Current Partnerships

Z Puppets partners in collaboration with many different types of organizations, from schools to nonprofits to cities to small and mid-sized businesses. Our belief is that strong projects come to life when two or more partners work together. Take a look at some of our current partnerships below for exciting examples:

Public Art & Place Making:

Arts & Mindfulness:

Arts for All Abilities:

STEM of Puppetry:

Welcome to Kid City!

KID CITY, a project of Maplewood Parks and Recreation with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, is now in it's second year thanks to funding from the MN State Arts Board, Bigelow Foundation and St Paul Foundation!  Here's to the power of playfulness!!!


2nd Annual KID CITY LAUGH IN

Saturday, April 1st, 4-5:30pm

Maplewood Community Center-YMCA

Prepare your joke for the JOKE SWAP

Throughout the month of March, the Maplewood City Council and Police Department will be competing to see how many jokes they can collect. On April Fool's Day, at the Laugh in, they will each be picking their top three jokes before challenging the audience to make the ultimate decision: WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST JOKE IN MAPLEWOOD?!

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Here's highlights of KID CITY in action, Fall 2016:

BRAINSTORM THEATRE

Fairview Alternative High School students are collaboratively concocting creative solutions to real-life challenges in their school, neighborhood, city and world through improv.

LAUGH LABS

Families at Tubman Center are getting the giggles, designing and building their Happy Places and collecting laughs for the next Maplewood Laughter Museums.
Stay tuned to see where KID CITY will pop up next!
•April 1 Laugh In: Celebrate Maplewood's Day of Laughter with the Joke Swap Challenge, performances and lots of laughs at the Maplewood Community Center.

•Summer Maplewood Parks & Recreation WOW Events:
Jump into creative mayhem and fun surprises with KID CITY artists.

BEHOLD! THE POWER OF PLAYFULNESS.

  

Stay up to date with everything Kid City has planned via facebook, twitter, and our hashtag #KidCityMN. 

Kid City Artists lead a Laugh Lab at Carver Elementary School. April 2016.

Have questions or an idea for Kid City?

Contact Outreach Coordinator Gaosong Heu at gaosong@zpuppets.org

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 Funny Face Gallery!

The Funny Face Gallery is an ongoing collection of pictures taken at Kid City events all over Maplewood!

Do you see yourself?

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School

West St. Paul, MN

In Fall of 2015, Z Puppets begins our fourth year of partnering with Moreland Arts & Health Sciences to embed our innovative arts & mindfulness program, Monkey Mind Pirates, into the school community. 

Funded by a grant from the MN State Arts Board's Arts Learning Program and the Arts & Cultural Heritage Legacy Amendment, Moreland is able to bring Z Puppets into all Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classrooms, 3rd and 4th grade after school and summer programs, Special Education classrooms, Professional Development for educators, parent and family workshops, and community events.

Watch the Mini-Documentary about Monkey Mind Pirates curriculum at Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School.

Kindergarten & Special Education:

Z Puppets artists teach students the fundamental building blocks of theater, mindfulness, and yoga through the characters and songs of Monkey Mind Pirates. Skills covered include impulse control, spatial awareness, emotional self awareness and regulation, basic health standards, and theater standards.

How many different monkeys do you see in this video? Thanks to the 2014 1st graders at Moreland Arts & Health Science Magnet School for helping us find even more Monkey Mind Pirates.

Students from Ms. Maczko and Ms. Link-Valenstein's 2015-2016 classes collaborated on this original song and puppet video.

Students from Ms. Hauge and Ms. Stoeffel's 2015 and 2016 classes collaborated on this original song and puppet video.

Students from Ms. DeLaForest and Ms. Weum's 2015-2016 classes collaborated on an original song and puppet video.

Students from Ms. Schlemmer and Ms. Niemczyk's 2015-2016 classes collaborated on this original song and puppet video.

1st Grade:

1st Graders made Shadow Puppets in 2015 to describe the monkeys that keep them from calm.

Students in the Fall semester learn to create shadow puppet monkeys to represent the things that keep them from finding calm. They also take regular Adventures to Calm where they practice basic yoga poses and guided meditations. In the Spring, students create shadow puppet videos to bring to life songs written by 2nd graders. 

Ansel's Song

Lady Bronte's Song

Winston's Song

The Ferret's Song

Second grade:

Students create ibooks describing the Monkeys that keep them and their classrooms from Calm, and explore ways to tame these monkeys, using yoga and mindfulness techniques they practice in each Z Puppets session. They also write and professionally record their own songs describing the Monkeys they uncover.

Listen to some of their songs below:

2nd Graders recording the songs they wrote at McNalley Smith College of Music. (2015)

2nd Graders learning about the equipment at McNalley Smith College of Music. (2015)

 

third & fourth grade:

Students have the opportunity to participate in after-school and summer programs to explore deeper the worlds of music, visual art, mindfulness and yoga.

Summer Program for 3rd & 4th graders in 2015.

After School Program for 3rd & 4th graders in 2015.

parents and families:

Moreland families participate in evening workshops in puppetry and music, and then perform alongside Z Puppets artists in public performances. 

Join the Quest for Calm with the Monkey Mind Pirates and turn your "Arghs" in "Oms" all the way into October.

Community events:

Join Z Puppets and Moreland at the following events in the community:

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.



Midwest Special Services

Twin Cities Metro Area, MN

MSS participants will explore the world of puppetry with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz. Participants will make puppets, learn to manipulate them, create their own puppet show, and then perform live in front of their peers, friends, family, and community.

Participants will gain skills and knowledge in a new art medium, as well as skills relating to personal growth (e.g. effective communication, teamwork, following direction, thinking creatively, and persistence).

MSS serves individuals with both physical and cognitive disabilities, and we will use adaptive tools and techniques to fully engage art learners of every ability level in this project. Arts learners from each of MSS’ 6 centers will participate. The centers will pair up to create three multimedia performances. Once the project in complete, all three performances will be available online for future enjoyment.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Epic Enterprises

Dundas, MN

Epic is a non-profit that has been serving adults with disabilities for 38 years. Epic’s clients are 18 years old and older and experience a wide range of challenges including developmental, physical, emotional, sensory and learning disabilities, as well as traumatic brain injuries. Many have multiple diagnoses including Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Epic offers job skills training, placement, employment coaching and transportation to and from minimum or lower paying jobs.

Z Puppets is partnering again with Epic to reconnect with our original group of arts learners from 2014 and deepen their experience with MMP. Our project builds on the puppetry, singing and mindfulness skills they learned during our previous residency by providing them opportunities to further develop their roles as Sailors in workshops, guest-starring as the Chorus in public performances at Dakota County and Faribault libraries. Participants will learn the skills and discipline necessary to sustain multiple shows. Epic performers will receive a stipend equal to or more than the pay of their daily jobs. As participants discover new skills and hone their artistic discipline, they will also deepen their mindfulness practice, sharpening their creative tools for coping with stress and improving self-esteem.

Z Puppets will also present free arts and mindfulness outreach workshops for youth and adults of all abilities at the four libraries. The workshops will feature Epic Sailors modeling MMP’s calming techniques. Combined with the performances, this project will increase the number of Minnesotans witnessing the artistic triumph of Epic clients, raising the awareness of the capabilities of people with special needs. Epic Sailors will demonstrate that people with “disabilities” are full of artistic possibilities.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

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The Autism Society of MN

St. Paul, MN

 

In 2014, AuSM teamed with Z Puppets to adapt workshops and performances for families living with ASD. In 2015 we expanded the reach of MMP, with programs in Duluth, Rochester and the Twin Cities. Youth (ages 7 and up) and their accompanying adults create puppets, learn songs and practice “playful mindfulness” (basic meditation and yoga framed in the sea adventure). The group then performs with Z Puppets as the Sailor Chorus in sensory-friendly productions of the play. In evaluations, participants report significant, long-lasting positive impacts on their families’ ability to cope with stress. Parents of children with ASD describe MMP's mix of fun metaphors and calming techniques as "joyful," "liberating" and "uplifting."

Registration 2016 Monkey Mind Pirates Workshop is now open!

Visit the AuSM website for  registration!

Cost Per Session
Due to a generous grant from the State Arts Board, this class is FREE for participating families. Registration is required.

Location of Monkey Mind Pirates
Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Ave., Maplewood, MN 55109

Monkey Mind Pirates (youth with autism, siblings ages 7+, parents, caregivers)
Based on the award-winning show, Monkey Mind Pirates, this FREE workshop centered around arts and mindfulness is specifically designed for families living with autism. Z Puppets artists will lead participants in basic yoga and mindfulness techniques, singing, and puppetry. Each family will receive a Monkey Mind Pirates CD, workbook and yoga mat to keep.

At the end of the session, families will guest star in a special public performance of Monkey Mind Pirates in the theater at Maplewood Community Center.

Five Consecutive Days, Monday-Friday 
August 22-26, 2016 

Session 1: 10-11:30 a.m.
Session 2: 1-2:30 p.m.

Orientation at Maplewood Community Center
Aug. 7, 2016 (time to be announced)

Performance at Maplewood Community Center
Saturday, Aug. 27 (time to be announced)

You can also download a PDF of the Before You Go Guide.

In 2016, we seek to continue our collaboration by expanding programs to families in the Eastern Twin Cities suburbs, particularly those with greater needs for services due to economic barriers. With Z Puppets’ multicultural artist team and community partners, we will strive to reach the growing low-income and immigrant populations in this area. Target communities all have strong traditions around stories; based on feedback from teaching artists, we expect the MMP metaphors to be particularly effective.

Click here to download the Evaluation Findings from Blue Scarf Consulting

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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