Kimball Elementary: Family Cultural Celebrations 2012

In the 2011-2012 school year, Jack Straw Cultural Center continued the Family Celebrations project with Kimball Elementary School, highlighting the rich cultural history of Beacon Hill’s diverse community through the families’ celebrated foods.

For this project, each student from three third grade classes at Kimball Elementary School  wrote, performed, created sound effects, and produced a story about their favorite family holiday with help from teaching artists Judith Roche and Laura Gamache.

You can listen to the 1st disc of this year’s Family Cultural Celebrations below:

And below are the pieces from 2nd disc:

The Jack Straw artist team included writers Laura Gamache and Judith Roche; vocal coaches Christine Marie Brown, Gin Hammond, and Kim Alessi; audio engineers Moe Provencher, Tom Stiles, and CJ Lazenby; photographer Sherwin Eng; and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz. Special thanks to Kimball students, parents, and teachers Nancy Kiser, Jim Buckwalter, and Greg Foster, who all helped make this CD possible.

Family Cultural Celebrations was produced by Jack Straw Cultural Center with generous support from Kimball PTSA, the Washington State Arts Commission, Harvest Foundation, and individual contributors.


Black and white photo of Laura Gamache

Laura Gamache

Laura Gamache reads, writes and teaches poetry. She has published work in journals, anthologies, on buses, on radio, in chapbooks, and on-line. She teaches through Seattle Arts & Lectures…

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…


Gin Hammond

Gin Hammond is a Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre grad and a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework™. She has performed nationally at theatres such The Guthrie, Arena Stage, The…