IS AN ART FORM
communicates beyond age, culture, ethnicity, language and
education. It opens possibilities that effect the head,
heart and soul, communicating on many levels at once, often
without words. Adults through puppetry, experience the mysteries
of life and understand how possibility can become reality.
Children, through puppetry, nurture their imagination receiving
the gift of inspiration. Puppets have no boundaries. Strings,
plaster, cloth, wood, plastic, cardboard, glitter, feathers,
paint - even the human body or the latest technology - are
just the base materials with which puppet artists fashion
living, breathing creatures, beings that reach out and touch
us in mystical ways. By creating and giving form to inspiration,
puppets show us the way to see ourselves and our world differently,
imparting ideas that bridge cultural differences.
CREATE AN OUTREACH PROGRAM
that brings puppet shows and activities to various locations
- expected and unexpected throughout Southern California.
TO CREATE AN EXHIBITION PROGRAM displaying the visionary
legacy of world puppetry at the Conservatory and traveling
CREATE A WORKING RESTORATION PROGRAM
in order to catalogue and preserve the Alan G. Cook's International
Museum of Puppetry collection in the United States as well
as the work of other fine puppet artists.
CREATE AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
that informs, delights and directly involves both children
and adults in puppetry arts. Partnering with the Armory
Center for the Arts as well as developing our own programs, IPM will inspire creativity through the building and use
CREATE A LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES
where the history of puppetry may be studied and the future
of puppetry may be planned.
CREATE A NEWS CENTER
where activities about puppeteers and puppet related events
can be collected, distributed and exchanged, including a
newsletter and a web page.