Popup ArtSpace: Museum Puppet Throwdown!, June 27 in Providence
We’re primed to be co-hosting a puppetmaking/social media storytelling event at AS220, the gallery/bar/nonprofit art center in Providence. We’ll have puppets participating from three of Providence’s major museums: Providence Children’s Museum, RISD Museum, and Roger Williams Park Zoo, and will be drawing in staff and friends from the greater Providence/Boston museum community.
The event is part of our Popup ArtSpace experiment, looking to expand museums’ reach to public venues outside the museum (restaurants, pubs, festivals…). It follows the immense puppetmaking fun we had in the exhibit hall at AAM in Baltimore a couple weeks ago, drawing on artist Amy Walsh’s puppet activities. You can check out a few of the spontaneous puppetshows created at AAM.
In Providence we’ll be making puppets based on themes and characters in Providence museums, sharing them via social media, and just having a good time with museum friends. Scheduled to appear: Nori the Dragon, Man of Fashion, Giant Anteater, Victorian Juggler, and more.
AS220 is the perfect venue for this experiment. The hub of maker culture in Providence, AS220 is a unique combination of community art center, lab space, and workshop. It’s also a great gallery/performance space with attached bar and restaurant. All the ingredients for a milestone mashup of museums, puppets, dining and drinking.
If you’re in the Providence/Boston area, check it out, June 27, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, then hanging out after. No charge for puppetmaking, food and drinks on your own tab. AS220, 115 Empire Street, is about a 10 minute walk from the commuter rail station. (click on flyer below)