Cattywampus Puppet Council utilizes community-based theatre, parades, and participatory workshops to build power and creativity in community and fuel justice and liberation in the Southeast. Cattywampus is a registered non-profit in the state of Tennessee and fiscally sponsored by Community Shares.
Cattywampus Puppet Council has been bringing interactive parades, theater, play, and giant puppet magic to communities across East Tennessee and the South for the last 5 years, utilizing the arts as a vehicle for helping our community to tell its stories, build relationships with one another and raise power and joy as a community. Much of Cattywampus’s work centers youth and their leadership, particularly through its Youth Intern Squad. This group of 10-14 year-olds of color help to plan and organize the Appalachian Puppet Pageant, Cattywampus’s annual giant puppet community arts parade now in its 4th year.
Cattywampus also works directly with schools and after-school programs, offering multi-session artistic residencies in giant puppet making, community-based theater, and storytelling. In addition to its youth programming, Cattywampus also creates original theater pieces – from small shows at public libraries to full length collaborative pieces with local artists including Good Guy Collective, a Knoxville hip hop collective.
Cattywampus is primarily volunteer-run and recently lost its studio space due to rising rent. Right now, we really need our community’s support! f you also appreciate the magic of giant puppets and parades, the value of youth-arts programming, the importance of theater and play to raising joy and power in our communities, please consider donating today and/or monthly via PayPal!
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