NIK CENTERS pleasure, EMERGENCE, ARTISTIC PRACTICE AND EMOTIONAL JUSTICE IN HER FACILITATION AND EXPERIENCE DESIGN.
Skilled in facilitating for youth and adults across a wide variety of health and arts topics, Nik designs and leads trainings with expertise in the following areas:
- Sexual Violence prevention
- Sexuality Education
- Reproductive justice co-facilitation
- Racial justice and white co-conspiratorship
- Arts-based and cultural practice
- Applied and Devised theater
- Participatory Action Research
COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION + sexual violence prevention
Co-authored and co-facilitated ICAH’s Comprehensive Sexuality Education curriculum: Sex Ed Saves.
Sex Ed Saves: Amplifying Youth Voice through Sex-Positive Education addresses youth's needs for sexual health, rights, and identities knowledge through a range of interactive and expressive activities that engage all learning styles. Lessons range from anatomy, pregnancy, and reproduction, to media justice, healthy relationships, and advocacy.
Innovation and Racial justice training
CoreAlign. Co-facilitates Speaking Race to Innovation trainings, creating spaces for participants to practice undoing the habits of white supremacy and unlock their most powerful innovative selves through empathy, collaboration and unapologetic creation.
PARTICIPATORY ACTION RESEARCH
Lemonade Stands. Curated and facilitated a two-week summer program that amplified youth-implemented participatory action research projects through pop-up lemonade stands. Strangers could "drink in knowledge" with decoupaged cups that featured findings from youth research on birth justice, youth-friendly healthcare, pregnant and parenting youth rights in schools and Parental Notification for Abortion. Youth also distributed research zines, reaching over 300 people in 3 Chicago neighborhoods in just 3 days.
Given & Chosen Families. Designed and facilitated a year-long participatory action research project for high school and college age youth that asked the question: What starts or stops youth from talking with their given and chosen families about sex and sexuality?
Youth arts program facilitation
Make/ Art/ Space. Curated and facilitated high school and college age youth artists in a two-week summer program that used public art installation to generate dialogue about Illinois' Parental Notification for Abortion Law. Referenced in the American Alliance of Museums Trends Watch for 2015 on page 54. PRESS: Chicago Bureau, Windy City Times.
Ag47. Served as Community Engagement Coordinator, Teaching Artist and Mentor for a women and girls' arts collective. Ag47 knows that girls’ creative voices must be heard. We are an artistic mentorship collective dedicated to providing opportunities for bold creative expression. Through collaboration and one-to-one mentorship, women and girls share stories about their lives, take risks, ask questions and use arts to respond. By presenting their work to a public audience, Ag47 provides girls with the chance to be heard and their communities with the chance to listen. Girls have something to say. Ag47 amplifies their voices.
Urban Gateways. Served as a teaching artist in elementary, middle and high schools in the Chicago area. Urban Gateways places artists in extended residencies to integrate arts programming into classroom curriculum. Urban Gateways artists partner with classroom teachers to promote the full creative potential of all young people.