcasting to the Newport Hills Shopping Center parking lot. Periodic broadcasts will include a wide variety of content such as short poetic observations from local professionals and the artist regarding architecture, urban planning, shopping as a communal experience. These will be interspersed with short classical music pieces by a local ensemble as well as local bird songs. Project is pending; permission from property owner will be needed.Newport Hills Shopping Center parking lot, May – July, 2014 (estimated)
McAlister Merchant Jr.
Reflections from the Inside. An exhibit of pastel and cast glass art works representing moments and experiences in the life of a writer and artist, an American citizen and Bellevue WA resident. Bellevue Regional Library, May 1 – 29, 2014
Northwest Sound Men’s Chorus
Strawberry Festival and Holiday Sing! Sing! Sing!Free performances of 60-member men’s barbershop chorus at the Strawberry Festival and free singing lessons for men interested in singing A Capella Barbershop harmony.Strawberry Festival: Crossroads Park, June 28-29, 2014Holiday Sing! Sing! Sing! Bellevue First United Methodist Church; dates tba .
Performing Arts Festival Eastside
Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside Recognition concerts by top-scoring students of music and dance in festival adjudications. St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 4 public events, May 3-4, 2014
Bellevue Concert Series a new concert series including 4 concerts by this volunteer orchestra. Meydenbauer Theatre. Feb. 27, June 6, October, tba ; December, tba
School of Taiko
Bellevue Taiko Festival 2014. A new festival, focusing on Japanese musical culture. Will include performances and workshops by professional taiko drummers and other musicians. Special guests will be Yu Imafuku, the top taiko drummer of Japan and his group. Free and discounted tickets. Bellevue or Newport High School and Highland Community Center. October 17 – 20, 2014.
Seattle Chinese Chorus
Seattle Chinese Chorus Annual Concert. The 50-member chorus will perform in about a dozen mixed choruses, male and female ensembles, solos and instrument performances around the theme of “Life is Wonderful.”Westminster Chapel, May 10, 2014
Seattle International Film Festival
SIFF Bellevue. 50 screenings of films from around the world, including appearances by the filmmakers. Lincoln Square Cinemas, May 16 – June 29, 2014
Stone Dance Productions
Chop Shop: Bodies of Work. Eastside’s only contemporary dance festival. Includes 2 performances by top modern dance choreographers and companies in Puget Sound area, and 5 daytime master classes for dance students, family-friendly lecture/ demonstrations and intro-level modern techniques classes for ages 10 to adult. Meydenbauer Theatre, Crossroads Community Center, Highland Community Center, South Bellevue Community Center. All events completed.
Storybook Theatre Performance. Professional, original musical theatre performances at 2 low-income Bellevue Elementary Schools. Bellevue elementary school tba; dates tba.
Vedic Cultural Center
Flavors of India 2014. Indian cultural festival featuring an authentic Indian Village with dioramas and live demos of authentic Indian village life, performances, food, and a street parade with a traditional Indian Chariot and more.Downtown Park, August 30 – 31, 2014
11 Pied Piper Theatre Performances. National touring children's theatre productions from around the country, “bringing literature to life”, based on award-winning children’s books.Meydenbauer theatre and individual schools (tba)January 1 through August 31, 2014
If you are funded in 2014, here are your final report forms:Special Projects 2014 Final Reports Part 1Special Projects 2014 Final Reports Part 2Special Projects 2014 Invoice
Special Projects OverviewThe Special Projects Program funds a variety of arts projects serving Bellevue residents. By encouraging and supporting special projects in Bellevue we aim to achieve the goals of the Cultural Compass, Bellevue's cultural plan, by:
Bel-Red is a 900-acre area east of downtown Bellevue and characterized by low-rise retail and light industrial businesses. In 2009 the City Council adopted new zoning and policies for developing the Bel Red area in the years to come.
The vision laid out in the Bel-Red Subarea Plan includes a new arts district centered by the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s eastside school, the Francia Russell Center, and will emphasize live/work space, learning and making art. The Bel-Red subarea plan will take many years to realize. The Bellevue Arts Commission is inviting artists to take part in the process of building the arts district today by bringing their vision and creativity to Bel-Red.
Two Bel-Red projects were funded in 2010Miriam Works of Works Consulting partnered with Cheryl Leo-Gwin to survey the Bel Red area, gathering information on potential sites for temporary art projects, both visual and performing, and providing recommendations on next steps to continue building the arts district. They presented their report, “Mapping Bel-Red’s Cultural Future” to the Arts Commission on Sept. 7, 2010.
Photographer/videographer Tomiko Jones presented her project on Sept. 24, 2010, at an in-stream water detention facility on 124th Avenue Northeast. The Bel-Red area is home to several streams that form the headwaters for salmon-bearing Kelsey Creek. Impacted by historical development, these streams will eventually be daylighted, the habitat they provide will be improved, and the streams will become a key feature of sustainable urban design in Bel Red. Projecting film footage onto temporary screens, or sails, which reflect onto the water, Tomiko poetically contrasted this vision of the future with existing conditions. To see this project, click here.
Three Bel-Red projects were funded in 2011.
Emerald Ballet Theatre. This ballet school and company is located in the Bel-Red area. They provided ballet students with a master class by Larissa Savaliev, a nationally respected instructor and co-founder of theYouth American Grand Prix. The YAGP is the world's largest student ballet scholarship competition awarding over $250,000 annually in scholarships to leading dance schools worldwide.
Brian Forrest. Brian created a series of oil paintings of the Bel-Red area which were displayed at Factoria Shopping Center and Vovito Cafe and Gelato at the Bravern. An expressionistic painter, Brian captured the beauty and diversity of the area in a style emphasizing light and color. See the paintings and more information about Brian's work here.
Cheryl Leo-Gwin. Cheryll transformed a vacant store in the Sternco Center in Bel-Red into an art gallery. Cheryll continued her work on a series of paintings and sculptures based on cultural differences between the US and China during the times of the McCarthy Era, China's Cultural Revolution, Civil Rights, the US Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 - 1945, and the Women's Movement. She reproduced her work in large weather-proof versions and displayed them on windows surrounding the building. See images of the work here.
Arts Special Projects Funding
450 110th Avenue NE
PO Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Mary Pat Byrne