About

Our purpose is to help people initiate and navigate change. Our approach shifts current methods of problem solving beyond the predictable into the realm of what’s possible. 

what matters to us

We value empathy, critical thinking, curiosity, and a sense of humor. Most of all, we value the willingness to move through ambiguity to reach the desired goal.  

We guide in facilitations. 
We create in collaborations. 
We develop in workshops.

LEADERSHIP

Kim Zanti

Director

Kim Zanti founded Catalyst Muse in 2019 to help organizations and individuals apply the power of imagination to the business of change, sparking new ways to think, act, and envision the future. She builds her business on a hybrid career spanning creativity research, non-profit arts and culture management, and branding and marketing. At the Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC), she was the first hire on a grant from The Walt Disney Company tasked to coordinate the development of a creativity assessment instrument with scholars James Catterall and Mark Runco. She collaborated with multiple arts and youth leadership program directors in Los Angeles and throughout the country, leading to an expansion of her role to include coordination of all projects in the United States and abroad. She contributed to research design and field work (observations, semi-structured interviews, focus groups, and survey administration), and recruitment and supervision of research assistants and interns.

In the arts and culture arena, she strategized and implemented effective development plans and wrote request letters and solicitation materials, and grant proposals for organizations such as Get Lit – Words Ignite, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, and Los Angeles County Arts Commission/Arts for All Initiative. Kim has served as a grants panelist for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Arizona Arts Commission. As a volunteer in her community, Kim co-founded and conceived of a diverse slate of programming for Topanga Author’s Group, building a community of poets, writers, illustrators, artists, designers, and publishers from Topanga and adjacent communities. She is a published poet, essayist, feature writer, and photographer.

Kim holds a Master’s degree in Creativity Studies from the Center for Applied Imagination at SUNY Buffalo State and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Women’s Studies, from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. She lives in Topanga, California.

 

Tamee' Seidling, Finance Director

Tamee' Seidling

Finance Director

Tamee´Seidling served as Chief Financial Officer at the Centers for Research on Creativity (CRoC), where she forged a partnership with Kim that continues on with Catalyst Muse. 

Tamee´ relies on her creativity to balance a diverse career. As a certified, bonded tax preparer for the state of California, she maintains a roster of clients in the small business, public benefit, entertainment, and music industries. When not helping others keep their financial houses in order, she makes sure that the Blue Devils A Corps drum line has uniforms that are tailored and fit. She also manages the uniforms for the Official Tournament of Roses Honor Band. 

Tamee´graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in theatre from California State University at Northridge. She has written, performed, and presented theatre for adult and youth audiences throughout Los Angeles, where she lives.
Photo: Diana Mathur

ADVISERS

Gabby Arenge
Educational Researcher, Artist – Cambridge, England

Karen Burkett
Business Strategist, Secret Weapon – Baltimore, Maryland

Rebecca Catterall
Educator, Artist – Ventura, California

Prescott Frost
Regenerative Farmer – Itri, Italy

Oleg Kagan
Author, Librarian – Los Angeles, California

Dr. Sherry J. Kerr
Drama Specialist, Director, Actor – Shreveport, Louisiana

Christine McGrath
Technology Consultant – Los Angeles, California

Gabby Arenge
Karen Burkett
Rebecca Catterall
Prescott Frost
Oleg Kagan
Dr. Sherry J. Kerr
Christine McGrath

Educational Researcher, Artist – Cambridge, England
Business Strategist – Baltimore, Maryland
Educator, Artist – Ventura, California
Regenerative Farmer – Itri, Italy
Author, Librarian – Los Angeles, California
Drama Specialist, Director, Researcher – Shreveport, Louisiana 
Designer, Technology Consultant – Los Angeles, California

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