Jack Straw Cultural Center has a series of accessible workshops for youth with disabilities such as autism, social emotion issues, deafness, blindness, deafness and blindness, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and also chronic and critical health needs. We’ve been conducting workshops with Lowell Elementary School‘s special needs children for years, and have a Blind Youth Audio Project that we’ve run in conjunction with The Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB)’s Youth Employment Solutions (YES) program. Additionally, our New Media Gallery workshops are designed to be inclusive of youth with disabilities.

Jack Straw’s programs for youth with disabilities are made possible with the generous support of the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, VSA arts Met Life Foundation, Battelle, Seattle Rotary, the Washington State Arts Commission, partner organizations, and individuals. Our accessible workstations were purchased with the generous support of the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A student wearing glasses and a baseball cap sits holding an ukulele, a microphone in front of him.

Blind Youth Audio Project 2023 READ MORE >

Sasha Petrenko and a student with a white cane stand inside a large, geometric structure made of wooden rods in a darkened room. An image is projected on the wall behind them.


A student at a microphone, holding a wooden box up to their mouth and wearing headphones.

Tiffany Danielle Elliott: I Promise I Won't Scream READ MORE >

Engineer Daniel Guenther and student holding a white cane standing at a studio computer.

Ching-In Chen & Cassie Mira: Breathing in a Time of Disaster READ MORE >

Perri Lynch Howard and a student wear headphones; Perri holds a container on a table while the student pours something into it from another container.

Perri Lynch Howard: On Our Watch READ MORE >

Grid of four zoom screens. In the bottom left, hands shape a small pile of soil.

Peter Christenson: F40.298: Generalized Opus Foramina READ MORE >

Close-up image of a wooden sculpture with holes and vibrating strings like a musical instrument.

Andrew Fallat: Timbre READ MORE >

Rachel Lodge: Transfigurations: Carbon Flow READ MORE >

Grid of six images from an online meeting. Cameron Perry Fraser in the studio, students trying out simple instruments.

Cameron Perry Fraser: Large String Array READ MORE >

Blind Youth Audio Project 2022 READ MORE >

Grid of 12 screens in a Zoom session from Blind Youth 2021

Blind Youth Audio Project 2021 READ MORE >

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Music Therapy READ MORE >

Blind Youth Audio Project 2020 READ MORE >

Yunmi Her: Natural Individuals READ MORE >

Blind Youth Audio Project 2019 READ MORE >

Lowell Elementary: Poetry and Song 2019 READ MORE >

Naima Lowe: Aren't They All Just Love Songs Anyway? READ MORE >

Erin Elyse Burns: To Take the Shape of the Container READ MORE >

Blind Youth Audio Project 2018 READ MORE >

Lowell Poetry & Song 2018

Lowell Elementary: Poetry and Song 2018 READ MORE >

Brain Goreng: Paintings and Audio by Matthew Shoemaker READ MORE >

Gallery Workshop for Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison's Mikawa

Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison: Mikawa READ MORE >

A visually impaired girl is recording vocals in front of a microphone

Blind Youth Audio Project 2017 READ MORE >

Gallery Workshop: The New Landscape

Roger Feldman and Jeff Roberts: The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies READ MORE >

Lowell Elementary: Poetry, Sound, and Song 2017 READ MORE >

Rachel Green and Daniel Salo: Forgetting of Being READ MORE >


Student in the 2016 Jack Straw Blind Youth Audio Project

Blind Youth Audio Project 2016 READ MORE >

Jack Straw New Media Gallery workshop with James Borchers. Photo by Sherwin Eng.

James Borchers: Obiectum Resonare READ MORE >

Andy Behrle: luminous soundscape READ MORE >

Blind Youth Audio Project 2015 READ MORE >

Joel Ong: Those Who Observe the Wind . . . READ MORE >

Zack Bent: Lean-out, Lean-to READ MORE >

Blind Youth Audio Project 2014 READ MORE >

Rachel Green and Seth Sexton: Hypnagogic Jerk READ MORE >

Blind Youth Audio Project 2013 READ MORE >

Blind Youth Audio Project 2012 READ MORE >

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Arts Inspire 2010 READ MORE >

A child facing away from the camera, sitting at an audio mixing board, wearing headphones; an adult hand reaching toward the board from the left.

Arts Inspire 2009 READ MORE >