Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Performing and Visual Arts Program Records, 1976-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Title
Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Performing and Visual Arts Program Records
Dates
1976-1990 (inclusive)
1976-1984 (bulk)
Quantity
1.8 cubic feet, (5 boxes)
Collection Number
5807-14
Summary
Administrative records of the staff responsible for the Department of Parks and Recreation's cultural programs.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for processing this record series was provided through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Department of Parks and Recreation maintains the City's parks, shorelines, and boulevards; and administers community centers, public golf courses, and other athletic and cultural facilities. Seattle's first park was established in 1884 after David Denny donated land to the City for that purpose. At that time, a three-member park committee, with limited authority, was created to manage the nascent park system. A Board of Parks Commissioners was established in 1890 with control over all public parks and authority to appoint a Parks Superintendent. In 1896, the City Charter created the position of Superintendent of Streets, Sewers and Parks. The Parks Department became a separate entity in 1904. In 1926, a City Charter amendment abolished the position of Superintendent, distributing its responsibilities between the Head Gardener and the Landscape Architect. A 1948 City Charter amendment required the Board of Park Commissioners to appoint a park superintendent to administer the department. In 1967, another City Charter Amendment reconstituted the Board as an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, changed the agency name to Department of Parks and Recreation, and placed fiscal and operational administration under the superintendent. In 1902 the City hired the Olmsted Brothers, the country's premier landscape architectural firm, to design a parks and boulevards system. Although not all of the plan was implemented, the Olmsted legacy is evident in many of Seattle's parks and boulevards. The City acquired significant amounts of property for park purposes following the turn of the 20th Century, but in 1926 further acquisition was limited by a City Charter amendment that stipulated only money in the Park Fund could be used for that purpose. However, in the 1970s the Forward Thrust Bond issue, along with federal grants and the Seattle Model City Program, supported the largest expansion of the Park system in Seattle history. These programs funded more than 70 new parks and park facilities. The Department manages over 6,000 acres of park land, over two dozen community centers, five municipal golf courses, the Aquarium, and many other recreational and athletic facilities.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Records of the Performing and Visual Arts section (until 1979 known as the Cultural Arts Section), including correspondence, memos, program histories, reports, budgets, concession agreements, photographs and subject files concerning music, dance and theater performances, and arts instruction programs. Also documented is the unit’s management of the Bathhouse Theatre, Madrona Dance Studio, Poncho Theatre, Pratt Fine Arts Studio and Seward Park Art Studios following their renovation or construction using Forward Thrust funds. Documented also is the 1982 transition to operation of the Parks’ cultural facilities by the program’s advisory councils.

Related records of the Performing and Visual Arts staff are also in records series nos. 5810-01, 5807-15, 5807-03, 5807-16, 5808-01 and 5807-07.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation Performing and Visual Arts Program Records, Record Series 5807-14. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

5807-14:  Performing and Visual Arts Program Records, 1976-1990Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Advisory Councils / Transition
1976-1983
1/2
Affiliate Artist Program (Includes Photographs of Performing Artists)
1987
1/3
Affiliate Artist Program
1987
1/4
Annual Report - Performing and Visual Arts
1977
1/5
Art Commission
1976-1978
1/6
Arts and the Parks Department's Role
1978-1979
1/7
Arts Symposia
1978
1/8
Arts Symposia - Proceedings and Reports
1978
1/9
ASCAP Copyright
1982
1/10
Attendance Statistics
1981
1/11
Bond Issue Project
1981
1/12
Budget
1979-1983
1/13
Budget - PVA
1980
1/14
Budget - PVA
1982
2/1
Budget - PVA
1980-1982
2/2
Budget - PVA
1981-1982
2/3
Budget - Bathhouse Theatre
1980-1981
2/4
Budget - City Art Works
1980-1983
2/5
Budget - PVA (Including Christmas Ship)
1981-1982
2/6
Budget - Madrona Dance Studio
1979-1981
2/7
Budget - Music
1981
2/8
Budget - Poncho Theatre
1981
2/9
Budget - PVA Management
1981
2/10
Calendar of Events
1976-1977
2/11
City Council
1981-1982
2/12
Communications - Mayor / City Council
1981
2/13
Concession Agreements
1982-1983
2/14
Concession Agreements - Bathhouse Theatre
1982-1985
3/1
Concession Agreements - Madrona Dance Studio
1982
3/2
Concession Agreements - Madrona Dance Studio
1983-1984
3/3
Concession Agreements - Poncho Theatre
1977-1984
3/4
Concession Agreements - Pratt Fine Arts Studio
1982-1984
3/5
Concession Agreements - Seward Park Art Studio
1977-1985
3/6
Fees and Charges
1981
3/7
Financial Records
1982-1983
3/8
Grant Applications - NEA
1976-1979
4/1
Grants - NEA Summer Expansion Arts
1980-1981
4/2
Grants
1977
4/3
Inspections of PVA Facilities
1982
4/4
Layoffs
1982
4/5
Music Concerts In Parks
1982
4/6
Performing and Visual Arts - History / Data
1978-1990
4/7
Performing and Visual Arts - History / Data
1978-1990
4/8
Performing and Visual Arts - Needs Analysis
1981
4/9
Pier 57 Exhibition Space Proposal
1977-1982
4/10
Reports - John Chambless
1978
4/11
Seward Park Art Studio / Pratt Fine Arts Center Reorganization
1979-1980
4/12
Staff Meetings, PVA - Minutes and Agenda
1976
4/13
Summer Touring Shows
undated
4/14
Weekly Reports
1981
4/15
Weekly Reports
1981
5/1
Bathhouse Theatre Negatives
undated
5/2
Bumbershoot Negatives
1976
5/3
Madrona Dance Studio (incl. Slick Watts' Party) Negatives
5/4
Miscellaneous Negatives
undated
5/5
Music in the Parks Negatives
1976-1977
5/6
Musician Photographs
undated
5/7
Poncho Children's Theatre Performances Negatives
1976-1977
5/8
Seward Park Art Studio Negatives
1976-1977
5/9
Seward Park Art Studio, Gasworks Park Concerts, Bumbershoot Photographs
1976
5/10
Summer Stage Negatives and Print
1977

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Art schools--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Art schools--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Children’s theater--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Concerts--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Dance schools--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Dance--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Glass art--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Music--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Theater--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Chambless, John
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
  • Bathhouse Theatre
  • Madrona Dance Studio
  • PONCHO (Organization : Seattle, Wash.). Theatre
  • Pratt Fine Arts Center (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Seward Park Art Studio (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • O'Neill, Maureen A.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Film negatives
  • Photographs