WI-MOTO NYOKA is a writer and trans-media artist. She is the founder of Dusky Projects, creating and producing horror & sci-fi content for young adult and adult audiences.
As an educator her practice is rooted in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Through the use of Speculative Fiction and creative disciplines such as music, film, and performance, Ms Nyoka designs and implements family friendly curriculum and programming to address literacy, creative problem solving, and the importance of youth advocacy. Projects include:
- Cold Sweat, a chilling coming-of-age anthology about making it to high school in one piece. The series is rooted in inclusivity and representation for young artists and included a screening tour with youth advocacy groups. It's first chapter, "Wham!" was an official selection at MECCAcon International Film Festival, registered under Ava DuVernay's ARRAY, and at Official Latino Short Film Festival where it received nominations for Outstanding Performance By An Ensemble Cast, Best Webisode, and Out of the World Award (Sci-fi/Horror/Fantasy). It was a Semi-Finalist for Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival, and a finalist for the Short & Fresh Hip Hop Halloween on Revolt TV. The film received support from the Puffin Foundation for its youth screening tour and continues to screen at film festivals.
- Public Music Assembly (P.M.A) which provided music entertainment and workshops for school assemblies, parent teacher workshops, and family engagement events in New York City public middle schools. These events ranged from full high energy concerts to intimate "school desk" performances centering BIPOC artists. The events provided a spectrum of themes to discuss through music and performance that include: bullying, perseverance, self-discipline, fairness, and integrity.
Photo by Lizette Terry