Friday, July 22, 2016

Center for Puppetry Arts to host Jim Henson 80th Birthday Celebration!

Special activities to honor life of iconic puppeteer and visionary artist
A momentous occasion to celebrate Jim Henson’s 80th birthdayCenter for Puppetry Arts will host a birthday bash on Saturday, September 2411 a.m. -5 p.m.!
Festivities will include a special guided tour of the Jim Henson Collection, Henson-focused story time, puppet building, Henson gallery carts with an informal Q&A with Center conservators, and will culminate with special film screenings of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller and Farscape at 8 p.m.
All activities will take place in and around the Jim Henson Collection in the newly expanded Worlds of Puppetry Museum at the Center, which also includes a Global Collection.
Festivities are as follows:
  • 11 a.m. Special Guided Tour of the Jim Henson Collection
  • 12:30 & 2:30 p.m. Henson-Focused Story Time
  • 1-4 p.m. Fantastical Friends Puppet Building in the Center’s Atrium
  • 2-5 p.m. Henson Gallery Carts and an informal Q&A with the Center’s Jim Henson puppet conservators
  • 8 p.m. Screening of The Storyteller and Farscape
With the exception of the special guided tour and the film screenings, all activities are FREE with Museum admission.
Continuing its Henson-related programming on Monday, September 26, the Center will host a special Explore Puppetry Series workshop, Costuming: Puppets, Muppets & Mascots, with Bonnie Erickson of the Jim Henson Legacy, Harrison/Erickson, Inc. and Acme Mascots. Erickson was part of the original design team for The Muppet Show and is credited as the designer and builder ofMiss Piggy, now a part of the Center’s Jim Henson Collection. The workshop, for ages 18 and up, is from 7-9:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members. Industry and student discounts are available with current student ID.
A Jim Henson 80th Birthday Celebration
September 24 & 26, 2016
Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street, NW at 18th
Atlanta, GA 30309
For ticket information, visit or call 404-873-3391

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