WP Puppet Theatre Gives Back!
You provide the venue and 10 -20 participants. We provide the instruction with two professional project facilitators and all of the supplies for your group to make their own mask-body puppet.
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What is a View from the Inside Workshop?
The workshop creates a safe, welcoming environment to build confidence, coping and leadership skills, self-esteem, mental wellness, and resiliency. Participants are guided through a non-judgmental art making process where their personal stories will inspire the creation of mask-body puppets. They will have the opportunity to bring to light their experiences of challenges and resiliency through art making, storytelling, movement, live puppetry performance, and media technologies.
Participants will make a mask-body puppet using card stock and ephemera and explore: “public me” or the face they present to the public (outer mask), “private me” or their inner thoughts and private world (inside the mask), and attach objects which represent “connected to me” or their relationships and history. Discussions, reflection and sharing their masks will add to and strengthen the visual art process.
Does my group qualify for this GIVE BACK program?
Your group must be a non-profit or charitable organization and based in Calgary or surrounding area. The program is suitable for teens (13+), adults or seniors.
Participants should not be acutely in crisis or have active suicidal ideation or behaviours to join the program. Rather, participants should demonstrate some capability to self reflect on their experiences, work well in groups, be open to receiving support and enjoy different forms of art.
What is the benefit and need for this program?
Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta, reports that one in five Canadians will experience a mental illness at some point in their life. Mental Health in Calgary is of primary concern – whether from the effects of aging, family stress or violence, homelessness, health issues, drug abuse or the loss or threat of job loss.
Emerging research suggests that creative arts therapies and experiences can help to reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem and quality of life. View from the Inside: Courage Journey workshops resonate with participants eliciting comments such as:
“Thank you WP Puppet Theatre, for bringing this fantastic art based program into my life. I’m more alive and aware of new stuff inside of me, that I didn’t know was there before” – View Participant
How to apply?
Fill out the application form below. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Applications are due Jan. 13th 2017. The workshop can be scheduled for any time during 2017. Results will be communicated by January 31st 2017.
Help us give back more!
We currently have the resources to gift one workshop, however, we would like to gift many more! We are raising funds on Canada Helps so we can provide more non-profit organizations with the Courage Journey workshops at a subsidized rate or free of charge. We would appreciate it if you get the word out about our fundraising campaign on Canada Helps! Please share the link: