Puppets, Clowning and Giant Puzzle Projects

Here are images of puppets created for March 8th International Women’s Day March. Local women participated in a series of workshops wherein they shared their dreams, built the puppet structures, and wrote their collective hopes on the wings of the bird. During the march the bird flew behind a banner that read “To dream alone is just a dream but to dream together makes reality.” At the end of the march 500 women filled an auditorium for lunch and a brief presentation. Leaders from various villages climbed onto the stage to declare their interpretation of women’s basic rights with the use of an additional face puppet created in the same early series of workshops. With the eyes, the leaders declared “I have a right to be seen as a subject and not an object.” The ears, “I have a right to be heard.” The nose, “I have a right to breathe in an environment of peace” The lips, “I have a right to free expression.” The room erupted in loud applause.

The following slides show a gigantic puzzle made out of cardboard.
Children “painted the pieces” with glue and brightly colored rice during a public story hour in their town square. If you look closely at the assembled puzzle you can see an image of a family with a small baby surrounded by members of their community with the message “Unity in Love”. Children and adults alike participated in the playful process of both painting and putting together the oversized puzzle, and rejoiced in hearing its hopeful message.

 

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