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Free Community Puppet-Building Workshops for Celebrate Mansfield

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until September 19, 2021


The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry will once again offer fall community puppet-building workshops to design and build life-size and over-life-size puppets to be performed at the Celebrate Mansfield Festival in Downtown Storrs. These free workshops will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at the Ballard Institute, located at 1 Royce Circle in Downtown Storrs. Workshops will be socially distanced and follow Town of Mansfield and UConn safety guidelines. Workshop participants will be invited to perform in the community Beetles, Bittersweet, and Butterflies Species Change Pageant at the 18th annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m.

In collaboration with Joshua’s Trust, the theme for this year’s Ballard Institute community pageant for the Celebrate Mansfield Festival is CLIMATE CHANGE – it’s not just about us humans! Climate change is affecting many plant and animal species – including here in Connecticut. Working together, workshop participants will create over-life-sized masks and puppets representing insects, trees, birds, and other species that are being affected by the changing climate in Connecticut, and think about how we can help counteract this change as a community. These puppets and masks will then be part of the Beetles, Bittersweet, and Butterflies Species Change Pageant, to be performed in Betsy Paterson Square at the Celebrate Mansfield Festival on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m.

No experience is necessary to participate in these free community puppet-building workshops. Space is limited, so participants must register in advance. To comply with UConn safety guidelines, masks are required for all attendees and staff ages two and up at all times. Participants can come for one or both days, but must register for the 10 a.m. to 1p.m. or/and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. time slot(s). Minors must be accompanied by an adult. To register for the workshop, visit bimp.ticketleap.com/cm-workshops/. If you require accommodation to participate, contact the Ballard Institute at bimp@uconn.edu or 860-486-8580. 

This community puppet project is sponsored by the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at the University of Connecticut, Joshua’s Trust, and the Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. For more information about the 18th Annual Celebrate Mansfield Festival, visit downtownstorrsfestival.org.


Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
1 Royce Circle
Mansfield, CT United States
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