storytelling

At Catalyst Muse, we initiate storytelling projects in-house and offer contracted writing and editing services to tell stories that inspire change.

Beyond the Bridge tells the story of one Caribbean coastal town’s extraordinary connection to an international gathering of mural artists and how these relationships changed the face and future of the community. Through the lens of creative placemaking, we made the film to document the vibrancy of the Akumal Arts Festival and to inspire other towns, cities, and communities to find imaginative approaches to problem solving that invite artists into a dynamic process of civic engagement.

Beyond the Bridge is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Beyond the Bridge must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. When you click on the Contribute button, this happens automatically. When you write a check, make it out to ‘Fractured Atlas’ and rest assured that your funds will reach the project! 

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Kim Zanti, founder of Catalyst Muse, has been selected as one of twelve storytellers to participate in the Blizzard of Stories on October 17, 2022. This online storytelling event is produced by Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI), an arts and well-being charity working with artists to build creatively healthy communities in the UK. They’ve assembled “artists, activists, poets – humans – together to sweep us away in a whirlwind of short inspirational stories.” 

And, who doesn’t need this right about now? Join in from any part of the world. Event will be held at 6:00pm BST (British Summer Time).

Monday
Oct 17 2022
18:00 BST

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Beyond the Bridge: Creative placemaking in akumal

Catalyst Muse is the recipient of $10,000 grant from Community Engagement of Orange County to make this short documentary about a small pueblo on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, which transformed its civic life by inviting more than 100 mural artists from around the world to paint the town. Check out our blog for stories about the experience of making the film. Click the link to the left to join our email list for updates on screenings, conversations, and more!

Arts education scholar, advocate, and activist Robin Lithgow contracted Catalyst Muse to provide a developmental edit of her manuscript, Lessons for Today From Shakespeare’s Classroom: Empowering Learning Through Drama and Rhetoric. This book is a fascinating journey through education through the ages and how drawing from the past can invigorate teaching and learning in the present and future. Publication, with drawings by her brother John Lithgow, is scheduled for Spring 2024 by Routledge publishers.

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