Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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2:30 PM14:30

Stories ARThe Best Medicine

Cleveland Museum of Art
Recital Hall
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Stories have power.

Stories erase stigma.

Stories bring us together.


The MetroHealth System's Arts-in-Medicine Department and the Cleveland Museum of Art partner to bring you the final showcase of Stories ARThe Best Medicine. 

For four weeks, storytellers from MetroHealth's HIV/AIDS community worked with performance and teaching artist, and 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow, Ray Caspio, to find, craft, and perform their unique stories inspired by the Cleveland Museum of Art's collection. Join us to witness who these storytellers are and discover something about yourself in the process.

Free, no reservations required.  

More information: http://www.clevelandart.org/events/special-events/stories-arthe-best-medicine

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2:00 PM14:00

The Art of Storytelling: Showcase


This four-week workshop challenged our storytellers to find new depths in both art and themselves as they crafted, polished, and rehearsed a personal narrative inspired by works on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Join us in the CMA's Lecture Hall as they share their stories in this final showcase!

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to Feb 27

The Art of Storytelling: Workshops

Four Saturdays, February 6–27, 2016, 11:00–1:30 p.m., with a final storyteller’s showcase on Saturday, February 27, 2:00, Lecture Hall.

"Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced teller of tales, this four-week workshop challenges you to find new depths in both art and yourself as you craft, polish, and perform a personal narrative inspired by works on view at the museum. With exercises in performance, writing, and more, discover how art can become a catalyst for powerful stories and personal expression. Can’t make the workshop? Join the storytellers as they share their stories in a final showcase on February 27."

Registration & workshop information can be found at the Cleveland Museum of Art's website:

Last year's inaugural session of "The Art of Storytelling" was one of the most rewarding, magical experiences I've ever been a part of, not to mention a huge part of achieving my Creative Workforce Fellowship. I'm thrilled The Cleveland Museum of Art felt the same way and wants to do it again. 

In The Art of Storytelling, we celebrate, as an ensemble, the myriad ways visual art can effect the individual. You will be guided through the creation of your piece. You will develop tools and learn techniques to cultivate an authentic, honest performance and then get on stage and share the truth of how art has impacted you. If you've had no writing and performance experience: great. If you've had writing and performance experience: great.

This workshop will benefit everyone.

Here are the goals of last year's risk-taking, heart-sharing storytellers that were not only met, but surpassed:

•"To create a moving or funny story + have the courage to tell it." 
•"To shape a story that will be theatrical and enlightening." 
•"To refine writing style to better connect with people, make story more enticing, engaging, relevant."
•"Learn how to select events from my own + other's lives that would form a compelling story, and how to describe those events." 
•"Create a piece. Surprise myself." 
•"Make the ghosts of my family storytellers proud of me. To do it well."
•"To create a strong image of feeling in another's head. As well as learn techniques in both writing and performing arts."

Please consider being a part of the next session this February: class size is limited.

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Ray Caspio received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.