Cultivating Connections hosts artist-in-residence, Mary Plaster from Minnesota, with The Artistry of Street Puppets, Public Theater and 21st Century Activism.

Mary's puppets and icons have appeared at a wide variety of events across the country, including the Festival of Faiths here in Louisville.

Street Puppets have played an important role in the world of activism and social expression for hundreds of years and the still make an impact today.

These larger-than-life sized icons and symbols speak to the issues and speak for the people in their special way.

The week long seminar, May 22nd through the 29th, allows people to experience the power of puppetry in activism.

During Mary's visit, folks have the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experiences.

During these sessions she will be sharing nearly three decades of theatrical artistry, craft and technique as she creates a series of iconic puppets.

Opening Talk and Welcoming Reception: Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 pm Free and open to the public.

Hands On Work Day: Thursday, May 23, 1:00 - 8:00 pm

Weekend Experiential Workshop: Friday, May 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Saturday, May 25, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm Sunday May 26, 1:00 - 6:00 pm

Hands On Work Days: Monday May 27, 1:00 - 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 28, 10:00- 6:00 Wednesday, May 29, 1:00 - 8:00 pm

Location 1741: A Collaboratory for Social Innovation

1741 Frankfort Ave Louisville KY 40206 (at the corner of William St.)

CLICK HERE to register.