Center For Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest American organization dedicated to the art of puppetry. It is located in Atlanta. The center's focus is on three areas: education, performance, and museum. It is one the few puppet museums worldwide. The center is located within Midtown, the city's arts district. Vincent Anthony founded it in 1978.

The Center for Puppetry Arts was officially opened to the public on September 23, 1978 when Kermit the Frog, his creator Jim Henson, cut the ceremonial ribbon.

The Museum and Special Exhibits at the Center feature puppets from different countries and time periods. To enhance appreciation and understanding of puppet performances, it is essential that exhibitions of puppets be shown. The Worlds of Puppetry Museum houses the largest collection of Jim Henson artifacts anywhere in the world. It also has one of the largest collections of puppetry artifacts from around the globe. The collection includes Wayland Flowers' Madame and The Little Players puppets, Skeksis from The Dark Crystal, and two mask prototypes made by Julie Taymor for The Lion King. Jim Henson's Muppets Rowlf, Ernie, Swedish chef, Pigs In Space, Dr. Teeth, and The Electric Mayhem are also included in the collection. The Museum also has a collection of puppetry art.

The Ford Foundation selected Center to be one of 28 national organizations that were recognized for their success in innovative programs and management. Three grants were awarded by the Kresge Foundation to the Center to help with its capital campaigns. The 1996 Olympics selected the Center as the only theater group to participate in all four years. Newsweek called it "one of America's most exciting theater companies." The 2008 Tech Museum Awards Laureate Award for Education was presented to the Center's education department. 13 times, the UNIMA Citation Of Excellence, the highest award in puppetry, has been given to the Center.

Film Series includes classic movies, hidden gems, as well as contemporary productions. They are puppetry-related productions, and are not performances.

The Center offers classes and workshops for both adults and children, in addition to producing productions. Children can create a puppet using the Create-A-Puppet Workshops. These workshops are offered in conjunction to Family Series performances. Adult Education Series teaches adults about various aspects of puppetry. Distance Learning allows students to experience a virtual field trip and provides them with valuable information. Many programs and workshops can now be accessed online via recorded playback or live webinar.

The Center for Puppetry Arts presents each year the Family Series. This is a collection of classic stories and new works that are performed in a variety puppetry styles by the Center company. The Shoemaker & The Elves was adapted in 1940s Manhattan. Jon Ludwig's Dinosaurs was also performed. A Halloween-themed variety show, The Ghastly Deadfuls' Compendium of Graveyard Tales & Other Curiosities was also presented. Family Performances include shows that the Center's company creates/performs as well as artists from other countries. During SummerFest, national touring puppetry troupes will set up shop at Center and perform a variety works for families. A Create-A-Puppet workshop is included with many Family Performances. It relates to the show.

The Center for Puppetry Arts also hosts the New Directions Series, which features teen- and adult-oriented shows from visiting artists and companies. The New Directions Series is known for being more thought-provoking than the usual and visually appealing. Each show has a suggested age limit.

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