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Jack Straw and Seattle World School 2013

The Seattle World School is a Seattle public school for newcomers to the United States. During our arts & technology program, World School students from many different countries participated in two projects to help strengthen their new English language and technical skills.

A World of Memories

For our first project in 2013, students from Ethiopia, Guinea, China, Thailand, Mexico, Somalia, Kenya, Burma, and Mongolia worked with Jack Straw's professional writer, vocal coaches, and audio engineers to write, perform, and record their own stories.

 
 

Dulamsuren Narantsetseg

 
 

The Jack Straw artist team for this project included writer Jared Leising, vocal coaches Christine Marie Brown, Meg McLynn, and Alyssa Keene, audio engineers CJ Lazenby and Tom Stiles, interns Eden Schwartz and Isabelle Bank, and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.



Poetry Moments 2013: Part of My Heart

For our second project of the year we worked with the Vietnamese Friendship Association to produce our second installment of Poetry Moments. In this project, Vietnamese high school students worked with Jack Straw's professional writer, vocal coaches and audio engineers to write, perform, and record their own poetry.

 
 

Vu Duong: I Am

 
 

Khoi Luu: I Don't Understand

 
 
 

Read our Poetry Moments anthology below, or download it here.

 

All photos by Nancy Peterfreund

The Jack Straw artist team for this project included writer Laura Gamache, audio engineers CJ Lazenby and Tom Stiles, vocal coaches Christine Marie Brown and Meg McLynn, anthology designer Levi Fuller, and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.

Special thanks to Seattle World school students, teacher Kim Hua Thao, assistants Peter Hong and Skyler Mendoza, and Principal Martin O'Callaghan, who all helped make these programs possible. Both projects were produced with the generous support of the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Our other World School projects:

  • Immigration Portraits (2019)
    World School students created a series of audio stories based on interviews the students conducted with each other about leaving their home countries to come to America.
  • Hear It from Me: American Dreams and Realities (2018)
    World School worked with Jack Straw's professional writer, vocal coaches, and audio engineers to write, perform, and record their own poetry about their experiences in America.
  • Seattle World School 2016-17 Projects
    During our 2016-17 arts & technology program, World School students from many different countries created audio pieces about the Bill of Rights and sounds of their homes, and studied guitar with Jack Straw artist Bill Horist.
  • Immigration Portraits (2015)
    World School students created a series of audio stories based on interviews the students conducted with each other about leaving their home countries to come to America.
  • Seattle World School 2014 Projects
    During our 2014 arts & technology program, World School students from many different countries participated in several projects to help strengthen their new English language and technical skills.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

 


      

 

For further information on our educational programs, contact:

Joan Rabinowitz, Executive Director
Jack Straw Cultural Center
206-634-0919

 


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