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BLIND YOUTH AUDIO PROJECT 2013

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 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 band sets up with Jack Straw 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.


SCILS students get oriented in Studio 2
(Sherwin Eng)


YES 1 Students check out their scripts
(Sherwin Eng)


Listen to the students' work below:
 

SCILS - "Harry Helps Make Breakfast" Version 2
(AJ & Audrey)

 
 

YES1 - "Poor Excuse" Version 5 (Anthony & Cheyenne)

 
 

YES 1 - "Poor Excuse" Version 9 (Su & Song)

 

YES 1 Sound Workshop - "Piano"

 

YES 2 Voxpop

 

YES 2 - "Eyelash" Version 2
(Heather, Pati, May, & Shiquan)

YES 2 - "The Challenge" Radio Play
(Jon, Scott, Heather, Cindy & Heidi)


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, the Washington State School for the Blind, and the Seattle Public Schools with the generous support of the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, the Rodrigues Fund, and individual contributors.

Our production team included Jack Straw audio engineers Tom Stiles and CJ Lazenby; Writer and drama coach Jesse Minkert; Vocal coaches Kim Alessi, Christine Brown, Andrew McGinn, and Meg McLynn; Musicians Paul Kikuchi, Bill Horist, Tom Fallat, and Eden Schwartz; production assistants Bob Perry and Ben Guenther; photographer Sherwin Eng; web designer Levi Fuller; and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.

Special thanks to Janet George, Cindy Bennett, Scott Coons, Dalton Williams, and Patch with the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind; Paul Baldwin, Lisa Hodge, Boni Moran, and Doug Trimble with the Washington State School for the Blind; Sara Zachariah, Michael Dickneite, and Joseph Skillings with the Seattle School District; and Jesse Minkert and Lynne Compton with Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences.

  

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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