Ballard Institute of Museum and Puppetry

Jim Henson Foundation showcases importance of funding puppetry at Ballard Institute event

Jim Henson Foundation showcases importance of funding puppetry at Ballard Institute event

The Puppet Forum Series at the Ballard Institute had its first event of the Spring 2018 semester, highlighting the work and patronage of the Jim Henson Foundation.

Nurturing New Work for Puppet Theater: the Jim Henson Foundation was co-hosted by Foundation President Cheryl Henson, Foundation Manager and UConn puppetry alum Lindsey Briggs, Leslee Asch and Richard Termine.

Cheryl Henson, daughter of famous puppeteer Jim Henson, began the event by providing a brief history of the Jim Henson Foundation.

Building Community with Puppets with Sara Peattie

Building Community with Puppets with Sara Peattie

This wasn’t Peattie’s first involvement with the Ballard, however. Earlier this month, she hosted a two-day free puppet-building workshop for the Celebrate Mansfield Parade in downtown Storrs. Last night, she completed her Storrs “trifecta” with a discussion at the Ballard.

Cantastoria style integral part of BIMP's Banner and Cranks Mini Festival

Cantastoria style integral part of BIMP's Banner and Cranks Mini Festival

Everybody has a valuable story that seems impossible to share. Recently, a group of teenage unwed women found a way to solve this problem and properly express their struggle with other young people. They did this through cantastoria, which is the Italian word to describe picture story recitation.
 

Ballard to host Banners and Cranks Mini Festival

Ballard to host Banners and Cranks Mini Festival

The focus of the Ballard’s Banners and Cranks exhibit has been on the two-dimensional medium of material performances. Performers will use a painted banner with images depicted on it to act as a visual aid for a narrative or a side-scrolling banner known as a ‘crankie’ with accompanying narration.

BIMP sets stories in motion with ‘Banners and Cranks’ exhibit

BIMP sets stories in motion with ‘Banners and Cranks’ exhibit

The focus of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry’s new exhibit “Banners and Cranks,” which was opened to the public Thursday night. Curated by puppeteer Clare Dolan, the evening the featured various forms and performances of banner art and “crankie” style moving pictures used to tell stories for centuries.