Piccadilly Puppets celebrates Arts in Education Week!

A group of Kindergarten students holing shadow puppets they made in a workshop
Kindergarten students in a shadow puppet workshop

Whether you are a student, educator, parent, or principal, you can find a way to celebrate the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week.

The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities.

Right now, many schools are virtual or limited in how they hold classes, and it might be easier to put off arts education “until things get better”. Schools need to spend money on masks and cleaning and maybe running more busses, and money for the arts just might not seem as important, but for some children, the arts are everything!

We salute artists that are stretching themselves creatively to find new ways to give performances for young audiences. We salute teachers who are spending twice as much time developing lessons to give virtually. We encourage schools and other organizations to be open to new ideas for bringing the arts to all of your students.

  • Arts education promotes academic achievement: A 2020 study of over 112,000 students showed that “highly engaged instrumental music students were, on average, academically over one year ahead of their peers.”
  • Arts education advances social and emotional development.
  • Arts education reduces disciplinary infractions: A recent study showed that arts education experiences reduce the proportion of students in school receiving disciplinary infractions by 3.6%.
  • Stay enrolled and graduate: Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.

Every school day needs arts education!

October is National Arts and Humanities Month

The logo of National arts and humanities month, with an orange star made to look like a person

We’ve been busy this month doing puppet shows for festivals, preschools, Yom Kippur, and birthday parties! We hope YOU are celebrating the arts & humanities by seeing a show, taking a workshop, reading a book, etc.

Back to School!

Kindergarten students show shadow puppets that they made in a workshop.

Piccadilly Puppets has many educational shows and workshops! Bring us to your school this year! We have discounted prices for Title One schools.

Bring Piccadilly Puppets to your town with a Vibrant Communities Grant!

grantWould you like to bring Piccadilly Puppets to your school, library or non-profit organization in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019? If your organization is located in a county in which no organization received an FY18 GCA Project, Partner or Arts Education Grant, you can apply for a Vibrant Communities grant from the Ga Council for the Arts. The grants are for arts programming; why not have us do puppet shows and/or workshops?

For more info including a list of counties that qualify:

http://gaarts.org/images/PDFs/FY19-VC-guidelines-FINAL.pdf

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

Piccadilly Puppets is a proud recipient of funding from the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs! We provide puppet performances throughout the City of Atlanta, and the funds help us to cover some expenses, so that we can keep our shows affordable. Funding also enables us to offer discounts to schools that receive Title One funding and other venues in those neighborhoods (such as libraries), and occasionally offer free shows in underserved parts of the city.

Thank you so much to the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for helping us to educate and entertain children in Atlanta through the art of puppetry!

Book your holiday show now!

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Santa finds the Mouse “stirring” in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Choose from three fun holiday shows:

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS 
Piccadilly takes a few liberties with the classic holiday poem penned by Clement C. Moore more than 100 years ago. In this version, performed with hand puppets, children will get the real story of that night from a mouse who was an eyewitness to the whole affair. It’s a merry tale with lots of silly twists and turns to entertain and amuse children of all ages. PreK-5, families, or senior citizens.

FOXY CHRISTMAS
A tale of Christmas spirit and friendship. This endearing Christmas story is about a hungry fox and a lonely bunny, and how they find that, for them, the true meaning of Christmas is friendship. Although there’s no mention of any reindeer in the forest, Santa Claus still manages to make an appearance—much to the delight of the audience!

 

PICCADILLY HOLIDAY   A secular, holiday-themed variety show. The show will feature several pieces including a rod and hand puppet version of “The Nutcracker”, an ice-skating marionette, and an original hand puppet story of an elf that comes to Atlanta to escape the North Pole snow. The benefit of this show is that it is adaptable to whatever length the presenter needs. All ages.

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Rutherford the Electronics elf with a couple of carol-singing snowballs from PICCADILLY HOLIDAY

Puppet Palooza September 24

Puppet Palooza is a fabulous afternoon filled with puppet shows and puppet activities! It will take place Sunday, September 24 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Clarkston Community Center

Some of Atlanta’s top puppeteers will perform short pieces in a variety style show. Shows will be ongoing throughout the day, along with puppet-making and other games for kids. There will be all kinds of interesting puppets and puppet-related items for sale, as well as concessions.

Featuring:

Tickets may be purchased at the door or at the link below: $10 adults, $5 children.

Proceeds go to the Atlanta Puppetry Guild, a local chapter of the Puppeteers of America, an organization that promotes the art of puppetry. The Atlanta Puppetry Guild gives local puppeteers and anyone interested in the art form a chance to meet, share ideas, and support one another. One way we do this is through offering scholarships to members to further their craft. Puppet Palooza is a fundraiser for the guild scholarship fund; a percentage of the proceeeds also goes to the Clarkston Community Center.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puppet-palooza-tickets-37290041518?aff=es2

 

Summer’s not gone!

Celebrate at the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival! Come on Sunday! Free!GPSSFHeader201703-1We will be performing Butterfly Ballad at 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 27 in the Kids Zone. The festival also has two music stages, an Artist Market, a 5K, and lots of food vendors, as well as more kids’ activities.

Here’ s a link to the whole Kids Zone schedule: Summer Shade Kids Zone 2017

 

 

Summer shows continue!

We have been busy in June, mostly with camp performances, but here are a couple of upcoming public performances:

Tuesday, June 20  2:30 pm Once Upon a Time in China (ages 3-10)  Fayette County Public Library  1821 Heritage Parkway Fayetteville, GA 30214  (770)305-5251

Tuesday, June 27  11:00 am  Wish Tales (ages 3-8)   A. Mitchell Powell Jr. branch, Coweta Public Library  25 Hospital Road Newnan, GA 30263  (770)253-3625

Also, don’t forget our Puppet Camp through the Johns Creek Arts Center (ages 6-10) July 10-14:

http://johnscreekarts.org/education/camps/2017/jul/puppetry-camp-ages-6-10-july-10-14-johns-creek-presbyterian-church-location

Puppet Camp in July!

What: One week Puppetry camp

Who: Children ages 6-10

Where: Johns Creek Presbyterian Church

When: July 10-14, 9-3 each day

How much: $265 for members of the Johns Creek Arts Center, $285 for non-members

A student putting the finishing touches on her cloth-and-foam puppet

Get a taste of both visual and performing arts with a week of puppet camp! Campers will learn about the different types of puppetry, make 2-3 puppets and write short scripts based on familiar folktales or myths. Instruction on puppet manipulation and rehearsal led by a professional puppeteer from Piccadilly Puppets will prepare the class to put on a fun original puppet show!

Click the link below for registration.

http://johnscreekarts.org/education/camps/2017/jul/puppetry-camp-ages-6-10-july-10-14-johns-creek-presbyterian-church-location