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Disability Friendly Puppet Making Workshop – Session 1

November 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


As part of the W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability exhibition, the Artists Archives will host a puppet making workshop led by exhibiting artist Nate Puppets with facilitation by Clinical Social Worker Chris Richards-Pagel, BFA, MSW, APSW. These small group events are designed for people experiencing disabilities, including people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to build positive self-image using the joyful power of creative expression!


During the free, two-hour sessions, participants will be encouraged to create an “identity puppet” which represents an aspect of themselves using an easy-to-follow template and an exciting array of props and materials. After their puppets are complete, Nate Puppets will provide expert instruction to animate their creations, giving them voice and agency. When the workshop is finished, attendees will leave with a fully developed puppet to take home and continue the fun! Guests under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.


Two identical sessions of the workshop will be offered to keep numbers low and sensory friendly.

Saturday, November 5, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday, November 6, 1:00 – 3:00pm

To attend the free workshop, please select your date and register on Eventbrite.


Need special accommodations? Email programs@artistsarchives.org or call 216-721-9020 for assistance. We’re happy to help!


About Nate Puppets (he/him, they/them): Nate has been fascinated by puppets his entire life. He grew up in the 90’s, when there were numerous puppet shows on television, which he would sit and stare at in fascination. At the age of eleven, Nate suffered from a hip dislocation, the complications from which would lead to his permanent disability and reliance on a wheelchair. Following the injury, young Nate became a ventriloquist and developed “an obsession with puppetry”. Nate considers his work “weird to say the least,” but “loves being out there.” Nate has exhibited his pieces in multiple shows along the east coast, including The Living Objects: African American Puppetry Exhibition at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, CT, as well as at many locations in Ohio including the Artists Archives and Waterloo Arts in Cleveland. In addition to being part of the Artists Archives’ W/O Limits: Art, Chronic Illness, & Disability exhibition, Puppets’ new show Behave is currently playing as part of the CADRE 2022 Showcase at Maelstrom Collaborative Arts.


November 5, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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