Denny International Middle School students and staff come from diverse backgrounds and represent many nations. In spring of 2014, for the second year, 8th grade Washington state history students at Denny interviewed staff and students, capturing their immigration stories. The students worked with Jack Straw teaching artists at their school and in the Jack Straw studios to create Immigration Portraits: Voices from Denny, a series of radio pieces documenting the immigration experiences of Denny students and staff.
KBCS 91.3 FM broadcast all six radio pieces created through this project in July 2014.
Immigration Portraits was produced by 8th graders from Denny International Middle School and Jack Straw Cultural Center in Seattle. Special thanks to Denny teachers Ellen Lew and Jeff Treistman, our interview guests, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, the Washington State Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Studio photos by Sherwin Eng; interview photos by Jake Muir. Original music performed by Jack Straw resident artists The Jason Parker Quartet, from the album Five Leaves Left: A Tribute to Nick Drake.
Jack Straw artist team: Jennie Cecil Moore: staff producer/lead artist; Yuko Kodama: contract teaching artist, KBCS-FM producer; CJ Lazenby: Engineer/trainer; Tom Stiles: Engineer/trainer; Daniel Guenther and Jake Muir, Production Interns; Meg McLynn, Christine Brown: Vocal coaches; Levi Fuller: Web designer; Joan Rabinowitz: JS Executive Director/project director. Thanks to Denny staff Ellen Lew (8th Grade History) and Jeff Treistman (Library Media Specialist).