Highlights

“Raj Kapoor & The Golden Age of Indian Cinema” looks at the career of this actor considered a legend of Indian film.  He was a popular actor  who  combined swagger, showmanship and pathos. As much   loved as he was an actor, he wielded even more influence as a director. His films ran the gamut from raw neorealism to epic musical production numbers all painted in bright colors. This retrospective introduces a major Indian cinema figure with thirteen newly restored classics from the early 40’s all the way to the 80’s. A special opening night gala presentation of one of his most loved films, “Awaara” (“The Vagabond”) takes place on March 29 at SIFF Cinema At The  Uptown  at 511 Queen Anne Ave. N. in Seattle, (206) 324-9996. The retrospective continues from March 30 – April 11 at the SIFF Cinema at the Film Center  in the Northwest Rooms of Seattle Center, (206) 633-7151.

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is holding their 46th Annual Conference in Seattle from March 28 – 31, 2012 which means there will be more than 180 exhibitions in the area showcasing ceramic art including work by artists like Patti Warashina, Akio Takamori, Saya Moriyasu, Beth Lo. Bendan Lee Satish Tang, Toshiko Takaezu and others.  Learn more at www.nceca.net.

The first Seattle Deaf Film Festival organized by Deaf Spotlight runs through the weekend of March 30 at UW’s Kane Hall on the Seattle campus. It’s the first festival in the Northwest that focuses on deaf culture in film. Local and international films in all genres are featured. Two entries from Asia are included. “Silenced” (“Dogani”) is a South Korean film about abuse in a school for the deaf that led to significant changes in the law. “If I Knew What You Said” (Dinig Sana Kita”) comes from the Philippines and tells the story of a deaf dancer meeting a hearing musician. More information  at www.deafspotlight.com/SDFF.

Japanese jazz pianist Hiromi returns to Seattle’s Jazz Alley with “The Trio Project” with Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips. March 29 – April 1. 2033 6th Ave. (206) 441-9729 or go to www.jazzalley.com

Poets Shin Yu Pai and Mike O’Connor read at Open Books in the Wallingford neighborhood on Thu., March 22 at 7:30 p.m.  Pai will read from her dazzling new collection of poems entitled “Adamantine” (White Pine Press) while O’Connor reads from a book-length poem entitled “Immortality.” Pai is a former Seattle resident and O’Connor lives and works out of Port Townsend. Open Books, 2414 N. 45th St. (206) 633-0811.

Two new films open at Landmark Theatres in Seattle in March. “Boy” (see related story in this issue)  by Taika Waititi tells the story of a young Maori boy in rural New Zealand who finally meets his long absent father but what happens doesn’t fulfill his bright expectations. Go to www.boythefilm.com. Opens March 23 and runs for a week. “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”  (see related story in this issue) is a documentary film by David Gelb about Jiro Ono, one of the most respected sushi chefs in the world who always strives for perfection and the son who wants to follow in his footsteps. Seattle’s esteemed sushi chef Shiro Kashiba worked and learned the art of sushi in Ono’s restaurant. Opens March 30 and screens for a week. Go to www.sushimovie.com for details.

“Art Behind Barbed Wire: A Pacific Northwest Exploration of Japanese American Arts and Crafts Created in World War II Incarceration Camps” is a new show  opening  Sat., March 17.  Northwest Nikkei Museum in the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington, 1414 S. Weller St., Seattle. Free. For details, go to www.jcccw.org/NWNikkeiMuseum.html.

Japanese installation artist Motoi Yamamoto who works with salt, an element associated with death in Japanese culture has work in the group show  entitled “Making Mends” which explores the healing power of art. Seattle artist Margot Quan Knight has work in this show as well. On view through May 27. Bellevue Arts Museum at 510 Bellevue Way NE. Call (425) 519-0770 or go to www.bellevuearts.org.

Yun Hong Chang’s delicate sculptures using materials like porcelain, hair, fabric and thread create a fragile world of beauty in the show “Memory” on view through March at Shift Studio, 105-306 S. Washington St. in the Tashiro Building. Visit www.shiftstudio.org for details.

The Frye Art Museum opens two new exciting shows. “Of Breath and Rain” by Susie J. Lee is the first solo show by this leading Seattle artist and Stranger Genius Award-winner. The artist creates installations that use multi-media tools and says of her work – “I am drawn to the mutable terrain between myth and stories (ie., collective memories) and the unbearably real.” On view through April 8, 2012.   On Th., March 29, noted Seattle writer/poet Rebecca Brown will give a talk entitled “How Long it Takes to Breathe: The Long Sentence and the Work of Susie J. Lee.” “Eternity and Commoner” is the first museum exhibition in the US of work by Li Chen, a noted sculptor working in Shanghai and Taiwan. The artist explores the honorific used in ancient China by commoners wishing their rulers a long life. Also includes works that explore the cyclical nature of life in wood, rope and clay. On view from through April 8, 2012. 704 Terry. Call (206) 622-9250 or go to www.fryemuseum.orgwww.

“Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” is a fascinating photo exhibit that takes 10 families from around the world and looks at what they eat, day in and day out. Remains on view through June 10. UW’s Burke Museum, 17th Ave. NE and NE 45th in Seattle. Call (206) 544-5590 or go to www.burkemuseum.org.

NAGOMI Tea House Space presents Hiroshima’s drummer Danny Yamamoto  who performs live with Deems Tsutakawa on Fri., March 23 at 7 p.m. Get your tickets early for this one. Call (206) 623-0100 or email [email protected].

“Soaring Voices, Recent Ceramics by Women from Japan” is a group show presenting 85 ceramics by 25 contemporary artists. March 27 – May 12. Western Gallery in the Fine Arts Complex at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Call (360) 650-3963 or go to www.westerngallery.wwu.edu.

Zakir Hussain is one of the greatest percussionists working today. He covers the map on tabla drums from traditional South Asian rhythms to experimental/improvisation. To see him play is a joy.  On March 31 at 8pm, he brings his annual “Masters of Percussion” tour to Seattle. This includes some of the best musicians from South Asia in a frenzy of sophisticated rhythms. The Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle. Call (877) 784-4849 or visit www.stgpresents.org.

Bainbridge Island commemorates the 70th anniversary of the first forced removal of Japanese Americans in WWII in a free day long series of events entitled “A Day of History, Honor and Healing” on Bainbridge Island. 9am – 8:30pm. Go to www.bainbridgememorial.org or www.bjac.org.

Visual Arts

“Dreams of Fire and Ice” is a show inspired by visits to Iceland by photographer/writer SuJ’n Chon on view with photographs of the Philippines by Carina del Rosario at IDEA ODYSSEY Gallery through April 28. IDEA ODYSSEY Gallery, 666 S. Jackson St., Seattle.

The work of Akio Takamori is included in the “3D4M Faculty Exhibit” that also includes the work of other UW professors such as Ame Moneel, Doug Jeck, Jami Walker and Mark Zirpel. Through April 1. Traver Gallery in Seattle at 110 Union St. #200, Seattle. Call (206) 587-6501 or go to www.travergallery.com.

If Saya Moriyasu’s new work is “Folly,” it’s the refreshingly funny kind. Shows with Gala Bent’s “Geology of Longing.” Through April 14.  NCECA reception on Tu., March 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. G. Gibson Gallery at 300 S. Washington St. Call (206) 587-4033 or go to [email protected].

The work of Patti Warashina is included in a group show entitled “Clay & Prints” featuring the work of 8 artists in 2 mediums. Through March.  Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S. Call (206) 624-7684 or go to www.davidsongalleries.com.

Susie J. Lee has a show entitled “Unplug, Try Again” on view at Lawrimore Project through March. Included is the northwest debut of “Contact” (2011), a sculpture that develops relationships with viewers through text-messaging showing alongside a new series of experimental black-and-white contact prints floating in water that conflate technology and ecology. Available is a new experientially choreographed artist book that you can plug into your computer designed as a catalogue for Lee’s current show at the Frye Art Museum. 117 S. Main, #101 in Pioneer Square. Call (206) 501-1231 or www.lawrimoreproject.com.

2012 NCECA Conference Partnership with Archie Bray Foundation presents a group show of Foundation affiliated artists including Myungjin Kim and Steven Young Lee in two shows entitled “Prey/Capture” and “Table of Content.” Reception on Thu.,  March 29 from 6 – 9 p.m. Through March 31. Foster/White Gallery at 220 Third Ave. S. Call (206) 622-2833 or go to www.fosterwhite.com.

“Beyond Borders” is an international group exhibit of ceramic works by 20 faculty and graduates based in countries all around the world. Artist talk by Ingrid Murphy on March 29 at 3 p.m. Through March. ArtXchange Gallery, 512 First Ave. S. Call (206) 839-0377 or visit: www.artxchange.org.

The Washington State Convention Center this month will be a ceramic lover’s paradise. Shows include the following.  “Enduring Clay: Four decades of Collecting Ceramics by the City of Seattle & King County.” “The Kolva/Sullivan Collection” includes work from the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana. The work of Akio Takamori is included in the group show, “Marks: Ceramic Sculptors Draw.” Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place downtown. Call (206) 694-5000 or visit: to www.wsctc.com.

Ceramic sculptor Kensuke Yamada’s work is included in a group show entitled “Figurative Works In Clay” through March 31 at Grover/Thurston Gallery, 319 Third Avenue South, Seattle. Call (206) 223-0816 or go to www.groverthurston.com.

Aljoya presents an art exhibition featuring the work of ZZ Wei and Alfredo Arreguin. Show will be on view through June 25, 2012. 450 NE 100th St. in Seattle.

 “Ocean in a Cup” is a NCECA group exhibition of contemporary sake ware by Japanese & American potters as curated by John Dix based in Japan. Represents a wide range of approaches from traditional to contemporary. On view March 29 – April 21. Opening March 29 from 4 – 6 p.m. and on view through April 21 is “What’s the Use?” ceramic work from traditional to modern from students and faculty in the University of Montana Ceramics Program put on the map by the late, great ceramic sculptor Rudy Autio. Includes the work of Beth Lo and many others.  Kobo at Higo, 604 South Jackson. Email [email protected] or call (206) 381-3000.

At SOIL Gallery, they present “ Open for Construction: SOIL Ceramics Show,” a participatory and constantly evolving group show that involves SOIL members who will come in everyday and create with clay.  Remains on view through March.  NCECA reception on Tues., March 27 from 6 – 9 p.m. SOIL Gallery, 112 – 3rd Ave. S., Seattle. Visit www.soilart.org for details or call (206) 264-8061.

Noted Seattle ceramic artist Patti Warashina has work in the group show entitled “Around The Bend And Over The Edge: Seattle Ceramics 1964 – 1977” through May 6. Warashina will engage the curator of the show, Martha Kingsbury in conversation about West Coast experimental ceramics and the  post-war departure from utility. On Fri., April 6 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Cambodian-born artist Soheap Pich immigrated to the US with his family to escape the Khmer Rogue and attended art school here, earning an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After a few years of meaningless jobs less than conducive to making art, he returned to his home country where he transitioned to sculpture using rattan and bamboo which suggests Cambodia’s basket-weaving tradition. He comes to Seattle’s Henry art Gallery to construct an installation entitled “Compound.” On view till April 1, 2012. Henry Art Gallery on the UW campus located at 15th Ave. NE & NE 41st. Call (206) 543-2280 or visit www.henryart.org for details.

“Gauguin Polynesia – An Elusive Paradise” is on view till April 29. The work couples the artist’s work in the South Seas with indigenous work from the islands. Kids activities for this show include the following. “Gauguin & Polynesia Community Day” on Sat., March 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Artmaking, tours, dancing and music.” Earth Day for Kids” in Olympic Sculpture Park on Sat., April 21 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Artmaking, tours and performances with an ecological message. On the second floor see an offering of Toshiko Takaezu’s large ceramic jars in the “New Acquisitions” show along with Brendan Tang’s send-up of Chinese Ming dynasty vessels meets techno-pop shapes inspired by Japanese anime and manga. On the third floor, explore a new show entitled “The Seattle Art Museum & Seattle Artists in the 1930s and 1940s” which celebrates the work of Northwest artists whose careers were fostered by the director and patrons of the museum. Includes work by Mark Tobey, Morris Graves and Emilio Amero. SAM Next series is Seattle Art Museum’s contemporary art exhibition program intended to shed light on cutting-edge contemporary young artists and the work they are doing. Selected sixth in the series is New York-based multi-media artist Mika Tajima. Tajima combines painting, sculpture, design, performance, video and sound to create immersive installations that expand the possibilities of each medium. Early warning – Tajima will make an appearance at the museum on April 28. On view through June 17, 2012. SAM,1300 First Ave., Seattle. Call (206) 654-3100 or visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org for details.

On view till August 5, 2012 will be a show entitled “Colors of the Oasis, Central Asian Ikats” which features 40 colorful robes created during the 19th century using the labor intensive process known as ikat. All at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 Prospect Ave., Seattle. For more information, call (206) 654-3100 or visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.

The Wing has a new show “I Am Filipino” which looks at Filipino identity through personal stories and photographs. Through March 31 is the Historic Hotel & Chinatown Discovery Tour with a Lunar New Year twist. Call (206) 623-5124×133 for details. “Asian American Arcade” is a new exhibition. Follow video games out of the arcade and into the art gallery where related artworks explore questions of identity, community, imagination, learning and the power of play in our lives. Through June 17, 2012. “Meet Me at Higo: An Enduring Story of a Japanese American Family” is a new show of a famous neighborhood general store that just opened. On view until May 27, 2012. Accompanied by a catalogue with essay written by Ken Mochizuki. Also new is “From Fields to Family: Asian Pacific Americans and Food” which explores the traditions, techniques and mouth-watering stories of food through culture and cooking techniques passed on through home and restaurant over the years.  Through July 15, 2012. “New Years All Year Round” on view till July 1. “Vintage Japantown: Through the Lens of the Takano Studio” on view through Sept. 16. For information on all of the above, go to www.wingluke.org or call (206) 623-5124.

Photographer Carina del Rosario’s work is included in two group shows this spring. “Shadows and Reflections” curated by sculptor June Sekiguchi at Ida Culver House in Seattle from March 21 – July 16.  12505 Greenwood Ave. N. (206) 452-3206. “Contemporary Traditions” curated by Romson Regarde Bustillo opening in April at M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery at Seattle Central Community College  in room 2BE2116 at 1701 Broadway. (206) 934-4379. She also gives a slide talk about her work on the Philippines (currently on view at Odyssey Gallery till) at ACRS on Friday, April 6 at noon.

Pariscope Studios has an Open Studio featuring new arts and crafts work and creative products. Winnie Wong’s line of soaps and bath salts are featured. Located at NW Work Lofts Building at the corner of Denny & Western at the edge of Belltown. (206) 618-7352 for details.

“Open Interval” is a group show guest curated by local artist Rumi Koshino at Cullom Gallery. It features the work of D.W. Burnam, Gala Bent and Garek. See how their visual forms connect their other non-visual practices. Through March. Cullom Gallery, 603  S. Main St., Seattle. Call (206) 340-8000 or email [email protected].

The art of Kathy Liao is included in a group show entitled “Introductions 2012” through April 7.SAM Gallery, 1220 Third Ave., Seattle. Call (206) 343-1101.

Artists Susie J. Lee, Henry Tsang and Jin-Me Yoon were selected to participate in “The 10th Northwest Biennial” which will be on view through May 2012. Work was selected by TAM curator Rock Hushka and independent art curator Renato Rodrigues da Silva. Call (253) 272-4258 or go to www.TacomaArtMuseum.org.

 Roger Shimomura’s work is  in a group show at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. entitled “Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter.” Through Oct. 14, 2012. Go to www.npa.sl.edu/exhibit/encounter/visit.html. After the show closes, it will tour including venues in Washington State.

Coverage of early Japanese American history in the region is included in the permanent exhibit at White River Valley Museum, 918 “H” St. S.E. in Auburn. Call (253) 288-7433 or go www.wrvmuseum.org.

The Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center preserves the history and culture of Japanese Americans in the area. Their permanent exhibit is “Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of a Community.” “Forthcoming shows will be “Kokeshi: From Tradition to Tools,” “Coming Home: Japanese Americans in Portland After WWII” and “Roger Shimomura: Shadows of Minidoka.” Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 NW 2nd Ave. in Portland. Call (503) 224-1458 or e-mail: [email protected].

The Portland Japanese Garden offers the serenity of a Japanese garden plus numerous classes, art shows and workshops year around. Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave. Call (503) 233-1321.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene has the following exhibits.  Coming next spring is a show entitled “Visions of the Orient: Western Women artists in Asia, 1900 – 1940.” Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane, Seattle. Call (541) 346-3027.

The Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver, BC presents “Disaster in Japan,” a show of photographs documenting the 3.11.11 earthquake/tsunami  on view through March 23. 885 W. Georgia St. Call (604) 250-9682 or go to www.pendulumgallery.bc.ca.

Performing Arts

Circus performer/contortionist Ling Rui  appears in the new Teatro ZinZanni  show, “Caliente!” through June 10, 2012. 222 Mercer St. near Seattle Center. For tickets, call (206) 802-0015 or buy at the box office in front of the theatre.

Ragamala presents a Please visit www.ragamala.org for details.

Japan Memorial & We Are One Concert takes place on Sat., March 24 at 2 p.m. Trinity Lutheran Church at 18341 Highway 527 in Freeland on Whidbey Island. Call (360) 341-1817.

Saturday University Lecture Saturdays through April 7 at 9:30 a.m. explores the theme of “The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment  & Health”. Presented by the Gardner Center For Asian Art And Ideas, UW Jackson School of International Studies and Elliott Bay Book Company. On March 24, Daniel Abramson and Jeffrey Hou talk about “Messy Urbanism, Bottom-Up Placemaking”. On March 31, Kongjian Yu will address “Designed Ecologies: The Future of Asia’s Cities: Design, Environment, Health.” April 7 brings Ananya Roy and Vikram Prakash talking about “Asian Urbanism: Negotiating the Global.” Seattle Asian Art Museum’s Stimson Auditorium, 1400 E. Prospect in Volunteer Park. Visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org or call (206) 654-3121.

The Seattle Symphony’s new season comes with a new conductor, Ludovic Morlot and some surprises. Some highlights include the following – Jennifer Koh is violin soloist on March 22, 24 & 25 performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto under the baton of Morlot. On April 16 at 7:30 p.m., Myung-Whun Chung and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra come into town with Wu Wei on sheng performing a mix of Eastern and Western compositions. For a complete schedule, call (206) 215-4747 or go to www.seattlesymphony.org.

Film/Media

The Japanese cult film “Battle Royale” staring Takeshi Kitano as a brutal instructor who trains teenagers before they are put on an island to fight to the death is the midnight movie at the Egyptian on the weekend of March 23 – 24. 805 E. Pine. Call (206) 781-5755.

Kid’s activities tied in with art shows and a screening of a children’s film take place at the “Free First Saturdays + Kids Flicks” program at Seattle Asian Art Museum every first Sat. of the month from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Buds & Blooms” on April 7 will have kids make magical paper flowers inspired by Ikebana floral arrangements and see Michel Ocelot’s “Princes and Princesses” at 1:30 p.m. “Wonderful Wardrobe” on May 5 lets kids explore the show “Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats” and design their own wearable art.  The 1:30 p.m. screening is “Little Women.” Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Prospect. Visit: www.seattleartmuseum.org for details.

“South Seas Dreams: Tahiti As a Cinematic Paradise” looks at the South Seas from various perspectives. On Fridays at 7:30 p.m. in the Plestcheeff Auditorium of the downtown Seattle Art Museum. March 30 brings “Wayfinders: a Pacific Odyssey” and “The Ultimate Wave: Tahiti.” April 20 is the 1935 version of “Mutiny on the bounty.” April 27 is “Oviri aka The Wolf at the Door.” Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave. Visit seattleartmuseum.org.

The Written Arts

New York Times bestseller, “Dreams of Joy” by Lisa See is now in a Random House trade paperback edition. Visit: www.LisaSee.com for details.

Art News/Opportunities

Seattle-area teenagers are invited to apply to the YMCA’s Global Teens Program which has programs in Columbia, Japan, Senegal or Taiwan. For details, call Monica Quill Kusakabe at (206) 382-4362.

Washington State artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply for the 2012 Grants for Artists Projects (GAP). Each grant will provide support for individual artist projects up to $1,500 per project. There will be a free workshop on how to apply on April 25. Go to www.artisttrust.org for details on this and many other grants and opportunities.

Photographers are invited to apply for the exhibition “Where Are We Going? – Our Destiny Through the Eyes of Photojournalists” (Exhibit dates are set from May 18 – June 29). Submission deadline is April 30, 2012.C Art Gallery at 855 Hiawatha Place South in Seattle. Email [email protected] for details.

Early warning –  Sakura-Con, the annual gathering for people interested in  Japanese anime/manga takes place April 6 – 8 at Washington Convention Center. Go to www.sakuracon.org for details.

Lead Pencil Studio (the artist/architectural team of Annie Han & Daniel Mihalyo) was commissioned through a national call-to-artists program, organized by STart & Sound Transit Public Art Program to create public art at Sound Transit’s future Brooklyn Link Light Rail Station in Seattle’s “U” District. For details, go to www.soundtransit.org/start

Photo Center Northwest is busy. “Long Shot – 24 hours , Hundreds of Photographers, One Photo Center” is a 24-hour marathon set for June 1 – 2 and the exhibit of the results set for July 28. Also a call for entries for their 17th Annual Photo  Competition Exhibition with juror W. M. Hunt with a deadline of May 18. And finally two Printing Sponsorships for 2012 are offered which includes 100 hours of free printing. Deadline for that is May 1. For details on all of these and their programs and classes, go to pcnw.org or call (206) 720-7222.

Lisa Hasegawa, Boyd Sugiki,  Romson Regarde Bustillo, Kamla Kakaria and Tina Koyama are just some of the talented local artists  listed as teaching at Pratt Fine Arts Center ‘s Spring 2012 sessions. If you want to see a schedule or more information on how to sign up, go to www.pratt.org.

The Seattle-based artist collective IDEA Odyssey Collective and Gallery announces an open call for entries for a juried exhibition with the theme “IDxID: New Identities.” Established new 2D and 3D visual artists are invited to send their best interpretation of the theme. Deadline is 5 p.m. on Th., March 22, 2012.  Juror is Davida Ingraham, a Seattle cultural worker, artist and writer. For details, go to www.ideaodysseygallery.com.

The Wing issues an invitation to participate in “Beyond Talk 2,” a forthcoming exhibit on race at the Wing Luke Museum. In 2004, the museum had a show entitled “Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race. In 2013, a new exhibit on race opens. The community is invited to share in conversations on issues of race to provoke ideas for the new show. Talks take place in March, April and May at various neighborhoods throughout Seattle. To participate and get details, contact Exhibits Developer Mikala Woodward at [email protected] or call (206) 623-5124.

Seattle Metals Guild sponsors a program called “The Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project”. The Guild collects used jewelry which is cleaned and repaired and then passed on to women in shelters and the Dress for Success program at the YWCA. Donations can be made at the Bellevue Arts Museum at (425) 519-0770 and Seattle Art Museum at (206) 654-3100.

Kaze Daiko is a local youth Japanese taiko group and they are offering a four-week workshop series for beginners from age seven to 12th grade. At Japanese Cultural and  Community Center of Washington at 1414 S. Weller St. Registration at [email protected] or go to www.kazedaiko.com

Columbia City Gallery is an artist-run collective that represents over 30 local multi-media artists. The space has a Guest Gallery which showcases artists that reflect an ethnically diverse neighborhood. Do you have a great exhibit idea to propose or need more information? Email: [email protected] or Lauren Davis at [email protected].

Washington State Minority and Justice Commission annually selects an artwork by a NW artist for reproduction as a poster that reflects a dimension of the racial and ethnic diversity of communities served by Washington State Courts. Submissions and contact information for the artist must be sent by Mon., March 26, 2012 to [email protected].

Poets & Writers’ Readings/Workshops Program offers small grants for literary events taking place in Seattle and covers writers’ fees for public readings and workshops. Go to www.pw.org funding for details.

“Enemies of The People,” the award-winning documentary film by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath that  interviews living architects of the “Killing Fields” is now available on DVD with additional footage and extras. Go to [email protected] for details.

Artist residencies in Italy available for a one-month stay at la Macina de San Cresci. Deadline is April 10, 2012. Go to tttp://bit.ly/Ajpouf for details.

Artists, writers, scientists, and musicians can apply for this Art and Ecology’s Artist-in-Residency offering up to 3 ½ months stay in Sitka, Alaska. Go to http://bit.ly/ha9p4C for details. Deadline of April 20, 2012.

NEA Challenge America Fast-Track Grants support small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Go to http://bit.ly/zQBw66 for details. Deadline is May 24, 2012.

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