Arts in Nature Festival - Artists
MUSIC: REV. PAT WRIGHT
AND THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE GOSPEL CHOIR
The award winning and world renown Total Experience Gospel Choir bursts with love, joy and enthusiasm - humanity! It is hailed as one of the Pacific Northwest's finest soulful ensembles. Pastor Patrinell Staten Wright started the group as a gospel music class at Seattle's Franklin High School in 1973. Since then the choir has grown to become a nationally and internationally known gospel singing group.
POETRY: NIKKITA OLIVER
Nikkita Oliver is a Seattle-based creative, teaching artist, attorney, and anti-racist organizer. Her writing has appeared in the South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, and the Stranger. She holds a J.D. and Masters of Education from the University of Washington. She has been a writer-in-residence with the Writers in the Schools program at Washington Middle School, leading writing workshops with Arts Corp at Garfield High School, and a mentor artist and case manager with Creative Justice, with the program since it’s launch. Nikkita is the 2015 recipient of the Seattle Office of Civil Rights Artist Human Rights Leader Award, the 2014 Seattle Poetry Slam (SPS) Grand Slam Champion, the 2013, 2014, and 2016 SPS Womxn of the World Poetry Slam representative, a three-time SPS national team member, and two-time coach of the SPS national slam team. She has opened for Cornel West and Chuck D of Public Enemy and performed on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert. In 2017 many hoped she would be come Seattle’s mayor.