On September 2, Varsity Tutors will host
its first free Center for Puppetry Arts virtual puppet class, “Adventures in
Puppetry,” as part of its Creativity Club. With the launch of this interactive class,
the Center for Puppetry Arts joins a unique group of content providers under
the Varsity Tutors Virtual School Day offering.
Since launching Virtual
School Day in March 2020, Varsity Tutors has provided K-12 families with
millions of hours of live, online classes. The Creativity Club enables students
to participate in large and small group classes across a variety of enrichment
Its partnership with the
Center for Puppetry Arts will allow Varsity Tutors to enhance its virtual
enrichment offerings for its youngest customers. Class participants will learn
about different puppetry styles, create a puppet of their own, and have the
chance to watch a short puppet show from the comfort of their homes. While
Adventures in Puppetry is best for students in grades K-3, all ages are welcome
In addition to the free
offering in September and a second on October 14, families will have the option
to upgrade their experience in puppetry through paid small group offerings.
“We are excited to start
this partnership with Varsity Tutors during a time when parents require virtual
school experiences of the highest quality,” said Center for Puppetry Arts
Executive Director Beth Schiavo. “With
many school systems reducing their budgets for arts enriched curriculum
opportunities, Center for Puppetry Arts with Varsity Tutors can bridge this gap
for students, providing creative expression and entertainment for young
students across the country.”
“Two extremely valuable
components of the educational process—components that have been restricted
somewhat in the era of distance learning—are hands-on projects and
inspirational field trips,” said Varsity Tutors’ Chief Academic Officer Brian
Galvin. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Center for Puppetry Arts to deliver
engaging classes that strike exactly those necessary notes this back-to-school
For over 20
years, the Center for Puppetry Arts Digital Learning Department has provided
interactive puppetry workshops and puppet shows from its digital studios at the
Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia. As a pioneer in the field of distance
learning, the Center’s Digital Learning team has honed its skills and refined
its ability to develop and deliver purpose-built, curriculum-based educational
programing, programming that has been presented in all 50 states and more than
the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration honored the Center for
Puppetry Arts Digital Learning team with its prestigious Hall of Fame Award.
Only content providers who have consistently presented award-winning
programming for at least 10 years are eligible for this honor.
Puppetry Arts was founded in 1978 by Vince Anthony, award-winning puppeteer and
arts leader, with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by Jim Henson and Kermit the
Each year, the Center welcomes over 160,000 visitors.
The Center’s programming includes full-scale puppetry theatrical productions,
Create-A-Puppet Workshops where children can extend their theater experience by building a theme-based puppet
of their own, and the World of Puppetry
Museum with galleries that showcase the largest collection of Jim Henson
puppets in the world, as well as one of the largest collections of
international puppets in the U.S.
To register for
Adventures in Puppetry, visit Varsity
Varsity Tutors is a
Live Learning Platform that seamlessly connects experts and learners in more
than 2,500 subjects. Our mission as a company is simple—we help people learn.
Since 2007, we’ve invested in online learning technology, built
new-to-the-world capabilities, and assembled some of the most talented
educators across the U.S. to help deliver on that mission for hundreds of
thousands of students. Amidst the potential for a prolonged amount of time out
of the classroom due to COVID-19, our mission has become more important than ever.
As a company we feel it is critical that these resources be readily and freely
available at this time of great need.
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. Center for Puppetry
Arts is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization and is supported in part by
contributions from corporations, foundations, government agencies, and
individuals. Major funding is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners
and the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. These programs are
also supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the
appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA is a partner agency of the
National Endowment for the Arts. The Center is a member of Theatre for Young
Audiences (TYA/USA/ASSITEJ).The Center also serves as headquarters of
UNIMA-USA, the American branch of Union Internationale de la Marionnette, the
international puppetry organization.