2022 Jack Straw Artist Residency Applications Available now!

Apply by November 1st for the Jack Straw Writers Program, and November 29th for the Artist Support or New Media Gallery programs!

Residency Application workshop: Wednesday, October 13 (archived recording) with 2021 Writers Program Curator E.J. Koh, New Media Gallery Artist May Maylisa Cat, and Artist Support Program alum Natasha Marin



Writers Program

Jack Straw Writers at It's About Time Reading Series

Thursday, October 14, 6pm
Zoom registration required
With C.R. Glasgow, Greg November, Paulette Perhach, and Kristie Song

Jack Straw Writers at Lit Crawl

Thursday, October 17, 6pm and 7pm
Live at Hugo House, in person or streaming
6pm: Patrycja Humienik and Abi Pollokoff
7pm: C.R. Glasgow, Josť Luis Montero, Greg November, and Michael Overa, hosted by E.J. Koh

Jack Straw Writers at Hugo House

Thursday, October 21, 7pm
Zoom Registration required
With José Luis Montero, Greg November, Michael Overa, Paulette Perhach, Abi Pollokoff, and Daniel Tam-Claiborne

2021 Jack Straw Writers



New Media Gallery

Andrew Fallat: Timbre

September 24 - November 5, 2021

Visits by appointment only, M-F, 10am-5:30pm
Call 206-634-0919 or email jsp@jackstraw.org to schedule a visit

Streaming events (via Jack Straw Cultural Center on Facebook Live):
No Facebook account required to join.

Artist Talk: Friday, October 22, 7pm
Watch on Facebook live, or register to join in Zoom.

Youth and Family Workshop: Saturday, Nov. 6, 1-2:30pm
(email education@jackstraw.org to sign up)

Virtual Opening (archived video)

Andrew Fallat - Timbre

This exhibition of sculptural systems is inspired by early electronic instruments, ambient music, and biomorphic sculpture of the ‘70s and ‘80s. These sculptures transform the space they are in and can be utilized to transform sound sent through them, providing a call-and-response between the user and objects.

Visit our New Media Gallery page for more information.



Artist Support Program

Listening to Skid Road
with Josephine Ensign, Lorraine McConaghy, and Jill Freidberg

Friday, October 29, 7pm
Zoom registration required

How do we reconcile the fact that Seattle is both a progressive, hopeful city and a place in which homelessness is such a large, growing, and deeply entrenched problem? Listen to what people working - and living - at the intersection of health and homelessness have to say.

Using a collection of thirty-six oral history interviews recorded at Jack Straw Cultural Center, UW professor of nursing and Jack Straw Artist Josephine Ensign, public historian Lorraine McConaghy, and documentary filmmaker Jill Freidberg present their video and excerpts from their accompanying readers theatre script. Funding support from 4Culture.

Josephine Ensign - Skid Road book cover



Sonolocations: A Sound Works Series

Online now! Sonolocations 3: Bill and Naima Lowe's 97 Days Between

The Henry Art Gallery and Jack Straw Cultural Center have partnered to commission a three-part series of audio artworks, released free and online throughout the summer of 2021.

The participating artists - Byron Au Yong, Chenoa Egawa, and Bill and Naima Lowe - were invited to consider the theme of place, and its unique resonance throughout the pandemic, to offer directed sonic experiences for listeners wherever they might find themselves.

All three audio artworks are available via Soundcloud and on the Jack Straw and Henry web sites. You can also subscribe to Sonolocations as a podcast to receive all three pieces.

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SonolocationsSonolocations: A Sound Works Series




Seattle Cultural Accessbility Consortium

Opening Doors Season 2 Out Now!

Opening Doors is a podcast about accessibility in arts and civic life, brought to you by the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium and Jack Straw Cultural Center. For our second season, we will continue to amplify the voices of outstanding individuals with disabilities of all kinds.

Listen and subscribe at soundcloud.com/OpeningDoorsPod - or wherever you get your podcasts.

Opening Doors podcast logo

This season consists of four interviews as follows:

  1. Nasreen Alkhateeb: Universal Design in Film
  2. Elsa Sjunneson: Defining Deafblind Intersectionality
  3. Vince Medrano: Revealing Intersectional Identity through Art
  4. Tatiana Lee: Blackness & Disability Intersecting with Art




Jack Straw Youth and Artists on Social Media

Visit us on Facebook and YouTube to watch archived performances, talks, and readings!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and enjoy selections of poetry and more from our Jack Straw Writers and youth poets from our educational programs.

Black text on grey background with Jack Straw logo: What does pink smell like? Maybe like blossoms.  What does it hold on to? -Amna Black text on grey background with Jack Straw logo: “You like some poi?” How do you tell a local from a visitor? Offer some poi.  -Loreen Lilyn Lee Black text on grey background with Jack Straw logo: If people were oceans, you would be the waves and I would be the sun -Isaiah





Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Seattle Foundation, ArtsFund, Adobe Foundation, Harvest Foundation, Jubilation Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Robert Chinn Foundation, Lester and Phyllis Epstein Foundation, Tulalip Charitable Fund, Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020. and individual contributors for their support of our programs. Special thanks to our friends at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, ORA (Owen Richards Architects), and Forma Construction for their support. 

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Happy Birthday ADA!

A story and song produced with students in the 2015 Blind Youth Audio Project.


Blind Youth students and teaching artists on Zoom

Blind Youth Audio Project

In 2020 our summer program for blind and visually impaired youth took place online. The theme was "Telling Our Stories."


Alyssa Keene and Quenton Baker
SoundPages, the Jack Straw Literary Podcast

SoundPages features interviews and readings by Jack Straw Writers such as Daemond Arrindell, Laura Da', EJ Koh, Robert Lashley, Claudia Castro Luna, and Jane Wong. Click here to listen.


Artist of the Week Podcast

Every two weeks we will make a new audio piece created through our artist residencies available for free download. This week: Bill and Naima Lowe

Subscribe at jackstraw.org/artistoftheweek, or via itunes or wherever you get your podcasts.


Foster High School student in the studio at Jack Straw

Foster High School Stories of Arrival

Stories of Arrival: Youth Voices is a community partnership project between Foster High School, Jack Straw Cultural Center, the Institute for Poetic Medicine in Palo Alto, CA, and KBCS 91.3 FM.



Immigration Portraits at Seattle World School

The Seattle World School is a Seattle public school for newcomers to the United States. Students from three Washington State history classes created Immigration Portraits, a series of audio stories based on interviews the students conducted with each other about leaving their home countries to come to America