The Future of Arts Education in Public Schools

AAF Director and past President Rena Ilumin is initiating a new committee to explore possible solutions to the decline in arts education funding in public schools in Seattle and other urban centers.  Working first to form alliances with educators and like-minded organizations, the new Allied Arts Foundation Education Committee hopes to find solutions to reverse the course of the 30-year decline in the funding for public school arts programs. Please contact if you would like to participate in gathering information and building alliances to support arts education.

Possible Important Change in US Nonprofit Status

While the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction ended its session with much ado about nothing, several pieces of possible legislation were left on the table for further review before automatic cuts go into effect in 2013 under the Budget Control Act passed in August 2011. Among these is a recommendation that nonprofit tax-deductible status be eliminated. That’s right. All 501(c)3 organizations would retain their tax exempt status, but contributors would no  longer be able to claim a tax deduction for their contributions to them. This would have a chilling effect on any nonprofit whose income is heavily dependent upon contributions and solicitations. Pass the word to your favorite charities and arts organizations. You can read more about it here.


Joyce Paul Siamak

Dancer, choreographer & anthropologist Joyce Paul Siamak, has been creating movement for the stage and street theatre since 1986. Born in New Delhi, India and now a native of Redmond, WA, Joyce began her dancing career inspired by the dancers …

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Luna Girls on Alki

Three charming young ladies, in 1920’s beach attire, pose elegantly on life-rings, welcoming visitors to the Alki Beach Promenade in Seattle. The figures are created from heavy steel, cut to look like lines drawn in the air. All but the lines …

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Kate Vrijmoet

Painter and conceptual artist Kate Vrijmoet is based in Seattle, WA – USA. Vrijmoet received her MFA from Syracuse University. Her paintings and installations focus on the human body as well as the human condition, and on issues of consciousness, …

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(in Urban Politics #322, May 8, 2012) by Nick Licata, Seattle City Council with assistance from legislative aide Frank Video I recently came across this interesting article ( published by Studio 360 describing the Obama Administration’s $14.7 million Turnaround Arts …

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