File puptcrit/puptcrit.0904, message 7


Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2009 06:14:26 -0600
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Its Finished!


A gorgeous, heartfelt job of writing, Hobey, and a beautiful job of 
editing, Mary!  Thank you!
Monica


On Apr 1, 2009, at 4:16 AM, Hobey Ford wrote:

> Mary Robinette Kowal kindly edited the letter and it is ready to go.
> It is yours now.
>
> An open letter to our President, and all Americans
>
>
> Our business sector probably hasn't come to your attention in the
> recent economic downturn, but we are a vital part of life in America.
> We bring wonder and magic, teach children to read, teach adults to
> think and play to the child in all of us.
>
>
> We are American puppeteers.
>
>
> Sasha and Malia know us.  Perhaps you met our brothers and sisters as
> a child in Indonesia. While Americans pinch their pennies and AIG
> executives take their bonuses, we are the affordable entertainment in
> the American community.
>
>
> We are the free programs at your public library. We are teaching
> through the arts where other means fail. We teach tolerance through
> the story of Harriet Tubman or the folktales of the Native American.
>
>
> Puppetry spans the ages, teaching the 21st century skill of creative
> thinking with one of the oldest traditions on earth.
>
>
> Our ancestors rode the Silk Road with Marco Polo, entertained the
> royalty of the old world and allowed the oppressed to laugh at their
> oppressors. We lived in concentration camps and made our puppets from
> rags. We speak truth to power in the streets on Mayday and demonstrate
> the horror of war.
>
>
> We live on Sesame Street and Broadway and in children's cancer wards.
> We are the animating soul of Howdy Doody, Kookla Fran and Ollie, E.T.
> and Kermit the Frog. We are the balloon characters at the Macy's
> Thanksgiving Day Parade. We are the stars of the Olympic opening
> ceremonies.
>
> So when someone asks you why you're funding the arts, point to us.
> This is our job.
>
>
> We are American puppeteers.
>
>
> Visit the broad world of American puppetry this summer at our National
> Puppetry Festival in Atlanta. from July 14-19 2009.  Let us help you
> teach America to re-imagine itself.
>
>
> Yours Truly,
> The Family of American Puppeteers
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