On October 8th, 2010 the Seattle Art Museum will open its doors to a historic exhibit. “Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee National Picasso, Paris” will showcase iconic works from every phase of his career, pieces that have never been seen in the United States before. Take a look at the attached slideshow for a sampling of what’s to come. The blue period, the rose period, cubism, classicism- it is anticipated this exhibit (running from Oct 8-Jan 17th) will earn the title: “Hottest Ticket in Town.”
As the broadcast media sponsor, KING 5 is honored to be a partner. Our involvement with the arts goes as deep as the KING Broadcasting name itself. Although not as widely known as some of our work in health, children and education; honoring, publicizing and preserving the arts was a personal passion of our founder, Mrs. Dorothy Stimson Bullitt.
And now for an abbreviated history: I recently gave a presentation to the staff of KING Broadcasting (KING, KONG, NWCN) intended to share some of the upcoming events on our Community Calendar. I was also asked to and give a little background on our role in the community. As I am still relatively new in the role of Manager of Community Relations, it was as informative for me as (I hope) it was for my co-workers. Those of you who have lived in the Seattle area for generations will be familiar with the Bullitt name. Dorothy was the founder of KING 5 Television, the founder of television west of the Mississippi and a dedicated community servant. Under her visionary leadership, there were many “firsts.” The Northwest’s first television broadcast and the first live remote broadcast, and let’s not forget, the first permanent female anchor in the country: Jean Enersen.
But as I mentioned, Dorothy Bullitt was at her heart, a community servant. She believed television had a unique opportunity to be a platform for social responsibility. The roots of our work in health, children and education began with some of her early programming choices. And for the Arts, Dorothy ensured that KING Broadcasting would always play a meaningful role by including, in our bi-laws no less, that the General Manager of KING TV would always serve on the ArtsFund Board. Since August 2005 that role has been served by Ray Heacox- our leader, my boss and a true champion of the arts in his own right. I have no doubt Ray will be one of those individuals first in line with his ticket to see Picasso… and so will I.
I invite you to join me, Ray, the dedicated staff at the Seattle Art Mueseum, as well as the spirit of Dorothy Stimson Bullitt for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.