Our Team

We are socially-engaged artists and activists working with 350 Seattle and allied groups. We are making hundreds of illuminated salmon banners to carry through the streets of Paris during the upcoming UN Climate Talks and in events beyond.

This project is an expression of our desire to inspire the awakening of the heart and reverence for the natural world through beauty.

Our Traveling Crew

Paul Cheoketen Wagner is an internationally performing presenter of traditional songs and stories of his Coast Salish tribal ancestors. Cheoketen is a member of the Saanich tribe of South Western Vancouver Island British Columbia. He is an award-winning Native-American flutist. His songs have come to him with visions of healing and prayer for all our relations; the Tree people, the Animal people, and the Human people.

Lisa Marcus is co-founder of 350 Seattle, and the 350 Seattle Artful Activism Facilitator. She has been running public art builds and coordinating large imagery and banner design, creation, and implementation for almost all 350 Seattle events since its founding, as well as for other organizations and broad coalitions, including most of the Shell No! imagery for both land and water. She has coordinated large and powerful climate awareness related ensembles in the Fremont Solstice Parade for years. She led a team in New York for the People's Climate March last year where she mobilized Backbone Campaign's beautiful large props, and created banners and more on the People's Climate Train and in the busy art space on site in NY with anyone who wanted to help. She finds this work energizing and fun, and loves connecting with people while creating and displaying beautiful evocative imagery to invite more and more people to open their hearts, find their power, and join the climate justice movement.

Denise Henrikson has been making and teaching celebration art and coordinating community arts events for over twenty years. She fell in love with salmon when she saw Sockeye spawning in the Cedar River in 2001 and has been experimenting with making different styles of illuminated salmon puppets ever since.  Denise was one of the early instigators of Seattle’s Fremont Summer Solstice Parade and was on the team that was awarded Neighborhood Matching Funds to build the Fremont Troll. ArtsAGlow, a lantern festival Denise launched in 2007, recently received the Spotlight Award for Best Arts and Cultural programming by Washington Recreation & Park Association (WRPA). During the ShellNo! Campaign in Seattle, Denise coordinated the World Environment Day Luminary Flotilla with the Backbone Campaign and was inspired to make a school of salmon windSockeye that has continued to grow. She was featured in Yes! Magazine for this work.

Debra D'Angelo has worked in the healing arts for over 35 years. As a licensed counselor, dream worker and tarot worker she follows the mystic's path of signs, symbols and synchronicity. "I consider myself a spiritual and environmental activist engaged in deep listening, emerging the new story and participating in awakening the higher consciousness which leads us toward a more connected way of being. When Denise began to make the lanterns I started to have visions and expanded encounters with the Salmon. Living in the PNW Salmon have always been a part of my culture. I had my own boat and was a recreational fisher woman, often the only woman on the water at 4am. Now I monitor Salmon and wish to create awareness about their significance. I believe the Salmon are guiding the Salmon is Life team and once in Paris their beauty will illuminate the sky and amplify the voice of all."

Christine Castigliano is a singer, writer and social artist. "I believe in the power of story, arts and song to change the world. When your heart is open, your hands want to work." Her love of story brought her from Time Magazine to public television & feature films, web producing, writing novels and facilitating teen circles. A former soloist with Seattle’s Total Experience Gospel Choir, she co-leads a new vocal improv troupe, the YUM singers. She encourages others to amplify their voices through workshops, Authentic Voice coaching and vocal sound healing at TheJoyFinder.com. She fell in love with Salmon Is Life at an art build event, and is grateful to assist with story, song and social media in Paris.

Other Team Members

Patrick Mazza is a veteran activist-journalist who has worked for a sustainable future since the 1980s.  He has placed primary focus on climate change since the late 1990s, working on solutions ranging from renewable energy and electrified transportation to sustainable forestry and agriculture. Patrick serves as co-facilitator of 350 Seattle's Sustainable Solutions Working Group.

Barb Turner brings her organizing, writing, coaching and art-making skills to help the salmon see Paris.

Heather Elder is a local graphic artist who applies her extraordinary skills and insights in print media and marketing to help make many worthwhile projects a reality.  See more of Heather's art and illustration at www.leadfeatherstudio.com.

Our deep appreciation to all the people who have been helping us on this project and have helped make salmon in communities from Lopez Island, WA to Cave Junction, OR including: Lars, Lida, Susan, Lauren, Barb, Sue, Carl, Jen, Kate, Regent, Martha, Sandy, Kitty, Debra, Deborah, Lea, Susannah, Serina, Cecile, Anne, Maureen, Maggie, Beth, Roxy, Gloria, Annah, Robin, Wendy, Kara, Bea, Chris, Marnie, Sommer, Jon, Angela, Den, and many, many others.

We believe good things happen when people come together with love and compassion. In the words of Mary Oliver, “I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it break open and never close again to the rest of the world.”