Art & Heritage Partnerships

The Gritos del Alma project was initiated in 1992, in collaboration with the Washington State Arts Commission and Radio KDNA, to recognize and honor the diverse traditions of the people of Mexican descent who reside in Washington State. The project began with a survey of folk arts in the Yakima area. It was quickly discovered that within a 50-mile radius of Yakima there was a wealth of traditional culture. A variety of music genres was recorded at a concert in Granger in October 1993.  Fieldwork was conducted by Craig Miller, Cathy Ragland, Willie Smyth, Linda O’Hagan, and Joan Rabinowitz.

The resulting 23-page bilingual booklet and 60-minute cassette provide an excellent introduction to the Chicano/Mexicano music traditions of the Yakima Valley. The booklet covers the history of these traditions and focuses on the life and work of several contemporary practitioners of these art forms. The cassette includes the music and complete song lyrics of Trinidad Marquez, Roberto Rangel y Revancha, Los Capesinos de Michoacan, Mariachi Guanajuato, Los Astros del Norte and Los Campos.

Art and Heritage Partnerships

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Jack Straw Alumni Poetry Series READ MORE >

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Summit Sound at the Seattle Convention Center READ MORE >

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Sonolocations: A Sound Works Series READ MORE >


Lelavision READ MORE >

Descriptive Tours at the Olympic Sculpture Park READ MORE >

Somali Youth and Family Club

Jack Straw, Northwest Folklife, and Somali Youth and Family Club: Until We Meet Again READ MORE >

Asian Festivals of Washington State READ MORE >

Jack Straw Writers - 1997-2016

20 Years of Jack Straw Writers READ MORE >

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Women and Whales First: Poetry in a Climate of Change READ MORE >

Opening Doors READ MORE >

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Common Field READ MORE >

Safarini In Transit : Music of African Immigrants READ MORE >

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Traditional Artist Support Program READ MORE >

Curtis DuPuis tells a story in the Jack Straw studio

Native American Stories of Washington READ MORE >

Coast Salish Culture Projects by Gregory Fields READ MORE >

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Spirit of the First People READ MORE >

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Centennial Radio Project READ MORE >

Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts READ MORE >

1962 Seattle World's Fair READ MORE >

Image promoting Erik Satie's Vexations at Jack Straw, May 15-16, 2010. Black background with piano keys on the bottom, text reading Join us at Jack Straw Productions as a rotating cast of pianists plays through Erik Satie's infamous "Vexations" theme 840 times, as suggested by the composer's note on the original manuscript, for the first time ever in Seattle.

Vexations Live at Jack Straw READ MORE >

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Salmon in the City READ MORE >

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