Public Speaking

by Peggy Oki

Create your own fold and you will connect with your Porpoise in Life

Peggy Oki @ TEDxQueenstown

Peggy Oki, from Z-Girl skateboarding legend* to life as an educator, environmental activist, accomplished artist, surfer and rock climber.

A tireless advocate for cetacean rights through her Origami Whales Project, and “Let's Face It” Visual Petition campaign, Peggy has a deep commitment to our planet that drives her to inspire people around the world to make a difference.

*In the 1970’s, Peggy broke barriers in the world of skateboarding as the only female member of the Zephyr Skateboard team, made famous in the film Dogtown & Z Boys.  In 2012, she was inducted into the Skateboarding Hall of Fame. Both surfing and skating continue to be a vital part of her daily life.

Her art is a direct reflection of her love and dedication to our oceans and it’s amazing creatures, most especially the whale,  “whose well-being seems inexorably tied to her own. She is their champion, on a quest to save them from our recklessness. Forged from a warrior’s heart, her beautiful paintings reveal the splendor of nature, while challenging viewers to plunge deeper into their own consciousness, compassion and commitment.” (artist and activist, Margery Spielman)

Peggy inspires not only with her art, she inspires with her actions.

“Her art reflects her core beliefs and how she lives her life. Peggy lives an examined life, from the food she eats, the paint she uses, to the surfaces she paints on and more.”
(local activist, Joyce Macias)


Profession

  • Founder and Director
    Origami Whales Project
  • Campaign Coordinator
    “Let's Face It” Visual Petitions
  • Proprietor, Designer, Illustrator
    Oki Designs, fine art greeting cards
  • Environmental Art Instructor
    Whales & Dolphins Ambassador Program
  • Art Instructor
    Santa Barbara City College, Continuing Education


Acknowledgements

  • 2012 Skateboarding Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Santa Barbara Independent, Local Hero 2010
  • Peggy Oki’s original artwork has been displayed in twenty one-woman exhibitions, forty group exhibitions, and more than eighty private and commercial collections.

 


Public Speaking Engagements

  • TEDx Queenstown, NZ
  • Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
  • Worldfest 2014, Grass Valley, CA.
  • Green Festival 2014, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA.*
    • Peggy Oki's Journey from 'Dogtown': Beyond & Back
  • EF Education First, International Language School, Santa Barbara, CA.
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.* 
  • Brock University, Niagara Falls, Canada

 


Youth Presentations

Santa Barbara, CA.

  • Anacapa School
  • Cate School (Carpinteria)
  • Crane Country Day School
  • Santa Barbara Middle School
  • VADA Visual Arts & Design Academy at Santa Barbara Santa Barbara High School

Costa Mesa, CA.

  • Break Away Costa Mesa
  • Waldorf School

 

 

Letter of Recommendation

 

* Presentations have included a screening of Dogtown & Z-Boys and/or the Origami Curtain of Whales exhibit.

 



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