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Arika KOKO Santos

2021  FOR (For Our Rebel) Youth Program Director

 

2021  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 Mano

              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 in 2013, with the essence of Pele, The Fire Goddess, and now resides in Denver, Colorado, where she is raising her teenage daughter, Littlewing. Colorado is where she studied Holistic Health and is now certified as a Reflexologist, Reiki Master and Holistic Health Practitioner.  She enjoys intertwining holistic healing and art within her community and is an Art Healer and Storyteller.

 

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. clothing line and publishing her first book of poetry. She loves to travel and share her art through cultural festivals and in galleries.  Her favorite way to share her art is through her work 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.

 

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.

Her 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