The Seattle World School provides middle and high school students who are new to the United States with a supportive learning environment where they can learn English while studying academics. Jack Straw has brought our arts & technology programs to the school since the 2010-11 school year, working with World School students from many different countries to help them strengthen their new English language skills, share their cultural traditions, and develop their technical skills.
Immigration Portraits at Seattle World School
Students from Erin Chen's three Washington State history classes created Immigration Portraits, a series of audio stories based on interviews the students conducted with each other about leaving their home countries to come to America. They talked about why they came to the US, what they had left behind, and how their lives had changed. Jack Straw's artist team trained the students to conduct interviews and helped them write questions that would bring out the students' individual stories. Our engineers and media producer worked with the students to record their interviews.
With the interviews recorded, the students worked with our teaching artists to select highlights from the interviews and write their narration. Our voice coaches coached the students in reading their narration out loud, providing the students with both language and performance support. The students then came to the Jack Straw studios to record their narration with our voice coaches and engineers. The interview segments and narration were edited and mixed at Jack Straw to create their final audio stories.
Karen Barillas Ramos came to the United States from El Salvador. She was interviewed by her fellow students Azeb Fitalew, Gabriela Marinero Aguirre, Rashed Almuti, Zaid Almuti, Nour Hafez, and Joseph Lossi Paul.
Abdoulie Jatabarry came to the United States from Gambia. He was interviewed by his fellow students Yong Cong Wu,
Cris Lopez Lopez,
Anthony Aguilar Calvario,
Oscar Herrera Lopez,
Sreileab Mean, and
Maobin Liang came to the United States from China. He was interviewed by his fellow students Faten Al Hosni, Milton Alejandro Aguirre Coello, Giselle Oseguera Avila, Junlin Ling, Antonio Vicente Lucas, and Antonio Pelico Chaj.
Dajun Liu came to the United States from China. He was interviewed by his fellow students Van Vuong, Yordanos Gebregiziabher, Yi Lan Wu, Belinda Dominguez, and Tuan Huy Hoang Lu.
The Jack Straw artist team included vocal coaches Alyssa Keene and Katya Landau; audio engineers Daniel Guenther, Joel Maddox, and Ayesha Ubayatilaka; production interns Hans Christian and Connor Wang; designer Levi Fuller; photographer Sherwin Eng; and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.
Special thanks to Seattle World School teacher Erin Chen, Principal Bruno Cross, and Librarian James Scarlett-Lyon. This project was made possible with support from 4Culture/King County Lodging Tax Fund, The Adobe Foundation, Harvest Foundation, Umpqua Bank Community Giving Program, and the Washington State Arts Commission. Original music from the album Letting Go by Karen Kajita, created through the Jack Straw Artist Support Program.
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 (2014-15)
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 2013-14 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 (2011-12)
Students from Seattle World School wrote, performed, created sound effects, and recorded dialogues about different health issues in the Jack Straw studios.
Poetry Moments (2011-12)
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 (2010-11)
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.
Photos by Sherwin Eng and Jack Straw staff. Immigration Portraits artwork created by Milton Alejandro Aguirre Coello.
For further information on our educational programs, contact:
Joan Rabinowitz, Executive Director
Jack Straw Cultural Center