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CALGARY PUPPETRY DAY!

Monday March 21, 10am-4pm
Fort Calgary, 750 – 9th Avenue SE

FREE!  ALL AGES WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED!

Help us make the world’s longest chain of puppets to celebrate World Puppetry Day! Drop by and create a puppet using our life size templates and baskets of found craft items. Our colourful and fun puppet personalities will create a visual metaphor for connecting diversity, generations and community. You can even give your puppet a voice and add to our celebratory video. Special puppet guests and other surprises throughout the day!  > click for more information

 

Puppet Power: Connecting Generations Conference

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May 28-29, 2016
Kerby Centre, Calgary
Puppet Power is a biennial conference that examines the power of applied puppetry.  Puppet Power 2016’s theme, “connecting generations”, examines the compelling strength of puppetry in advocating, educating and celebrating community connections across generations.  Learn, play, andgalvanize with hands-on workshops, keynote speakers, panels, and more.  A conference for everyone from artists, activists, idea generators, and thought leaders to educators, therapists, and helping professionals. > read more

Registration is now open at our Early Bird price!
  
Presenters include Karrie Marshall of Creativity in Care from Scotland, Eric Bass of Sandglass Theater, and Sharon Bayly from Vancouver.

 

Meet Ian McFarlane and Geneviève Paré, presenters at Puppet Power 2016 :: together(4)Connecting Generations Conference

Ian and Geneviève are co-founders and co-artistic directors of Mudfoot Theatre in Calgary. At Puppet Power 2016 :: Connecting Generations Conference, they will be giving an 8 minute talk at Puppet Portfolios and leading a workshop about using found objects to create puppets, performance, and sound.

We asked them five questions > click to find out how they connect generations or community through puppetry, their favourite puppet related childhood memory, and more . . .


BURSARIES
/Scholarships are available for Puppet Power 2016 :: Connecting Generations Conference!

Would you like to attend Puppet Power 2016 but don’t have all the funds in place?  Whether you are a student, artist, in a low wage occupation, travelling from outside of Calgary, or any other reason preventing you from attending, we would like to extend the opportunity for you to attend with a bursary!  > learn more

 

WPPT - Sam - loonie_IMG6476wmartinCheck out the American “Discount” for Puppet Power 2016 :: Connecting Generations Conference!

The plunging Canadian loonie (or the dollar) is good news for Americans travelling to Canada.  1 American dollar is currently* about $1.42 Canadian which means Americans can enjoy a 30% “discount” in Canada.  The registration fee to Puppet Power 2016 :: Connecting Generations Conference, at the early bird rate (until Feb 29th) is $CAN 350, approximately $US 246!  Apply for a bursary and you’re looking at around $US 141! > click to learn more

* as of Jan 21, 2016.

View from the Inside

View Circle PinterestView from the Inside is a puppetry based arts project exploring the experiences of Calgarians who struggle in different ways with mental wellness.

Four professional project leaders are guiding participants through an art making process where stories inspire the creation of mask – body puppets. We are currently running a fundraising campaign on Canada Helps to offset some of the costs to providing this program free of charge to participants. Funds raised through Canada Helps will be matched by another confirmed funding source.

We are collaborating with four partner agencies for the delivery of 16 workshops in total (4 sessions of 4 workshops each) – these are delivered to the agencies free of charge. We are pleased to be working with youth, adults, and senior . . . read more

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View from the Inside IN THE NEWS

Thanks to Alberta Primetime for the interview about View from the Inside!

 

metro-revisedThanks to Metro Calgary, Jeremy Simes and Jennifer Friessen for the article about our project View from the Inside, a puppetry based arts project exploring the experiences of Calgarians who struggle in different ways with mental wellness.

” Glenn Taylor, who’s a drama consultant for the project — along with four others — said he’s seen participants become liberated when they paint.

“For me, the highlight has been seeing this sense of empowerment that seems to come through in this art making process,” Taylor said. “I’m a strong believer that working in a symbolic form is up-lifting.”  read more

Help support this project on Canada Helps!

 

Become a Board Member!

volunteerEveryday we see the power of puppetry to effect positive social change! Sparking imagination and creativity in children, helping adults to self-realization and mental well being, galvanizing learning and understanding, encouraging cooperation and communication.Why would you volunteer? 
•    You believe in what we do and think you have something to offer.
•    There are fun chances for hands on participation.
•    Volunteer experience, especially on a Board of Directors, is valuable for the resume.
•    Great opportunity for networking and making connectionsWhat you would do: 
•    Attend regular board meetings—every twi months—training provided.
•    Participate in some committee work.
•    Time commitment is an average of seven hours per month.
•    Actively promote the work of WP Puppet Theatre in the community.Submit your resume and a brief statement of interest to Wendy Passmore-Godfrey, Artistic Director at wppuppet@telus.net. A phone and live interview follows.

 

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