“Blueberry’s Clubhouse” – from the Arkansas Arts Center, state’s premier theatre for young audiences – shows students the connections between science, engineering, and the arts! This week on “Arkansas AMI,” Blueberry the puppet and friends design and construct shadow puppets with supplies found in their own homes and encourages the students of Arkansas to join them in the challenge. Now, we’re here to share even more!
Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre’s Great Puppet Challenge
Artists are creative problem-solvers. Creative problem-solvers are people who make connections between seemingly unconnected subjects, and artists do this every day! Whether it’s a visual artist who’s using watercolor to paint the intricacies of a human cell or set designers completing complicated math problems to design within a theatre’s budget and space limitations, artists regularly bridge the subjects of math, science, and engineering with literature, art, theatre, dance and music.
”The Great Puppet Challenge” is a K-5th grade STEAM curriculum that facilitates students through a process of making these connections for themselves. In the curriculum, each grade is given a different kind of puppet to “engineer” based on the science or math standards for their level. Through “The Great Puppet Challenge,” students will exercise the creative problem-solving skills artists practice as daily habits.
Go deeper with The Great Puppet Challenge! Check out this curriculum guide to help you make your own shadow puppets.
About the Arkansas Arts Center
The Arkansas Arts Center is Arkansas’s leading visual and performing arts institution, with a world-renowned, 14,000-object collection of international art. The Arts Center also features the award-winning Children’s Theatre and popular Museum School and offers a robust schedule of special exhibitions, performances, art classes, educational and public programs, and events.
The Arkansas Arts Center’s downtown Little Rock building is currently undergoing a transformational renovation with a reimagined arts experience scheduled to open in 2022. Building on the Arts Center’s legacy, the new space will be a creative, educational and civic beacon for future generations.
"The Great Puppet Challenge" Partners
The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre was happy to produce “Blueberry’s Clubhouse & The Great Puppet Challenge” in partnership with the following organizations:
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The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre is presented by Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield; sponsored by The Shubert Foundation; Dr. Loren Bartole, ‘Family Foot Care’; Centennial Bank; Cindy and Greg Feltus; Diane Suitt Gilleland; Target; U.S. Bank Foundation; Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund; and Bank of America. Children’s Theatre on Tour at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is sponsored by The Johnny Heflin Memorial Endowment Fund for Children.
Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre is supported in part by: Arkansas Arts Center Foundation; City of Little Rock; City of North Little Rock; Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau; and the Arkansas Arts Council, a division of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts.