Founded by Vince Anthony in 1978, the Center for Puppetry Arts is the largest nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to the art of puppetry. Today, it occupies the former Spring Street School in Midtown Atlanta, which has been expanded to a 64,000 square-foot facility on a three-acre campus. The Center delights audiences of all ages with sophisticated, fully-staged puppetry performances; intrigues visitors with museum exhibitions that put puppetry into cultural and historical contexts; and engages students and teachers through its arts-infused educational programming. The award-winning Performance, Museum, and Education Programs overlap and support each other to provide a total experience that is educational, entertaining, and inspiring to visitors young and old. All programs for school-age children are designed to support Georgia Performance Standards, and the Center goes to great lengths to ensure that its quality educational programming is accessible to everyone. Among the Center’s many honors, Jim Henson’s family has selected the Center as the destination for their definitive collection honoring his legacy.
“The grant we received from the Sara Giles Moore Foundation supported the Center’s overall mission, allowing our staff to focus more fully on developing outstanding artistic and educational programs. It was particularly helpful in managing our cash flow, allowing us greater flexibility during slower periods and helping us to address urgent needs when they arose. In addition, this grant moved us significantly closer to our financial goal and gave us significant leverage in seeking unrestricted support from other funders.”