Keeping art, culture, and heritage vital through sound

Atrium Gallery

Cheryll Leo-Gwin | Larger than Life
October 2-December 29, 2023
Visits by appointment: call 206-634-0919 or email

Larger than Life presents a series of oversized prints based on oral histories the artist recorded from Chinese women who survived turbulent times in the US and China. They used their art to fight for freedom. Leo-Gwin uses these oral histories as a point of departure for her oversized prints, sculpture, animation, and recordings.

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New Media Gallery

Wei Yang and Murphy Janssen | now you are there when this happened
October 6-December 8, 2023
Visits by appointment: call 206-634-0919 or email

now you are there when this happened deals with the poetics and uncertainty of memory, which seems to stand still, until it is engaged; seems to occupy a continuum, but only fragments surface, while the rest remain gray. Sounds, colors—how are they recalled, reactivated, rebuilt, and reallocated? It asks, whose memory is it? Is the past yet to be made?

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Current Events
Wei Yang and Murphy Janssen New Media Gallery performance

Jack Straw Artists perform live with their interactive installation.

Monday, December 4, 7:30pm

Performance starts at 7:30pm. Free.

Youth and Family Workshop with Wei Yang and Murphy Janssen

A hands-on sound art workshop in conjunction with now you are there when this happened.

Saturday, December 9, 2:00pm

2-4pm. Free. E-mail to sign up.

Featured Podcasts

Selections from our resident artist podcasts. View All

The Words Were Writing Themselves - David K. Rea

David K. Rea’s project for the 2023 Jack Straw Program is a collection of…

Zack Bent New Media Gallery Podcast

Jack Straw artist Zack Bent talks with Carlos Nieto about his Jack Straw New Media…

Circus Contraption - Wooly Hat

Circus Contraption,  a one ring circus with a versatile band led by music director/ringmaster…

Jack Straw teaching artist in the studio with Lowell ELementary 2nd graders

Jack Straw Youth Education

Jack Straw has a commitment to art and technology education for all ages.
We implement a wide range of classroom and  in-studio learning programs for children from elementary through high school. Check out some of our recent projects featuring youth poetry, song, radio theater and more!

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Jack Straw Artist Residencies

Become a Jack Straw Artist.
The Jack Straw Artist Support Program, New Media Gallery Program, and Writers Program offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs.

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Create at Jack Straw

Jack Straw offers full service studio and remote recording services.
Jack Straw Cultural Center, located in Seattle’s University District, is the Northwest’s only non-profit multidisciplinary audio arts center. A community-based resource since 1962, we provide a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound. Jack Straw is available to the community as a full service recording studio and audio production facility.

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Learn at Jack Straw

Jack Straw Professional Audio Workshops
Jack Straw Audio Workshops are the perfect opportunity to learn studio and field recording techniques or to get that first hands on introduction to the world of audio recording and editing.

Discounts for the visually impaired are offered on selected classes. Co-sponsored by Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences and Jack Straw Cultural Center.

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