Jack Straw Education Programs

Jack Straw Cultural Center has a commitment to art and technology education for all ages. We have implemented a wide range of classroom, in-studio, and learning programs for children and adults. Through our radio drama, music, and creative audio production programs, students work with professional artists to learn about the arts and to develop ways to express themselves creatively.

Find out more about our different types of school programs.

Learn about our programs for the blind and visually impaired.

Jack Straw has developed partnerships with a variety of community organizations, artists, and schools to create and implement innovative and exciting intergenerational, curriculum-based, hands-on educational opportunities for kids.

Our Art & Technology Programs take place at schools, in our studios, and in community centers. Students produce final projects in the form of radio shows, sound collages, professional music and/or spoken voice recordings, historical audio documentation, oral history recordings and more!

The Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements are completely integrated into all of our programs.

We welcome your questions and/or proposals for new and different educational programs. Please email education@jackstraw.org for more information.

Recent Educational Project Pages

Foster High School: Stories of Arrival 2019-20

Seattle Poet and 2008 Jack Straw Writer Merna Ann Hecht and Foster High School ELL teacher Carrie Stradley worked with Foster students from around the world to write poems about their experiences, for a project titled Stories of Arrival.

Las Voces del Futuro: Poesía de Denny 2020

An original Spanish-language poetry project with students from the eighth grade Dual Language Spanish Immersion program at Denny International Middle School.

Blind Youth Audio Project 2020

The Blind Youth Audio Project, initiated in 1995, is an annual workshop series run in conjunction with DSB's Youth Employment Solutions (YES) program. Blind and visually impaired high school students from across Washington state are housed at the University of Washington for 6 weeks while participating in job placement programs all around Seattle. As an extracurricular component to the program, students are invited to attend a series of workshops at Jack Straw Cultural Center. For 2020, we developed an entirely online version of our program.

Immigration Portraits at Seattle World School

The Seattle World School provides middle and high school students who are new to the United States with a supportive learning environment where they can learn English while studying academics. 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

West Seattle Elementary Poetry and Song 2019-20

In the fall and winter of 2019-20 we completed a new poetry and song project with /5th graders at West Seattle Elementary, to create original poetry and songs.

JR Rhodes and a West Seattle Elementary student in the classroom

Lowell Elementary School: Poetry and Song

The Jack Straw artist team worked with 2nd graders at Lowell Elementary to create their own original poetry and songs. First, poet Samar Abulhassan visited two classes and helped them write their poems. The students chose their favorites, and songwriters John Ackermann and Wes Weddell wrote songs inspired by the poems.

Meany Middle School 2017-18

Working with Jack Straw's team of writers, voice coaches, and audio engineers, s students at Meany Middle school wrote and recorded original prose and poetry on several different themes.

Seeing with Sound: New Media Gallery Accessible Youth Art Workshops

In May 2018, Jack Straw and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences (AVIA) presented an accessible art workshop at Jack Straw with Jack Straw artists Dave Knott and Robert Millis in conjunction with the installation Brain Goreng. These events were part of our series of accessible New Media Gallery workshops.

MoPOP: Write Out of This World

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) and Jack Straw Cultural collaborate each year to provide a unique award to the winners of EMP's fourth annual science fiction short story contest: Winners participated in a writing workshop, voice workshop, and recording session at Jack Straw, resulting in a professional recording of each writer reading his or her own work.

Archived and General Educational Project Pages:

Audio Programs for the Blind (main page)

Seeing with Sound: AVIA and Jack Straw New Media Gallery Accessible Youth Art Workshops

Denny International Middle School:

Disabled Youth Programs

MoPOP: Write Out of This World

Foster High School:

Hamilton International Middle School

Lowell Elementary:

Kimball Elementary: Historias de las Familias (2001)

Olympic View Elementary:

Seattle World School:


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