Naia Venturi on the Dreamland Theater’s Shadow Arts Grant

Naia Venturi of Ypsilanti’s Dreamland Theater, the recipient of this year’s Shadow Arts Grant, talks to me about the incredibly cool puppet show they’ll be developing with the funds. For those unwilling to watch the video, the $750 they’ve received will be spent creating an ambitious traveling puppet show on the history of Ypsilanti that can be taken into local schools… Thanks to everyone who contributed upon entry to this summer’s Shadow Art Fair. It’s because of those contributions that we can fund worthwhile projects like this.

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  1. tommy
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 10:57 am | Permalink

    Congrats to Dreamland; well deserving. Just wondering if a puppet is needed to portray the infamous water tower? Lover’s Lane might be a good place to start – ready for use I hear!

  2. Red Eyed Tree Frog
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    You should set it up so that people can donate to the Shadow Grant fund online. I missed this year’s SAF, but I’d like to have a way to support it.

  3. Linda
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    great interview.

  4. Linda
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I would donate to dreamland. We love dreamland.

  5. Mark H.
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Very cool — to present local history by puppetry!

  6. Coney Stilson
    Posted July 21, 2009 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    Dreamland already has a water tower replica. I’ve seen it. It looks like a photo of the water tower. With a light inside it.

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