In the 2019-2020 school year, 2nd Graders at Concord International Elementary School worked with Jack Straw teaching artist Vicky Edmonds to write original poems about their feelings, emotions, and “Invisible Beauties.” Jack Straw musicians Abel Rocha and J.R. Rhodes wrote songs inspired by the students’ poems – Abel working with Ms. Tabor and Ms. Groszhans’s classes, and J.R. working with Ms. Adams’s class. Abel and J.R. taught the students their songs, and Jack Straw engineers Joel Maddox and Ayesha Ubayatilaka recorded them in the classroom.
Vicky Edmonds also worked with Concord 4th graders in Ms. Schnathorst, Mr. Tobin, and Mr. Lindahl’s classes. She helped them write poems on many topics, including family, personal feelings and emotions, and nature. Only Mr. Tobin’s class was able to come into Jack Straw’s studios to record their poems before schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vocal coaches Riley Gene and Rob Witmer helped each of them record the best possible performance of their poem. Jack Straw audio engineers Joel Maddox and Ayesha Ubayatilaka recorded the poems.
Listen to the songs and poems here:
Concord Poetry and Song 2020 was produced by Jack Straw Cultural Center and Concord International Elementary School with the generous support of the Concord PTA, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, Jubilation Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, the Washington State Arts Commission, Early Music Seattle, and individual contributors.