Michael D. McCarty:
My mother read and told me stories. I began formerly telling stories in high school in the 60’s when I discovered amazing stories of Black history and culture that weren’t taught in schools.In 1992 I discovered the world of professional storytelling, and I’ve been telling stories and teaching storytelling around the country and around the world ever since.
I specialize in stories of African and African-American history and culture, multi-cultural stories, etc. Since 2014 I’ve worked in California prisons as part of the Arts In Corrections program teaching inmates how to find, develop and tell their stories.
My life has been one heaven of a story: Student activist, Black Panther, US Army martial arts instructor, acupuncturist, world traveler, spiritual seeker, construction worker, storyteller, husband, father, crazy friend. Never a dull moment!
I LOVE my life!
Marsha Hopkins ('96 BFA FINE ARTS, ‘02 MFA WRITING):
Marsha is an alumna of both class of 97, a BFA graduate of the Fine Arts and 2002 MFA Writing departments. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a BFA in Painting from Otis College of Art and Design. She is a painter and a published writer. Currently she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts and Sciences Department at Otis College or Art and Design. Marsha has been a member of the Volunteer History Council at the California African American Museum since 2008 and has served as chair of the council since January 2016.