Kimball Elementary: Family Celebration Foods 2006

In the 2005-2006 school year, Jack Straw Cultural Center continued the Family Celebration Foods project with Kimball Elementary School, highlighting the rich cultural history of Beacon Hill’s diverse community through the families’ celebrated foods.

For this project the students interviewed their parents and other family members about a favorite cuisine, its history and significance to the family, with help from teaching artist Laurel Anne White. Then they recorded and produced their pieces at the Jack Straw studios with the help of audio engineers Moe Provencher and Scott Bartlett, and voice coaches Amy Broomhall and Laurel Ann White.

You can listen to the produced pieces below:

The Jack Straw artist team included writer and vocal coach Laurel Anne White, vocal coach Amy Broomhall, audio engineers Moe Provencher and Scott Bartlett, and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.

Family Celebrations: Food project was possible with generous support from Starbucks Foundation, The Washington State Arts Commission Arts and Education Program, The National Endowment for the Arts, Poncho, Kimball Elementary School’s PTSA, partnering organizations, and individual contributors.


Black and white photo of Laurel Anne White, holding a sheet of paper in front of her.

Laurel Anne White

Laurel Anne White began writing at the age of four, primarily oral histories for the benefit of Fuzzy Creature, Lambchop, and Tedward Bear. Throughout her youth she composed many plays…