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Lowell Poetry & Song 2015

In the spring of 2015, the Jack Straw artist team worked with 2nd graders at Lowell Elementary to create their own original poetry and songs. First, poet Samar Abulhassan visited two classes and helped them write their poems. The students chose their favorites, and songwriters Joy Mills and Levi Fuller wrote songs inspired by the poems.

Joy and Levi visited the students in the classroom to teach them the songs, which they then practiced with art teacher Robyn Jordan and music teacher Michael Anderson. As the culmination of the project, the students visited Jack Straw's studios. They recorded their individual poems with the help of Jack Straw voice coaches Ana Maria Campoy, Gin Hammond, and Meg McLynn, and then played and sang their songs as a group with Joy and Levi.

Lowell 2nd graders record their song with Levi Fuller Lowell 2nd graders record their song with Joy Mills

Poems by Lowell 2nd Graders:

 

Vocal coach Ana Maria Campoy in the studio with Lowell student

Vocal coach Meg McLynn in the studio with a Lowell student

Vocal coach Gin Hammond in the studio with a Lowell student Vocal coach Meg McLynn in the studio with a Lowell student

Lowell 2015 Student Art

Lowell art teacher Robyn Jordan also helped the students to create art based on their poems. Click on the images for larger versions.

Poem text: Gabepoem art: Gabe Poem art: CeliaPoem text: Celia Luna poem art
Left: Gabe: "Saying Fog Aloud"; middle: Celia: "Sky Blue"; right: Luna: "Saying Owl Aloud"

Poem art and text: Cash Poem art and text: Sydney Poem art and text: Sean
Left: Cash: "Saying Moon Aloud"; middle: Sydney: "The World"; right: Sean: "A Letter to the World"

Poem art: Maddie poem art: Rowanpoem text: Rowan
Left: Maddie: "The Bird's Feather"; right: Rowan: "Saying Tornado Aloud"


Lowell Poetry and Song 2015 was produced by Jack Straw Cultural Center and Lowell Elementary School with the generous support of The Creative Advantage, the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Harvest Foundation, and individual contributors.

Special thanks to Lowell 2nd grade students, 2nd grade teachers Ms. Rae Richardson and Ms. Jenn Sendak, art teacher Robyn Jordan, music teacher Michael Anderson, and Lowell principal Dr. Marion Smith Jr., who all helped make this program possible.

Photos by Sherwin Eng and Nat Seymour.

Vocal coach Meg McLynn in the studio with a Lowell student

 

Lowell Poetry and Song 2016

Lowell Poetry and Song 2017

Lowell Poetry and Song 2018

Lowell Poetry and Song 2019

 

For further information on our educational programs, contact:

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


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