Raven Cassell is a community agent. Her foundation lies at the intersection of creative community building and social justice. She uses theater as an entry point for therapy, community engagement and experience designing. This passion has manifested into organizing, educating and event curation.
Personal pedagogy: A teaching artist is a designer. An artist whose canvas is the classroom. A person that seeks to: one, share their work and two, create-- not only work, but the learning atmosphere. Raven has been able to collaborate with young people and give them the space and tools needed to explore themselves creatively via the vehicle of storytelling. She calls her approach to arts education Storytelling Therapy. According to Merriam-Webster, therapeutic treatment is an action producing good effects on your body, mind or behavior. Storytelling is a means of expression and release. During the act of storytelling there is an exchange happening, there is the opportunity to teach and one to learn -interchangeably. Raven works to nurture a brave community of creators, thinkers and explorers.
“I work to collaboratively create a container for young people to pour themselves and their stories. I am thoroughly committed to preserving, honoring and creating stories centering black life so our decendants can be in dialogue with us.” - Raven Cassell
Sum Village is a creative collective composed of Raven Cassell, visual artist, Sade Mims and beauty specialist, Samantha Mims. #SumVillage's current residency at Casablanca is a Soul Train inspired R&B Dance, with a modern spirit. Since merging in 2005, they have primarily focused on event curation and production. They collaborate with a team to design and execute a 3 dimensional, multi-sensorial experiences.
“We curate the best artists and specialists to target the intricate details that go into creating an experience.” - Sum Village