Students in the 2016 Jack Straw Blind Youth Audio Project

Blind Youth Audio Project 2016

This year, Jack Straw’s teaching artists worked with SCILS students in Seattle and Mt. Vernon, as well as YES 1 and YES 2 students in our Seattle studios.


SCILS students in Seattle worked with AVIA’s Jesse Minkert to create a flash drama, and collaborated with Jack Straw New Media Gallery artist James Borchers to create their own graphic musical compositions, which were performed by musicians Angelique Poteat and Jenny Young.

SCILS Mt. Vernon students worked with Jack Straw artists Christian Swenson and Levi Fuller to perform an original song, “White Cane Day,” at the Lincoln Theatre in Mt. Vernon, Washington. White Cane Day celebrates the abilities of people who are blind and promotes equal opportunities for every American.


YES 1 students worked with Jack Straw teaching artists to create a flash drama, and Jack Straw performing artist Christian Swenson helped them create what he calls “Human Jazz”: activities combining speech, sound, and movement. The students also recorded their version of “White Cane Day” with musician Levi Fuller and teaching artist Bill Horist on guitar.


YES 2 students worked with Jesse Minkert and vocal coach Alyssa Keene to create two flash dramas and an original radio drama. Music students wrote and produced an original song in collaboration with Jack Straw musicians Bill Horist and Jessica Lurie.


James Borchers

James Borchers is an American composer, musician, and sound artist. His recent works focus on the threshold between sound as a naturally occurring phenomenon and sound as a vessel for…