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Arts Partner Spotlight: Jack Straw Cultural Center

ARTS is spotlighting the incredible members of our Community Arts Partner Roster. This month the spotlight is on Jack Straw Cultural Center. A community-based resource since 1962, Jack Straw provides a production facility that is unlike any other in the region for local artists who work creatively with sound. Jack Straw focuses on annual artist residencies through their Artist Support Program, Writers Program, and Gallery Residency Program; art and technology education for all ages; arts heritage partnerships; and radio production.

jackstrawAs a community arts partner Jack Straw provides students at all grade levels with the tools to tell their stories using audio technology. Students work with artists from several disciplines, including theater, writing, music, visual art, and digital media, in integrated arts residencies, both in classrooms and in their University District studios. Students, working individually and in small groups, all create their own audio stories, music, and/or visual art. Jack Straw’s teaching artists are also skilled in providing English language learners, disabled youth, and special education students with accessible arts education opportunities and programs for students that need more attention on building literacy skills. They maintain a low ratio of students to artists so that students have the special attention they need for a strong, accessible, hands-on experience.

Jack Straw Cultural Center is currently accepting applications from Seattle high school students for a new pilot program: The Jack Straw Young Writers Program. The Young Writers Program will introduce high school writers to the medium of recorded audio, provide them with literary mentorship, develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings, and present them in public readings at Jack Straw. Application deadline: 5 p.m. on Friday, January 22nd, 2016. For more information visit:

About the roster:

The Community Arts Partner Roster is a vetted list of teaching artists and community arts and culture organizations approved to work in Seattle Public Schools through the Creative Advantage. Schools, community agencies, and other public and private entities are encouraged to utilize this list when seeking partners to lead creative learning opportunities with their program participants.


Image courtesy Jack Straw Cultural Center