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Manuscript Development 

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Catalyst Muse (CM) collaborated with author, educator, and activist Robin Lithgow in a developmental editing process to prepare her manuscript Learning the Way Shakespeare Learned: Classroom Dramatics, Physical Rhetoric, and a Generation of Genius for publication. 

Her relationship with the plays of William Shakespeare began as a child, when she’d seen all of his plays by the time she was nine years old. Her book is deeply researched, yet conversational in tone, making the more esoteric parts accessible to the curious reader.  

Lithgow is a theatre specialist and former director of the Arts Education Branch for Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school district in the nation. 

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Evaluation of Generation Earth Service Learning Program

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A school garden project inspires art and learning in a Los Angeles public school.

Founded by a teenager more than 40 years ago in Los Angeles, Tree People is a leader in environmental stewardship and education, reaching youth and adults from all walks of life.

Catalyst Muse coordinated, facilitated, and reported on focus groups of students and teachers who participated in Tree People’s experiential classroom programs in Los Angeles County schools (2017-2020). The focus groups were part of a larger study of student learning and teacher professional development as outcomes of the program. 

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Creative Problem Solving Process

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Messenger Mountain News-CPS Session
A Creative Problem Solving session leads to the re-identification of a problem and reveals a path forward.

Catalyst Muse facilitated a 3-hour Creative Problem Solving process to help the news group understand why online traffic to their volunteer portal stalled to a stand still. The process worked and new approaches were identified as a result.

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Organizational Structure Assessment & Succession Planning

Founded in 1985, Pacific Resident Theatre (PRT) in the heart of the arts district in Venice, California produces the great works of known playwrights, unearthing uncommon and seldom seen classics, and discovering new and innovative plays by developing writers. PRT hired Catalyst Muse to conduct an assessment of the organizational structure and to facilitate succession planning, upon the retirement of one of the two person executive management team.

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This is The Teenage Brain

    In collaboration with Dr. Sherry J. Kerr, Catalyst Muse co-produced a cultural exchange in Los Angeles with 50 students and 4 teachers from Beijing, China.
     Dr. Kerr wrote and directed the play, “This is the Teenage Brain,” which turns the neuroscience of the developing organ into a rollicking story. Despite jet lag and language barriers, the students rehearsed scenes, songs, and choreography with gusto. We guided improvisations, made props, created sound effects, and blocked the show.
     On the fifth day, fifty students exchanged performances with the choir classes of Michael Hayden, 2014 California Teacher of the Year, at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. 

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Topanga Public Library

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Image collage from the Transport Topanga Literary Festival
Kim Zanti, Catalyst Muse, Oleg Kagan, Topanga Public Library, and Jenni Klemp, Friends of the Library collaborated with many volunteers to produce the Transport Topanga Literary Festival in 2016 and 2017.

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Keep the Center Open!

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Coconino Center for the Arts Jetsonorama Mural
A concrete overhang becomes a canvas reflecting Navajo life entitled “Spirit Line.” Wheatpaste mural by Jetsonorama

In the 1997, Coconino Center for the Arts closed its doors after decades of serving a multicultural community of artists and the general public. Devastated by the news, Catalyst Muse initiated and led the campaign to keep it open. Collaborating with city and county agencies and soliciting input from artists and the general public, representing indigenous, traditional, and contemporary cultures, achieved the goal, breathing new life into a vital cultural asset that continues to serve Northern Arizona to this day!

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