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Applications for 2021 Artist Residencies Now Available

Apply now for our Artist Support Program, New Media Gallery Program, or Writers Program!
More information available on our FAQ page.

 

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New Podcast from Jack Straw and SCAC

Opening Doors

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 first season, we aim to amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with disabilities, and to learn how race and disability impact their access to arts and culture.

Listen to our series promo and subscribe now at soundcloud.com/OpeningDoorsPod - or wherever you get your podcasts.

Opening Doors podcast logo

Our first episode launches September 15th and features an interview with Kameko Thomas, founder of Vonem Creative Media.This season consists of four interviews as follows:

1. Kameko Thomas: The Invisible Disability (9/15)
2. Troy Coalman: How THEY see US / How WE see ourselves (9/22)
3. King Khazm: Where Art, Racism & Disability Intersect (9/29)
4. ChrisTiana Obeysumner: Intersectionality (10/6)

 

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Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Cameron Perry Fraser: Large String Array

October 2 - December 18, 2020
Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

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 Facebook Live)
Virtual Opening: Friday, October 2, 7pm
Artist Talk: Friday, October 23, 7pm
Youth and Family Workshop: Date TBD (email education@jackstraw.org for more information)

Mako plays sanshin and sings at Jack Straw

Twelve hundred piano strings reach from floor to ceiling in Large String Array, transforming the Jack Straw New Media Gallery into an automatic resonant instrument that plays a story of life in a pandemic. An ensemble of twelve discrete voices reverberates throughout the room, each pulled directly from the windows, walls and wires of Cameron's home while sheltered in place. Custom high-gain amplifiers and contact microphones were developed to listen in to faint transmissions of daily life. Large String Array reimagines this cloistered soundscape as a tone poem transfigured through steel wire.

Visit our New Media Gallery page for more information.

 

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Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Julia Freeman: IRISIRIS

Online exhibit launching July 24, 2020

Live conversation: Julia Freeman and Jed Murr
(watch the archived video)

IRISIRIS is a set of looping online videos that corresponds to the eight phases of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) treatment. EMDR focuses on reprogramming the brain's response to a traumatic event, changing how the event is stored, and reducing and eliminating problematic symptoms. By repetitively crossing the brain's hemisphere with sound and images, EMDR attempts to heal and reform neural pathways formed by the event.

Julia Freeman - IRISIRIS

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Jack Straw Writers Program

RASP Reading Series
Friday, September 25, 7pm
Online reading via zoom
Jack Straw Writers Wryly T. McCutchen, Helen K. Thomas, and Arianne True read new work, hosted by Michael Dylan Welch.

It's about Time Reading Series
Thursday, October 8, 6pm
Online reading via Webex. Registration required. (Check SPL event calendar for updates.)
Jack Straw Writers Rob Arnold, Ching-In Chen, Maisha Banks Manson, and Jose Trejo-Maya read their work. Hosted by Peggy Sturdivant.

2020 Jack Straw Writers

Jack Straw Writers x The Bushwick Book Club Seattle

We're delighted to announce a new, online version of our ongoing collaboration with The Bushwick Book Club Seattle! Jack Straw writers will be paired with Bushwick musicians (many of whom are also Jack Straw artists), who will write original music inspired by the written work. Pairings will be announced on the Bushwick and Jack Straw websites and videos released on social media by Jack Straw and Bushwick.

The first three pairings:
Sep 16: Maisha Banks Manson x Nic Masangkay
Sep 30: Elaina Ellis x Tai Shan
Oct 7: Wryly T. McCutchen x Diana Asenath

Jack Straw Writers x Bushwick

Purchase the 2020 Jack Straw Writers Anthology from our friends at Open Books!

 

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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 bolded text on a tan background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by West Seattle Elementary School student Alyssa Black bolded text on a tan background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by Concord Elementary Student Birook Black bolded text on a tan background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by Foster High School student Salina

Black bolded text on a tan background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by Roxhill Elementary Student Genesis  Black bolded text on a tan background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by Denny Middle School student Nestor

Black bolded text on a tan background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by Concord Elementary Student Kevin Black bolded text on a tan background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by Foster High School student Tinh Le Black bolded text on a tan background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by Denny Middle School student Andrea.

Black bolded text on a tan background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by Lowell Elementary student, Lucy. Black bolded text on a tan background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by Seattle World School student, Cing Huai.

Black bolded text on a blue background at Jack Straw Cultural Center. Text is a poem by  Denny Middle School student, Luis. Black bolded text on a light pink background. Text is a poem by  Lowell Elementary 2nd grader, Sean

 

 

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.

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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."

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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.

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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: Seattle Baroque Orchestra

Subscribe at jackstraw.org/artistoftheweek, via itunes, or listen right here:

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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.

 

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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