Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring St NW
Atlanta GA  30309

Phone: (404) 873-3391

Center for Puppetry Arts

The Center for Puppetry Arts opened to the public on September 23, 1978, when Kermit the Frog and his creator Jim Henson cut the ceremonial ribbon. The first puppetry center in the United States, today it is the largest American organization solely dedicated to the art of puppet theater.

The Center's story begins when a young puppeteer from Florida, Vincent Anthony, began touring with Nicolo Marionettes under the tutelage of Nicholas Coppola based out of New York. By 1966, he was ready for a smaller community where he could be an active partner and make a difference. He pursued the vision of a center that would promote puppetry and become a vital part of the community. He decided to call Atlanta home and created Vagabond Marionettes with Mitchell Edmonds.
The Vagabond Marionettes traveled around the Southeast and presented several seasons at Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center. In 1978, Anthony found a permanent home in the former Spring Street Elementary School and the Center was born. That first season, the Center mounted an exhibition of puppets, presented shows for adults and families, and hosted community-based workshops and activities that continue to this day.

Since its inception, the Center has worked to serve the diverse populations of Atlanta, the state of Georgia, and the country at large. The Center reaches the community through its focus on core programming: performance, Museum and education.

Throughout the years, the Center has been a leading voice in the field, and has hosted numerous conferences and festivals. In addition, the Center has been recognized both nationally and internationally as an organization for excellence. The Ford Foundation recently selected the Center as one of only 28 national organizations to be recognized for success in management and innovative programs. The prestigious Kresge Foundation awarded the Center three different grants to support its capital campaigns. The Center was also the only theater group chosen by the 1996 Olympics to participate in all four years of its arts festival program, garnering recognition from Newsweek as "one of the most exciting companies in American theater."

www.puppet.org

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.

The Center for Puppetry Arts' mission is to touch lives through the art of puppetry.

OUR VALUES
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, expa

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Founded: 1978
Parking: Parking Lot

Categories: Art Museum, Museum, Non-Profit Organization, School, Theatre

Hours

Tue: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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Events

Puppetry and Stop Motion

Puppetry and Stop Motion
08:00 pm - 02/09/2019

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Compiled by Patrick Ellis 1890s–1920s / 70 Minutes / Silent Film, Animation Ages 10 & Up A compilation of early stop-motion animation classics from the masters...

Ashes

Ashes
08:00 pm - 03/01/2019

At Center for Puppetry Arts

By Plexus Polaire of France/Norway Multiple mysterious house fires are rattling a small Norwegian community. As homes are burnt to cinders, neighbors wonder who...

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie
08:00 pm - 03/09/2019

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Directed by Jim Mallon 1996 / 74 Minutes / Comedy, Sci-fi Rated PG-13 Join Mike and his robot pals, Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo, as they mercilessly mock This...

Fraggle Rock and The Song of the Cloud Forest

Fraggle Rock and The Song of the Cloud Forest
05:00 pm - 04/13/2019

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Directed by Jim Henson 1983 / 60 Minutes / Family Ages 4 & Up Celebrate Earth Day early with an environmentally-themed episode of Fraggle Rock and Jim Henson’s...

Xperimental Puppetry Theater

Xperimental Puppetry Theater
08:00 pm - 05/16/2019

At Center for Puppetry Arts

By Various Artists What happens when artists of all disciplines join forces to create bold, original puppetry works for adult audiences? XPT! From traditional forms...

Past Events

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
01:00 pm - 01/12/2019

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Directed by Joe Johnston 1989 / 86 Minutes / Comedy, Adventure, Family Rated PG An inventor accidentally shrinks his and his neighbor’s kids, who then must fight...

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppet Christmas Carol
07:00 pm - 12/08/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Directed by Brian Henson 1992 / 85 Minutes / Family, Musical Rated G The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s...

The Ghastly Dreadfuls

The Ghastly Dreadfuls
08:00 pm - 10/10/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

By Jon Ludwig & Jason Hines They’re back! Some shows just can’t stay dead! Your favorite band of specters has returned and is ready to celebrate Halloween with...

This Frog: A Kermit Kompilation from Sam and Friends to Stardom

This Frog: A Kermit Kompilation from Sam and Friends to Stardom
07:00 pm - 09/29/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Compiled by Craig Shemin Varied Years / 80 Minutes / Educational, Comedy Ages 10 & Up This screening celebrates Kermit the Frog’s 60+ years on the scene with...

2018 National Puppet Slam

2018 National Puppet Slam
08:00 pm - 08/31/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

By Various Artists For one weekend only, experience the beauty, ingenuity, and hilarity of original short-form puppetry by talented artists from across the United...

Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings
05:00 pm - 07/21/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Directed by Travis Knight 2016 / 101 Minutes / Fantasy, Action, Adventure Rated PG A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his late father...

Click, Clack, Moo—A Sensory-Friendly Performance

Click, Clack, Moo—A Sensory-Friendly Performance
12:00 pm - 06/24/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Cows that type? Chickens on strike?? Farmer Brown can’t believe his ears! Join the barnyard fun in this adaptation of the award-winning children’s book. 12-1pm:...

Paper Cut

Paper Cut
08:00 pm - 06/21/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

By Yael Rasooly of Tel Aviv, Israel A lonely secretary remains in the office after hours. Alone in her little corner, she escapes into a glamorous world of fantasy...

The Muppets

The Muppets
05:00 pm - 06/16/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Directed by James Bobin 2011 / 109 Minutes / Comedy, Family Rated PG The world’s biggest Muppet fan, with some help from his two human compatriots, must reunite...

Fizz and Foam: Brunch and Puppets at the Center!

Fizz and Foam: Brunch and Puppets at the Center!
12:30 pm - 05/27/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Ages 21+ Like wine and painting classes? Then check out Fizz and Foam at the Center for Puppetry Arts! We'll have mimosas on special (along with other refreshments...

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland
11:00 am - 05/26/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Two screenings! 11 am and 1 pm. Reservations open soon. Directed by Gary Halvorson 1999 / 73 Minutes / Comedy, Family Rated G A tug-of-war between Elmo and his...

Touring Puppeteers: Sharing the Stage

Touring Puppeteers: Sharing the Stage
07:00 pm - 05/21/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Presented by Lee Bryan (That Puppet Guy) with Nancy Riggs (Piccadilly Puppets), David Stephens (All Hands Productions) and Peter Hart (Atlanta Puppet). May 21,...

Xperimental Puppetry Theater

Xperimental Puppetry Theater
08:00 pm - 05/10/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Every year, dozens of artists come together in Xperimental Puppetry Theater (XPT), a program that offers professional and emerging artists the opportunity to explore...

Rescheduled: Strings, Rods, Hands and Heels: Women in Puppetry

Rescheduled: Strings, Rods, Hands and Heels: Women in Puppetry
05:00 pm - 04/29/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from the storm cancellation on March 19. We hope you can join us! Presented by Kayla Wirtz, Public Historian, Museum Specialist,...

Commedia dell’Arte: From Clay to Play!

Commedia dell’Arte: From Clay to Play!
06:30 pm - 04/16/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Three Sessions! April 16, 2018 (6:30pm-9:30pm Monday) April 23, 2018 (6:30pm-9:30pm Monday) April 30, 2018 (6:30pm-9:30pm Monday) DESCRIPTION: Over the course of...

Cat in the Hat Sunday Funday

Cat in the Hat Sunday Funday
12:00 pm - 04/15/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Celebrate Sunday Funday with Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat! We'll have face painting, balloon animals and other activities with our pals Bean&Bear, and celebratory...

I Am Big Bird

I Am Big Bird
07:00 pm - 04/14/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Directed by Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker 2014 / 90 Minutes / Documentary Ages 18 & Up This loving portrait peels away the layers of Big Bird and as the yellow...

The Cat in the Hat—A Sensory-Friendly Performance

The Cat in the Hat—A Sensory-Friendly Performance
12:00 pm - 04/08/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

“It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how!” says the Cat in the tall red and white hat. All of your favorite moments from the classic Dr. Seuss tale come...

Toddler Tuesday: Museum in Motion

Toddler Tuesday: Museum in Motion
09:30 am - 04/03/2018

At Center for Puppetry Arts

Theme of the Day: Spring, Nature & Colors Join us for a toddler takeover the first Tuesday of every month! Museum activities include gallery games, storytelling,...

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