Show #270 – November 15, 2015

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This special-edition episode features the opening ceremonies from “Worlds of Puppetry,” located at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia. Guest speakers at the event include: Vince Anthony, Executive Director, Center for Puppetry Arts; Nancy Staub, Founder of the Museum Collection; Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta; and Cheryl Henson, President of the Henson Foundation and daughter of Jim Henson.

Worlds Of Puppetry

The Center for Puppetry has labored for nearly a decade to create a permanent home to display Jim Henson’s creations in a way that pays homage to Jim, and just as important, inspires creativity in museum guests of all ages. They have more than accomplished that goal. The Center will now contain the largest collection in the world of Henson artifacts. Puppets, materials, sketches, archival footage, and more make up a multi-media sensory experience that walks guests through Jim’s various puppet projects, including Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Muppet Show, and so much more. It’s the “more” that makes the whole thing even more special; unexpected delights await Jim’s fans around every turn.

“Worlds of Puppetry” also contains a monumental collection of puppets of all styles and sizes from cultures worldwide, spanning the centuries of recorded history. From ancient “puppets” unearthed in archaeological digs dated ca 1400, to interactive stop-motion claymation exhibits, nowhere is there a more comprehensive collection of the history of puppetry in the world. And it’s ready for public viewing as of today.

Show Links

The Center for Puppetry Arts
The Jim Henson Legacy
The Jim Henson Foundation
Puppeteers of America
UNIMA (the international association of puppeteers)

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Steve is a lifelong Muppet fan. He is the owner of FanPress, a media company specializing in telling inspiring stories in fandom. He is also a musician, songwriter, and teacher. Currently his favorite instrument is the ukulele. As such, he recently launched UcanUke, a music coaching website, where students of all ages and skill levels can learn in personalized online lessons.

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