Co-ordinating an Intergenerational Puppetry Project
Connecting Generations & Building Community
Bringing together multiple generations to create, learn and have fun together is the best way to build relationships and community. Shelley will share with you, the process she has created from developing, coordinating, and facilitating many multi-generational puppetry projects.
Shelley King loves sock puppets! Well okay - she loves all puppets, but sock puppets are her favourite. Why? Mostly because they’re so darn cute, fun to make with other people, and portable to carry around. Yes; Shelley always has a sock puppet in her purse or pocket.
Shelley has been using puppets in her life and work for the past 4 decades; as a parent, educator, social worker, caregiver, entertainer, and expressive arts practitioner. Her experience in working with children, people with developmental disabilities, survivors of abuse, community groups, and elderly seniors has affirmed many times over, the incredible benefits of using puppets not only as a source of entertainment and play; but as a tool for building relationships, augmenting communication, problem-solving, storytelling, educating, self-expression, entertaining, and simply having fun & playing. In fact, this tool is so powerful and effective, Shelley has made it her life’s mission to share the processes, strategies, and creativity of using puppets with as many people as possible to help support them in the work they do with others. As Shelley is always saying, “Puppets are just too great a tool, for people not to be using them!”