Wine & Hor’devoures Pre-Performance Reception w/ Singer/Actress Oya Thomas & Northstar Dancers from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at AVA Rostaria Banquet Hall. Donation Registration of $50 for Single & $75 for Double. Thank you for your support of Painted Sky & Northstar~
Hostesses Jacqueline Keeler Navajo/Yankton Sioux, Board Chair & Writer and Meighan Maloney, Board Member & Executive Producer of Dawson Media Group
Performance begins 7:30 pm to 9 pm featuring Singer/Actress Oya Thomas and the Northstar Dance Company with MC’s Award Winning Singer/Songwriter, Arlie Neskahi/Dine' and Quileute Nation/Twilight Publicist, Jackie Jacobs/Lumbee
Hosted by the City of Beaverton 10th Year Anniversary of Events in the Park
Supported by Regional Arts & Culture Council, Painted Sky and City of Beaverton
Oya Thomas, Singer/Actress
Harmony, energy and the divine beauty of the world are all channeled through the artistry of soulful Los Angeles-based Singer/Songwriter, actress and musical mentor Oya Thomas.
In her recordings and engaging performances, she uses her voice as an instrument to weave textured stories and melodies that vibrate with the transformative power of music.
In one-on-one coaching sessions, she shares the deep knowledge of human spirituality and the Arts that she has gained from years of immersion and study to energize and inspire her clients to dive head first into their power as human beings, alive in the world.
She takes a playful yet wise approach to her craft, and her heartfelt original songs and thoughtful interpretations of timeless favorites pay homage to the authentic storytellers and creators that most powerfully influenced her, including Whitney Houston, Ella Fitzgerald, Prince, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder.
Oya fully immersed herself in music when, at three-years old her father began to encourage her natural propensity for expressing herself through poems and stories that she would immediately turn into songs. As she continued to fine tune her instrument through church choir and solo performances, her desire to teach people about the instinctive spirituality and strength within them led her to pursue and complete advanced degrees in spiritual psychology.
Her unrelenting drive to explore the many dimensions of both psychology and music has helped her create her own space in the industry and makes her a compellingly unique artist. Throughout her diverse career, Oya has frequently traversed genre lines to work with some of the industry's most versatile artists and creators.
Painted Sky's mission is to honor Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education.
Northstar: We come from Reserves, we come from Reservations, we are Urban, we are Intertribal, we are Native Americans. We are in COMMUNITY! We are in SCHOOLS! building bridges and making friends, not hidden. Native American history is an oral history. It is ALIVE! "The Dance" is alive!! Our stories are our songs, our songs are our music and our music is the "The Dance". Since 2005, each year Northstar has worked with national Native American Performers and touched thousands from all cultures, the international and general community and students in schools sharing who we are through the Native American cultural performing arts and film. It is a good thing to do and a good way to be ... keeping the dance. See Native~
Your support of the Painted Sky/Northstar Native American Cultural Performing Arts Programming shares in a continued tomorrow for Native American story, song, music and dance for Native American youth/young adults in Community Outreach.
Marse/thank you! Much love and success, Painted Sky Board of Directors/Advisors