Celebrating diversity through puppet-making

Charley from the NYC Family Justice Center in Brooklyn shared a few photos from an anti-bullying project along with these kind words:

I can’t begin to tell you how exciting it was to visit Materials For The Arts on February 6, and have the opportunity to explore, as well as take back some amazing “goodies”  to the NYC Family Justice Center in Brooklyn (BKFJC); these items were immediately put to good use. The BKFJC, an initiative of the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence, has launched its 2012 anti-bullying campaign in which the children engage in an array of creative activities that are designed to teach tolerance and respect. Two activities in which we used the “goodies” from Materials for the Arts included a puppet display entitled “I’m Happy to Be Me Kids Club” and a “Diversity Quilt”. The children we serve (ages 3 – approximately 15) are witnesses of domestic violence, and creative activities serve as wonderful way for them to feel safe in expressing their feelings, as well as their hopes and dreams for the future.

It’s great that the items from our donors go to such a variety of organizations doing wonderful work. The puppets show a lot of creativity, as well as wonderful diversity – it looks like the children were truly able to express themselves and understand the project. “Happy to Be Me” is a great message and MFTA is proud to support it.

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