Our Mission & History

So Much More Than Marionettes

The Center for Puppetry Arts is a unique cultural treasure — a magical place where children and adults are educated, enlightened and entertained. Since 1978, the Center has introduced millions of visitors to the wonder and art of puppetry and has touched the lives of many through enchanting performances, curriculum-based workshops, and the hands-on Museum, as well as Digital Learning and Outreach Programs.

Our Mission & Vision

Our Mission

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ mission is to inspire imagination, education and community through the global art of puppetry.

Our Vision

To be the premier puppetry center in the world through our performances, museum and educational programming.

Our Values

We believe in inspiring every generation.
We believe in providing awesome artistic experiences.
We believe in unlocking imagination.
We believe in the people behind the puppets.


In 1978, Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson joined Vince Anthony in cutting the ribbon on the Center for Puppetry Arts. Now, more than 40 years later, we produce 600+ performances a year, we offer 50+ types of educational programs, our Worlds of Puppetry Museum is home to more than 5000 puppets and artifacts, and we have a digital platform that presents programming in all 50 states and 9 countries – and we’re just getting started!

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