Of Monarch butterflies and the benefits of the performing arts

We haven’t been doing too many public performances lately, so we haven’t posted in awhile. We have been doing LOTS of performances of Butterfly Ballad, our show about Monarch butterflies for preschools-3rd grade. There’s good news on the Monarch front this year; their numbers are rising! We encourage you to plant more native milkweed. We also have a bilingual version of this show if you’d like to incorporate some Spanish into your performing arts.

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

The results are in! Students who attend multiple arts field trips have higher levels of social-emotional skills, stronger school engagement and higher standardized test scores. The research was done for field trips, but we’re sure that bringing artists in to your camp, school, church or other organization can have many of the same benefits! Click below for the article on the results of the study done by the Woodruff Arts Center.

https://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/northside_sandy_springs/education/woodruff-arts-center-atlanta-public-schools-partner-on-first-field/article_75bf4136-41f4-11e9-a30c-9714eef960a7.html?fbclid=IwAR2D5ml8fVXvnVR13HKqa7MjriEbrEjNXTfqaBofxNdE9B98XkshqAvvrVk

Thanks to Fulton County for all your support!

Piccadilly Puppets is very grateful to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners for their support in 2018 through the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council!

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.  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 helped ensure that Piccadilly Puppets could bring our educational entertainment to every district of the county. In 2018, we performed for almost 5,000 people in Fulton County!

For more information on Fulton County Arts and Culture, including events, exhibits, classes and the location of county arts centers, please visit their website: http://www.fultonarts.org/

Welcome in the Chinese New Year with a puppet show!

The Emperor pushes a wheelbarrow in Once Upon a Time in China
The Emperor loves to garden!

We still have some open dates in February to bring this show to your group for the Chinese New Year!

This enchanting Chinese Tale teaches the importance of being honest. The Emperor is very old and needs to find someone to take over his duties, as he has no son. The new leader must be smart and strong, kind and courageous, patient and honest, especially HONEST. How will he find just the right boy?  (Based on the story of The Empty Pot). Ages 3-11

For more info: https://piccadillypuppets.org/shows-workshops/shows/once-upon-a-time-in-china/

We’re getting ready for the holiday puppet shows!

A photo of the Santa Claus and Belinda Bunny puppets from Foxy Christmas

We’re sprucing up the puppets and rehearsing the shows! Here are a few public performances coming up soon: 

Saturday, December 1,  12:00 and 2:00  Foxy Christmas                                 

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW, Atlanta 

https://childrensmuseumatlanta.org/event/foxy-christmas-with-piccadilly-puppets/

Saturday, December 8,  10:00 and 11:30 am. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas                

Aurora Children’s Playhouse, 128 E.Pike St, Lawrenceville.

 https://www.auroratheatre.com/productions-and-programs/view/twas-the-night-before-christmas

Fostering creativity

Colorful paper puppet bats and butterflies made of construction paper and decorated with stickers, markers, and more paper.

We recently did a paper puppet workshop with a group of refugee children in Clarkston. They were so sweet and worked so diligently to decorate their bats, butterflies and people using stickers, markers, and cutting up construction paper for clothes, accessories, etc. They produced the most creative puppets out of such simple materials that I had to share them!

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