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Olympic View 2017: My Special Place

My Special Place: Poetry and Sound is the culmination of a new writing and media arts-integrated Jack Straw residency with Olympic View Elementary School 2nd grade students and Jean Nelson's 1st-3rd grade special education students in Seattle, Washington during the fall of 2017. Students worked with Jack Straw's artist team to write, perform, and record their own stories inspired by their own favorite place.

Jack Straw Writer Samar Abulhassan helped students to each write their own haibun, a simple Japanese prose form with a haiku or image at the end. Jack Straw vocal coaches and engineers joined Samar at school to help students start using their voices to tell their stories out loud, while engineers helped students imagine and create sounds they remember.

Students then came to Jack Straw Cultural Center to record their poems and make their own sound effects working with our vocal coaches and audio engineers in Jack Straw's professional recording studios.

Student poetry and sound pieces:

Ms. Nelson's Group (Jesus, Auria, Rihanna, Mosab, Laya, Abdullahi, William, Ingrid, Sydney, Quentin, Nathaniel, and Alleyn)
Ms. Murphy's group:        
Ms. Schwab's group:        
Ms. Abercrombie and Ms. Ouelette's groups:      

Olympic View students listen from the control room in the studio at Jack Straw Olympic View student works on her poem in the Jack Straw studio with vocal coach Katya Landau

Olympic View student records sound effects in the studio at Jack Straw Vocal Coach Christine Brown helps an Olympic View student record her poem

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Olympic View tudents record sound effects in the Jack Straw studio

Olympic View student records her poem in the Jack Straw studio

Olympic View student with Samar Abulhassan

Jack Straw teaching artists work with Olympic View students in the classroom

Olympic View student records her poem in the Jack Straw studio

Olympic View student records sound effects in the studio at Jack Straw

Olympic View student works on her poem in the Jack Straw studio with vocal coach Katya Landau

Jack Straw volunteer Dana Amromin adjusts the microphone for an Olympic View student

An Olympic View student tests the microphone in the studio at Jack Straw

My Special Place was produced by Olympic View Elementary School 2nd grade students and Jack Straw Cultural Center with the generous support of the Washington State Arts Commission and the Olympic View PTA, with additional support from the Jack Straw Education Fund. This program was provided under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Our thanks to Olympic View second grade students, second grade teachers Valerie Ouellette, Kristin Schwab, Madeline Murphy, and Alexandra Abercrombie,special education teacher Jean Nelson, Multi Arts teacher Liz Law, OV Arts Committee grant coordinator Shannon Barnes, Olympic View Administrative Secretary Teresa Olmsted, and Olympic View principal Andrew Bean.

The Jack Straw artist team included writer Samar Abulhassan, vocal coaches Alyssa Keene, Christine Marie Brown, and Katya Landau, audio engineers Daniel Guenther, Joel Maddox, and Ayesha Ubayatilaka, interns Ellison Wolff, Dana Amromin, and Salome MC, photographer Sherwin Eng, and Jack Straw Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.

 

Kennedy Center 2017

Jack Straw voice coach Alyssa Keene works with Olympic View students in the classroom

An Olympic View student records his poem in the studio at Jack Straw while students look on from the control room

Photos by Jack Straw staff and Sherwin Eng

 

For further information on our educational programs, contact:

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


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