Hear It from Me: American Dreams and Realities
Voices from the World School
Hear It from Me: American Dreams and Realities was produced by Seattle World School students and Jack Straw Cultural Center. The Seattle World School is Seattle's public school for refugees and new immigrants to the United States. In this project, high school students worked with Jack Straw's professional writer, vocal coaches, and audio engineers to write, perform, and record their own poetry. Since 2010, Jack Straw has worked with Seattle World students to help them share their stories and build respect for each other's cultural traditions and experiences, while improving their English and learning more about the new cultures around them.
Hear It from Me: American Dreams and Realities was produced by Seattle World School students and Jack Straw Cultural Center with the generous support of the Washington State Arts Commission, Vietnamese Friendship Association and King County Best Starts for Kids, Seattle World School, and individual contributors.
The Jack Straw artist team included writer Merna Hecht; vocal coaches Alyssa Keene, Kerry Skalsky, and Rob Witmer; audio engineers Daniel Guenther and Joel Maddox; production intern Kipris Mazeika; videographer Salome MC; designer Levi Fuller; and Executive Director Joan Rabinowitz. Special thanks to Seattle World School students, teacher Cynthia Nkeze, Administrative Secretary Hanh Dang, Librarian James Scarlett-Lyon, and Principal Oksana Britsova, who all helped make this book and audio recording project possible.
Jack Straw Cultural Center is the Northwest's non-profit audio arts center, dedicated to keeping art, culture, and heritage vital through sound. To learn more about this and other Jack Straw programs, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.