Image of Randall Horton smiling

Location: Fireside Lounge
Date: November 2, 2022


CES Co-sponsors Randall Horton Lecture, Reading, & Performance Nov 2-3rd

Save the date for a visit by the award-winning author Randall Horton, Wednesday, November 2nd-3rd, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and co-sponsored by the Center for Engaged Storycraft, RIT's College of Art and Design, School of Individualized Study, and School of Performing Arts....

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Location: SDC-1300
Date: September 30, 2022


ASL Poet & Visual Storyteller - Douglas Ridloff Visit - Sept 30

Internationally renowned ASL poet and visual storyteller Douglas Ridloff will visit RIT on Friday, September 30th for an afternoon talk and an evening Poetry Slam performance that you will not want to miss!  The event is organized by NTID's Performing Arts Department and includes:

2:00-3:00 -p.m. Lecture on ASL Poetry in SDC (Shumway Dining Commons) - 1300

7:30-9:30 p.m. ASL Poetry Slam in SDC (Shumway Dining Commons) - 1300

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Spirits of the Past Script Writing Contest Flyer

Date: June 19, 2022 to August 12, 2022


Spirits of the Past - Autumn Script Writing Contest with Genesee Country Village & Museum

Few of us can resist a good, spooky story, especially when it's performed live and on-site at the Genesee Country Village and Museum. 

Try your hand at writing the script for a 1-3 minute story (for 1-3 performers) in this unique 'Stories of the Past" Script Writing contest sponsored by the Center for Engaged Storycraft and the Genesee Country Village and Museum. Winning scripts will be performed on site at the Spirits of the Past event and winning contestants will also receive a cash prize. You do NOT have to be an RIT student to compete.

Deadline for scripts to be...

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Location: MAGIC VR Lab
Date: March 16, 2022 to May 20, 2022


VR Storytelling Workshop in Spring 2022

CES is excited to offer ITDL-415 Storycraft Workshop - a seven week, one-credit workshop on Making VR Experiences the second half of the spring semester.  The 1-credit workshop meets weekly for seven weeks on Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m. in the MAGIC VR Lab.

Using Oculus Touch and/or HTC Vive with Unreal Engine 4 for beginners, participants will learn to create a VR that incorporates basic interactivity with visual and spatial storytelling. Through lecture, reading, and critique, you will learn to create compelling...

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Date: June 25, 2021


Digital Storytelling Workshop for 11th and 12th grade young women

We are extending the original deadline for applications to

Gathering Stories: a Digital Storytelling Workshop for Young Women in 11th-12th grades this July 12-16th on the RIT campus.

Apply now until June 25th, 2021 to join in this unique workshop for young women.

The online application is easy to complete and the workshop might be just the space you need to explore, wander, and expand your storytelling horizons! Led by RIT faculty and guest storytellers from the Rochester community.

The Center for Engaged Storycraft received...

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The Book: 101 Definitions, artist's book edited by Amaranth Borsuk

If you're interested in how current artists, digital creators, bookbinders, poets, literary experimentors, publishers, librarians, and book scholars are redefining the/a book these days, or you remember Dr. Amaranth Borsuk's presentation of her digital pop-up book, at RIT back in 2012, you'll want to look into

THE BOOK: 101 DEFINITIONS, edited by Amaranth Borsuk

Borsuk's book was just launched at the Virtual Printed Matter Art Book Fair as a limited edition artist's book by Anteism Press in...

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black and white drawing of young person gasing at the stars

Location: MAGIC Spells Studio 2180 and 2020/2060
Date: April 23, 2021


Encountering Black Holes: Art and Science at the Edge of Astrophysics

Join the Center for Engaged Storycraft for an on-campus (and live-streamed) presentation by Dr. Manuela Campanelli, RIT Distinguished Professor of Astrophysics and Director of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, with a very special (remote) guest appearance by Dr. Peter L. Galison, Harvard University's Joseph Pellegrino Professor of the History of Science and Physics and Director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.

Dr. Galison will join Dr. Campanelli in discussing how they've each combined arts, science, and technological expertise in their...

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Elmer Messner, A New Hope (1954)

Location: Online (pre-registration required)
Date: February 24, 2021


Kriota Wilberg talk on "The Timeless Cultural Iconography of Graphic Medicine"

 What happens at the intersection of art and public health? How can historical cartoons inspire new artistic interpretations and creations today?

Join NYC-based artist and educator, Kriota Willberg, as she provides an overview of graphic medicine and the Center for Engaged Storycraft Workshop, "Graphic Medicine in a Pandemic," that she designed and taught this past fall and will teach online again in Fall 2021. Willberg collaborated with RIT University Archivists Elizabeth Call and Jody Sidlauskas, drawing historic cartoons from the digital exhibit: "...

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Location: Workshop to be offered again in October 2021


"All Stories are Health Stories in a Pandemic" - Kriota Willberg shares work from her Graphic Medicine in a Pandemic Workshop

In this short, 4 minute video, Kriota Willberg describes her approach in the Willberg dicusses her recent Storycraft Workshop: Graphic Medicine in a Pandemic in Fall 2020, co-offered with the Sshool of Individualized Studies (SOIS). She also shares impressive work by students such as Sara Calhoun, Holly Morgan, Hannah Speach, and Yilmaz.

Sara Calhoun's "Who Are You Now" from the workshop this fall is pictured on the left.

We are offering this Storycraft Workshop (ITDL 415) again this coming Fall semester...

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Date: October 27, 2020


Moving Forward: Suffrage Past, Present, and Future - Video Voices Project -

As part of RIT's celebration of the 19th Amendment, Equal Rights, and the Power of Voting this year, the RIT community was asked to share a personal video on social media using one of the following prompts and the hashtag #RITVotingIsPower to tell us their thoughts about the power of voting.

Watch our featured video voices here and find out more about why voting is important to them, and all of us.

“I vote because…”
“I value my right to vote because…”
“Voting is powerful because…”
“My vote is my voice, which allows me to say…”


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Location: RIT's City Art Space - 280 E Main St., Rochester NY
Date: November 5, 2020 to February 21, 2021


Beyond Addiction, Reframing Recovery - Photography Exhibit

“Beyond Addiction: Reframing Recovery” is on view from Nov. 5, 2020 through Feb. 21, 2021 at RIT's City Art Space downtown. Face masks are required in the gallery. 

There are millions of people in the U.S. who have successfully resolved a problem with drugs or alcohol, but we rarely see or hear their stories compared to depictions of addiction in media, art, music, and film. The goal of this exhibit is not just to show that recovery is possible, but also to highlight some of the ways people have rebuilt their lives: reconnecting with their families...

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Location: Online (synchronous meetings)
Date: September 20, 2020 to November 1, 2020


Workshop on Telling the Story of Addiction and Recovery

We are excited to offer this workshop led by Graham Macindoe and Susan Stellin exploring how storytellers have addressed addiction and recovery and how those narratives can be presented in a more balanced and nuanced way. Four biweekly meetings are held online on Sundays, from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. EST beginning September 20th and ending November 1st, 2020. Class meeting dates are: Sunday Sept 20 2:30-4pm; Sunday Oct 4 2:30-4pm; Sunday Oct 18 2:30-4pm; Sunday Nov 1 2:30-4pm (in person in Rochester, NY if COVID situation allows, location TBA)

Medical professionals and community leaders...

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Location: Webinar (on zoom)
Date: September 23, 2020


Martha Jones, "Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won The Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All"

This special keynote lecture by Johns Hopkins University historian Martha Jones on black women’s political participation and voting rights activism is sponsored by the Moving Forward: Suffrage Past, Present and Future Committee at RIT, charged with celebrating the 19th amendment, equal...

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Date: October 15, 2020


Location: Online
Date: September 23, 2020 to November 18, 2020


New Workshop on Graphic Medicine in a Pandemic - led by Kriota Willberg

This fall, beginning September 23rd, we are excited to offer a new online workshop on Graphic Medicine in a Pandemic led by Kriota Willberg, the new Artist in Residence of the Master's Scholars Prgram in Humanities Medicine at NYU.

This workshop uses comics-making to process and communicate our experiences of the life-changing COVID-19 pandemic. Inspired by contemporary and historical art and comics about health and disease, participants will investigate elements of epidemiology that resonate with our personal...

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Location: RIT Campus (email to register)
Date: October 18, 2019


Cultivating Reflective Practice through Graphic Health/care with Rebecca Garden

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Location: RIT Campus (email to register)
Date: October 16, 2019


Playing with Expectations - Workshop with Kriota Willberg

Playing with Expectations

Workshop leader:  Kriota Willberg, ...

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Location: Carlson Auditorium (1025), RIT Campus
Date: October 16, 2019


“Science, Art and Graphic Medicine” - lecture by Kriota Willberg

Since 2007, comics and graphic novels whose narratives intersect with medicine, healthcare, the body, and the mind, have been categorized as an emerging genre of cartooning called graphic medicine. Sharing examples of her own work, and others’ graphic memoirs, comics, and ‘zines, Kriota Willberg explores this dynamic interdisciplinary narrative art form that communicates personal, clinical, cultural, and educational narratives through text and image.

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Location: Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
Date: October 17, 2019


Stories of Health/Care ‘from the Field’ - Reading by Kriota Willberg and Lecture by Rebecca Garden

“Silver Wire: interdisciplinary Histories of Medicine and Sewing” - Kriota Willberg, MFA-IA, LMT
What do embroidery, surgery, history, and bioethics have in common? More than you may think! Kriota Willberg describes her research and experiences as the inaugural Artist In Residence at the New York Academy of Medicine Library Historical Collection. She will also read from her Ignatz Award nominated comic, Silver Wire, which...

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Location: RIT- Student Memorial Union (SAU-1500) - entrance/glass atrium
Date: April 27, 2019


Showcase of Center's Projects at ImagineRIT

Come and visit the Center for Engaged Storycraft's "Story Arcade" at ImagineRIT!

We will have free storycraft buttons and posters and are excited to showcase research and creative projects including:

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RIT Faculty and international partners to present research on Engaged Storycraft at the 32nd

Location: Toronto, Canada
Date: November 15, 2018 to November 18, 2018


RIT Faculty and international partners to present research on Engaged Storycraft at the 32nd

The SLSA conference will also feature RIT faculty and international partners from France and Italy on two panels exploring their latest research on Engaged Storycraft.

Engaged Storycraft: On Site (Panel)

This panel will explore emerging, interdisciplinary combinations of story and technical making today, working to evaluate emerging modes of story creation, technical craft, and multi-modal dissemination that engage readers, audiences, researchers, players, and publics in engaging, co-productive, critical ways. It asks after the role of ‘story’ as it is thoughtfully, if...

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Screen shot from Skawennati’s “Words Before All Else Part 2 and 3.”

Location: Toronto, Canada
Date: November 15, 2018 to November 18, 2018


CES to sponsor and introduce keynote speaker at 32nd Annual SLSA

CES to sponsor and introduce keynote speaker - Digital artist Skawennati - at the 32nd Annual Conference for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) - “Out of Mind,” organized by David Cecchetto (York University) and Marcel O’Gorman (University of Waterloo)

Skawennati is a Mohawk artist whose interactive digital narrative works explore contemporary Indigenous cultures and and the promise of creating digital presents and futures that displace the spatial practices, epistemic violence, and inherited narratives that, instead, continue to support colonialist and imperialist activities...

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Come and visit the Center for Engaged Storycraft's "Story Arcade" at ImagineRIT on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the RIT Student Alumni Union -1500 (glass atrium/entryway).  We will have free storycraft buttons and posters and are excited to showcase research and creative projects including:

Professor Susan Lakin and students' Interactive Narrative Designed for the Society for the Protection of Children

Alyssa Minko, Film and Animation, SuperYou! Animated film, Interactive Narrative, Illustrated Book

Highlights from students' Transnational Research Workshop - Digital Creation Beyond the Screen  - a Collaboration between RIT & University of Paris-8 faculty and students

Sculptures in the Air - an archival project led by Joan Naturale of NTID/Librarian in Wallace Center featuring newly restored, ground-breaking ASL poetry video performances, many at RIT, and links to contemporary ASL poets of interest

Sharon Morgan Beckford-Foster's - Richard Wright's Digital Footprints web-based archive

Transnational Research Experience - Digital Creation Beyond the Screen - a Collaboration between RIT  & University of Paris-8 faculty and students

Cornell Boxes - Instructions for Scavenger Hunt to find Cornell Boxes created by Pamela Kincheloe's NTID Writing Students and located around campus.


Stop by and find out more about the new interdisciplinary center and to get involved in activities - researching, educating, and/or co-creating stories with our faculty, students, and local partners!

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Dear Angelica, Oculus, 2017

Dear Angelica is an award winning VR film from Oculus Story Studio that tells the story of a young girl who reconnects with her lost mother by watching her in old films. Created with the Oculus’ Quill tool, the art shimmers and surrounds the viewer as the narrative unfolds. This is not a game but a straightforward animated, filmic narrative that is watched by the user. The darkness of the virtual space lights up as memories are drawn around the viewer, recounted by a voice over narrator. Dear Angelica uses negative space to situate the viewer in the internal heart of the...

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Gateway to the World, 2013-2016: Visualization Poetics

Creator: María Mencía
Contributor: Laura Shackelford


Gateway to the World, 2013-2016: Visualization Poetics

Digital poet, María Mencía explores the poetic possibilites and the politics of real-time data and data visualization technologies in her ipad based Gateway to the World project.  These include site-specific data that visually presents the movement of ships in and out of the port of Hamburg, and other ports in later editions of this series. Mencía describes her interest in the potential of data as a creative material and resource in this work. Upon closer reading, though, the work foregrounds the ongoing ties between nautical flows and informational flows, both of which are in close, if...

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