May 2019

Jeff Raz reading from The Snow Clown
Jeff will be speaking at the Commonwealth Club about “The Snow Clown” and bridging cultural gaps through art and human connection on June 11, 2019.

In The Land of Hope and Grief, An Art Therapy Project in an Alaska Native Village Helps Teens Talk About Suicide in their Community

I discovered a wonderful article in Pacific Standard Magazine recently, “In the Land of Hope and Grief: An art therapy project in an Alaska Native village helps teens talk about suicide in their community.” This compelling piece was written by Kiliii Yüyan, whose work in Gambell, Alaska has a lot of resonance with the work I did in rural Alaska, the source material for The Snow Clown.

He writes: “I’m standing deep in snow on a moonlit night on an island in the middle of the Bering Sea, watching the people of this community, nearly all of them Siberian Yup’ik, await the arrival of walrus hunters…For the past few weeks, I’ve been a guest art teacher at the high school here…so I’m feeling invested in the outcome of the hunt.”

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Last Paragraph of “The Snow Clown”

Sometimes things change. I want to go back to St. Michael to teach Charlene’s kids to juggle. I want to eat spam and paint Eskimo masks on kids’ faces. I want to write a play about breaking the silence, or help Charlene write a play for the whole village, telling even more secrets. But they might not need me now. Dougie and Barnsie might already be there, making a show with every kid in the village. Some of Paul Paul’s students might have grown up to be teachers, showing off Yup’ik masks and sharing the old stories. Charlene might be the new St. Michael school custodian.

Yupik girl
A young Yup’ik woman getting ready to perform.
Photo by Kiliii Yüyan
IK feels a sense of relief when she is with her family. She wears her hope mask in the family home, where so many of her joyful memories come from.
Yupik friends
Friends putting on makeup using Yup’ik mask designs.
Showtime in St. Michael, AK with performers in their grandparents’ clothes and makeup based on Yup’ik masks.

Raz Happenings


Jeff Raz on tour in California Interactive program at the Commonwealth Club
Tuesday, June 11 at 6 pm
The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero,
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium,
San Francisco, 94105Seats are limited
Get your ticket now!
 Author Jeff Raz Webinar for International Association of Business Communicators
“Delving into the art of storytelling in the workplace”
June 26, 2019
Click here for more information or to register.
Jeff directing solo show Jeff will be directing a solo show: “Cara Vita: A Clown Concerto” at the S.F. International Arts Festival
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