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Arika KOKO Santos

2023  FOR (Fortify Our Rebel) Youth Program Director
 
2017  Rock Center 501c Board of Directors
2017  Reiki Master Teacher Certification
2016  Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
           & Certified Reflexologist
               Red Rocks Holistic Health Program
               Arvada, CO
 
2015  State of Colorado Teaching Certificate
 
2012  BA Studio Art & Theatre For Social Change
              University of Hawaii at Manoa
              Honolulu, HI

 

Born in the City of Angels, this Angelino began her artistic journey rooted in graffiti and urban art.  In her life, she has overcome many struggles and challenges and continues to triumph through like the phoenix that rises from the ashes. At the age of 20 she left Los Angeles in pursuit of her indigenous roots.  After a decade of living in Hawaii connecting with her Native Hawaiian ancestry she returned back to the mainland, and resided in Denver, Colorado, for 9 years, where she studied Holistic Health and got certified as a Reflexologist, Reiki Master and Holistic Health Practitioner.  She enjoys intertwining holistic healing and art within her community and considers herself an Art Healer.

 

Koko is an artist of many mediums including murals, acylic/oil/watercolor painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry design, live installation, dance, poetry, fashion/costume design, and is currently working on a new D.I.Y. vintage/upcycle clothing line and publishing her first book. She loves to travel and share her art through cultural festivals, public walls and in galleries.  Her favorite way to share her art is through her work is with youth as an arts educator. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she serves low income, at risk youth and communities of color as an independent contractor working with non-profits and public schools. Currently she resides in Los Angeles, California and works as Program Director for a non-profit youth advocacy program called FOR (Fortify Our Rebel) Youth.  After spending 20 years away from her hometown she is ecstatic to bring over 20 years of art work to share with her community and is planning her first solo art exhibition.

 

Koko is an artist that is passionate about her work and is a community activist with an emphasis on empowering the youth through the arts using art as a language to heal and uplift.

Her long term ultimate goal is to open a sustainable community resource center in an urban environment with a direct link to a holistic health retreat center based in Hawaii on the island of Kauai.  Koko is a visionary artist with ambition and goals to heal the world through art and wellness.

"Art is a powerful tool that can be utilized to heal and uplift."

-A. Koko Santos

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