Much More Than Marionettes!
touch lives through the art of puppetry.
The Center uses the art form of puppetry as a means to provide educational experiences that encourage creativity, support school-day learning, fuel holistic development, and provide accessible, hands-on opportunities to participate in arts activities. The Centerís live puppetry performances, hands-on workshops, and guided museum tours provide creative arts experiences to students that arenít available in classrooms while also providing teachers with opportunities to infuse the arts into their curriculum goals.
The Center for Puppetry Arts is a unique cultural treasure - a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops and the hands-on Museum, as well as Distance Learning and Outreach Programs.
1) We believe puppetry is awe-inspiring and magical.
If we didn’t think that, then we wouldn’t exist. Puppetry is a wonderful, creative, expansive art form. It engages and entertains, bringing a sense of wonder and theatricality to a story.
2) We believe in providing awesome artistic experiences.
We continually strive for artistic excellence in everything we do - because the artistic experience is key to who we are and what we do. Puppetry is an art form that requires human interaction. It is the exchange between the artist, your fellow audience members, and you that makes each experience unique and special. Big or small, we hope a visit with us brings a great experience, and opens your mind to new possibilities.
3) We believe in unlocking imagination.
From audiences experiencing the performances, education and museum experiences we offer, to the artists creating the work - we nurture the imagination. Every day is an exploration – bringing new innovations to advance the art form, and introducing new people to our passion. We educate and provide creative experiences through our programming - Doing things like using puppetry in innovative ways to help people explore other topics - such as butterflies, the rainforest, and even nanotechnology. What will we think of next?
4) We believe in inspiring every generation.
The Center is committed to providing something for everyone. Whether you’re a college student, parent, toddler, or senior citizen, we strive to provide you with access to and understanding of the art form. That’s why we offer so many different activities. Once you’ve visited us, we hope you’ll understand that puppetry is not just for kids. It's for everyone.
5) We believe in the people behind the puppets.
Our staff, our supporters, our community. Success is not obtained without passion and commitment. Our work continues to flourish and grow - presenting the past, and exploring the future of the art form with their support and expertise.
Our vision is to be the premier puppetry center in the world. That’s right, you got it, the world. See our 4 year strategic plan here.
The Center serves as headquarters of UNIMA-USA, the American branch of the international puppetry organization Union International de la Marionnette, the oldest theater organization in the world.
American Alliance of Museums
Americans for the Arts
Atlanta Convention and Visitor’s Bureau (ACVB)
Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
Fulton County Arts & Culture (FCAC)
Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries (GAMG)
Georgia Center for Non-Profits
Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA)
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Georgia Professional Ticketing Association (GAPTA)
Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB)
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
International Ticketing Association (INTIX)
Junior League of Atlanta
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
National Charity League
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs
Puppeteers of America
Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC)
Theatre Communications Group
United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
An international puppetry exhibit is installed in the international terminal of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport; a Woody Willow & Friends exhibit is at WSB-TV in Atlanta; and a puppetry exhibit is installed at AtlanTIX’s Underground Atlanta location.
Transforming the Center for Puppetry Arts
In 1978, Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson cut the ribbon to open the Center for Puppetry Arts. Since then, the Center has inspired generations of children and adults through our performances, educational workshops, and exhibitions.
We are now in the midst of a transformative expansion that will allow us to touch even more lives through the art of puppetry. This expansion campaign, entitled Believe in Make Believe, will dramatically change the look of our building. New museum galleries, a renovated entryway, and other upgrades to our existing spaces will enhance your experience at the Center.
Set to open in 2015, the new museum space will feature expanded exhibit areas for both our Global Collection and the Jim Henson Collection. These new exhibitions will be immersive and interactive, allowing guests of all ages to explore puppetry in unique ways, challenging preconceptions and giving a new appreciation of the global scope and universal power of the art form. As part of this project, we are also protecting and preserving hundreds of international and Henson treasures for future generations to enjoy and understand.
This expansion will bring the Centerís world-renowned collection and the largest collection of Hensonís art to a wider audience, and will continue to make the Center a one-of-a-kind experience within the world of puppetry. To learn more about this project and how you may help, please click here.
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