December 08, 2004
Pork Barrel Performance Art

Our favorite useless boondoggle "public transportation" agency is now hiring a "performance artist in residence" (How's that for "mission creep"!)

The Sound Transit Art Program (Washington State)is seeking an artist in residence for the year 2005. The artist will work with the program administrator to generate a fresh, new perspective on opportunities for art in connection with Sound Transit activities and facilities. Office space will be provided at Sound Transit. The artist in residence will create artwork and help identify opportunities for others to become involved in the Sound Transit art program. Temporary art, performance art, literary art, community-based art, mentorships, and permanent art integrated with transit projects are all possibilities. At the conclusion of the residency, an exhibit of the artist's work will be displayed in the Great Hall of Union Station. The selected artist will be paid $2,000 a month for twelve months and will be asked to spend an average of 2 days each week working at Sound Transit. Additional funds will be allocated for implementing art projects.
Hey, maybe I should apply. My portfolio includes an entire exhibit of artistic photos all about Sound Transit!

Hat tip: a reader who adds:

This raised my eyebrows, so I suspect it might really irk you small government types. I mean, I may be a wild-eyed liberal, but I do wonder why a transportation agency feels the need to sponsor "performance art"? And for part-time work, it pays pretty well.
I agree with my liberal friend that this is a waste of money and somebody has to be held accountable. I know, let's punish the Sound Transit board members by voting them out of office! Oh, wait...

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at December 08, 2004 08:46 PM | Email This
1. wow---a performance artist for $2,000 for eight days of work a month. I thought Sound Transit needed every dime it had for 'real' work?? I hate to say this, but I have a feeling that it's only going to get worse from here. This performance art thing is just the tip of the iceberg. We will be appalled at how much money is wasted on this project on other stuff, I predict. I'm grateful for the protesters. Deep down inside, those sound Transit goons knew when they saw the protesters that the protesters were right. Someone has to keep pricking their consciences and I thank the anti-Sound Transiters for being the conscience that day.

Posted by: Michele Sackman on December 8, 2004 09:34 PM
2. The typical artist freeloader crowd has managed to worm their way into virtually every capital project in Washington (State, County & Cities). Every hear of the 1% for the Arts mantra??? No wonder Seattle is caving in under the weight of it's own "enlightenment". I guess I have a lot to learn about being a true "Progressive". I'm beginning to see clearly that "progressive" means progressing toward __________(Fill in the blank)
1) Bankruptcy
2) Stupidity
3) Both of the above!!!!!!

Actually I've learned that these Seattle "Progressives" have redefined tax-and-spend. It's more like borrow-and-squander!!!!!
Ultimately Seattle will adopt the bottom of the barrel form of government called a "moronocracy"!

Goldy has no sense of humor when I start poking fun of his 5 latte/day, brie cheese and white wine crowd of Academic Snorter's & Sneerer's!!!

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on December 8, 2004 10:06 PM
3. For a good example of "public" art commissioned under the 1% type of set asides, go down to the Convention Center in Seattle and view the installation piece in front. I believe this cost around $5,000. Decide for yourself if the public received its money's worth.

Posted by: iconoclast on December 9, 2004 07:58 AM
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