Atlanta (November 2012) – The Target Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to Atlanta’s Piccadilly Puppets Company (PPC). The grant is funding free puppetry performances in five Atlanta Public Elementary schools. The funds came from the foundation’s Arts, Culture & Design in Schools Grant program.
The educational shows include Butterfly Ballad, the story of a caterpillar that earns his wings, and Cherokee Tales, which imparts Native American myths and legends. The performances either have been or will be staged at elementary schools including Kimberly, Garden Hills, Whitefoord and Dobbs this month. A show is planned for a fifth Atlanta school at a later date. The Woodruff Arts Center Young Audiences program arranges school performances for Piccadilly Puppets.
“Education is an important part of our mission, so this grant helps us bring our performances to a wider audience,” said PPC Artistic Director Nancy Riggs.
Started in 1969, The Piccadilly Puppets Company is a non-profit touring puppet theater dedicated to providing puppetry experiences of highly artistic quality to young audiences of ethnically and culturally diverse populations. It has performed at festivals across the U.S. and the world. It shares a wide variety of subject areas with enthusiastic audiences, and constantly experiments with new puppetry and story-telling techniques.
For more information, and to see excerpts from the shows, visit http://www.piccadillypuppets.org.