File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 2

Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 05:06:33 -0500
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bail out/puppets unite

Hi Nancy I actually handed the editing over to MaryRK who is an
awesome writer so I think we're all set. And you are roight about
writing structure.  I spent too much time in english class making flip
animations on the edges of my text book.

Thank you Nancy

On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 7:43 PM,  <> wrote:
> OMG, Hobey! I was working on the piece and just deleted the whole thing! Could you send me another copy of the latest?
> =A0 =A0Being an English teacher as well as a puppeteer, I had several suggestions: 1) think of the piece in separate paragraphs. You would see it immediately if you had to outline the whole thing. One paragraph is "what we teach children." Others are: how we teach children; famous puppet characters; how we impact society; our history; the world today.
> =A02) You, like so many others, have com-itis; too many commas.
> =A03) Use more semicolons to connect similar ideas. Nancy
> Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Hobey Ford <>
> Date: Sat, 28 Mar 2009 19:53:19
> To: <>
> Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Bailout/puppets unite
> All of your thoughts are appreciated. =A0It does get a little cliche-ish
> and I am going to look at all of it with everyone notes and repost the
> letter tomorrow. =A0It is meant to be sort of a lark and not entirely
> serious while at the same time making =A0more of a statement of
> misplaced priorities in our country. This isn't an organizing campaign
> for funding or advocation for puppetry. Consider it a collective work
> of art, an evidently very organic one. =A0I appreciate your ideas.
> Thanks
> Hobey
> On Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 7:20 PM, The Puppetry Arts Theatre
> <> wrote:
>> First of all its a cute idea and I wish you all the best. For those of you
>> who are non profits you may want to approach your city council members and
>> local arts organizations as they will soon receive NEA funding to support
>> visual and performing arts programs in their communities.I reviewed many of
>> the websites from your organizations and I noticed how most of them are very
>> localized and host to a target audience that your city officials would
>> appreciate.
>> I also noted how many web sites are a bit too busy, fluffy, and not clean,
>> clear and to the point. We recently received a grant to (very soon) overhaul
>> our website to make it as such- which leads me to my intentions of this
>> email.....
>> No matter how much you love puppetry or how significant it is in your life,
>> you wont get anywhere or anything if you don't present your self clean-cut,
>> to the point, and professional. Adding things like "and fuzzy friends" is
>> tacky and not something that allows an individual to take you seriously. Its
>> just as bad as placing your own photo big time on your puppet webpage- its
>> tacky. No brothers and sisters- this isnt the million man march or abc
>> Sunday nite- instead us our partners, alumni, or fellow
>> artists/performers/puppeteers..
>> Basically you're asking for support. You're not gonna get a "puppet bail
>> out" but there are opportunities to ask for funding as "a visual or
>> performing artist" and having this kind of note or demonstration on line
>> could be a perfect reference in your grant efforts.
>> Within the NEA there are no "puppet" spots (unfortunately) There are however
>> visual arts, theatre, and the like. You need to define yourself in a way
>> that they can appreciate it. Its like writing a grant. I think you guys may
>> be doing this more for fun and exposure rather then actually expecting
>> funding from it (though that would be amazing) so again it could be a
>> perfect reference.
>> Writing your letter........
>> Open the sentence with the specific goal- for example: Dear Sir, on behalf
>> of the many multidiscipline artists within the puppetry community we are
>> asking for.....etc etc.
>> Never start off with a negative or make it too personal for them (ie:
>> probably hasn't come to your attention etc)
>> Never us clichés (child in every american, bringers of wonder and magic)
>> Wonder and magic cannot be measured by a funding offices. Besides the fact
>> again- it is tacky. I don't like being referred to as a bringer of wonder
>> and least in my puppetry that is..
>> Define what we do not in colorful words but in clear, clean, professional
>> script.
>> Don't talk about other professional puppeteers, characters or history as if
>> your target audience is stupid. You spent too much time spilling out
>> unnecessary background info and not getting to or making any point. You're a
>> puppeteer- we get it, what do you want and how can it IMPACT your
>> community?? That's what they are looking for.
>> For example...
>> "As visual and performing artists we provide/supplement creative
>> opportunities for blah blah blah using the multidiscipline art of puppetry.
>> This includes arts in education programs where youth blah blah blah and
>> various sized puppet theatre inducing blah blah blah and often incorporating
>> blah blah blah.
>> Support for our efforts to provide blah blah blah programs through puppetry
>> within our communities has had significant loss due to the failing economy.
>> Together, the community of puppeteers would like to...blah blah etc etc etc
>> Now Im using the structure of our own puppetry based organization. AND I may
>> be taking it more seriously then you guys were (if so my bad) so I wont go
>> into much more detail but I hope my info was helpful.
>> I've enjoyed your bail out emails and wish you guys luck... I wish us all
>> luck....
>> ------------
>> Dear Mr. President,
>>> I write on behalf of America's Puppeteers. Our
>> business sector
>>> probably hasn't come to your attention in the recent
>> economic
>>> downturn, but we are a vital part of every child=B9s life in
>> America,
>>> not to mention the child in every American. =A0We are bringers of
>> wonder
>>> and magic. =A0We teach America's children to love literature, to
>> read,
>>> to know when to cross the street, to respect one another and
>> otherwise
>>> make their lives brighter. =A0Sasha and Melea know us well.
>> Perhaps you
>>> remember our puppets from your own youth. =A0You may have met
>> our
>>> brothers and sisters in Indonesia when you lived there as a child.
>> While American's pinch their pennies and AIG executive=B9s take there
>> millions of our tax dollars, we are the affordable entertainment in
>>> the
>> American community. We are the free programs at your public
>>> library. =A0We
>> are the assembly programs at every school in America. =A0We
>>> are the ones
>> teaching to the multiple intelligences through the arts
>>> where other means
>> fail. =A0We are in classrooms teaching the 21st
>>> century skill of creative
>> thinking and play. =A0We are the preservers of
>>> America's veteran puppets,
>> who taught, entertained, and uplifted your
>>> parents and grand parents and
>> your grand parent's parents. =A0We have
>>> our own United Nations of puppeteers
>> but when we get together there is
>>> only laughter and tears of Joy. =A0We
>> teach tolerance, we tell the story
>>> of Harriet Tubman, and the folktales of
>> the Native American, we help
>>> children express themselves when their own
>> words won't come. =A0We made
>>> ET come to life, we live on Sesame Street, we
>> brought Lion King to
>>> life and saved Broadway, We are the animating soul of
>> Howdy Doody,
>>> Kookla Fran and Ollie and Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, We
>> are the
>>> balloon characters at the Macy's Day Parade. =A0We are the stars of
>> the
>>> opening of Olympic ceremonies, we foster children into the words of
>> Shakespeare, and we speak truth to power in the streets on Mayday and
>> helped America wake up to the horror of the Vietnam War. =A0 We let the
>>> Moms
>> and Dads laugh when they feel like crying. =A0 We are at bedsides
>>> in
>> children's cancer wards providing sometimes the last laugh of a
>>> dying
>> child. =A0We are among the oldest traditions on earth. =A0Our
>>> ancestors rode
>> the Silk Road with Marco Polo, entertained the royalty
>>> of the old world,
>> allowed the oppressed to laugh at their oppressors.
>>> We lived in
>> concentration camps and made our puppets from rags to
>>> feign some joy for
>> the children. =A0We are beloved around the world when
>>> our government is
>> hated. =A0We bring joy! =A0We are American made!
>>> But many of us our
>> watching our bookings slip away. =A0Some are
>>> scrambling to make ends meet.
>> Puppet collections older than your
>>> grandparents are in need of a good
>> home. =A0So we are writing you for
>>> our own bailout. =A0We are vital to
>> America's future. =A0 We voted for you
>>> accept for one or two but they are
>> our family and we love them all the
>>> same. =A0While it looks likes the dogs
>> who helped bring this country to
>>> its knees have been bonused more than
>> many of us will earn in a
>>> lifetime, I think we need a little
>> consideration. =A0A measly billion
>>> would probably do the trick. We realize
>> that you might laugh when you
>>> read this but we'll just consider that a
>> freebie. =A0In the mean time,
>>> we'll take what we can get. =A0Its not a give
>> away, we earned it and
>>> deserve it, in fact I truly doubt that the nation
>> will be any fun at
>>> all if we go down. So come on buck up. =A0You know you
>> want to. =A0You can
>>> come visit our little family this summer at our National
>> Puppetry
>>> Festival in Atlanta. =A0We will treat you right and you may need a
>> good
>>> laugh by then as well.
>>> Yours Truly,
>>> The Family of American
>> Puppeteers and our fuzzy friends
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