WCC seeks artists to create artwork for the college's pavilion, rec center


Whatcom Community College is issuing a call for artists to create original art work for the college's pavilion and student recreation center remodel and expansion. Application deadline is 3 p.m. Nov. 1. Submission requirements and additional details are available at www.whatcom.ctc.edu/callforartists.

In June 2014, WCC will begin construction of an updated pavilion and student recreation center, including renovation of 6,700 square feet and a new addition of 22,725 square feet, due to open in September 2015. WCC is seeking applications from artists interested in developing original art work for this new and revitalized facility.

Notification of finalists will be Nov. 14, and the finalists will make their presentations Dec. 3-9. The project award will be announced on Dec. 13. Installation will be completed by Sept. 1.

WCC reserves the right to modify the schedule.

The selection committee will choose up to three artists as finalists to develop a design concept. The selected artists will each receive a $1,000 award upon presentation to the committee. As a result of the finalists' presentations, the selection committee will choose one artist to create original work for the building. The artist will be awarded up to $45,000 for the project. This budget is inclusive of all fees, travel, research, design, materials, fabrication, engineering, transportation, construction, installation, and required documentation (photographs and maintenance plan).


Bellingham drummer Julian MacDonough hosted the first in his jazz series - originally the called the Legacy Jazz Series, it's now the Tribute Jazz Series - last May at the Firehouse Performing Arts Center. The theme for the series is "Art of the Piano Trio," with MacDonough playing with British Columbia pianist Miles Black and Seattle bass player Chuck Kistler.

The series continues with a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Firehouse, featuring the music of pianist Red Garland, who was a member of the first Miles Davis Quintet.

At the concert, guests will be treated to recommendations on selected recordings that represent the works of Garland. All of the shows are all-ages, and students are encouraged to attend.

For more go the Tribute Jazz Series on Facebook, or email Julian at Julianmacdonough@hotmail.com.


Western Washington University's annual Fall Family Open House is this weekend, Oct. 25-26, with dozens of faculty and student presentations, performances, tours and other events. Among the arts and entertainment highlights are performances by the award-winning improve group The Dead Parrots Society, the R-rated dramatic play, "Equus," and a talk with WWU alum and former Huxley College journalism instruction Bill Dietrich.

For a complete schedule, go to nssfo.wwu.edu/ffoh.


HonorWorks, a nonprofit corporation that encourages self-expression through the arts, founded by Lummi violinist, storyteller, educator and motivational speaker Swil Kanim, is seeking submissions for the inaugural Honoring Inspirations Film Festival to be held Dec. 4 at the Pickford Film Center.

Entries should focus on stories, situations and music that have inspired people to model self-awareness, honesty, integrity and acceptance, in the categories of narrative, documentary or music video. Submission is free until Nov. 8, and late submissions will be accepted until Nov. 22, with a submission fee of $5.

Details: honorworks.net.


By now, most registered voters in Whatcom County have received ballots for the Nov. 5 election. A few weeks ago, the nonprofit ArtsEd Washington set up an online survey for those running for school boards in the state to weigh in our important questions on the importance of arts in the K-12 public school system.

Although Bellingham is the only city in Whatcom County in which there is more than one candidate for the school board, it's good to see the responses (not only in Whatcom County).

Here's a link (and you can still encourage candidates to complete the survey: http://artsedwashington.org/candidate_responses/

Behind the Scenes focuses on the people who make the arts and entertainment world of Whatcom County happen. It appears in Take Five, The Bellingham Herald's entertainment section, each Thursday. Margaret Bikman is the Entertainment News Coordinator at The Bellingham Herald. Contact her at margaret.bikman@bellinghamherald.com or 360-715-2273.

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