Minnesota State Arts Board

arts learning projects

2018:

  • Backus Community Center, International Falls, MN
    • Backus Community Center will partner with award winning artists of Z Puppets Rosenschnoz for a five day Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness camp culminating in a public performance featuring Backus youth.
  • New York Mills Cultural Center, NY Mills, MN
    • The New York Mills Cultural Center will collaborate with Z Puppets to conduct workshops focusing on movement and music for elementary school students that will culminate in a public performance incorporating the students as actors.

2017:

  • City of Maplewood

    • The City of Maplewood will work with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz to continue building Kid City, a Parks program for youth ages nine to thirteen, to learn theater skills that will spark cross-cultural connections and positively impact their city.

  • Historic Paramount Theatre

    • Austin Area Commission for the Arts will present Z Puppets' STEAM of Puppetry workshops and performances at three community sites to increase access to arts programming for Mower County youth.

  • Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School

    • Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School will expand Z Puppets' Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness K-2 and special education residency to include teacher integration coaching.

2016:

  • Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School
    • Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School will expand Z Puppets’ Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness program by integrating Mayo Clinic science curriculum and adding special education residencies.
  • Epic Enterprises
    • Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will expand a partnership with Epic Enterprise to lead adults with special needs in eight arts and mindfulness workshops and four public performances of the puppet, rock, and yoga adventure, Monkey Mind Pirates.
  • Midwest Special Services
    • Midwest Special Services participants will explore the world of puppetry with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz. The program will conclude with three live multimedia puppet shows.
  • The Autism Society of Minnesota
    • Autism Society of Minnesota will partner with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz to expand sensory-friendly arts and mindfulness programming to the Twin Cities’ eastern suburbs, with outreach to previously underserved families.
  • City of Maplewood/Kid City
    • The City of Maplewood will work with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz to launch Kid City, creative task forces of ten- to twelve-year-olds that will learn how to use clowning, puppetry, and improvisation to bring diverse cultural communities together.

2015:

  • Stillwater Library & Valley Friendship Club
    • Puppetry artist Chris Griffith and collaborator Shari Aronson will collaborate with Stillwater Public Library and Valley Friendship Club for Z Puppets science, technology, engineering and math performances and workshops.
  • Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School
    • Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School in Saint Paul and Z Puppets will expand successful arts and mindfulness residencies, family workshops, and professional development to add after-school and summer programs.
  • The Autism Society of Minnesota
    • The Autism Society of Minnesota will collaborate with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz to bring Monkey Mind Pirates arts and mindfulness programs to youth and families living with autism in Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester.

2014:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation/Penny George Institute for Health & Healing
    • The Institute for Health and Healing will work with Z Puppets to provide multidisciplinary arts and mindfulness residencies for two groups: children of patients with serious illness and families living with autism.
  • Duluth Children's Museum
    • Puppeteers Shari Aronson and Chris Griffith will partner with Duluth Children's Museum to present a series of free puppetry workshops and performances, using the arts to engage families in science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Epic Enterprise Inc
    • In partnership with Northern Clay Center, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, and independent visual artist Lori Brink, Epic Enterprise will provide arts learning and arts appreciation opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School
    • Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School will bring Monkey Mind Pirates, Z Puppets' arts and mindfulness initiative integrating puppetry, music, and yoga, to K-4 students, teachers, and parents in spring/fall 2014.

2013:

  • Epic Enterprise Inc
    • In partnership with Kairos Dance Theatre, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, and visual artist Lori Brink, Epic Enterprise will provide arts learning and arts appreciation opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • Moreland Arts & Health Sciences Magnet School
    • Moreland Magnet School will bring in Monkey Mind Pirates by Z Puppets; arts and mindfulness residencies, workshops, and performances that integrate puppetry, music, and yoga for K-4 students, teachers, and parents, in spring 2013 and fall 2014.

arts tour projects

2017:

  • Cellula Tour 
    • Z Puppets Rosenschnoz will tour Cellula, a glow in the dark, sensory­ friendly performance of mitosis and outreach to engage family audiences in the STEAM of Puppetry at 6 Greater MN venues.

2015:

2013: 

  • Northern MN Tour
    • Puppeteer Aronson and collaborators will tour Z Puppets Monkey Mind Pirates performances and workshops to sixteen northern Minnesota sites in summer 2013, integrating puppetry, music, and yoga to give families creative tools for finding calm.

2011:

  • St Paul Libraries, Reif Center, Stillwater Public Library

2010:

  • Southern MN Children's Museum, Duluth Children's Museum

Partners in arts Participation projects

2012:

  • Mankato YMCA
    • Mankato Family YMCA will present Z Puppets Rosenschnoz's Monkey Mind Pirates workshops and performances, giving children in our Brother/Sister program arts experiences focused on stress reduction.
  • American Indian Family Center
    • American Indian Family Center will produce a series of workshops and performances with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz to give students and their families an arts experience focused on mindfulness-based stress reduction.
  • Down Syndrome Association of MN
  • Our Neighborhood Works

arts initiative projects

2015:

  • Shari Aronson
    • To expand Cellula, a glow in the dark performance of mitosis into a full-length show about cell science through structured experimentation with collaborators, advisors and neighborhood youth.

2011:

  • Chris Griffith
    • To create and tour The Gnip Gnopera, a blacklight opera of ping pong balls.

2009:

  • Shari Aronson
    • To develop the tools to get her existing repertoire of family-friendly puppetry shows out to new audiences across Minnesota by working with a videographer to professionalize her video documentation and for a business coach.

2007:

  • Chris Griffith
    • To create an original children’s puppet show titled “The Puggles: Platypus Investigators” (PPI), and subsequently tour the production across Minnesota. The project will support his transition from artistic director of Galumph Interactive Theater to an independent artist.