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Daniel Bagley Elementary: Family Celebrations 2024

Daniel Tam-Claiborne with students in a classroom.In the spring of 2024 Jack Straw Cultural Center worked with Daniel Bagley Elementary 3rd grade students in Jane Lipsen and Monica Rasmussen’s classes to create Family Celebrations audio stories. During multiple classroom visits, writers Daniel Tam-Claiborne and Carlos Nieto guided students through the process of writing individual narratives focused on important traditions and celebrations in their lives.

After completing the writing phase, students worked with Jack Straw vocal coaches on reading their stories out loud and to prepare for the recording process. Students then came into the studios at Jack Straw, where Jack Straw vocal coaches and audio engineers helped them to record their words and to create sound effects.

These short audio stories highlight the diverse backgrounds that make up the Daniel Bagley Elementary community, and how its families celebrate their special traditions.

Photo Gallery: Jack Straw Writers in the classroom at Daniel Bagley

Photo Gallery: Daniel Bagley students in the studios at Jack Straw

The Jack Straw artist team included writers Daniel Tam-Claiborne and Carlos Nieto; vocal coaches Camilla Kintana, Stephanie Roman, and Rob Witmer; audio engineers Daniel Guenther and Ayesha Ubayatilaka; photographer Sherwin Eng; designer Levi Fuller; and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz. Additional photos by Jane Lipsen.

Daniel Bagley Family Celebrations 2024 was produced by Jack Straw Cultural Center and Daniel Bagley Elementary School with the generous support of The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and The Creative Advantage, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, and individual donors.


Daniel Tam-Claiborne

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Camilla Kintana

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Stephanie Roman

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Rob Witmer

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