FREE EVENT FOR FAMILIES AND GENERAL PUBLIC
Puppeteers of America welcome families and the general public to Puppets and Community Day! This event is a day of puppetry focused activities all FREE with the support of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Community Day activities take place from 9 am to 4pm on Saturday July 20th. Activities include the Puppetry Store, Puppetry Exhibit, REEL Puppetry Film Festival Family Edition, public Picnic with Puppeteers, and a puppet building workshop.
PUPPETS & COMMUNITY DAY SCHEDULE
9:00 am to Noon
“Make Things out of STUFF” with Kevin Kammeraad and Bean&Bear
Bean&Bear and Kevin all believe that it’s only trash if you throw it away! When the supplies box becomes the recycling bin, it can be so fun to make things out of stuff with friends! Through creative play, collaboration, improvised construction, and even musical puppet parades, we’ll shed the burden of our own artist perfectionism. Our goal is simply to make things, free of expectations. It’s an opportunity to explore individual and collective creation using found materials that would otherwise be discarded. We will also make friends!
Noon – 1:30 pm
Picnic with Puppeteers
Enjoy lunch with members of Puppeteers of America and their puppet friends.
Noon – 5:00 pm
Reel Puppetry (Family) Film Fest & Handmade Puppet Dreams: For Families
(Films begin on the hour)
We have over 40 short films that will charm, excite, educate, and amuse audiences of all ages! We have a special selection of family friendly films from our Reel Puppetry Film Fest and will have two volumes of Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams: For Families! So take a break, sit down, and enjoy some puppets… on film!
Reel Puppetry short film from Jamie Donmoyer & MicheLee Puppets
Reel Puppetry short film from Jean Barker & Christine Papalexis
Handmade Puppet Dreams short from Spencer Lott
Handmade Puppet Dreams short from New Puppet Order (Beau Brown, Darrell Hazelrig & Sam Carter)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
FREE Outdoor Performances
by Eulenspiegel Puppets
by the Society of Realistic Optimists
by Open Eye Theatre
by Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.