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. 

Applications for the 2023 Writers Program are due Monday, October 31, 2022.

Applications for the 2023 Artist Support and New Media Gallery Programs are due Monday, November 28, 2022.

Residency Application workshops with Jack Straw staff and artists:

Sunday, October 16, 2pm
In person at Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery, 9414 Delridge Way SW, Seattle

Thursday, October 27, 6pm
Online: Register to join via Zoom

Past application workshops:

Wednesday, October 13 (archived recording) with 2021 Writers Program Curator E.J. Koh, New Media Gallery Artist May Maylisa Cat, and Artist Support Program alum Natasha Marin

Monday, October 19, 2020 (archived recording) with 2019 Writers Program Curator Kathleen Flenniken, New Media Gallery Artist Joel Ong, and Artist Support Program/Writers Program alum Harold Taw.

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 2022 programs may not apply again for the same program in 2023. 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 30th year of the Jack Straw Artist Support Program, which helps artists of many genres and disciplines to create and present new work. 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 album, 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
Our studios are currently operating at close to pre-pandemic capacity. We do still require anyone working in the studio provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and wear a mask, except as required for recording. However, given the overall uncertainty around the pandemic's progress, we may need to impose more restrictions in the future.

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 recording, editing, mixing, and training, with the lead artist providing direction remotely as needed.

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 25th 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, youth and family engagement programs, and other events.

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

Currently our exhibits are open to the public, but viewable by appointment only.  Opening receptions and artist talks are being held in person, with guests asked to pre-register via email. The projects selected for the 2023-2024 year of the Jack Straw New Media Gallery will be scheduled to show no earlier than fall of 2023, 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.

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.

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 27th year of the Jack Straw Writers Program. To date, the program has included more than 300 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, Matt Briggs, Stephanie Kallos, Jourdan Imani Keith, E.J. Koh, Donna Miscolta, and Shawn Wong. 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 small-group 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 - pending any necessary adjustments due to COVID-19 or other emergencies. 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.

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 2023.

The 2023 Writers Program Curator is Priscilla Long. Priscilla is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, creative nonfiction,  science, history, and fiction, and a long-time independent teacher of  writing. Her seventh book is Dancing with the Muse in Old Age (Coffeetown, 2022). Her two poetry books are Holy Magic (MoonPath Press) and Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press). A 2009 Jack Straw Writers Program Fellow, her awards include a National Magazine Award for a science-based feature. Her how-to-write book is The Writer’s Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writer’s Life (University of New Mexico Press). Other books are a collection of memoirist essays, Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press) and Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators (Coffeetown). Her first book was Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America’s Bloody Coal Industry. She grew up on a dairy farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Selection Criteria
The Writers Program receives more than a hundred applicants, from which 12 writers are selected. Curator selections will be based primarily upon the excellence of the work represented in the support materials provided by the applicant, with the goal of curating a demographically and stylistically diverse group of writers who will work together well as a group.

Covid-19 Advisory
We may need to adapt the 2023 Writers Program to fit the safety requirements of the current situation, as we have been doing since 2020, with minimal adjustments to the 2022 year. Some elements – such as workshops, readings, and meetings – may be converted to hybrid or online formats, and some may need to 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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