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Posted: Sept. 23, 2012 at 2:51 p.m.
DETROIT - PuppetART Theater's corporate next-door neighbor, Quicken Loans, has given the nonprofit theater $10,000 to support free field trips for nine schools. Each field trip includes a performance, a tour of the puppet museum and a puppet-making workshop.
"We are so grateful for Quicken Loans' support," says Igor Gozman, PuppetART's founder and artistic director. "Many teachers and educators have expressed interest in our programs, but lack of funding repeatedly gets in the way. I believe in my heart that the solution to our society's education problems is access to art."
To qualify for a Quicken Loans sponsored field trip, teachers and educators may visit PuppetART's website and download an application.
In addition, PuppetART is an eligible organization for schools to receive funding for field-trip transporation from Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. Please visit Michigan Youth Arts website to apply for a transportation grant.
Quicken Loans' generous donation marks the second year the corporation has given PuppetART support for programming.
For more information about PuppetART's sponsored field trips, please call the box office at 313-961-7777. Box office hours are noon - 3 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday. Find PuppetART on the web at www.puppetart.org.
PuppetART is located at 25 E. Grand River in Detroit.
Regular performances are Saturdays at 2 p.m., and one monthly Thursday performance at 10 a.m. Please find a calendar of performances at www.puppetart.org. Ticket prices are $5 for children and $10 for adults. Puppet-making workshops follow each performance, the cost is $8.
PuppetART is celebrating 15 years in Detroit this season. The theater was formed by a trio of Russian puppeteers, all theater professionals, in 1995. They began as a touring company and performed throughout Michigan and in other parts of the U.S. In 1998, the troupe established its own theater in downtown Detroit. PuppetART is the only professional resident puppet theater in Southeast Michigan offering year-round weekly performances in conjunction with hands-on puppet making workshops and museum tours.