Immigration Portraits: Voices from Denny

Immigration Portraits: Voice from Denny project, Jack Straw Productions © 2014, Sherwin Eng
Immigration Portraits: Voice from Denny project, Jack Straw Productions © 2014, Sherwin Eng

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Immigration Portraits: Voice from Denny project, Jack Straw Productions © 2014, Sherwin Eng
Immigration Portraits: Voice from Denny project, Jack Straw Productions © 2014, Sherwin Eng

Broadcast of the 6-part series begins July 4th at 7:30 am

Jack Straw Productions will be launching their Immigration Portraits project this week, funded in part by 4Culture, to celebrate the new citizens naturalization ceremony at Seattle Center on July 4th. We are excited to help support this innovative project, teaching local students to produce audio stories based on their own research and oral histories, focusing on the subject of immigration in our community.

A little bit about the project: Denny International Middle School students and staff come from diverse backgrounds and represent many nations. This spring, 8th grade Washington state history students at Denny interviewed staff and students, capturing their immigration stories. The students worked with Jack Straw teaching artists at their school  and in the Jack Straw studios to create Immigration Portraits: Voices from Denny, a series of radio pieces documenting the immigration experiences of Denny students and staff.  KBCS 91.3 FM will broadcast all six radio pieces created through this project starting July 4th, as part of their special Independence Day programming, and continuing through the following week. Visit Jack Straw’s Immigration Portraits webpage for more information, to listen to audio clips of the student interviews and see the full broadcast schedule.