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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 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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All Access Fridays Featuring Julz Ilang-Bulan & Nic Masangkay
Mar
2
3:00 PM15:00

All Access Fridays Featuring Julz Ilang-Bulan & Nic Masangkay

 
 

Join us for the second installment of All Access Fridays featuring Julz Ilang-Bulan & Nic Masangkay who will lead a songwriting & music production workshop. 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.

Julz Ilang-Bulan is a maker of sorts, weaving sounds, shapes, and colors into musical and visual stories. As a storyteller and kultural practitioner, Julz draws inspiration from their Ilokano ancestry and centers on healing, love, grief, diaspora, memory, transformation, and the ocean. Julz believes that storytelling is a sacred way to authentically witness and connect with one another.
https://www.facebook.com/julzilangbulan/

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. 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 SassyBlack
Feb
16
3:00 PM15:00

All Access Fridays Featuring SassyBlack

 
 

Join us for the first installment of All Access Fridays featuring SassyBlack. Those that identify as femme, non-binary, trans, and/or queer/LGB+ are highly encouraged to attend.

SassyBlack is space-aged singer, songwriter, and producer. This Goddess of "electronic psychedelic soul" and "hologram funk" explores the concepts of sound through deep compositions. With roots in classical and jazz, her voice is often compared to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Erykah Badu, and Georgia Anne Muldrow. She has gained attention from Okayplayer, Afropunk, The Fader, and Pitchfork.

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.

http://sassyblack.bandcamp.com/

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Feb
9
7:00 PM19:00

House Party 6 at The Station

T O T E M S T A R
H O U S E P A R T Y 6

Young poets, get ready! Young musicians, get ready! Young lyricists, get ready! Totem Star will be hosting our House Party 6 open mic at The Station in Beacon Hill on Friday, February 9th from 7-9pm. We are excited to partner with The Station, one of our favorite coffee shops/community hangouts/safe spaces in Seattle.

As always, the event is all ages and is free to the general public thanks to partnerships with 4Culture, Arts Corps, the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, ArtsWA, the U.S. Bank Foundation, and the D'Addario Foundation.

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Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Magic Youth Arts Showcase

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Before winter break of every school year Totem Star hosts the Winter Magic youth arts showcase to highlight select artists who have been putting in work in The Studio or have performed at our House Party open mics.

This year’s event goes down on Friday December 1 from 6-8pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center. As always, the event is all ages and is free to the general public thanks to partnerships with 4Culture, Arts Corps, the Delridge Neighborhood Development Association, the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, ArtsWA, the U.S. Bank Foundation, and the D'Addario Foundation .

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Oct
20
3:30 PM15:30

The Story with Nikkita Oliver

 Photo: Nate Gowdy

Photo: Nate Gowdy

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.

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