Kimball Elementary: Family Celebration Foods 2007

In the 2006-2007 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 Jack Straw teaching artist and poet Judith Roche. Then they recorded and produced their pieces at the Jack Straw studios with help from audio engineers Moe Provencher and Tom Stiles, and guidance by voice coaches Amy Broomhall and Michele Khazak.

You can listen to the produced pieces below:

The Jack Straw artist team included writer Judith Roche, vocal coaches Amy Broomhall and Michele Khazak, audio engineers Tom Stiles and Moe Provencher, photographer Dean Wong, and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz.

Family Celebration Foods was produced by Jack Straw Cultural Center with support from Washington State Arts Commission Arts and Education Program, The National Endowment for the Arts, Starbucks Foundation, Kimball Elementary’s PTSA, and individual contributors.


Judith Roche

Judith Roche

Judith Roche (1941-2019) was a 2001 Jack Straw Writer and curated the 2008 Writers Program, and collaborated with Jack Straw on many other projects and programs over the years…