The Midtown venue is offering a slate of additional programming in observance of World Puppetry Day — Friday — designed to highlight puppetry hailing from virtually all corners.
“It’s just like any other holiday; we want people to be aware of the art form,” said Beau Brown, community coordinator for the center. “The idea is to celebrate world traditions — from Indonesian shadow puppets to African rod puppets — and honor puppetry that came before us and, hopefully, the ones that will come after.”
Patrons will be privy to both a World Puppetry Day program and World Puppetry Tour as part of the day’s festivities.
The former is an interactive presentation designed to foster learning about different cultures and explore the intersection of geography, history, social studies and the arts. The latter is billed as a journey through the center’s permanent exhibition and one of the largest collections of global puppetry on exhibit in the nation. Proceeds from the day’s activities will be donated to the U.S. branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the international puppetry organization.
Distance learning programs — a series of recorded workshops — will also be available online Friday.
“We wanted to do something for people who maybe couldn’t come see us in person, but still wanted to celebrate the day,” Brown said.
He said he has a vested interest in Friday’s worldwide recognition of puppetry arts.
The origins of Brown’s puppeteer career date back to 1998, when, as a high school senior, he scored an internship at the Midtown venue.
“If the Center for Puppetry Arts had not been here, I never would have had the opportunity,” Brown said. “Atlanta has a thriving puppetry community.”
IF YOU GO:
o What: World Puppetry Day
o Where: Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St., Midtown
o When: Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
o Tickets: $5 (includes World Puppetry Day program, tour and museum admission)
o Information: (404) 873-3391 or www.puppet.org