Students in the 2015 Jack Straw Blind Youth Project

Blind Youth Audio Project 2015

We started this year’s program by writing and recording a song with the YES 1 students to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Musician Levi Fuller and writer Jesse Minkert collaborated on lyrics and Levi wrote the tune, then performed and recorded it with the students in Jack Straw’s studio, along with teaching artist Bill Horist on guitar. Another group of students produced a flash drama PSA about the ADA written by Jesse Minkert.

Later that same night, YES 2 students participated in an African drumming workshop with Kofi Anang in studio 1 and recorded flash dramas in studio 2 with Susie Kozawa and Christine Brown.

Over the following weeks, YES 2 students worked with Jack Straw teaching artists to write and record more music and perform and record flash dramas in the Jack Straw studios. Musicians Bill Horist and Amy Denio collaborated with one group of students on writing and producing an original song, while writer Jesse Minkert and sound artist Susie Kozawa worked with another group to produce a series of flash dramas using their voices and sound effects they created in the studio.

For their day in the studio, the SCILS students produced flash dramas in studio 2 and participated in a tap dancing workshop with dancer Mark Mendonca, a current resident artist in the Jack Straw Artist Support Program, in studio 1.