In April 2017 community members gathered together to discuss the possibility of starting a Salem Puppet Parade. We felt a need to build community through engaging art-making and performance. Larger-than-life puppets promote art awareness, cultural and civic pride, and provide a platform for artisans to tell their diverse stories through art. This is the place where the wacky and weird gather to celebrate our quirks and unique stories.
We worked out a mission:
A community puppet parade that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate local ecology and rich culture of the valley through visual and performing arts.