Jack Straw Education Programs

Jack Straw Cultural Center has a commitment to art and technology education for all ages. We have implemented a wide range of classroom, in-studio, and learning programs for children and adults. Through our radio drama, music, and creative audio production programs, students work with professional artists to learn about the arts and to develop ways to express themselves creatively.

Find out more about our different types of school programs.

Jack Straw has developed partnerships with a variety of community organizations, artists, and schools to create and implement innovative and exciting intergenerational, curriculum-based, hands-on educational opportunities for kids.

Our Art & Technology Programs take place at schools, in our studios, and in community centers. Students produce final projects in the form of radio shows, sound collages, professional music and/or spoken voice recordings, historical audio documentation, oral history recordings and more!

The Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements are completely integrated into all of our programs.

We welcome your questions and/or proposals for new and different educational programs. Please email education@jackstraw.org for more information.

Recent Educational Project Pages

Immigration Portraits: Voices of Denny

Six radio features produced by Denny International Middle School and Jack Straw Productions including interviews with Denny students and staff about their immigration experiences.

EMP Museum: Write Out of This World

EMP Museum and Jack Straw Cultural collaborated to provide a unique award to the winners of EMP's third annual science fiction short story contest: Winners participated in a writing workshop, voice workshop, and recording session at Jack Straw, resulting in a professionally recorded CD of each writer reading his or her own work.

New Media Gallery Accessible Youth Art Workshops

Jack Straw presented a series of accessible workshops in conjunction with Rachel Green and Seth Sexton's New Media Gallery installation Hypnagogic Jerk, which incorporated dance, sculpture, and sound. Over three consecutive weekends, sighted and visually impaired students from Seattle and around the region participated in hands-on art, music, and movement workshops with Seth, Rachel, and Jack Straw teaching artists Susie Kozawa and Esther Sugai.

Foster High School: Stories of Arrival 2014

Seattle Poet and 2008 Jack Straw Writer Merna Ann Hecht and Foster High School ELL teachers Carrie Stradley and Kristin Tregillus worked with Foster students from around the world to write poems about their experiences, for a project titled Stories of Arrival.

Blind Youth Audio Project 2013

The Blind Youth Audio Project, initiated in 1995, is an annual workshop series run in conjunction with DSB's Youth Employment Solutions (YES) program. Blind and visually impaired high school students from across Washington state are housed at the University of Washington for 6 weeks while participating in job placement programs all around Seattle. As an extracurricular component to the program, students are invited to attend a series of workshops at Jack Straw Productions.

Archived and General Educational Project Pages:

Blind Youth Audio Project

Denny International Middle School:

Disabled Youth Programs

EMP Museum: Write Out of This World

Foster High School:

Kimball Elementary: Historias de las Familias (2001)

Olympic View Elementary: 100 Years of Olympic View (2002)

Seattle World School:

  • Health Talk (2012)
    Students from Seattle World School wrote, performed, created sound effects, and recorded dialogues about different health issues in the Jack Straw studios.
  • Vietnamese Friendship Association: Poetry Moments (2012)
    Vietnamese high school students from Seattle World School worked with Jack Straw's professional writers, vocal coaches, and audio engineers to write, perform, and record their own poetry.
  • Food Talk (2011)
    Students from the SBOC (now Seattle World School) worked with a nutritionist from Seattle Children's Hospital and Jack Straw staff members to create public service announcements about healthy eating habits.


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