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Storytelling & the 2016 Election

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:28+00:00 January 5th, 2017|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Events, Ignite Theatre, January, Meet, One-Woman Show, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

It was 4AM and the sun was far from up. But there I was. Awake and gulping down coffee with excitement and purpose. I grabbed my backpack, slipped into my uber, and prepared to spend the next sixteen hours working as an Election Coordinator. I was assigned outside of my ward, (which I was a little [...]

The Amazing Paper Sculptures of Chie Hitotsuyama

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:29+00:00 December 7th, 2016|Categories: Art, Create, December, Design, Innovation, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

So you say you always wanted to see lifelike animals sculpted out of newspaper but never knew where to find them?  Well, look no further!  Paper artist Chie Hitotsuyama creates amazingly detailed three dimensional sculptures (the sleeping one above looks like Pogo's long-lost cousin!) out of everyday newspapers. By binding rolled and twisted wet newspaper, using the [...]

Jen Bosworth on Love, Cancer, & Jack White

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:29+00:00 November 18th, 2016|Categories: Art, Creative, Ignite Theatre, One-Woman Show, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Death is scary. There is no other way to put it. It is. Even thought it is going to happen to all of us. And even though we “know” everyone we love will proceed or follow us, still death is scary. I know this. I do.   When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in [...]

September Coloring Book Calendar 2016

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:32+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Categories: Art, Calendar, Catalyst Ranch, Creative, Creativity, Design, September, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Hover over the coloring book calendar page then click the magnifying glass to print your September 2016 calendar. Color it in and post it to our Facebook page for a chance to win a nifty prize!

Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:43+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Categories: Art, Create, Meet|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater A bit of a one-man-band, through puppets Blair is able to tell deep and complex stories with the various characters often being different extensions of his own personality. Right! Not your average puppet show! — The Huffington Post Catalyst Ranch Ignite Theatre presents its next feature: The Blair Thomas & [...]

Ignite Theatre Presents: Steel Magnolias

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:44+00:00 September 10th, 2015|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Events, Innovation, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

As you may have heard, Catalyst Ranch is producing a theatre series called Ignite Theatre that is launching October 9th.  Our first production is Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling. Please welcome director Dan Foss, who has agreed to answer our goofy questions despite his status as a huge talent in the theatre community. Dan has been [...]

projectMUSIC

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:45+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Categories: Art, Catalyst Ranch, Create, Creativity, Events, Inspire, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The stories of the 40 children who live at LYDIA are consistently shocking and upsetting. These kids have been handed one of the most difficult challenges the world can offer - being taken from their parents due to abuse and/or neglect. The children in LYDIA’s Residential Treatment Center (home for abused and neglected children) are all [...]

Diversity and Inclusion: ‘Build Bridges, Not Walls’

By | 2017-04-27T13:22:46+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Categories: Art, Brainstorm, Catalyst Ranch, Consultants, Create, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Meetings|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Welcome guest blogger and Catalyst Ranch Art-Work Program Facilitator, Troy Cicero! Diversity and Inclusion are indeed my passion, and what I have discovered is that as organizations attempt to embark on a diversity and inclusion journey, one of the biggest challenges faced is executive level commitment. Executives often view their role as approving the diversity and [...]

Play With Your Food

By | 2017-04-27T13:23:15+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Categories: Art, Creativity, Inspire|Tags: , , , , , , |

As a child, how many times were you told "Don't play with your food?" If you were a precocious and defiant tiny human like I was - then lots (I had a strange aversion to silverware). Well, Malaysian artist Hong Yi either didn't listen or she had very cool parents. Either way it worked out because [...]