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Thank you to the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Thanks once again to the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for supporting us through the Municipal Support for the Arts Program. This support helps us reach more children in the city by keeping our prices low and sometimes providing free programs for children experiencing homelessness (for example). They are also responsible for much of the new public art we’ve been seeing in the past few years!

Read on for more information about this wonderful program.

Municipal Support for the Arts

The Municipal Support for the Arts program is the City of Atlanta’s means of granting public funding to the arts. MSA awards contracts related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and management of artistic and cultural services in the city of Atlanta. The program recognizes that the presence of artists and non-profit organizations involved in the arts are critical to Atlanta’s cultural vitality. The arts enrich the creative development of the city’s diverse populations and contribute positively to the social and economic well being of Atlanta and the region. The goals of the MSA program are:

  • To provide support for the existence and excellence of artists and arts organizations in Atlanta.
  • To assist in the artistic development of the arts in Atlanta so that all citizens may participate in the diverse cultural life of the city.
  • To develop the contributions of Atlanta’s culturally diverse communities.
  • To ensure that the arts have broad geographic distribution and reach all segments of the population.
  • To support a broad range of educational activities in the arts.
  • To preserve the city’s artistic, cultural and historic heritage.
  • To enhance neighborhood vitality and economic development through the arts.

See us at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody for Kids to Parks Day on May 21 – interpreted into ASL

The puppet show, Once Upon a Time in China, will be at 12:30.

The show will be interpreted into American Sign Language by Hands In.

Support from Fulton County in 2021!

Piccadilly Puppets is very grateful to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for their support in 2021, through the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council!

Logo for Fulton County Arts and Culture with a tree image

Like the FCAC, we believe the arts are essential to the quality of life of our citizens and to the economic and social health of our communities – even (or especially) during a pandemic.  The mission of the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture is to insure all citizens’ access to the arts.  By supporting us financially, they are helping us bring our educational entertainment to every district of the county. Support from the county helps us to pay our puppeteers, other artists and staff, as well as the costs of traveling from one end of the county to the other, while still keeping our prices low. Funds from the county also subsidize a few shows for other non-profits, so that we can perform for children with disabilities or those experiencing homelessness, for example. Some funds were also used for puppets and props for our new version of Cherokee Tales.

For more information on Fulton County Arts and Culture, including many virtual events, exhibits, classes, please visit their website: http://www.fultonarts.org/

Cherokee Tales updated and available for in-person performances!

Trail of Tears portion of Cherokee Tales

Sequoyah teaches students about Cherokee culture and history, including his famous syllabary. With the help of puppets and audience volunteers, the puppeteer/storyteller recounts Cherokee myths about the creation of Cherokee land and how the brave Spider brought fire to the animals. Then the students learn about the Trail of Tears and more. Optional section about the seven clans. This new version was written by playwright Kara Morrison, an enrolled member of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe and a descendant of the Cherokee Nation.

CHEROKEE TALES– preK-4th grade, 30-45 minutes. Hand and Rod puppets.

Farewell to 2021!

2021 was still challenging due to the ups and downs of the pandemic, but there were highlights! (see below)

Bookings for shows began to pick up a bit. We still did some virtually while increasing the number of indoor and outdoor shows we were able to do in-person. We were able to start doing workshops again.

We celebrated an amazing 50 years of Piccadilly Puppets with our Fabulous 50th Zoomiversary party! Our founder, Ken Daniel, recorded a video of how he got started in puppetry. Nancy put together a Keynote presentation of photos through the decades. Other puppeteers, board members & friends attended and some sent videos or told stories. (We had originally scheduled a party for October 2020 but postponed and went virtual).

Birthday parties came back stronger. It seems that many families wanted at home parties, so we did even more birthday shows and workshops than usual.

We were finally able to perform our revamped version of Cherokee Tales, adapted by Kara Morrison with many new puppets and props by Stephanie Kaskel Bogle. So nice to have kids up on stage with us again. We are looking forward to many more shows of this in the future!

We were also able to perform all three of our Christmas shows this year – again, indoors, outdoors & virtually!

COVID-19 isn’t gone, but neither is Piccadilly Puppets! Hope to see you in 2022!

Virtual options still available!

Still not allowed to have visitors into your school? Can’t afford to pay travel costs to bring Piccadilly Puppets to your group? Need an option for virtual content for those last-minute short-term shutdowns?

Puppeteer holding a carrot rod puppet
Puppetry 101 Streaming class

Our virtual content is still available!

All of our shows can be used to help teach Fine Arts and English Language Arts standards. Use Butterfly Ballad to enhance your Science lessons or Cherokee Tales for Social Studies. Other titles include Cat and Mouse Tales and Puppetry 101. Check out our Show pages for more info.

Prices are very reasonable, and you can easily share videos with students at home as well as in the classroom! Watch a video at whatever time is most convenient, then schedule a live demonstration and Q&A session with a puppeteer (optional).

Most content is on YouTube through a private link you will be sent once you purchase a show. Prices start at $20 per classroom. You can check out a few free videos first. (Note: many promotional videos made from live shows are lower quality than the shows filmed in 2020, so if you are watching a video with a live audience, don’t use that video to determine the quality of what is available for purchase).

Butterfly Ballad in Little Nancy Creek Park

September 9 at 4:30

FREE

4012 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA

Mother Nature with Katy Butterfly from Butterfly Ballad
Mother Nature with Katy Butterfly from Butterfly Ballad

Developed originally for the Callaway Gardens Butterfly Center, this story follows Katy and Kevin Caterpillar through the stages of their lives – from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly – and their fascinating migration to Mexico. Narrated by Mother Nature, with original music, rod and hand puppets. Recommended for ages 3-8, but you can bring the younger toddlers to this one; they can go play if they are not engaged!

Thanks to the Friends of Little Nancy Creek Park for helping to schedule this performance!

Thank you to the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs!

round logo that says Resurgens Atlanta and has a phoenix in the middle

As our 2020-21 year comes to an end, we would like to thank the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for their vital support through the Contracts for Arts Services program!

It was great to be able to rely on these funds during a year when things were so uncertain. These funds help make the arts accessible to Atlanta children by helping us to keep our fees low while still traveling to districts all over the city. We also have been offering virtual shows, demonstrations and streaming Q&As all year.

Business is building back up!

With restrictions easing and our puppeteers vaccinated, we are doing more in-person shows and have added in-person workshops back into the mix. We are still offering virtual shows, too!

A photo of our booth-style puppet stage, set up on a sunny day in a park. The puppeteer stands inside wearing a bright floral shirt and holding a yellow, black & white caterpillar rod puppet. The stage has a dark green curtain and a large foam plant covered with bright green felt on the front.
Puppeteer Fracena Byrd performed Butterfly Ballad in Jess Lucas Park in Hapeville on a beautiful day in April.

Virginia-Highland Porchfest is Saturday!

This is a fun, free event with a ton of music AND a puppet show! We will be performing Butterfly Ballad at 4:00 at 901 Virginia Circle. There will be 54 bands on 40 porches and a Food Truck Alley. The music is from noon-6 PM.

A poster advertising the Virginia-Highland Porchfest and Rock N Run 5k. May 8th 9AM-6PM Music graphics and a silhouette of the Atlanta skyline