Arts and Culture Reporter
Marcie Sillman arrived at KUOW in 1985 to produce the station's daily public affairs program, Seattle After Noon. One year later, she became the local voice of All Things Considered, NPR's flagship afternoon news magazine.
After five years holding down the drive-time microphone, a new opportunity arose. Along with Dave Beck and Steve Scher, Marcie helped create Weekday, a daily, two-hour forum for newsmakers, artists and thinkers.
The new century brought new challenges. Marcie and Dave Beck created The Beat, Seattle's only broadcast program to focus specifically on arts and culture.
In 2002, after more than 15 years as a daily host, Marcie decided to become a full-time cultural reporter. During her career, more than 100 of her stories have been heard on NPR's newsmagazines, as well as on The Voice of America.
In 2005, she became KUOW's first special projects reporter. In this role, she produced in-depth audio portraits and documentary series about life and culture in the Puget Sound Region.
In September, 2013, Marcie was part of the team that created The Record, a daily news magazine focused on the issues and culture of the Puget Sound region. After two years as Senior Host of the program, Marcie returned to full-time cultural reporting.
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The coronavirus pandemic has forced us to learn new ways to work, educate our kids, socializing, even new ways to make and distribute art. Classical artists are diving right into new technologies.
If we were living in normal times, Liane Aung would be in a dance studio right now.
Robert MacPherson has been singing since he was a very young boy. “I was a preacher’s kid, I grew up singing gospel,” he says.
"We've been through something major together. This virus doesn't discriminate based on race, class, creed," says Xavier Lopez Jr.
Xavier Lopez Jr. wears many hats. He writes a culture blog for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He holds down a day job to pay the bills. And “I’m a multi-media Latinx performance artist and conceptual sculptor.”
We asked and you responded. KUOW food reporter Ruby de Luna, and arts and culture reporter Marcie Sillman wondered what recipes you’ve turned to for comfort during the coronavirus crisis. Marcie is a stress baker; Ruby reached back to her Taiwanese/Filipino childhood for the recipes she loves. We wanted to know how cooking or baking is helping you cope, so we posted our food photos on the KUOW Facebook page and asked you to join us.
Arts advocates launched two new arts emergency funds on Friday. The money will help artists and nonprofit arts groups cope with the huge economic hits resulting from the COVID-19 public gathering ban.
Governor Jay Inslee’s public gathering restrictions are wreaking economic havoc in what was once a thriving, multi-million dollar cultural sector. To put it in perspective, last year almost 9 million Puget Sound residents went to arts events or science exhibitions; compare that to the 3.1 million who attended professional sports competitions here.
Last week Seattle artist Susie Lee and her colleagues were planning to open the first-ever performance festivals for babies and toddlers in April. The corona virus pandemic changed those plans.
Kim Malcolm talks with Marcie Sillman about the impact of coronavirus on Seattle's arts & culture community.