Beyond the Bridge

Beyond the Bridge is the story of  two community leaders who turned a practical conversation about lightbulbs and safety into an international public art festival. Considered an act of Creative Placemaking, the Akumal Arts Festival brings together people from all sectors of the community to collaborate with artists and strengthen their web of life.

Catalyst Muse is currently fundraising to build out this website as a host for the completed film, extended and additional interviews, videos and Creative Placemaking resources.


Thank you Kim. The film was moving, it brought tears to my eyes. Hearing and seeing these transformative stories take shape, amidst all this beautiful art and community, was inspiring. Thank you for creating this. It’s imperative the world knows about the magic art does to the world. Gracias. ~ Pedro R.

 Catalyst Muse played a leading role in evolving a manuscript into a completed book published by one of the world’s leading educational publishers, Routledge.

Working in collaboration with author Robin Lithgow and Susan Shankin of Precocity Press, CatMuse wrote the pre-publication book proposal that resulted in a publishing contract in 2023. Additional services spearheaded by Precocity included website development, social media planning, and marketing research. 


Catalyst Muse reached into its network of accomplished musicians to present a challenge to four composers — create a score for a short, impressionistic video to illustrate the influence of music on the viewer’s perception of story. The scores were combined with the  video and presented in the Music as Narrative panel discussion at the 2017 Transport Topanga Literary Festival. Composers Lisbeth Scott, Duncan Thum, Ceiri Torjussen participated as panelist and Marshall McDaniel participated as panel moderator.

At the Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination UK Blizzard of Stories, Kim joined an inspiring circle of international storytellers gathered in a Zoom room on a cold October night to share stories about creating and inhabiting spaces of liberated learning. (Click on the live link to the left and scroll to the middle of page to view the recorded experience.)

“None of us are perfect, but all over the place in every community and field of endeavor, there are people who are working generatively with the challenges before us; meeting them, rising to their best human capacities — at least on their good days — and creating new possibilities and realities. They’re not publicized, they’re not investigated, but that landscape is as real and important as that landscape of everything we can point out as failing and corrupt and catastrophic. “

~ Krista Tippett
journalist, author, and entrepreneur