Mad Hatter’s Wearable Art Workshop

Program Description: We are pleased to announce our Mad Hatter’s Wearable Art workshop during spring break for tweens and teens (8-17 years old) in collaboration with Processional Arts Workshop (PAW).

Participants will learn how to create giant masks, head-pieces, and puppets for an art parade in Hudson, NY. Drawing inspiration from worldwide Carnivale and masquerade traditions, this class explores how to design and construct large, lightweight wearable art for parades, theatre, and performance. NYC Halloween Parade designers Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles emphasize a process of visual storytelling, introducing a range of low-tech, high-impact techniques to transform Hudson’s stories into performance art. The final creations will take to the streets for the city’s 1st Annual Mad Hatter’s Parade on May 11, celebrating Hudson’s industrial past and emerging future as a city of makers.

Date/Time: Monday-Thursday, April 22-25 from 10-3pm

Target Audience: Tweens and Teens (8-17 years old)

Registration: Required. Lunch and material provided. This program will take place at Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front St., Transportation to/from the library is available. Email youth@hudsonarealibrary.org or call 518-828-1792

Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles are co-directors of Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) a non-profit that works with communities to create site-specific processions, parades and immersive performances. PAW’s performances involve local volunteers in every stage of production, integrating pageant puppetry, mobile architecture, shadow and projection, and mask and costume, to reflect on distinctively local themes, issues, and narratives. Their work has appeared in locales worldwide, as well as at New York’s Socrates Sculpture Park, the High Line, Trinidad Carnival, the PEN World Voices Festival, Miami’s Vizcaya Museum, the NY Architectural League’s Beaux Arts Ball, and Rhinebeck’s Sinterklaas Parade. Since 1998 PAW has created large-scale puppet performances to lead New York’s renowned Halloween Parade for a live audience of over one million spectators. In 2016 Alex and Sophia had the honor of staging a performance at the White House for the Obamas’ Halloween celebration. PAW’s work has been recognized with numerous awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship to Trinidad, a CEC Artslink Grant to Ukraine, and a Witt Fellowship at University of Michigan. Kahn and Michahelles have lectured on Carnivalesque performance art at Columbia University, The New School, Bard College, Maine College of Art, and University of the West Indies.

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