All of Us are Full of Stories

Crafting Identity Across the Arts

Friday, March 29


Heinen Design Lab

$125, $100 mbrs.

Presented by: Professor Andrea Varga, Dr. Kerry Carso, Dr. Brian Carso, Owen Carso & Stephen Kitsakos

Learn more about The Studios Scholarship Program.

sponsored by Keys Wealth Management

A day-long symposium centered on storytelling and exploring identity in literature, visual and performing arts. Explore how crafting identity is an essential component of storytelling across all arts including historical fiction writing, architecture, dress history, and performance. Participants will engage with lecturers in question and answer sessions after talks that incorporate visual elements and media. The wide-ranging arts represented will offer cross-disciplinary insight into how culture develops through the stories we create.


The Fire of Creativity: Shaping Musical Stories from the Lives of Visual Artists by Stephen Kitsakos will explore how two painters and one sculptor inspired three musical works which dramatize contrived versions of identity in order to make a timely socio-political or socio-cultural statement.

Passion, Personality & Peril: Identity & Fashion in Western Culture by Andrea Varga will share examples in dress history from the Renaissance to the current era illustrating the impact of style and fashion on global culture.

Gideon’s Revolution and the Plot to Capture Benedict Arnold: Traitors, Spies, and Storytellers by Brian Carso explores the use of historical fiction as a tool to expand our understanding of historical figures and events.

Narrative Gardens: Storytelling Through Architecture by Kerry Dean Carso will examine historicized garden buildings, known as “follies”.

Inspiration and Perspiration: Writing, Editing, and Publishing for Teenage Authors by teenage novelist Owen Carso will share tips on how young writers can find an audience.