Atlanta's WSB-TV Channel 2 Action News got a special tour of the soaring new space at the Center for Puppetry Arts Tuesday. The Grand Opening is on Saturday, November 14th, 2015.
Exhibitions Director Kelsey Fritz says the expansion is tailored to highlight the best of puppeteer Jim Henson. Henson died in 1990.
The exterior will be Kermit green and visitors can even see Henson’s original desk.
“We’re also going to have an animation table here so you can see some of his early animation work,” said Fritz.
Visitors will see “Sesame Street” favourites Bert and Ernie, Elmo and Big Bird. In fact, the only Big Bird puppet on display in the world will be in Atlanta.
“Everything we have is from the timeline when Jim was alive,”
Great museums are characterized by their ability to continually educate, inspire and evolve,” said Vincent Anthony, the center’s founding executive director. “Our team has been preparing for this day for many years, and we are thankful for the generous contributions from the Jim Henson family, our benevolent donors, generous Members and the support of our community. This is a true turning point for the Center for Puppetry Arts, and we welcome visitors to come discover the magic and wonder that lie behind these doors.”
Patrons will enjoy the newly expanded 7,500-square-foot museum space, as well as a renovated entryway, expanded museum store, new research library and other updates to the center.
Grand opening festivities will include well-known walk-around Henson characters, photo opportunities and other engaging activities to make the day a festival-like celebration. In conjunction with the grand opening events, the center’s annual holiday classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer returns to the stage.
Ticket options include museum-only tickets, as well as the all-inclusive ticket that includes the performance, create-a-puppet workshop and entry to the new museum. All tickets will include the additional celebratory activities happening that day.
The center will soon announce exciting details on an exclusive opportunity for the general public to support the Believe in Make Believe campaign. Information will be available online at www.puppet.org/BelieveInMakeBelieve. To date, this transformative campaign to expand and renovate the center has raised more than $14 million.
Information and tickets: (404) 873-3391 or www.puppet.org