Blind Youth Audio Project 2012

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).




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, and the Washington State School for the Blind with the generous support of the City of Seattle Department of Information Technology, the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Wells Fargo Bank, and individual contributors.

Our production team included Jack Straw audio engineers Tom Stiles, and CJ Lazenby; Writer and drama coach Jesse Minkert; Vocal coach Alyssa Keene; Musician Paul Kikuchi, sound artist Susie Kozawa, production assistants Bob Perry and Ben Guenther, photographers Sherwin Eng and Christopher Nelson, web designer Levi Fuller, and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.

Special thanks to Janet George, Amanda Southerland, and Eva Trimble with the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind; Paul Baldwin and Lisa Hodge with the Washington State School for the Blind; and Michael Dickneite, Sara Zachariah, Joseph Skillins, and Stephanie Waters with the Seattle School District.






Paul Kikuchi portrait

Paul Kikuchi

Paul Kikuchi attended an Ella Fitzgerald concert while in the womb and was born the next day. He shares a birthday with Prince. His music is wide ranging — from drone…


Susie Kozawa

Susie Kozawa, a sound artist, composer and performer, works mostly with sound collages and site-specific installations, in which the gathering of sounds is a primary activity. She explores different…

Photo of Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert’s work has appeared in about fifty literary journals including the Cream City Review, Confrontation, Mount Hope, the Floating Bridge Review, the Minetta Review, Poetry Northwest, Common Knowledge…