Keeping art, culture, and heritage vital through sound

Jack Straw Atrium Gallery
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Mary Coss | Ghost Timbre
July 8-September 23, 2022
(visits by appointment only)

An exhibit of sound and images related to Mary Coss’s Ghost Log project. Ghost Timbre is a sound collage produced through the Jack Straw Artist Support Program as a companion to Coss’s enormous corten steel sculpture Ghost Log, which resides on commencement Bay in Tacoma.

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New Media Gallery
Image of an abandoned fort with the words 1909 KINZIE at the top, shrouded in fog

Perri Lynch Howard | On Our Watch
July 15-August 12, 2022
(visits by appointment only)

A multimedia installation that harnesses the power of art to reveal the stalwart past and tenuous future of Seacoast Defenses in the United States. Through sound, image and storytelling, this new work explores the historical strengths and current vulnerabilities of The Harbor Defenses of Puget Sound, known culturally as “The Triangle of Fire.”

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Current Events
2022 Jack Straw Writers at Elliott Bay Book Co.

With Helen Anderson, Julie Feng, Danielle Hayden, Jory Mickelson, and Katharine Strange.

Monday, August 22, 7pm

Free, starts at 7pm

Opening Reception: Tiffany Danielle Elliott | I promise I won’t scream

I promise I won't scream draws attention to the sounds that escape our bodies when we oppress our don’t wants, asking what impact they have on our bodies and the world around us.

Friday, August 26, 7pm

Free, starts at 7pm

Artist Talk: Tiffany Danielle Elliott | I promise I won’t scream

Tiffany Danielle Elliott discusses her New Media Gallery installation I promise I won't scream.

Friday, September 30, 7pm

7pm in person, on Facebook, or YouTube. Free.

Featured Podcasts

Selections from our resident artist podcasts. View All

Artscape - Jovino Santos Neto

This Artscapes radio piece was produced at Jack Straw in 1996 as part of a…

No Way Home - Michael Overa

Michael Overa’s project for the 2021 Jack Straw Writers Program is a novel he…

Peter Christenson New Media Gallery Interview

Alyssa Keene interviews New Media Gallery artist Peter Christenson about his installation F40.298: Generalized…

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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