Please contact us at arts@jackstraw.org or 206-634-0919 if this application format is not accessible to you for any reason.

Our artist residency programs - the Jack Straw Artist Support Program, New Media Gallery Program, and Writers Program - offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios, training, and participation in our various presentation programs. 

Online Residency Application workshops with Jack Straw staff and artists

Sunday, October 11, 2pm (archived recording) with 2020 Writers Program Curator Anastacia-Renée, New Media Gallery Artist Erin Elyse Burns, and Artist Support Program resident artist Sharon Park.

Monday, October 19, 7pm (archived recording) with 2019 Writers Program Curator Kathleen Flenniken, New Media Gallery Artist Joel Ong, and Artist Support Program/Writers Program alum Harold Taw.

All  of these programs may be affected in some way by Covid-19. Please see  the advisory for each program  on the application pages.

Eligibility: 

Artists may only apply for one of our artist residency programs each year. 

Established and emerging artists working in any discipline or genre may apply to any one of the residency programs offered. Artists living outside of the Puget  Sound region may apply, but should be aware that expenses for travel, lodging, etc. are not included in the award. Artists may apply as individuals or in teams.

Current Jack Straw staff, interns, board members, or their immediate family members may not apply. Artists participating in 2020 programs may not apply again for the same program in 2021. However, they may apply for a program in which they did not participate in the previous calendar year.

Please contact us at arts@jackstraw.org or 206-634-0919 if this application format is not accessible to you for any reason.

Jack Straw Cultural Center is now accepting applications for the 28th year of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program. Up to eight artists/teams are awarded 20 hours of free recording and production time with an engineer at Jack Straw Cultural Center; an additional 10-12 artists/teams receive matching awards. The Artist Support Program is open to artists of all disciplines whose project proposals include sound as a major component. Such projects might include recording a music CD, producing radio programs, oral histories, audio literature, sound for a gallery installation or public art project, film, music and sound design for dance and theater, digital media work, etc. Completed projects are publicly presented at a Jack Straw artist event. 

Selection Process:

Artist Support Program applications are evaluated and awarded by a multidisciplinary selection panel. The panelists change each year, and are all established artists and arts professionals invited by Jack Straw staff. The names of the panelists will be made public after the selection process has been completed. All applicants will be notified of the results in writing. Please allow at least twelve weeks after deadline dates for the review and notification process to be completed.

Selection Criteria: 

The process can be highly competitive depending on the number and range of applications. Panelists will base their selections upon the excellence of the work represented in the support materials provided by the applicant; the artistic merit of the proposed project; the feasibility of the proposed project; and the subjective response of the panelists to the applicant’s proposal/work in comparison to the other submissions received.

Covid-19 Advisory

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, our studios are operating at a modified capacity. To ensure social distancing, our larger studio can accommodate two performers at one time, and our smaller studio can hold one. These studio spaces can be operated from one control room, allowing for a maximum of three people recording at one time. We can use overdubbing and editing to create projects with many more personnel, but this does mean that large, live ensemble projects are not possible at this time, until such time as this type of activity is safe. 

Additionally, most location recording projects will not be possible unless our staff engineers determine a given situation to be within acceptable safety parameters. 

For artists located outside of Seattle who are unable to travel, we may still be able to work with you, as long as your physical presence is not required in the studio. We are able to work with artists remotely for editing, mixing, and training, as well as recording any Seattle-based performers, with the lead artist providing direction remotely as needed.

We will not rule out any projects for not fitting these guidelines, but it does mean that if a project is selected that can’t be achieved under current circumstances, there may be a long wait before it can be completed.

We would also love to talk with you about the possibilities of creating projects that are designed in some way to be produced and experienced in this era. Reach out to us at arts@jackstraw.org to talk over your project.

QUESTIONS? Please carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions on our website.

Please contact us at arts@jackstraw.org or 206-634-0919 if this application format is not accessible to you for any reason.

Jack Straw Cultural Center is now accepting submissions for the 23rd year of the Jack Straw New Media Gallery, a unique venue in Seattle where artists from various disciplines can present works in which sound is an integral or exclusive element. This program enables artists to experiment with audio and other technology and to develop new skills and ideas in a supportive setting. Up to four artists/teams are selected to receive up to 20 hours of free studio time with an engineer, which they may use to realize the sound component of their project, with training as needed. Artists’ new work is presented in our gallery in the following year. Gallery exhibitions include an opening reception, artist talk/workshop, podcast/interview posted on our web site, and other events. Additional youth and family engagement programs may be developed with select installations.

Selection Process:

New Media Gallery applications are evaluated and awarded by a multidisciplinary selection panel. The panelists change each year, and are all established artists and arts professionals invited by Jack Straw staff. The names of the panelists will be made public after the selection process has been completed. All applicants will be notified of the results in writing. Please allow at least twelve weeks after deadline dates for the review and notification process to be completed.

Selection Criteria: 

The process can be highly competitive depending on the number and range of applications. Panelists will base their selections upon the excellence of the work represented in the support materials provided by the applicant; the artistic merit of the proposed project; the feasibility of the proposed project; and the subjective response of the panelists to the applicant’s proposal/work in comparison to the other submissions received.

Covid-19 Advisory

The projects selected for the 2021-2022 year of the Jack Straw New Media Gallery will be scheduled to show no earlier than fall of 2021, so we are hopeful that we’ll be able to present them as planned. However, given the level of uncertainty due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is possible there may be unexpected changes in the schedule or details of this program. It is still our intention to host physical installations in our gallery, open to visitors, but we will need to adjust to whatever circumstances arise. For our installations scheduled during the coronavirus pandemic, this has so far included online-only projects, and a planned installation that will be available to visit by appointment.

For those projects requiring audio support from Jack Straw, our studios are operating at a modified capacity.  To ensure social distancing,  our larger studio can accommodate two performers at one time, and our smaller studio can hold one. These studio spaces can be operated from one control room, allowing for a maximum of three people performing at one time. We can use overdubbing and editing to create projects with many more personnel, but this does mean that large, live ensemble projects are not possible at this time, until this type of activity is safe.

Additionally, most location recording projects will not be possible unless our staff engineers determine a given situation to be within acceptable safety parameters. 

For artists located outside of Seattle who are unable to travel, we may still be able to work with you, as long as your physical presence is not required in the studio. We are able to work with artists remotely for editing, mixing, and training, as well as recording any Seattle-based performers, with the lead artist providing direction remotely as needed. You will need to have someone on site to install and de-install your piece.

We would also love to talk with you about the possibilities of creating projects that are designed in some way to be produced and experienced in this era. Reach out to us at arts@jackstraw.org to talk over your project.

QUESTIONS? Please carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions on our website.

Please contact us at arts@jackstraw.org or 206-634-0919 if this application format is not accessible to you for any reason.

Jack Straw Cultural Center is now accepting applications for the 25th year of the Jack Straw Writers Program. To date, the program has included more than 275 writers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond who represent a diverse range of literary genres. Each year, an invited curator selects 12 participants.

The purpose of the Jack Straw Writers Program is to introduce writers to the medium of recorded audio; to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings; to encourage the creation of new literary work; to present the writers and their work in live readings, in an anthology, on the web, and on the radio; and to build community among writers. Participating writers are presented in live readings, in the printed Jack Straw Writers Anthology; and on the web and radio. Each year an invited curator selects the participating writers from a large pool of applicants based foremost on artistic excellence. Among past curators are program co-founder Rebecca Brown, Anastacia- Renée, Donna Miscolta, Matt Briggs, Stephanie Kallos, Shawn Wong, and Jourdan Imani Keith. Writers receive training in vocal presentation, performance, and microphone technique to prepare them for public readings, interviews, and studio recording. Their recorded readings and interviews with the curator are then used to produce programs for SoundPages, our literary podcast, and for selected radio broadcast.

The Writers Program requires participants to be on-site at Jack Straw Cultural Center for a number of activities, such as an introductory orientation, workshops for microphone/voice technique and live performance, in-studio interview session with the program curator, and live readings. (See Covid-19 advisory for more on this.) Most of these activities take place between January and June. Additional Writers Program readings will take place around the community throughout the year, including a final reading with all of the writers in November. Work appearing in the Jack Straw Writers Anthology may not be previously published material, and any subsequent publication of this work must acknowledge the Jack Straw Writers Program.

E. J. Koh 

The 2021 Writers Program Curator is E. J. Koh.  E. J., a 2016 Jack Straw Writers Program fellow, is the author of the memoir The Magical Language of Others (Tin House Books, 2020) and poetry collection A Lesser Love (Louisiana State University Press, 2017), winner of the Pleiades Editors Prize for Poetry. Her poems, translations, and stories have appeared in Academy of American Poets, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, PEN America, Slate, and World Literature Today. Koh is the recipient of The Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing from Prairie Schooner and has received fellowships from the American Literary Translators Association, Kundiman, MacDowell Colony, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and Vermont Studio Center. She is the editor for Pleiades: Poetry by Korean American Women and has appeared in anthologies: Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3, Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics, Political Punch: Contemporary Poems on Politics of Identity, and The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit. Koh earned her MFA at Columbia University in New York for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. She is completing her PhD at the University of Washington in English Language and Literature.

Selection Process

Writers Program applications are evaluated and awarded by an invited curator. The curators change each year. All applicants will be notified of the results in writing. Please allow at least eight weeks after deadline dates for the review and notification process to be completed. The first Writers Program mandatory meeting will take place in January 2021.

Selection Criteria

The Writers Program receives more than a hundred applicants, from which 12 writers are selected. Curator selections will be based upon the excellence of the work represented in the support materials provided by the applicant.

Covid-19 Advisory

We will almost certainly need to adapt the 2021 Writers Program to fit the safety requirements of the current situation, as we have been doing for the 2020 Writers. Some elements – such as workshops, readings, and meetings – will be moved online, and some will be adjusted to minimize the number of people sharing space. 

It is impossible to know exactly what the situation will look like in January, when this program is set to begin, so we are requesting your patience, flexibility, and adaptability in advance. Know that we will do whatever we can to help you get the most out of this program and find community with your cohort and curator. 

QUESTIONS? Please carefully read the Frequently Asked Questions on our website.

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