Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta reopening in July

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Guide to the Center for Puppetry Arts The Center for Puppetry Arts has shared the magic of puppetry with Atlanta families since 1978. During its first season, the Center offered a puppet exhibition, shows and workshops for the community. The center's the Worlds of Puppetry Museum honors the legacy of Jim Henson, who created the classic puppet Kermit the Frog. The Jim Henson Collection is an interactive exhibition that walks visitors through the iconic locations from Henson's life and shows off his most f

After closing their doors back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Center for Puppetry Arts recently announced that it would be reopening its doors on July 10, according to a post on their Facebook page.

The organization took to Facebook to celebrate the 34th anniversary of the film Labyrinth while reiterating their plans to reopen. "Here's #SirDidymus in honor of #Labyrinth's 34th anniversary," read the Facebook post. "Come visit our Labyrinth & other #Henson puppets in-person when we reopen July 10!"

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On June 15, the Center for Puppetry Arts officially announced plans for reopening.

"While theaters and workshops remain closed, the Center for Puppetry Arts is delighted to announce the re-opening of its Worlds of Puppetry Museum galleries on July 10, welcoming visitors back to The Jim Henson Collection Gallery and the Global Collection Gallery," read a press release on the organization's website. "The facility is being equipped to meet the highest standards for public safety as outlined by the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health. New ticketing and cleaning procedures are being carried out to ensure that guests can safely visit the Center."

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Since the pandemic began, the arts center has been offering a wide variety of digital programming, including more than 90 unique puppet shows. The announcement made clear that live puppet performances, in-person workshops and the Museum Store will remain closed due to health and safety concerns, but the Center will continue to present a variety of online programs in addition to opening the Museum. The center plans to kickoff its digital summer season with a live online puppet show of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”