We are so excited to tell you that Paperhand Puppet Intervention is coming to Asheville to teach us the magical arts of creating giant puppets and pageants.
There is a real buzz about this workshop. It's part of the renaissance in puppetry going on right here in the mountains - slams, shows, festivals, educational programs, parades and protests. There is now an Asheville Puppet Club that meets monthly. Next spring there will be a parade downtown for the National Day of Puppetry. Wow!
The time is right to bring giant puppets in. These parade size puppets are made out of paper mache and beautifully painted. They are a visual delight. They draw attention in a way that nothing else does, telling stories, promoting community building, and making people happy!
We want to start building a community of makers and performers and a whole pool of puppets that can be used by many groups and events - like Mardi Gras, LEAF, LAAFF, school pageants, ceremonies, and more.
This is an opportunity to learn from the masters of the trade so we can then teach others - kids and teachers in schools, folks in institutions, artists, performers. Creating giant puppets is an accessible art form - the materials are cheap and recycled, the techniques adapt to many abilities.
So folks, we need your help. There are puppeteers who need scholarships for the workshop. Money is tight these days, as you know. We already have a dozen people who have asked for financial assistance. We are hoping to offer as many 50% scholarships as we can, plus cover the cost of the supplies (clay and paint).
Help the giants come to town! Help foster the puppet renaissance in Western North Carolina. Take a look at our fabulous rewards for your support and give what you can. Even if you can't give money, you can help by sharing this page.
And when you do, every puppet you meet will kiss and hug you for evermore!!
Love, Jennifer Murphy, Alina Ahh Ever, Grayson Morris and Denisa Rullmoss
PS - We want to thank Asheville Community Movement for hosting the workshop. And we want to recognize the work of the following who have helped create the puppetry renaissance in the mountains: Asheville Puppetry Alliance, Art Farm, Golden Rod Puppets, Red Herring Puppets, Cripps Puppets, Toy Box Theatre, Mountain Marionettes, Camelot Puppets, Nut House Theatre, and the Puppetry Slam at LEAF.
PPS - Images in the video come from Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Wise Fool Community Arts, Bread & Puppet Theater, Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater, and the Procession of the Species (Olympia and Madison)
PPPS - Registration info and updates posted here: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/473656856000294/?fref=ts
Alina Ahh Ever is the founder and coordinator of Whee Ahh Faerie Kin, a troupe of magical beings -- mythical, elemental, wild & free who love to glee-fully frolic, romp and fly in search of other beings who want to play. On stilts, and with handmade art costumes and props, we surround folks, tall and short, young and old, one and all with magic, heart-full songs (singing and playing instruments), sacred bells, faerie mist, silk scarves, and other enchanting delights. We incorporate stories and themes into our performances, as well as large puppets and masks. Reach her at email@example.com and http://faeriekin.com
Grayson Morris has been building and performing with puppets for the past five years. As the artistic director of The Nut House Theater, she produces short form puppetry in various styles for adult audiences. Morris founded Asheville Puppet Club, a community workshop group designed to help puppet people produce their own shows. Check out puppet club on Facebook!
Jennifer Murphy is an artist, business owner, community activist, and homeschooler. She learned how to make big puppets from Beth Peterson of Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theater. She lead community parade puppet workshops in Los Angeles with the Arroyo Arts Collective, Neighbors for Peace & Justice, and the Audubon Center. Since moving to Asheville, NC she has made street puppets for parades and protests including Occupy and World Food Day. She is so excited to help grow the big puppet renaissance here!
Denisa Rullmoss ("Queen D" to kids everywhere) is a multi-talented and innovative organizer who has managed to retain a child's viewpoint on the world. Just ask any kid Denisa's real age and you will be told "she's 8 years old of course... because of the magic spell cast upon her!" Denisa is the Director (and creator) of the LEAFlet Kids Village at the Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF), the Owner/ Director of Owls Nest - After School Care and the Coordinator of the Children's program at the Swannanoa Gathering for the past 19 years. Puppet theatres, costume tents, instrument petting zoos and booking kid/family bands are all in a day's work, along with pie fights, leading parades, parachutes, bubbles, squirt guns and a humongous collection of silly and traditional camp songs! She provides wild & wacky games and activities for families and kids everywhere. firstname.lastname@example.org http://theleaf.org
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