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ARTS INSPIRE: YOUTH WITH DISABILITIES

Jack Straw Productions recently started a new project for students with muscular dystrophy and spina bifida. In this pilot program, a group of elementary school students produced flash dramas and interviewed each other about things that are important to them, and what it's like to look at the world from their wheelchairs. This project is an expansion of our work with youth with visual impairments.

Click here to view a photo gallery from these sessions.

Colby, Mikey, Annie, Leo, and his brother Freddy came to the Jack Straw studios to learn about audio production. Click play below to find out about the audio workshop and be introduced to the kids:


Arts Inspire 2009: Introduction & Factoid


Jack Straw engineer Tom Stiles & vocal coach Amy Broomhall work with the kids (Sherwin Eng)

Listen to the flash dramas here:

Tom Stiles in the studio with the kids (Sherwin Eng)

Flash Drama 1: In the Burrow

Flash Drama 2: Birthday Game
Listen to the interviews here:

Annie Interviews Colby


Colby Interviews Annie


Leo Interviews Mikey


Mikey Interviews Leo

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

In a partnership with Seattle Children's Hospital, Jack Straw Productions provides youth with chronic and critical health needs the opportunity to record creative work at the Jack Straw studios. Music therapist David Knott works at the hospital with youth and young adults on an individual basis. He brought two of his "kiddos" to Jack Straw for recording sessions.

Nick composed pieces and performed on piano and Alex sang and played guitar with his band.

We interviewed Alex about his illness and how music helped him get through a difficult time. You can listen to the interview with music from his recording session here.

Jack Straw's programs for youth with disabilites are made possible with the generous support of the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, VSA arts Met Life Foundation, Battelle, Seattle Rotary, the Washington State Arts Commission, partner organizations, and individuals.

Our accessible workstations were purchased with the generous support of the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

For further information, contact:

Joan Rabinowitz, Executive Director
Jack Straw Productions
206-634-0919


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