Make It Fresh:
Creative Storytelling Workshop Series
Spring 2015:

Creative Storytelling for the Urban Environment

Spring 2015

Applications now open!

Arts and Activism workshop series with Josh Healey and Movement Generation
March 31 – May 22, 2015
Tuesday nights. 6:30-9:00pm.
RYSE Center. 205 41st Street, Richmond, CA.

Free! For a limited time only.


If politics is the art of what’s possible, let’s use art to expand those possibilities. Join Movement Generation in this interactive arts and activism workshop as we write and share new poems and songs, memories and manifestos. Discover how to use your own story to change the larger story towards justice, ecology, and reclaiming the power of our radical imagination.

Led by award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist Josh Healey, Make it Fresh is geared towards community activists, artists, and emerging leaders in the urban Bay Area. Participants will explore the relationship between their environment and their community, race and place, neighborhood stories and global climate change — all in a fun, supportive atmosphere. Combining spoken word, creative writing, and oral storytelling, all participants will create one original story or artistic piece, which they will have the opportunity to perform at a final community celebration.

More than just a writing workshop, Make it Fresh is for creative change agents looking for new ways to engage their community and energize their campaigns. Creative storytelling is a powerful tool for leadership development, political education, and building unity across cultures and generations. We don’t have time for the same old talking points. Let’s talk about poverty and pollution. Mother Earth and Mac Dre. We have asthma in our lungs, joy in our hearts, and we’re ready to shout our stories to the world.

Whether you’re a closet writer just waiting to pick up the pen or a long-time activist searching for an exciting new tool to reach people, Make it Fresh is made for you.

The Facilitator

Josh Healey is an award-winning writer, performer, and creative activist. A regular performer on NPR’s Snap Judgment and former Youth Speaks program director, Healey has performed and taught at UC-Berkeley, Harvard, and over 100 schools and community groups across the country. He currently directs the Culture Shift program at Movement Generation. Guest facilitators from the Movement Generation collective will join Josh for several sessions.

Dates and Location

Workshops will be every Tuesday evening, 6:30-9:00pm. March 31 – May 26 (9 weeks).

The RYSE Center is located near El Cerrito del Norte BART and several AC Transit bus lines.

Final celebration and showcase on Friday, May 29. Details TBA.


Apply Now!

Interested participants should download and fill out the application (word doc) by clicking here. The application deadline is Friday, February 20. Note that organizations can submit a max of 3 applications for their members/staff. A certain number of spots are reserved for Richmond residents, but the program is open to people across the Bay Area.


Performance Videos

Want to see what’s possible at Make it Fresh? Watch these videos from 2014 performers Christsna Sot and Christine Cordero: