Jack Straw Foundation
Jack Straw Cultural Center is a multidisciplinary audio arts center that exists to foster the communication of arts, ideas, and information to diverse audiences through audio media. We provide creation and production opportunities including radio, theater, film, video, music, and literature. We serve over 10,000 individuals a year through direct services in our facility and over 100,000 individuals through radio broadcasts and podcasts of our artist, youth, and community productions.
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105-6008
With your help, we can continue to provide music, literacy, and family engagement programs for English Language Learners; gallery workshops for visually impaired students, sighted friends, and families; and our 21st year of summer music and radio theater programs for blind and visually impaired students throughout Washington State.
"Through our poetry program with Jack Straw, I have witnessed my students grow in their willingness to share of themselves, in their command of the English language, and in their ever-evolving identities of themselves in the landscape of a new country."
-Carrie Stradley, ELL Teacher, Foster High School
Jack Straw Cultural Center is a center for artistic creation, experimentation, education, and presentation committed to keeping art, culture, and heritage vital through sound. Since starting community radio station KRAB-FM in 1962, we have provided individuals with the tools and encouragement needed to express their art and ideas through audio. Our primary activities include residency programs for artists of all genres working with sound; audio-based education programs for youth and adults; programs for arts, heritage, and other non-profit organizations; and public presentations including artist talks, exhibits, performances, radio programs, and podcasts.
Among our core values are:
Creativity/innovation: Our Residencies encourage artists to expand their work in new directions, such as by using technology or collaborating with artists from other genres.
Communication: We value the use of audio in the creation and presentation of new work and as a means for preserving stories. Interviews, radio programs, and podcasts give our audiences opportunities to hear artists talk about their work, their creative process, and why it is important to them.
Access: We provide opportunities for individuals to tell their stories using audio technology, with special attention to individuals with disabilities and English Language Learners.