The Center provides educational experiences that encourage creativity, support school-day learning, fuel holistic development, and provide accessible, hands-on opportunities to participate in arts activities. The Center’s live performances, interactive workshops, and guided museum tours provide educational creative arts experiences to students that aren’t available in classrooms while also providing teachers with opportunities to infuse the arts into their curriculum goals.
Through its award-winning Distance Learning program, the Center can present live, interactive educational performances and curriculum-based workshops through an Internet connection — allowing virtual field trips around the world. All the Center’s activities support educational standards across the curriculum, and free educator resources such as standards listings and educator resource guides are available free online for download.
By offering free preview tickets to educators, one free ticket for every 10 purchased, free lunchroom space, as well as limited free parking, the Center keeps the costs of a trip down. The Center also partners with Title I schools and other organizations serving low-income and special needs populations to reach a broad range of students, particularly those who have few opportunities to participate in the arts.
Field trips can include a performance such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer™, a visit to our world-class museum exhibits, an interactive Create-A-Puppet Workshop, and a pre- or post-visit Distance Learning or Outreach program. A highlight of your field trip will be the Center ’s new Worlds of Puppetry Museum (opening Nov. 2015), which showcases a Global Collection of puppets from around the world, as well as the world’s most comprehensive collection of Jim Henson’s puppets and artifacts, including many pieces from Sesame Street, the Muppets and more.
When children return home from a Center for Puppetry Arts field trip, often with a puppet they’ve built and brought to life in a workshop, it is obvious to parents and others that the visit made a significant impression. The children are full of excitement and new ideas, proud of the one-of-a-kind puppet they created and eager to share what was learned. Arts-based educational programming, like that delivered at the Center, gives children the opportunity to express themselves and explore creative, new ideas. It’s in this way that a visit to the Center often has a long-term impact: it inspires further exploration of the arts, and enhances children’s confidence to express themselves.
For a child — especially a child who has had little or no exposure to the arts — a field trip to the Center for Puppetry Arts can be truly life changing.
Advance purchase is highly recommended as events often sell out.
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