13 For '13

In 2013, KUOW presents 13 For '13, in partnership with the Seattle Times. This 12-part series profiles 13 members of the Seattle area’s diverse cultural community, people who have had an impact and are poised to shape the cultural landscape in the decade to come. 

13 for '13
1:00 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Holly Arsenault: The Playwright Who Draws Teens To Art

Holly Arsenault, executive director of TeenTix, poses at the Seattle Center with her students Katelyn Hallstead (behind, from left) Audryhanna Alaalatoa-Lematua, Coco Allred, Indy Bungiranto, Karissa Lam and Siena Jeakle.
Credit Seattle Times Photo/Erika Schultz

It's a sunny Sunday afternoon, the kind of late autumn day made for raking leaves, or watching the Seahawks annihilate yet another challenger.

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13 For '13
7:05 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Filmmaker Megan Griffiths Loves Seattle And Seattle Loves Her Back

Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths.
Credit Seattle Times Photo/Bettina Hansen

Filmmaker Megan Griffiths always she knew she would come to Seattle. Griffiths spent most of her adolescence in Idaho, and Seattle was the place she'd visit for a concert or to do some shopping. But Griffiths cheerfully acknowledges she knew nothing about Seattle's film community when she decided to relocate to the Northwest.

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Writing As Therapy
8:00 am
Sun October 6, 2013

13 For '13: Writer Eli Hastings Fuses Art And Healing

Writer Eli Hastings
Credit The Seattle Times/Dean Rutz

Eli Hastings remembers his first writing experience.  "My mom had given me a diary," he recalled. Hastings was in elementary school, and he scrawled down a little poem, the kind of insulting ditty that schoolboys hurl at one another on the playground.

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Bilingual Theater
12:01 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Rose Cano Crosses Language Barriers To Bring Theatre To The People

Rose Cano
Seattle Times Photo/Erika Schultz

Rose Cano is a social worker in the broadest sense. By day, Cano translates for Spanish-speaking people with health care needs. But Cano's true social platform is theater. She envisions a society where live drama is accessible and in demand by everyone. And she devotes her time outside the office to making that happen.

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The Art of Walking
12:01 am
Sun August 11, 2013

They'll Follow Her Anywhere: Seattle Artist Susan Robb

Susan Robb has won a Creative Capital grant for her next project, in which she'll hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail with environmental policy makers, writers, activists, performers and poets. She is photographed in her Seattle studio.
Credit The Seattle Times Photo/Steve Ringman

Seattle artist Susan Robb’s work has been praised by art critics and gallery owners across the country. But the impact of what she does stretches beyond insider art circles. Her work creates new friendships and gets people thinking about how to live better lives.

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Dance Community
12:01 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Seattle's Tonya Lockyer Creates Community Through Dance

Tonya Lockyer in front of Velocity Dance Center.
Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times

If Seattle’s dance community had a mayor, it might be Tonya Lockyer. As executive artistic director of Velocity Dance Center, Lockyer oversees a busy hub of classes, performances, lectures, and even potluck dinners. Professional dancers mingle with aspiring amateurs and visiting artists check in at Velocity to learn more about the city’s dance scene. Velocity is busy seven days a week, and you’ll often find Lockyer at her desk, taking in the activity and plotting to create more.

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Music Industry
7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Sub Pop Records: Going Out Of Business Since 1988!

Megan Jasper, vice president of Sub Pop Records, poses for a portrait at their office in downtown Seattle on May 9, 2013.
The Seattle Times/Genevieve Alvarez

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Sub Pop Records may have started small but the label has always made a big impression. Sup Pop, which began as a fanzine and evolved into a record label in the late 1980s, is considered the epicenter of the grunge movement. Megan Jasper, vice president at Sub Pop, gives Ross Reynolds a tour of the office.

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Human Voice
12:01 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Composer Eric Banks Takes Audiences On Intellectual Adventures

Eric Banks, composer and founder/director of The Esoterics.
Photo by Erika Schultz/The Seattle Times

If your concept of choral music is somewhere between the TV show “Glee” and the Kings College Choir, the music Eric Banks loves may come as a revelation.

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Seattle Slam Poet
7:49 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Seattle's Daemond Arrindell Changes Lives Through Poetry

Among his many roles, poet/slam artist Daemond Arrindell is “slam master” of the Seattle Poetry Slam, held weekly at Re-bar.
Ken Lambert, Seattle Times

Daemond Arrindell wants to change the world. Not through the ballot box or protest marches. Arrindell’s weapon is poetry. He uses his words to touch individual lives, particularly the lives of young people.

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Musical Innovation
5:00 am
Sun March 3, 2013

Seattle Composer Eyvind Kang Inspires Local Musicians

Eyvind Kang leads a composition for 11 musicians titled Time Medicine that resonated through the Frye Art Museum galleries.
Alan Berner / The Seattle times

Eyvind Kang is a violist, composer and improviser who lives in Seattle.  You might not have heard of him before, but he’s played with the pop stars Beck and Laurie Anderson and with big names in jazz and new music like Bill Frisell and John Zorn.  All these artists are drawn to Eyvind because of his playing, his musical imagination and his unpredictability.

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Provoking Seattle Arts
4:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Randy Engstrom and Andy Fife, Seattle Art Instigators

Randy Engstrom and Andy Fife.
Credit Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times

When Randy Engstrom and Andy Fife start talking about Seattle arts and culture you can almost feel the air around them vibrate. "It’s like a natural resource," enthuses Engstrom. Fife chimes in. "This is a place where nature is abundant and provides so much. Likewise culture."

You get the sense you’re face to face with the contemporary versions of Frederick Weyerhauser or Bill Boeing, adventurers who came West to seek their fortunes more than a century ago. Instead of harvesting trees, though, Fife and Engstrom plan to harness culture to expand Seattle’s economic vibrancy.

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Decoding Contemporary Art
12:12 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Yoko Ott Loves Contemporary Art And So Should You

Freelance visual-arts curator Yoko Ott (left) hugs Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker, director of the Frye Art Museum, after giving her a present on Danzker's birthday.
Alan Berner The Seattle Times

Contemporary art is a lot like baseball: you can't really enjoy it until you understand a few rules.   Nobody, not even the hippest art insider, is born appreciating abstract expressionism or conceptual performance. In fact, no two people will give you the same definition of contemporary art.  It can be anything, from abstract painting to live performance.

With her stylish clothing and regal bearing,  art educator and curator Yoko Ott looks like she was born in one of the world's great art capitals.  But appearances are deceiving.  "It doesn't get further away from the contemporary art scene than a little island in the middle of the Pacific," she laughs.

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