Apply for a Free Canada 150 Gray Jay Workshop

Canada 150 application FB cover (1)WP Puppet Theatre is creating a community video of a modern day story about Canada’s new avian emblem – the Gray Jay, written by emerging author Aum Nicol.  We are inviting one hundred and fifty or more, local, national and international, amateur and professional puppeteers of all ages, and their puppets, to read and record the story, one line at a time. Why? We’re celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation! One line for each year.

We will be facilitating 5 free Canada 150 workshops for groups of up to 30 people to create their own puppets and participate in the video from September 17th to October 22nd 2017. You provide the venue and the participants and we provide the instruction and all of the supplies for your group to make their own puppets and the videographer to record your puppet reading a line of the story.

Does my group qualify?

Your group can be a non-profit or charitable organization, business, school, or community group and must be located in Calgary. The program is suitable for children ages 5+, teens, adults and seniors. Children must participate with an adult.  We are looking for a diversity of ages and cultural backgrounds.  Some of the lines can be read in different languages if the group can translate parts of the story.  A group of 30 people is ideal, however, if your group is smaller there may be the possibility of conducting a workshop with two or more groups together.

How to apply?

Fill out the application form below.  Contact if you have any questions.

Deadlines and Dates

Applications are due June 19th 2017.  The workshop can be scheduled from September 17th to October 22nd 2017.  Weekdays and weekends (day or evening) times will be available. Results of the application will be communicated by July 27th  2017.

What if I would like to participate as an individual?

Please contact if you would like to participate in the video as an individual and are not applying as a group.

This initiative is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Calgary Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast. 

Cette initiative est rendue possible grâce au Fonds communautaire pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada, qui est une collaboration entre les fondations communautaires canadiennes, le gouvernement du Canada et des leaders extraordinaires de l’Atlantique au Pacifique à l’Arctique.