Seward Park Art Studio Records, 1972-1984  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
Title
Seward Park Art Studio Records
Dates
1972-1984 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.8 cubic feet, (5 boxes)
Collection Number
5808-01
Summary
Records of a arts studio and school operated by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation.
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

Correspondence, reports, schedules, promotional materials, and attendance records for an arts education and recreation program based at Seward Park in south Seattle. Also included are correspondence, minutes, membership lists, and organizational documents of the Seward Park Art Studio Advisory Council, which acted in an advisory and resource capacity to the staff of the Studio.

The Seward Park Art Studio opened in 1970 as a center for visual arts in a bathhouse at Seward Park that had been renovated with Forward Thrust funds. It offered courses in clay, photography, jewelry-making, weaving and printmaking. The Studio, along with other art programs, was cut from the city budget in 1980 and a private non-profit group, City Art Works, was formed to continue the operation of its programs.

Records of City Art Works, series 5807-16, document operations of Seward Park Art Studio after it was merged with Pratt Fine Arts Center in 1980. For related records documenting the administration of the Performing and Visual Arts Program, see record series 5807-14.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Seward Park Art Studio Records , Record Series 5808-01. 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.

Administrative records, 1973-1984Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Pacific Art Center
1980
1/2
Seattle Book Art Fair
1981
1/3
Art Programs for the Hearing Impaired
1981
1/5
Memos Incoming
1977
1/6
Memos Incoming
1977
1/7
Memos Incoming
1978
1/8
Memos Incoming
1979
1/9
Memos Incoming
1980
1/10
Memos Incoming
1980
1/11
Memos Incoming
1980-1981
1/12
Memos Incoming
1981-1982
1/13
Announcements
1974-1977
1/14
Fact Sheet, History
1979
2/1
Christmas Studio Sale and Auction
1975
2/2
Memos Outgoing
1978
2/3
Memos Outgoing
1979
2/4
Memos Outgoing
1980-1982
2/5
Memos Outgoing
1980-1982
2/6
Memos Outgoing
1980-1982
2/7
Correspondence Incoming
1974-1976
2/8
Correspondence Incoming
1974-1976
2/9
Correspondence Incoming
1977-1982
2/10
National Endowment of the Art
1973
2/11
National Endowment of the Art
1974
2/12
National Endowment of the Art
1975
2/13
National Endowment of the Art
1976
3/1
Park Appreciation Day
1980
3/2
Correspondence Outgoing
1973-1976
3/3
Correspondence Outgoing
1977-1981
3/4
Correspondence Outgoing
1981-1982
3/5
City Art Works Evaluations
1980
3/6
City Art Works Evaluations - Winter
1981
3/7
City Art Works Evaluation - Summer
1981
3/8
City Art Works Evaluations - Winter
1981
3/9
Bumbershoot
1974
3/10
Bumbershoot
1975
3/11
Bumbershoot
1976
3/12
Staff Notes - Recreation Program Division
1980-1982
3/13
Staff Notes - Recreation Program Division
1982
4/1
Poncho Pending Grants
1975
4/2
Martha Washington Visual Art Complex
1973-1975
4/3
Martha Washington Visual Art Complex
1973-1976
4/4
Class Schedules
1974-1984
4/5
Craftsweek
1977-1978
4/6
Crafts Week
1978
4/7
Western States Art Commission- Pending Grants
1975
4/8
Seattle Foundation - Pending Grants
1975
4/9
Bond Issue
1981
4/10
Faculty Show - Ing Gallery
1974
4/11
Faculty Show - The Artist Gallery
1975
4/12
Faculty Show - The Artist Gallery
1976-1977
4/13
Weekly Reports
1973-1975
4/14
Weekly Reports
1975-1977

Seward Park Art Studio Advisory Council records, 1972-1981Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/15
Agreements
1977
4/16
Budget / Finance
1974-1977
5/1
Constitution and Articles of Incorporation
1973-1981
5/2
Correspondence
1973-1976
5/3
Grants
1974-1977
5/4
Internal Revenue Service Returns
1972-1974
5/5
Meeting with Willis Woods, Director, Seattle Art Museum
1974
5/6
Membership
1973-1976
5/7
Minutes and Agenda
1973-1977

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Art schools--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Art Study and teaching--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Bumbershoot Festival (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.). Dept. of Parks and Recreation
  • Seward Park Art Studio Advisory Council
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Seward Park Art Studio (Seattle, Wash.) (creator)