AthFest Educates Grantee Brings Shadow Puppetry to Pinewoods

By Jessica Smith

Flagpole Magazine, May 27, 2015

In less than a month, the streets and venues of downtown will swarm with musicians and club crawlers during AthFest, the beloved music and arts festival that contributes not only fun in the sun, but some serious funding for AthFest Educates. The nonprofit, which has awarded nearly $200,000 in grants since 2009, supports the advancement of music and arts education through programs organized by local schools, community organizations and government agencies. 

This past winter, AthFest Educates announced its current wave of recipients, awarding a total of $15,000 in grants towards equipment and cultural programming... An interesting project brings the ancient art of shadow puppetry to the Pinewoods Library—also known as Biblioteca y Centro Educativo de la Communidad de Pinewoods—which is located within a mobile home park predominantly populated by residents of Hispanic heritage. After a three-day workshop, children of the Pinewoods community gave a public performance, in which their handmade, cut-out characters were illuminated from behind a translucent screen. 

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