Day 4: Adding Up The Puppet Pieces

Sherry and Youth Paper Mache Tree Puppetby Kevin Ray

At the end of our third day making pieces that will be assembled into puppets for our final performance, teaching artist Heather Nielsen counted all of the paper mâché components that we have amassed with our youth participants. In total our 80 young people have used recycled cardboard, used paper bags, and cornstarch paper mâché paste to build 120 puppet pieces. The following is Heather's tally:

  • Laughing Gull Puppet Pieces
    Beaver Head Piece 19
  • Beaver Tails 10
  • Laughing Gull Puppet Bodies 10
  • Laughing Gull Puppet Wings 20
  • Laughing Gull Puppet Tails 12
  • Fish Puppet Bodies 5
  • House Puppets 7
  • High Rise Puppets 3
  • Tree Puppets 4
  • Tree Tops 4
  • Tree Leaves 2
  • Dollar Signs 5
  • Coins 5
  • Hamburgers 5
  • Wind Turbine Blades 4
  • Airplane Body 1
  • Airplane Wings 1
  • Frames 3

Now that we have our pieces we move on to the next step tomorrow: painting!

Support Newtown Creek Celebration

My collaborators, Sherry Teitelbaum, Heather Nielsen and I dreamed up a way to use puppetry, pageantry and parade elements to engage young people with an environmental problem right in their backyard: polluted Newtown Creek.

Did you know that 17 to 30 million gallons of oil have been spilled into Newton Creek?

Currently, the creek is being cleaned up. But when the cleanup is complete, who do you think will be of voting age to demand public green space? Today’s young people! In a fun and creative way, our arts project will begin to plant the seeds of agency in today’s youth.

But we can’t do the project without your support.
Visit the campaign and make a contribution today by clicking on widget below!

And guess what? We have lots of perks for everyone who contributes! Visit the campaign page to see perks ranging from posters, to photos of the event, even a puppet from the show!

If you can’t contribute to the campaign, there’s other ways you can help make this project happen
  • Visit the campaign and click the share tools right under the video. You can “like” the campaign and send it to Facebook or “tweet” it to send it to your followers.
  • Forward this email to folks you know who might be interested in supporting youth development, environmental, or arts projects
  • Join us at the final event on August 23rd at 3:30 pm in McGolrick Park, Brooklyn. It’s free and open to the public!
Thank you for taking time to read about our project and for visiting our campaign’s website! I look forward to your support and hope to see you in McGolrick park on August 23rd! Send me an email and let me know if you'll be there!

All the Best,