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BLIND YOUTH AUDIO PROJECT 2012

The Blind Youth Audio Project, initiated in 1995, is an annual workshop series run in conjunction with DSB's Youth Employment Solutions (YES) program. Blind and visually impaired high school students from across Washington state are housed at the University of Washington for 6 weeks while participating in job placement programs all around Seattle. As an extracurricular component to the program, students are invited to attend a series of 8 workshops (twice weekly for four weeks) at Jack Straw's studios, a few blocks from the UW campus.


The YES 2 group with Jack Straw staff and teaching artists
(Sherwin Eng)

Typically 12-18 students participate in the program each summer, working with JSP staff engineers, theater artists, and guest musicians and sound artists. This year elementary through high school students participated in the project in three separate groups. Students ages 9-13 take part in the Summer Camp for Independent Living, known as SCILS. Youth Employment Solution (YES) students work in two groups, ages 14-15 (YES 1) and 16 through high school graduation (YES 2).

Click here to view a photo gallery from these sessions.


Jack Straw engineer CJ Lazenby works with YES 1 students while teaching artist Jesse Minkert looks on (Christopher Nelson)


SCILS students work on their PSA (Sherwin Eng)


Listen to the students' work below:


The Blind Youth Audio Project was produced by Jack Straw Productions in partnership with Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences, the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind, and the Washington State School for the Blind with the generous support of the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Wells Fargo Bank, and individual contributors.

Our production team included Jack Straw audio engineers Tom Stiles, and CJ Lazenby; Writer and drama coach Jesse Minkert; Vocal coach Alyssa Keene; Musician Paul Kikuchi, sound artist Susie Kozawa, production assistants Bob Perry and Ben Guenther, photographers Sherwin Eng and Christopher Nelson, web designer Levi Fuller, and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.

Special thanks to Janet George, Amanda Southerland, and Eva Trimble with the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind; Paul Baldwin and Lisa Hodge with the Washington State School for the Blind; and Michael Dickneite, Sara Zachariah, Joseph Skillins, and Stephanie Waters with the Seattle School District.

More on Jack Straw's programs for the visually impaired:

 

For further information, contact:

Joan Rabinowitz, Executive Director
Jack Straw Productions
206-634-0919


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