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Jack Straw Education Programs



Visually impaired students participate in a found sound music workshop as part of Jack Straw's Blind Youth Audio Project
Photo by Christopher Nelson.

Jack Straw productions 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.

May 2009 was Arts Education Month in Washington. Here are some of the projects we worked on:

Youth Stories

Hamilton International Middle School ELL students, both beginning and intermediate, recently recorded their three-person plays in the Jack Straw studios. The stories were written in conjunction with 826 Seattle. Jack Straw vocal coaches worked with the students at their school to rehearse and prepare them to record, make sound effects, and produce their plays.

Kimball third graders wrapped up our Family Celebrations audio project with a community potluck at Kimball School. Parents and students brought the special holiday food they talked about in their stories. We all listened to their recordings during the feast. Each student received a CD of all the students' work at the potluck.

Foster High School ELL students will celebrate a new anthology and CD of their arrival stories at one of several celebratory events. All of the students' audio poems will be broadcast on KBCS-FM during April for national poetry month.

Youth with Disabilities

Jack Straw Productions has a commitment to working with youth with disabilities. For over 14 years we've worked with students from around the state who are blind and visually impaired, in our Blind Youth Program. More recently, we've started working with students with other disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Youth Arts & Music

Other May projects included a follow-up music editing session with a 7-piece jazz ensemble from University Preparatory Academy (sax, clarinet, 2 guitars, bass, piano, and drums). Students performed and learned about the recording process. Fifth and six graders from Chestnut Hill Academy also came in to record songs they wrote during a four-week songwriting project.

Audio Production Workshops

We offer a variety of audio production, studio recording, and audio art classes. Examples of past courses include Introduction and Intermediate Pro Tools, Producing Radio Features, Sound Design and Soundscaping, Intro to Studio Recording, and Microphone Demonsration. Click here for class descriptions.



Highlights from past Jack Straw education projects:

Radio Shorties: 2006 Seattle Center Academy
Listen to Sounds of the 2006 Seattle Center Academy

Hamilton International Middle School



Current and Recent Projects

Blind Youth Audio Project 2013

Offered by Jack Straw Productions, with the support of Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences (AVIA)

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Immigration Portraits: Voices of Denny

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

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Jack Straw Productions and EMP Museum present

Write Out of This World 2013

EMP Museum and Jack Straw Productions 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.

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Jack Straw Productions, Foster High School, and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio present

Stories of Arrival 2013

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

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Meet Me at the Fair

Eight radio features produced by Denny International Middle School and Jack Straw Productions including stories by former World's Fair staff and visitors were broadcast on KBCS-FM.

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Jack Straw Productions, Seattle World School, and the Vietnamese Friendship Association present

Poetry Moments

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. Read more about the project, see photos, and hear the poems here.

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Jack Straw Productions, Seattle World School, Refugee Women's Alliance, and International Community Health Services present

Health Talk

Students from Seattle World School wrote, performed, created sound effects, and recorded dialogues about different health issues in the Jack Straw studios. See photos and hear the pieces here.

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Jack Straw Productions, Seattle World School / Secondary Bilingual Orientation Center (SBOC), and Refugee Women's Alliance present

Food Talk

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. See photos and hear the pieces here.





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