Occupy the Holidays: The Occupy Wall Street Arts & Culture Working Group along with the OWS Puppet Guild are bringing a giant puppet & performance spectacle to the streets of New York City. Occupy the Holidays will showcase many different performance groups (masked performers, dancers, puppeteers, stilt walkers, musicians...) in a travelling piece of street theater as we tell the tale of Mayor Michael Bloomscrooge and his quest to find the best (and moste expensive!) gift this Holiday season.
The OWS puppet guild has had an overwhelming amount of support for our unique artistic contribution to the movement. As has been show for hundreds of years, puppets are a very special and potent tool in the battle for a new consciousness. They help us educate ourselves and others, and they help us celebrate what we've accomplished so far. They will help us tell our story and continue to grow this movement and re-inspire our faling democracy.
To make Occupy the Holidays happen, the OWS puppet guild needs to pay for it’s studio! We need $1000 to help pay for the studio that has housed the OWS Puppet Guild for the last 3 months.
This is our most pressing need. There are also construction costs for some of the larger puppets. We are trying to build things as cheaply as possible, but there are still some costs that we will have to pay for materials and transportation. Any money raised beyond the $1000 will go towards these costs.
If you can't make a monetary pledge, please repost/retweet/share this link widely! By the way, we have a twitter account: Power2thepuppet that you can follow if you want to stay connected to real time events at Occupy Wall Street.
Here’s a video of some action that the Puppet Guild was involved with at Occupy the Bronx last Saturday. At the end of the action, Lady Liberty’s broomstick-control rods were confiscated by the police as possible weapons!
And here are some links to press & pictures from Occupy Halloween:
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