“Talking To Ghosts – Waiting In The River Between Worlds” is an installation by Nari Baker. The piece is a collection of messages from Korean transnational adoptees to their imagined birth families. Viewers are invited to listen to these messages through rotary telephones. Through this community process, it is hoped that people cam explore the intersections of truth and fantasy, the human and spirit world.  Opening reception is Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m.  Nari Baker will give an artist talk on Friday, August 19 at 7 p.m. Jack Straw Productions is at 4261 Roosevelt Way N.E. .  Open M – F,  9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call (206) 634-0919, e-mail [email protected], or log on to www.jackstraw.org for more information

ARC Dance Company opens their 13th Season with their annual “Summer Dance At The Center.” On July 21 – 23 with a three-evening program at Seattle Center’s Bagley Wright/Leo Kreilsheimer Theatre. Five works will be presented. The world premiere of Alex Kelley’s “Wave Atlas,” ARC Artistic Director Marie Chong’s “No Regrets,” UW Dance Program Director Betsey Cooper’s “The Space Between Earth And Sky” and “Song of the Siren” by Hubbard St. Dance member Jason Ohlberg. 8 p.m. nightly. Seattle Center’s Bagley Wright/Leo Kreilsheimer Theatre is located 15 Mercer St. Call (206) 352-0789 or go to www.arcdance.org.

“Ananda Mela – Joyful Festival of India” is the largest festival in the Northwest showcasing the diversity of Indian culture. This free outdoor festival is held at Redmond City Hall Campus on July 29 from 7 – 9 p.m. and July 30 & 31 from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Enjoy live performances of folk music & dance from Rajasthan, electronic & world music, a Bansuri flute concert and a party with Bhranga & Giddha dancers. Also features visual art, demonstrations, displays, children’s activities, magicians & jugglers and community organization booths. Sponsored by the Vedic Cultural Center (www.vedicculturalcenter.org). For details, go to www.anandamela.org.

The Bollywood Panorama Film Series screens on Fridays through August 5 at 9:30 p.m. Shown outdoor at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater (in case of rain, in the SAAM Auditorium). Free with English subtitles. July 23 brings “Dor” directed by Nagesh Kukunur in which an unlikely friendship develops between two women whose paths cross after an accident. July 29 brings “Chandni Bar” directed by Madhur Bhandarkar. Tabu stars as a displaced village woman forced to become a dancer in a Bombay bar. Finally August 5 brings ‘The Namesake” directed by Mira Nair and starring Kal Penn as the son of Indian immigrants struggling with his parents and his own identity. Visit seattleartmuseum.org/gardnercenter for more details.

 The IDEA Odyssey Gallery is now a reality. This collective gallery was founded by Carina del Rosario, SuJ’n Chon and Minh Carrico. The inaugural exhibition “A Sense of Place” guest-curated by Seattle artist Juan Alonzo is on view until August 7, 2011. The International District Engaged in Arts (IDEA) Odyssey, located at 666 South Jackson St., aims to be a collective dedicated to promoting diversity as well as community and economic development through the visual arts. The last I heard, the deadlines for membership applications had been extended. For more information, go to www.ideaodysseygallery.blogspot.com.

“REPRESENT! A MULTICULTURAL PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL” will feature new plays from The Hansberry Project, Ese Teatro, SIS Productions and Pratidhwani. Some highlights – a SIS/Pratidhwani presentation of a reading of “Samsara” by Laureen Yee on Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m., Kathy Hsieh and others participate in “Representing – A Conversation about Ethnically-specific Theatre in the 21st Century” on Sun., July 24 at 2 p.m. All events at Bullitt Cabaret ACT Theatre. Call (206) 292-767 or go to www.acttheatre.org.

Fox Searchlight Pictures production of “Snow Flower And The Secret Fan” adapted from the popular novel by Lisa See and directed by Wayne Wang (“The Joy Luck Club”) opens in Seattle at a Landmark Theatre on July 22. Go to www.foxsearchlight.com/snowflowerandthesecretfan/ for details.

The Wing sponsors “Jamfest,” a summer music festival that combines music, discounts on food, outdoor art and cinema all summer long. The event runs every third Saturday from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. through August in Chinatown. Tickets are available at the Wing Luke Museum. Coming Sat., August 20 is the Toy Box Trio who will play new classical music with a carnival flair at the Wing. Alma Vellegas y Azucar offers sultry Latin rhythms at Four Seas and Dirty Ice Cream plays jazz standards at Phnom Penh Noodle House. Also on August 20, catch the feature film, “Newsies” showing at dusk in Hing Hay Park with activities before the movie.  For full details, go to www.wingluke.org/jamfest. Also later in the month will be Seafair Chinatown Parade on Sun., July 24 at 7 p.m. Join the Wing as they march alongside their float featuring the fiery guitar of Angelo Pizzaro. For details, call (206) 623-5124×119.

Pork Filled Players and ReAct present the Northwest premiere of “Yellow Face,” a comic “mockumentary” by Tony Award  winner David Henry Hwang inspired by his experiences trying to protest the “yellow face” casting of Miss Saigon on Broadway. August 5 – Sept. 3 at Richard Hugo House located at 1634 – 11th Ave. Call (206) 221-5621 for more information.

Etsuko Ichikawa is a local artist known for her large pieces involving the use of glass, fire and smoke to create powerful calligraphic images on paper which she has shown locally, nationally and internationally.  Evidently her creative roots run deep up the family tree in the group show, “Tale of a Family.”  Through July 30, the whole Ichikawa family will display their art together at KOBO at Higo’s. Father Koichi presents his ceramics while mother Shigeko exhibits her handmade bags alongside the work of daughter, Etsuko. Opening on July 23 from 5 – 7 p.m. is a show of Shigaraki ceramics by husband and wife team, Momoko and Tetsuya Ootani. On view through August 7.  Closing reception and gallery talk with the Otani’s on Sunday, August 7 at 4 p.m. KOBO at Higo is at 602-608 South Jackson St., Seattle. Call (206) 381-3000 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. There are also a number of free workshops and a lecture to be held at the University of Washington.  The workshops take place July 21, 22 and 23 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The lecture is on Thursday, July 21 at 5 p.m. All at UW 304 Studio at the Ceramics and Metal Arts Building. E-mail Jamie Walker at UW School of Art for details at [email protected].

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. She has a record of extensive collaboration with other artists and is also a founding member of Brooklyn-based noise band, New Humans. Her show will be on view through June 17, 2012.  Also check out the group show entitled “Seattle as Collector: Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs Turns 40” on view through Oct. 23, 2011. This show celebrates the diverse collection of art owned by this city institution. Work by Dhawa Dhondup, Victor Gardaya, Paul Horiuchi, Etsuko Ichikawa, Frank Okada, Joseph Park, Roger Shimomuera, Akio Takamori, George Tsutakawa, Patti Warashima, Kina Watanabe and many others is included in this show. SAM is located at 1300 First Ave. in Seattle. Call (206) 654-3100 or go to www.seattleartmuseum.org for details.

White River Buddhist Church has their Bon Odori on July 23 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Located at 3525 Auburn Way N., Auburn, WA. Call (253) 833-1442 or go to www.tacomabt.org for more information.

Visual Arts

“Flavor” is a unique night out showcasing the music and art of immigrants to benefit OneAmerica and our community. The photography of Carina del Rosario and Geo of Blue Scholars is included. Tickets are $20 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/185553. Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Flavor will take place at Youngstown Cultural Center, 4408 Delridge Way S.W. Call (206) 601-2081 for details.

“Ansel Adams: A Portrait of Manzanar” features the photos this famous American nature photographer was allowed to take inside a Japanese American internment camp during WWII. Some have called this series, a sanitized and less than revealing portrait of life in the camps. See for yourself. On view at Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. Open 1 – 4 p.m., Wed. through Sun. Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, located at 215 Ericksen Ave. N.E. Call (206) 842-2773 or go to www.bainbridgehistory.org.

“Confluence” is the title of a show of paintings by Aaliyah Gupta at Core Gallery through July 30.  Open noon – 6 p.m. from Wed. through Sat. Core Gallery, 117 Prefontaine in Seattle. Call (206) 200-8444 or go to www.coregallery.org.

Sculpture by Wanxin Zhang is included in a group show entitled “Colors of Summer” on view Through Sept. 3, 2011. Pacini Lubel Gallery, 207 Second Ave. S. Call (206) 326-5555 or go to www.pacinilubel.com.

Work by Liz Tran is part of a group show entitled “Synthetic” on view through Sept. 2 at Winston Wachter Fine Art. Call (206) 652-5855 or go to www.winstonwachter.com.

“Life Out Loud” is the title of a show by new work by photographer Carina del Rosario at Salon Armand through August 27. Salon Armand, 1416 Boylston Ave. Call (206) 323-9262 for more information.

A group show entitled “Contemporary Asian Prints and Paintings” is on view through August 7 at Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery located at 800 Bellevue Way N. E. in Bellevue. Call (425) 827-2811 or go to www.gunnarnordstrom.com.

The deconstructed, re-weaved bibles of Bo Young Choi and the kite-like sculptures of kite maker Greg Kono are in the group show entitled “Paper Works” in the Guest Gallery of Columbia City Gallery through August 7. Columbia City Gallery, 4864 Rainier Ave. S. Call (206) 760-9843 or go to www.columbiacitygallery.com for more information.

“Firmness, Commodity, and the Lies” is a show of photographs by artist/architect Shohei Yokoyama. These photographs of buildings through digital alterations seem to reveal true essences – or plain lies. On view from August to September. SRG Gallery at 110 Union St., Suite 300 in Seattle. Call (206) 973-1700 or go to www.srgpartnership.com.

“Itadakimasu!” introduces the history of local Japanese restaurants through photos and memorabilia at Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington. At the turn of the century, over 70 restaurants were owned by Japanese immigrants including one of the oldest still surviving, the much beloved Maneki Restaurant. On view till the end of August. Open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekdays. Call (206) 568-7114 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

Ceramic artist Wanxin Zhang responds to China’s unearthed army of terra cotta soldiers with life-size ceramics of his own. “Warhol/Mao” is just one of many contemporary responses by this artist in “Wanxin Zhang: A Ten Year Survey” at Bellevue Arts Museum located on 510 Bellevue Way N.E. This exhibit runs through August 4. For more information, call (425) 519-0770 or visit www.bellevuearts.org.

“The Talent Show” examines a range of complicated relationships that have emerged between artists, audiences and participants’ competing desires for notoriety and privacy. The exhibit includes work by Tehching Hsieh and Shizuka Yokomizo. Organized by Peter Eleey for the Walker Art Center. The exhibit is on view through August 21 at UW Henry Art Gallery located between 15th Ave. N.E. and NE 41st streets. Go to www.henryart.org for details.

Tina Koyama has work in a group show entitled “CIRCLES: Artistic Interpretations of this Universal Shape. Remains on view through Oct. 16, 2011. University House Wallingford is located at 4400 Stone Way N., Seattle. Koyama’s work can also be seen in the group show “Connecting Threads” with fiber artwork by 55 alumni from the UW Certificate in Fiber Arts. Continues on view through Sept. 30, 2011. UW Tower Mezzanine is located at 4333 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle. Go to www.pce.uw.edu/certificates/feiber-arts.html for more information.

“Folding/Unfolding” is a show of new work by Vashon Island fabric artist Joan Wortis with a First Thursday event on August 4. The show continues through August 27, 2011. First Ave. S. For more information, call (206) 839-0377 or go to www.artxchange.org.

The Cullom Gallery specializes in Japanese prints and modern artists influenced by them.

 Their latest show “Walls” features the work of Francesco Lohman and Agata Michalowska. On view through August 27.  Another show entitled “Ukiyo-e: Recent Acquisitions” opens August 4 and is ongoing. Located at 603 S. Main Street. Call (206) 340-8000 for more information or e-mail [email protected].

“Bridge: East/West” is a show of new paintings by Robert Connell which are a contemporary blend of plein-aire and Japanese sumi painting.  On view August 5 – 27. And coming September 2 – Oct. 1 – recent etchings by Tomiyuki Sakuta and pyrograph and aquagraph works on paper by Etsuko Ichikawa. Davidson Galleries, 313 Occidental Ave. S. Call (206) 624-1324 or go to www.davidsongalleries.com.

Watercolors by Hung Nguyen are on display in the Edmonds Arts Commission Case from August 1- Sept. 15 as part of the Edmonds Arts Festival. Edmonds Arts Commission Case, 700 Main St. Call (425) 771-0228 or go to www.eaffoundation.org.

Local artist Romson Bustillo shows his media print collages in a group show of ten local artists entitled “The Chair Project” now on view at Seattle Design Center located at 5701

Sixth Ave. S. until August. For details go to www.romson.tumblr.com.

Jessi Li is one of the 16 graduates of Artist Trust’s 2011 Edge Professional Development Program for local visual artists. Recipients will be showing their art and giving presentations on July 29 at 7 p.m. At GGLO Space at the Steps. Go to www.artisttrust.org for details.

The work of Diem Chau is all over the map. She recently did the cover art for Gescha’s new album entitled “Crayon Politics”. Her work is also in Rijswijk Textile Museum Biennale in the Netherlands till Sept. 11, 2011. KSAT is a Paris-based zine that is built upon the idea of collaboration between artistic genres. In the latest issue, Chau responds visually to the music of Biggies Flys Again, a Dublin-based musician. Finally her work is in a show entitled “Textile Tieton: Fresh Thread” up till July 10 at Mighty Tieton Warehouse in Wisconsin.

Together with Nicholas Nyland and Maki Tamura, Saya Moriyasu has created a collaborative installation work entitled “A Clearing in the Clouds”. Works may be viewed at Seattle’s ACT Theatre located at 700 University Street. This event is ongoing.

 “Modern Elegance: The Art of Meiji Japan” remains on view through Oct. 9.  At the Seattle Asian Art Museum, located at 1400 Prospect Ave., Seattle. For more information, call (206) 654-3100 or visit www.seattleartmuseum.org.

The Wing opens a new exhibit entitled  “Vintage Japantown through the lens of the Takano Studio” which looks at portrait photography from one studio active from the 1930’s to the early 40’s. Studios like this once thrived in the neighborhood and captured the everyday life of its’ inhabitants. Through Feb. 12, 2012. Another new exhibit is “Epic Tails: Legendary Animals and Creatures” through Dec. 23.  “Dual Nature – Contemporary Glass and Jewelry” with work by Cynthia Toops, Vina Rust, Midori Saito, Ron Ho, Boyd Sugiki, Jeffrey Sarmiento, Masami Koda and Eunsuh Choi continues on view through January 15, 2012. “Cultural Confluence: Urban People of Asian & Native American Heritages” will also be on view through September 18.  A group show entitled “From The Ground Up” which features artwork of teenagers involved in the Museum’s YouthCAN program will also be on view. Enjoy the ‘Wing’s historic hotel tour at a discount on “First Thursday”, August 4 from 10am – 8pm. Family Fun Day on Sat., August 20 from 1 – 3pm is a workshop entitled “Creating with Paperfolding” taught by Puget Area Paperfolding Enthusiasts Roundtable (PAPER). Free. For details on all of the above, go to www.wingluke.org or call (206) 623-5124.

The Sun May Company hosts the Canton Alley Art Exhibit on August 20 during the JAMFest in Chinatown/I.D. from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. See the work of Dean Wong, Jeff Wendland, Eun-Yong Wan, Carina del Rosario, Gary Tang and others. Music provided by “Sometimes Astronauts” Located next to the Wing off King St. between 7th Ave. S. and Eighth Ave. S.  Call (206) 695-5692 o go to www.wingluke.org/jamfest.

The work of Patti Warashina is part of “ARTFUL Evening,” the annual benefit for Bellevue Arts Museum set for Wed., July 27 from 5 – 10 p.m. at Bellevue Arts Museum and The Westin Bellevue. Visit www.bellevuearts.org for auction preview, event details and ticket information.

The work of Paul Horiuchi is included in a group show of work entitled “Velocity” from the permanent collection on view through Oct. 2, 2011. Museum of Northwest Art at 121 South First St. in La Connor Wash. Call (360) 466-4446 or go to www.museumofnwart.org.

Seattle artist Etsuko Ichikawa keeps busy with various activities. She is “Into The Fire,” a documentary short by filmmaker, Allstair Griffin as part of his “Anthropoligist” series that seeks to support the work of inspiring individuals. You can download this film online at http://theanthropologist.net. The artist also has a public art installation commissioned by Washington State Arts Commission in which she will create a hanging installation inspired by rainbows for Frederickson Elementary School in Puyallup. “NACHI” is a multimedia large-scale installation inspired by the artist’s journey to a sacred Japanese waterfall currently on view through August 6 at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. Go to http://www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/explore/exhibitions/archive/2014/nachi-etsuko-ichikawa.html for details. A large-scale triptych glass pyrpograph entitled “Traces of the Molten State” remains on view at Bellevue Arts Museum. Go to http://www.bellevuearts.org for details. “Firebird,” a work created for a glass performance with dancer at the Museum of Glass has become a part of Henry Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Go to http://www.henryart.org for details.

A retrospective show of Ken Lum, one of Canada’s well-known modern conceptual artists is on view through September 25, 2011 at Vancouver Art Gallery located on 750

Hornby. For more information, call (604) 662-4719 or visit www.vanartgallery.bc.ca.

Asia Society Museum presents an exhibition of 227 photographs taken by Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei, capturing the history, culture, and atmosphere of the 1980’ New York from his unique perspective. This is the first time these photos have been shown outside China. Now on view through August 14, 2011. The artist was recently released by the Chinese government after a 3 month detention. The government charges that the artist was arrested for not paying his taxes but many feel it was a punishment meted out to the artist for his outspoken criticism of government actions. Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Ave., New York, NY. Call (212) 288-6400 or visit www.asiasociety.org.

Performing Arts

Don Darryll Rivera plays the role of Iago in the new stage production of 5th Avenue Theatre’s production of the musical, “Disney’s Aladdin”. Through July 31. Call (206) 625-1900 or go to www.5thavenue.org.

Bollywood performer Prashant hosts “Jai Ho! Pure Bollywood Dance Party” on July 23 at 9 p.m. with Bollywood dance lessons at 10 p.m. Location at 1325 E. Madison St., Seattle. Go to www.JaiHoParty.com for details.

The Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School Student Production of “Disney’s Mulan” takes place July 28 – 30 at 7 p.m. Call (206) 441-3322 or go to www.sct.org for details.

Seattle jazz group, the Killerbees co-led by Bob Antolin plays weekly on Thursdays at Waid’s Hatian Cuisine at 1212 E. Jefferson, Seattle.

Art Hirahara is a jazz pianist currently based in New York. Originally from the Bay Area, the pianist moved to the East Coast to be challenged by the musical talent there. Honing his craft, he has performed in a wide range of settings. “Noble Path” (Posi-Tone) is his first CD as a leader and sports an impressive set of tasty post-bop originals plus a few re-interpreted classics. Hirahara is ably supported by his regular rhythm section of Yoshi Waki on bass and Dan Aran on drums.  Go to www.posi-tone.com for more information.

Bay Area educator/jazz percussionist/composer/ ethnomusicologist and big band leader Anthony Brown wears his multi-cultural influences naturally being the child of a Black father and Japanese American mother. And in his new release, “India & Africa – A Tribute to John Coltrane” (Water Baby Records) by Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra, he re-interprets the highly esteemed jazz giant’s explorations into the musical traditions of India and Africa with a band that includes instruments of Asia, Africa and India. Go to www.anthonybrown.org for details.


“Trigun: Badlands Rumble” opens on July 29 for a one week run at Grand Illusion Cinema. The film comes froma popular sci-fi action anime series with original storyline by Yasuhiro Nighttow. This Japanese animated feature is said to be full of fighting scenes filled with action and meticulous design. Grand Illusion Cinema, 1403 N.E. 50th. Call (206) 523-3935 for details.

Three film screenings held in conjunction with the Wing’s current exhibit, “Cultural Confluence: Urban People of Asian and Native American Heritages” takes place on Thurs., August 4 at 6 p.m. First up is Diana Leung & Kamala Todd’s “Cedar and Bamboo” that looks at how Chinese people in Canada have created unique relationships with indigenous people. “Maria Tallchief” focuses on the life of the famous prima ballerina who came from an Oklahoma Indian community.” Princess Angeline” explores the story of the Duwamish community and their unrecognized tribal status through the eyes of the daughter of Chief Seattle. The last two documentary films are by the husband and wife team of Sandra and Yasu Osawa. Go to www.wingluke.org for details.

“Nihonmachi Nites – Seattle’s Japantown, Rising” is a combination community   open house/ outdoor movie series all rolled into one. From 6pm to late, enjoy extended evening hours in Japantown’s shops, galleries and restaurants. And at dusk on the corner of S. Main St. and Maynard Ave. S., catch the following films.  Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams on August 13 and Hayao Miyazaki’s animated classic, “Howl’s Moving Castle” on Sept. 10. Go to www.nihonmachinites.com for details.

Cambodian journalist and “Killing Fields” survivor, Thet Sambath, has won the 2011 Knight International Journalism Award for uncovering the secret of the Pol Pot Regime. His film, “Enemies Of The People” was used as evidence at the trial of the Khmer Rouge leaders in Phnom Penh in June 2011. The film took Special Jury Prize for World Cinema at the 3010 Sundance Film Festival and is scheduled to air on PBS in July. Check your local listings for your local PBS station’s screening schedule.

The recent New York Asian Film Festival revealed some new films that one can only hope will eventually surface here. “Milocrorze: A Love Story” by Yoshimasa Ishibashi not only defies genres in the fantasy story it tells but includes an elaborately staged sword-fight sequence in a brothel. “Reign of Assassins” co-directed by Su Chao-pin and John Woo goes easy on the testosterone and bloodshed by mixing in a romantic comedy involving an assassin and a delivery boy. Jet Li defies expectations, dropping his typical action hero role by playing an elderly maintenance worker concerned about the upbringing of his autistic son in film scholar turned director Xue Xiaolu’s “Ocean Heaven.” “Ninja Kids!!!” is a new hilarious comedy by Miike with a wonderful cast of child actors. Director Noboru Iguchi known for his porno flicks changesit up with “Karate-Robo Zaborgar,” his homage to morning cartoons. If time travel is your thing, check out Yoshihiro Nakamura’s “A Boy and His Samurai” in which a samurai finds himself in 21st century Tokyo in which he helps out a single mom and son by doing laundry and strict parenting.

The Written Arts

Former Seattle resident Timothy Wang is the author of a new novel entitled “Slant – A Novel about a Gay Asian American (Lethe Press). Go to www.lethepressbooks.com for more information.

Former Seattle resident, poet Garrett Hongo is currently teaching at the University of Oregon. He has a new book of poetry set for fall release entitled “Coral Road.” The book follows his literary explorations into the history of an impermanent world his immigrant ancestors found in Hawai’i. Look for a reading date at Elliott Bay Book Company this Nov. when the book officially comes out.

Art News/Opportunities

Artist Trust & 4Culture sponsor The Conductive Garboili Grant which awards $3,000 to a Seattle artist who has a deep connection to the Pioneer Square community. Deadline is Aug. 1, 2011. Go to www.artisttrust.org for details.

Musicians Paul Kikuchi and Susie Kozawa are among many working in partnership with Arts for Visually Impaired Audiences, the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind and the Washington State School for the Blind to help students create and record music and gather field recordings at Jack Straw Studios this summer.

The 33rd Annual Betty Bowen Award of $15,000 is given to a visual artist from Idaho, Oregon or Washington by Seattle Art Museum for artistic excellence. Deadline to apply is August 1, 2011. Go to http://bit.ly/kPYvBr for details.

Museum Conservation Project Grants can be up to $150,000 to support projects, including treatments, improvements of environmental conditions in storage or exhibition areas and staff training. Deadline is Oct. 1, 2011. Go to http://1.usa.gov/aan2gl for details.

Bay Area artist Masayuki Nagase has been chosen to design an installation for the public plaza in Bud Clark Commons, a 90-bed transition shelter for men in Portland. A Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) panel selected the artist. Go to racc.org for details.

NEA’s Art Works Grants support the creation of art that meets high standards of excellence, public engagement, lifelong learning in the arts, and strengthens communities through the arts. Deadline is August 11, 2011. Go to http://bit.ly/f2sF7t.

WESTAF Visual Arts Touring Grants support high quality exhibitions proposed for touring through Sept. 30, 2011. Deadline is 9/30/11. Go to http://amp.cgweb.org for details.

Temporary Assistant Preparators are sought by Portland Art Museum for help with mounting exhibitions. Ongoing. Go to http://bit.ly/gll4zS.

Are you an arts innovator? Then apply for the 2011 Arts Innovator Awards. A $25,000 grant to be given to two artists. Deadline is July 25, 2011. Log on to http://artisttrust.org/index.php/for-artists/money#arts_innovator_awards for complete information on all the grants available from Artist Trust.

The Northwest Film Forum Fund is a new grant program for Northwest filmmakers of promise and vision. Documentary film projects in the Northwest at any stage of completion are eligible. Includes a $10,000 grant and a package of services. Deadline is August 20, 2011. Go to www.nwfilmforum.org for details.

A 2011 Jack Straw Writer, Larissa Min, recently received funding by 4Culture for a 2011 Individual Artist Project.

Eastwind Books of Berkeley announces a new website: www.AsiaBookCentre.com. This store is one of the few in the U.S. that focuses on books by or about Asian Pacific Americans and new titles on Asia.

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