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.
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.