The Spotlight 2nd Annual Fundraiser Gala
Oct
12
5:30 PM17:30

The Spotlight 2nd Annual Fundraiser Gala

 
 

Please join Totem Star on Saturday, October 12, 2019 for The Spotlight, our second annual fundraiser gala.

Featuring a family-style dinner feast by chef Melissa Miranda (Musang) and performances by our inspiring and talented young recording artists, The Spotlight is a celebration of youth leadership and community action, placing the mic in the hands of young people working to change the world for the better through the universal language of music.

5:30pm - Registration, Cocktails, and Silent Auction
7:00pm - Dinner and show hosted by Totem Star artist Mirabai Kukathas
8:00pm - Raise the Paddle for Totem Star plus Raffle Prizes

All proceeds from sponsorships, ticket sales, silent auction, and raise-the-paddle will create more opportunities for young artists to take creative risks in the studio and on the stage, building confidence, life skills, and a loving community.

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4th Annual Summer Kickoff Youth Arts Showcase
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

4th Annual Summer Kickoff Youth Arts Showcase

 
 

Totem Star is proud to present the 4th Annual Summer Kickoff youth arts showcase to highlight select artists who have been putting in hard work of in The Studio or on The Stage. 

This will also be the "{R}age" Official Mixtape Release Party, made possible through a partnership with Arts Corps and Youth Speaks Seattle.

It all goes down on Friday June 21 from 6-8pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. As always the event is Free and all ages.

Summer Kickoff is possible thanks to partnerships with Youth Speaks Seattle, Arts Corps, the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and the D'Addario Foundation .

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All Access Fridays featuring Tiffany Wilson
May
10
4:00 PM16:00

All Access Fridays featuring Tiffany Wilson

 
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All Access Fridays featuring Tiffany Wilson

Friday, Friday May 10, 2019 // 4-6pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Come join us this Friday, May 10th for a workshop with the incredibly talented, Tiffany Wilson! The theme of the workshop is...

"Expressing Your Truth: Staying True to Yourself in Your Artistic Expression"

Tiffany Wilson is a true musical artist and songwriter whose voice speaks to something real and soulful. Not content with writing only standard love songs, her latest album "#SeeSharp" also speaks of inner and outer change, politics, and vision of a brighter future.

As a solo artist, Tiffany released her first original project "Music Therapy" in 2009 and her sophomore album “#SEESHARP” in July 2016. With this project, Tiffany's plan is to use her voice, pen and outlook to shed some light and love on what's taking place in our shared world.

The production of her sophomore release is a conscious blend of the sounds of the past and the future. It is a mix of classic live soul & funk music filtered through her contemporary R&B roots and sensibilities. Eschewing the retro soul fad and moving towards a unique combination of past, present, and future-

Ms. Wilson is a true original.

Visit www.tiffanywilsonmusic.com/ for more info!

"All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event."

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All Access Fridays featuring Momma Nikki
May
3
4:00 PM16:00

All Access Fridays featuring Momma Nikki

 
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All Access Fridays featuring Momma Nikki

Friday, Friday May 3, 2019 // 4-6pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Come join us this Friday, May 3rd for a workshop with the one and only, Momma Nikki! The theme of the workshop is...

Music Development: Is Your Music Memorable?

If you plan on joining us, Momma Nikki wants you to come with a song you are either done with or a song you are developing. She wants to help you make your song the best it can be and teach how valuable it is being flexible with change.

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Momma Nikki is a Haitian-Queer artist that sings, spits, or a combination of the two. She's a vocalist & MC in her band, Holy Pistola. As well as helped create a monthly poetry slam & artist showcase to help make a safe space for POC & QTPOC, called RingSide. She has an EP out titled: Dead-icated To: Side A. And just released a new EP titled: Momma Nikki Exposed: the other side of Nikki. She is known for her harmonies and this new raw EP exposes her heart to all, especially those who have lost someone.

Momma Nikki is also currently the host of RingSide Slam Open Mic & Head-to-Head Poetry Slam at Red Lounge/Taste of Caribbean in Seattle.

Visit https://www.mommanikki.com to learn more!

"All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event."

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All Access Fridays featuring Kisha Vaughan
Apr
19
4:00 PM16:00

All Access Fridays featuring Kisha Vaughan

 
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All Access Fridays featuring Kisha Vaughan
Friday, Friday April 19, 2019 // 4-6pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Come join us for a special workshop featuring Kisha Vaughan! Kisha will be teaching us about stage presence and movement as you grace the stage with your dance moves.

Kisha Vaughan, born in Biloxi, Mississippi and raised in Sacramento, CA has been dancing in and around Seattle for the past 15 years with a focus on hip hop. Kisha has had the privilege to be a part of various crews including Breaking Point Dance Company, In Effect Hip Hop, and Seattle Storm Hip Hop Squad.

Kisha was a back up dancer for Macklemore and Ryan Lewiswhere she had the opportunity to tour the U.S. and Canada.

Performances include Showtime at the Apollo, Folklife, Capitol Hill Block Party, Conan O'Brien, MTV Movie Awards, Billboard Awards, Sasquatch, We Day, Rolling Stone Magazine, You Tube, and Bumbershoot.

Kisha has also been the creative director and choreographer for Emerald City Elite, Poison Poppies, and Garfield High School Puppettes.

Currently Kisha teaches hip hop and choreographs. Her work has been seen at various competitions and shows including Monsters of Hip Hop and World of Dance.
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Note: All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as women, femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event.

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The Story with Rell Be Free
Apr
5
4:00 PM16:00

The Story with Rell Be Free

 
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The Story with Rell Be Free
Friday, April 5th, 2019 // 4-5pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Join us for our quarterly event, The Story, where we feature dope local artists to come in and share their experience and wisdom with the youth! This time we feature an amazing artist/activist - Rell Be Free.

For more information about Rell Be Free, check out his facebook profile: https://www.facebook.com/UncagedRevolutionary/

Note: We should mention that The Story was, is, and always will be a conversation between our special guests and youth attendees. Grown ups are more than welcome to attend but we ask that you participate by supporting youth voice and observing in silence.

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Spring Open Mic @ The Station
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Spring Open Mic @ The Station

 
Poster design by Matt Sablan

Poster design by Matt Sablan

Join Totem Star @ The Station for our Spring Open Mic! This event runs from 8-10pm, right after The Station closes it's normal hours. The party continues! This event is FREE / ALL AGES.

If you haven't already, visit The Station in Beacon Hill! It's a dope place for the community to meet and serves delicious food & drink.

 
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The Story with Momma Nikki (Rescheduled)
Feb
15
3:30 PM15:30

The Story with Momma Nikki (Rescheduled)

 
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The Story with Momma Nikki
Friday, February 15, 2018 // 3:30-5pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center
(Rescheduled from Feb. 8 due to closures due to heavy snow)

Momma Nikki is a Haitian-Queer artist that sings, spits, or a combination of the two. She's a vocalist & MC in her band, Holy Pistola. As well as helped create a monthly poetry slam & artist showcase to help make a safe space for POC & QTPOC, called RingSide. She has an EP out titled: Dead-icated To: Side A. And just released a new EP titled: Momma Nikki Exposed: the other side of Nikki. She is known for her harmonies and this new raw EP exposes her heart to all, especially those who have lost someone.

Momma Nikki is also currently the host of RingSide Slam Open Mic & Head-to-Head Poetry Slam at Red Lounge/Taste of Caribbean in Seattle.

For more information log on to https://www.mommanikki.com.

Note: We should mention that The Story was, is, and always will be a conversation between our special guests and youth attendees. Grown ups are more than welcome to attend but we ask that you participate by supporting youth voice and observing in silence.

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All Access Fridays - Music Business Panel
Dec
21
4:00 PM16:00

All Access Fridays - Music Business Panel

 
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All Access Fridays featuring Sharlese Metcalf, Reese Tanimura, Amy LP
Friday, December 21, 2018 // 4-6pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

For our last All Access Fridays of 2018, Totem Star invites you to join us for a Music Business panel featuring our incredible guests:

Sharlese Metcalf (KEXP)
Reese Tanimura (Folklife)
Amy LP (The Vera Project)

- Sharlese Metcalf began her radio career at Green River Community College in 2001 hosting their Northwest music focused show Local Motion on KGRG. She attained her Broadcasting Certificate from Green River, and was offered a job at Jones Radio Networks. There, she worked on Classic Country and Top 40 shows as a production assistant. While at Jones Radio, she was given a KEXP internship to work on the show Audioasis as an assistant to the host and booker. In 2009, She became an Audioasis producer, and in 2012, was promoted to host and an Events Producer at KEXP. Sharlese additionally works as yoga DJ, promotes events at clubs around town as False Prophet, is a member of the TUF collective and currently serves as a member on the Seattle Music Commission.

- Reese Tanimura has served as the Program Director for the Rain City Rock Camp for Girls for the past three years and as a volunteer Teaching Artist starting in 2011. With a small-but-mighty team and a steadily growing community, Rain City Rock Camp for Girls empowers girls, women, and gender non-conforming individuals to engage their creative potential through music, champion equity and thrive in a community of allies and activists. Reese is extremely passionate about equity in education and has over a decade of experience teaching music in public schools in Hawaii, and in Washington’s Federal Way Public School District. From 2010 to 2014, she managed education and work-training programs for YouthCare, serving Seattle and South King County youth neglected by traditional school systems and impacted by homelessness and the juvenile justice system.

- Amy LP is a multimedia artist, audio engineer, vocalist, and teaching artist who got started on her artistic journey through Arts Corps’ All Access program 10 years ago. She is currently Arts Corps’ Media & Communications Manager, with the honor of being able to take photos and produce videos capturing the unique stories of young artists and changemakers. She is constantly inspired by the young artists she gets to work with and has recently started writing some fresh songs after a long hiatus.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the local Seattle music industry from professionals with experience to speak from. The panel will be open to Q&A so start thinking of those burning questions you want to ask! We hope to see you there! 

(All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event.)


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Note: All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as women, femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event.

Workshops will take place on select Fridays in Fall 2018 in the Totem Star studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This event is free and open to all young people. 

 
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All Access Fridays featuring Ace Wilson
Dec
14
4:00 PM16:00

All Access Fridays featuring Ace Wilson

 
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All Access Fridays featuring Ace Wilson
Friday, December 14, 2018 // 4-6pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

For the fourteenth installment of All Access Fridays, Ace Wilson will be leading a Vocal Technique Workshop to help you improve your singing and find your voice.

Ace Wilson is a queer and transgender artist of color who currently focuses on video media after realizing the true power that video media has on influencing the world. 

In high school, Ace was really into watching documentaries, especially the ones about space where that omnipresent white man voice is like "As we travel, billions of light years across the galaxy, we will discover what humans call a galactic star cluster." Ace used to thrive off those type of documentaries. Little did they know that their fascination with documentaries as a piece of art and an educational tool would lead them to become a videographer as a profession.

Ace is grateful to have had many opportunities to get hands-on skills and experience with video, with the most recent and profound opportunity, becoming a KEXP intern. They are also a musician, so naturally they've been sucked into the world of music videos. Ace realized that they wanted to create music videos artist after they noticed that they spend a lot more time watching music videos compared to the amount time watching films. They love music videos because of their flexibility. For example, music videos can be super clean and to the point or experimental and edgy, it's really about what the musician wants to convey. Ace also appreciates the fact that music videos can leave emotional impact on the viewer in such a short amount of time. 

Ace is excited to share their knowledge with you so that you can sculpt your music videos into what you want them to be. 

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Note: All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as women, femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event.

Workshops will take place on select Fridays in Fall 2018 in the Totem Star studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This event is free and open to all young people. 

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Winter Magic 2018
Dec
7
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Magic 2018

 
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Poster design by Matt Sablan

Winter Magic is coming! Join us on December 7, 2018 for our fifth annual end-of-year artist showcase hosted by Mirabai Kukathas! Featuring a stellar lineup of select Totem Star artists, this not-to-be-missed spectacular is all ages and free to the general public. Dinner will be served. Doors at 5:30pm.

#WinterMagic

 
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All Access Fridays featuring Amy LP
Nov
16
4:00 PM16:00

All Access Fridays featuring Amy LP

 
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All Access Fridays featuring Amy LP
Friday, November 16, 2018 // 4-6pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

For the thirteenth installment of All Access Fridays, Amy LP will be leading a Vocal Technique Workshop to help you improve your singing and find your voice.

Amy LP is a multimedia artist, audio engineer, vocalist, and teaching artist who got started on her artistic journey through Arts Corps’ All Access program 10 years ago. She is currently Arts Corps’ Media & Communications Manager, with the honor of being able to take photos and produce videos capturing the unique stories of young artists and changemakers. She is constantly inspired by the young artists she gets to work with and has recently started writing some fresh songs after a long hiatus.

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Note: All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as women, femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event.

Workshops will take place on select Fridays in Fall 2018 in the Totem Star studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This event is free and open to all young people. 

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The Story with Gabriel Teodros
Nov
2
3:30 PM15:30

The Story with Gabriel Teodros

 
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The Story with Gabriel Teodros
Friday, November 2, 2018 // 3:30-5pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Gabriel Teodros is a musician and writer from South Seattle who first made a mark with the group Abyssinian Creole, and reached an international audience with his critically-acclaimed solo debut Lovework. Over the ten years since he has set stages on fire all across the US, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Ethiopia and South Africa; often in combination with workshops on creative writing, music, history, science fiction and media literacy.

His latest solo offering History Rhymes If It Doesn't Repeat (A Southend Healing Ritual) is a collective exercise in moving through trauma that was made completely in the months of August-September 2018, and produced by long-time collaborator (and 3 time Juno Award winner) Moka Only. The full-length therapy session includes features from nearly every phase of Teodros’ creative life, including Khingz (of Abyssinian Creole), Meklit (of CopperWire), Shakiah, Otieno Terry, Nikkita Oliver, Essam, Mikaela Romero, Rell Be Free, Julie-C and El Dia.

History Rhymes... is Teodros' first album since Evidence Of Things Not Seen released in 2014, a James Baldwin-inspired collaboration with Aotearoa-based producer SoulChef that was described by critics as Teodros’ strongest album yet, after a decade of notable releases that also include Colored People's Time MachineChildren Of The Dragonand CopperWire's Earthbound.

In 2015, Teodros made his speculative fiction debut with a story published in Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, and in 2016 he graduated from the Clarion West Writers Workshop for Speculative Fiction. His writing has also been published by The Feminist Wire and Okayafrica.

Teodros is also currently active as a DJ on KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle.

For more information log on to www.gabrielteodros.com

Note: We should mention that The Story was, is, and always will be a conversation between our special guests and youth attendees. Grown ups are more than welcome to attend but we ask that you participate by supporting youth voice and observing in silence.

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All Access Fridays featuring Sharmaine
Oct
26
4:00 PM16:00

All Access Fridays featuring Sharmaine

 
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All Access Fridays featuring Sharmaine
Friday, October 26, 2018 // 4-6pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

For the eleventh installment of All Access Fridays, Sharmaine will be leading a Songwriting Workshop to help you create ideas for your own original tunes.

Sharmaine is a Singer/songwriter from Seattle, WA. She is from South Seattle's Rainier Beach neighborhood. Sharmaine has been singing since she was about seven years old. She would always be involved in school choir activities and talent shows and even got the chance to perform a rendition of Minnie Riperton's "Loving You" for the Seattle Public School board member Betty Patu at The Royal Room in Columbia City. Sharmaine started becoming more active in the industry when she joined the summer program The Residency, a program created for youth by Seattle's Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Arts Corps, and MoPOP. Not too long after, she started getting involved with Totem Star. Sharmaine released her first single "Vibrant" in the summer of 2017. A few months after, she released her second single "Burning Bridges." She is ambitious and has a drive to inspire and take the world by storm with her raspy, angelic and soulful voice. Check out her latest single, “Home.”

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Note: All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as women, femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event.

Workshops will take place on select Fridays in Fall 2018 in the Totem Star studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This event is free and open to all young people. 

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City of Music Open Mic
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

City of Music Open Mic

 
 

Join youth leaders from Totem StarKEXPThe Vera Project206 Zulu, the Museum of Pop Culture's The Residency, and Seattle Theatre Groupfor the first City of Music Open Mic! 

The open mic will be from 7-9 PM—sign up begins at 6:30. This event is free and all ages, and supported by the Seattle Music Commission.

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The Spotlight 1st Annual Fundraiser Gala
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

The Spotlight 1st Annual Fundraiser Gala

 
 

Totem Star presents The Spotlight, our first annual fundraiser dinner and show. Featuring an amazing feast by celebrated chefs from our community and uplifting performances by Totem Star recording artists, 100% of funds raised at The Spotlight will help keep the doors to the studio and the stage open for our young people.

THE SPOTLIGHT
6:00pm Registration, Cocktails, and Silent Auction
7:00pm Dinner & Show hosted by Totem Star artist kidLIO
8:00pm Raise the Paddle for Totem Star plus Raffle Prizes

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Dinner and drinks for The Spotlight provided by:
Black & Tan Hall, Food and Sh*t, Dahlia Lounge, Sam Choy's Poke to the Max, That Brown Girl Cooks, Uli's Famous Sausage, Caffé Vita, Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonades, Andrew Will Winery, and Waters Winery

 
 

Silent auction and raffle prize donors for The Spotlight include:

Hawaiian Airlines
Clipper Vacations
Tom Douglas
KEXP
MoPOP
Restaurants Unlimited
Seattle Theater Group
Pacific Science Center
Wing Luke Museum
Garage Bowl
West Seattle Bowl
Easy Street Records
Tacos Chukis
Bakery Nouveau
Ounces
and more!

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Summer Kickoff Youth Arts Showcase
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Kickoff Youth Arts Showcase

 
 

Totem Star is proud to present the 4th Annual Summer Kickoff youth arts showcase to highlight select artists who have been putting in hard work of in The Studio or on The Stage. 

This will also be the "Respect The Vibez" Official Mixtape Release Party, made possible through a partnership with Arts Corps and Youth Speaks Seattle.

It all goes down on Friday June 15 from 6-8pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. As always the event is all ages.  Admission is a $10 suggested donation but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Summer Kickoff is possible thanks to partnerships with Youth Speaks Seattle, Arts Corps, the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, 4Culture, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, ArtsWA, the U.S. Bank Foundation, and the D'Addario Foundation .

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All Access Fridays Featuring Ace Wilson
Jun
1
3:00 PM15:00

All Access Fridays Featuring Ace Wilson

 
 

For the tenth installment of All Access Fridays, Ace Wilson will be leading Part 2 of a Music Video Workshop to guide through the basics and help you create ideas for your own music video.

Ace Wilson is a queer and transgender artist of color who currently focuses on video media after realizing the true power that video media has on influencing the world. 

In high school, Ace was really into watching documentaries, especially the ones about space where that omnipresent white man voice is like "As we travel, billions of light years across the galaxy, we will discover what humans call a galactic star cluster." Ace used to thrive off those type of documentaries. Little did they know that their fascination with documentaries as a piece of art and an educational tool would lead them to become a videographer as a profession.

Ace is grateful to have had many opportunities to get hands-on skills and experience with video, with the most recent and profound opportunity, becoming a KEXP intern. They are also a musician, so naturally they've been sucked into the world of music videos. Ace realized that they wanted to create music videos artist after they noticed that they spend a lot more time watching music videos compared to the amount time watching films. They love music videos because of their flexibility. For example, music videos can be super clean and to the point or experimental and edgy, it's really about what the musician wants to convey. Ace also appreciates the fact that music videos can leave emotional impact on the viewer in such a short amount of time. 

Ace is excited to share their knowledge with you so that you can sculpt your music videos into what you want them to be. 

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All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event.

Workshops will take place on select Fridays in Winter and Spring 2018 in the Totem Star studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This event is free and open to all young people. 

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47th NW Folklife Festival: Totem Star Stage
May
27
1:00 PM13:00

47th NW Folklife Festival: Totem Star Stage

 
 

Totem Star artists kidLIO, Zoë Roberts, King Cobb & Theomatic, Jawzilla, Amy Hall, and special guest host Mirabai Kukathas will be performing at The Vera Project from 1PM-2PM on Sunday, May 27th 2018 as part of the 47th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival.

Come through and support youth artists! RSVP on Facebook,

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All Access Fridays Featuring Ace Wilson
May
18
3:00 PM15:00

All Access Fridays Featuring Ace Wilson

 
 

For the ninth installment of All Access Fridays, Ace Wilson will be leading a Music Video Workshop to guide through the basics and help you create ideas for your own music video.

Ace Wilson is a queer and transgender artist of color who currently focuses on video media after realizing the true power that video media has on influencing the world. 

In high school, Ace was really into watching documentaries, especially the ones about space where that omnipresent white man voice is like "As we travel, billions of light years across the galaxy, we will discover what humans call a galactic star cluster." Ace used to thrive off those type of documentaries. Little did they know that their fascination with documentaries as a piece of art and an educational tool would lead them to become a videographer as a profession.

Ace is grateful to have had many opportunities to get hands-on skills and experience with video, with the most recent and profound opportunity, becoming a KEXP intern. They are also a musician, so naturally they've been sucked into the world of music videos. Ace realized that they wanted to create music videos artist after they noticed that they spend a lot more time watching music videos compared to the amount time watching films. They love music videos because of their flexibility. For example, music videos can be super clean and to the point or experimental and edgy, it's really about what the musician wants to convey. Ace also appreciates the fact that music videos can leave emotional impact on the viewer in such a short amount of time. 

Ace is excited to share their knowledge with you so that you can sculpt your music videos into what you want them to be. 

RSVP on Facebook

All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event.

Workshops will take place on select Fridays in Winter and Spring 2018 in the Totem Star studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This event is free and open to all young people. 

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The Story with Clinton Fearon
May
11
3:30 PM15:30

The Story with Clinton Fearon

 
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The Story with Clinton Fearon

Friday, May 11, 2018 // 3:30-5pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Born in Jamaica, Clinton Fearon became the bassist, vocalist and lyricist of the mythic Gladiators at the age of 19. He was also a session musician for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s at Black Ark in the 70s, two of the main producers on the island at this time. There Clinton composed some everlasting bass lines for well-known artists like Yabby You, Jimmy Riley, Max Romeo, Junior Byles and many others.

After leaving Jamaica in 1987, Clinton Fearon started a new career in Seattle. Him and some of the musicians of The Gladiators took advantage of the extra time remaining on their visa, at the end of the US tour, to started a band in the Northwest: The Defenders. The band built a nice following in the area but split after five years. Clinton Fearon finally formed his own band in the mid 90s in Seattle with local musicians: Boogie Brown Band. Clinton Fearon recorded eight albums with Boogie Brown Band and tour with them in the Pacific Northwest and Europe intensively, but also other places in the US and South America.  

Each song of Clinton Fearon is a strong message coming from the heart of a man who is dedicating his life to help a better world to come. With chiselled music and poetic lyrics, he opens reggae to a wider audience who simply loves his beautiful songs. 

“My music is roots reggae from the island of Jamaica. I grew up deep in the hills, up in St. Catherine, surrounded by nature, beauty and hard work. Even as a child, I knew I wanted to be a musician and began my career singing in church and at school, and eventually built my own guitar! As a teenager, my journeys took me to Kingston where I met many musicians and began writing and recording music. The Skatalites, Motown artists and Jamaican musicians who came before me all influenced my music.

I write from my heart. The world is full of inspirations... nature, people, politics, love. I write about them all. My music is good for the soul - always with a message of hope and betterment for tomorrow. It’s good for dancing, good for listening and I think it’s good for all.” ~Clinton Fearon 

Note: We should mention that The Story was, is, and always will be a conversation between our special guests and youth attendees. Grown ups are more than welcome to attend but we ask that you participate by supporting youth voice and observing in silence.

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All Access Fridays Featuring Carlynn Newhouse
May
4
3:00 PM15:00

All Access Fridays Featuring Carlynn Newhouse

 
 

For the eighth installment of All Access Fridays, Carlynn Newhouse will provide 1-on-1 30-minute Writing & Performance Workshops to help you practice your writing and performance technique with immediate feedback and tips from Carlynn. 

Make sure to bring some material to perform to receive feedback and guidance. Take some time to practice beforehand to ensure you are bringing your best.

To sign up, go to:
https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/TSX736/classes and click on "Writing & Performance Workshop with Carlynn Newhouse." Choose a 30-minute slot.

Carlynn Newhouse is an African American poet, activist, actress, emcee, and performer. She is the 2015, 2017, and 2018 Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam Champion and competed in the Brave New Voices poetry festival in years 2015-2017. Carlynn has performed at well known venues such as Seattle Town Hall, Bumbershoot, the Kennedy Center, and others. She writes about love, loss, community, race, the Black Lives Matter movement, faith, mental health, gender, and the life experiences that made her who she is today. She believes poetry is a form of activism and tool for raising awareness in hopes of making the world a safer space.

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All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event.

Workshops will take place on select Fridays in Winter and Spring 2018 in the Totem Star studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This event is free and open to all young people. 

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All Access Fridays Featuring Amy Lp
Apr
27
3:00 PM15:00

All Access Fridays Featuring Amy Lp

 
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For the seventh installment of All Access Fridays, sign up for a 30-minute individual vocal session with Amy Lp. Bring some materials you’re working on and together we’ll identify areas where you can strengthen your voice to build a more powerful sound. The session will be tailored to your unique voice and goals. All levels from beginners to advanced performers are welcome!

To sign up, go to:
https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/TSX736/classes and click on "Vocal Workshop with Amy LP." Choose a slot.

Amy Lp
Amy Lp is an audio engineer, vocalist, videographer, photographer, and multimedia teaching artist. She has produced and taught an array of audio education programs in Seattle, is the Board President at The Vera Project, and a founder of Womxn's Creative Industries Meet Up – an all-ages community that inspires and connects current and aspiring media makers. Check her music out at amylp.com.

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All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to all that you may think could benefit from this event. 

Workshops will take place on select Fridays in Winter and Spring 2018 in the Totem Star studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This event is free and open to all young people.

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All Access Fridays Featuring Nic Masangkay
Apr
20
3:00 PM15:00

All Access Fridays Featuring Nic Masangkay

 
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Join us for the sixth installment of All Access Fridays featuring Nic Masangkay who will lead a songwriting & music production workshop. Come in and workshop your songs and beats with Nic and the rest of the group. The session will end with a jam session where the group will make a song from scratch.

Nic Masangkay is a 25-year-old, multiply-marginalized poet, music producer, and singer-songwriter based in Seattle. With poetry Buzzfeed claims “will leave you speechless” and music the Seattle Times reports is "synth-pop with overlaid vocals in the style of Reggie Watts," Nic is incredibly grateful that anybody wants to listen to the art that they create to survive.
https://nicmasangkay.bandcamp.com/

All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Those that identify as femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to young people that you may think could benefit from this workshop. Workshops will take place on select Fridays in Winter and Spring 2018 in the Totem Star studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This series is free and open to all young people.

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All Access Fridays Featuring Carlynn Newhouse
Mar
30
3:00 PM15:00

All Access Fridays Featuring Carlynn Newhouse

 
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Carlynn Newhouse is an African American poet, activist, actress, emcee, and performer. She is the 2015 and 2017 Youth Speaks Seattle Grand Slam Champion and competed in the Brave New Voices poetry festival in years 2015-2017. Carlynn has performed at well known venues such as Seattle Town Hall, Bumbershoot, the Kennedy Center, and others. She writes about love, loss, community, race, the Black Lives Matter movement, faith, mental health, gender, and the life experiences that made her who she is today. She believes poetry is a form of activism and tool for raising awareness in hopes of making the world a safer space.

Performance & Stage Presence Workshop Session info:
Performers! Practice your performance technique while learning new ways to increase your stage presence. Make sure to bring some material to perform to receive feedback and guidance. Take some time to practice beforehand to ensure you are bringing your best.

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All Access Fridays Featuring Amy Lp
Mar
23
3:00 PM15:00

All Access Fridays Featuring Amy Lp

 
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Amy Lp is an audio engineer, vocalist, videographer, photographer, and multimedia teaching artist. She has produced and taught an array of audio education programs in Seattle, is the Board President at The Vera Project, and a founder of Womxn’s Creative Industries Meet Up – an all-ages community that inspires and connects current and aspiring media makers.

Vocalist Workshop Session info:
Vocalists! Hone your technique and learn some breathing exercises to build a more powerful voice. Practice singing your favorite songs and receive feedback for improving your voice in a safe, supportive environment.

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The Story with Guayaba & doNormaal
Mar
9
3:00 PM15:00

The Story with Guayaba & doNormaal

 
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Join us for the third installment of All Access Fridays x The Story featuring Guayaba & doNormaal who will discuss their own personal stories in how they navigate the music industry, their creative process, and more. Those that identify as femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend. Please spread the word to young people that you may think could benefit from this workshop.

Guayaba
"Every person contains multitudes, but few embrace them as much as Northwest rapper and vocalist Guayaba. As an artist, she’s fronted metal acts, made experimental pop ballads, raps, etc. But this idea extends beyond how she executes her vision. Digging through her lyrics in her latest album, Black Trash/White House, she embraces her race, gender, sexuality, and every facet of herself that makes her who she is with an unshakable, bilingual flow." (Local Artist Spotlight, Dusty Henry, KEXP Blog, 24 April 2017)
https://aguadeguayaba.bandcamp.com

doNormaal
"Seattle emcee DoNormaal offers surprise after lyrical surprise in the tightly packed, staccato rhymes brimming on her latest LP, Third Daughter. The rapper, who burst on the Emerald City scene in November 2015 with the release of her beloved first full-length Jump Or Die has maintained status as one of Seattle’s most sought-after spitters." (KEXP Exclusive Interview: doNormaal, Jake Uitti, KEXP Blog, 19 Sept 2017) 
https://donormaal.bandcamp.com

All Access Fridays is a new pilot series of music workshops led by femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ identifying teaching artists. Workshops will take place on select Fridays in Winter and Spring 2018 in the Totem Star studio at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center in West Seattle. This series is free and open to all young people.

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