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R Words: Poetry and Performance for Social Change

with Nikkita Oliver

Genres: Poetry, Writing for Performance

Online

Open to all levels

8 Sessions

Start Date: June 22, 2022
End Date: August 10, 2022
Day of Week: Wednesday
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
4 seats left!
Member Price: $274.50
General Price: $305.00

Nina Simone says it’s the role of the artist to show us what is, and Octavia Butler teaches us that the writer can use their words to manifest new worlds. In this class, we will explore the elements which open our eyes, preserve our stories, change our hearts, and create new narratives. Through the power of poetry and performance, we will write together to be the change we want to see in the world. R words: Resilience, Resistance, Revelation, Rise Up, Revolution, Reparations, Restoration.

Nikkita Oliver

Nikkita Oliver

they/them

Nikkita Oliver (they/them) is a Seattle-based creative, community organizer, abolitionist, educator, and attorney. Working at the intersections of arts, law, education, and community organizing Nikkita strives to create experiences which draw us closer to our humanity and invites us to imagine what we hope to see in the future.

Nikkita has opened for Cornel West and Chuck D of Public Enemy, featured on the Breakfast Club, KUOW's The Week in Review, Cut Stories, and performed on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert. Nikkita's writing has been published in the South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, the Establishment, Last Real Indians, The Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger. Nikkita organizes with No New Youth Jail, Decriminalize Seattle, Covid-19 Mutual Aid – Seattle, and the Seattle Peoples Party.

Nikkita is the executive director of Creative Justice, an arts-based alternative to incarceration and a healing engaged youth-led community-based program.

Nikkita was the first political candidate of the Seattle Peoples Party running for Mayor of Seattle in 2017 narrowly missing the general election by approximately 1,100 votes; coming in third of 21 candidates.

Nikkita speaks and performs for events, at universities and conferences, and facilitates trainings on equity, law and justice, education, and arts activism all over the United States.

Follow on IG and Twitter @nikkitaoliver

Most classes are offered at a general and member tuition rates based on instruction hours, with Hugo House members receiving a 10% discount on classes fewer than six sessions.

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Class sessions may be recorded if a session falls on a holiday, or if a student has access needs. Class recordings are not guaranteed.

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Classes may be cancelled if less than the minimum number of students are enrolled within ten days before the class start date. If Hugo House needs to cancel a class for any reason, students can choose between receiving a full credit toward future classes or full refund.

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