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Art of puppetry featured in New York Mills

Two week-long puppetry workshops will be hosted by the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center on August 4 - 8 and August 11 - 15.

The workshops are for teachers, artists, community members with strong interest in the arts, and for kids. Each day there will be a teacher/artist/community member workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Then there will be a workshop including all of the above, plus students, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. The culmination of the workshops will be a puppet pageant presented at the corn feed celebration in New York Mills on August 15.

The curriculum will include finger and sock puppets, hand and glove puppets, masks, and large scale puppets. Topics to be covered include puppetry in education, storytelling, incorporating puppets into everyday learning and structured play, puppet design and construction techniques, puppet performance, community building with puppets, puppetry and dance movement.

The Puppet Master will be Annie Katsura Rollins, MFA student (theater with an emphasis in puppetry) at the University of Minnesota who is studying this summer with a puppet master in China. Anne is a Jerome Funded Artist on Retreat in New York Mills for the first two weeks in August.

Dance instructor Carri Ann Pollard will teach dance movement and choreography.

Puppetry in the classroom will be taught by Pam Robinson, an artist from New York Mills. Elisa Korenne and a group of local musicians will integrate music into the pageant.

There is no cost for kids who attend these workshops. Tuition for teachers and community members is $50 per week and CEU certificates are available. Call 218-385-3339 for more information and to reserve a place in these workshops.

The workshops are made possible by support from the New York Mills Civic and Commerce Committee, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board with funding appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature, the Beim Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and by the members of the Regional Cultural Center.