Coupled with every story of success is a story of struggle, hard work, and persistent ambition. Totem Star gives young artists the opportunity to rub shoulders with guest artists and music industry professionals during intimate Q&A sessions called The Story. Hearing stories straight from the best in the biz sends a strong message: There is no fast track to creative excellence. Only one percent of the game is talent and skill. The rest is commitment and perseverance.


The Story with Nikkita Oliver

Friday, October 20, 2017 // 3:30-5pm // Youngstown Cultural Arts Center

Nikkita Oliver is an organizer, educator, teaching-artist, and attorney who has contributed to the vibrancy of our city through her art and advocacy. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University, she earned her Master’s of Education and Juris Doctorate concurrently from the University of Washington. She has spent the years since serving Seattleites as a teacher and pro-bono lawyer. And as a singer and poet, she's rocked many a stage. Whether it's inspiring our young in the classroom, partnering with educators and other working people, or fighting against unjust policies that hurt our residents, Nikkita has made it her life’s work to ensure Seattle leads our nation with progressive policies and transformative structures. Join us on October 20, 2017 for The Story with Nikkita Oliver. As always, it's all ages and free to the general public. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

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.


Past Guests of The Story:

Otieno Terry and Max Levin
Owuor Arunga and Greg Kramer (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis) 
Aaron Walker-Loud (Big World Breaks) and Jazmyn Scott (The Town Entertainment)
Daniel Pak (Kore Ionz) and Thaddeus Turner (Thaddillac)
Catherine Harris-White a.k.a. Sassy Black
Prometheus Brown (Blue Scholars)
Brian Myers (Blue Scholars)
Justo (The Physics)
Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest)
Wil-Dog Abers (Ozomatli)