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Review for Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches Inc, Delray Beach, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am an elementary school librarian who discovered the Center in the spring of 2009. I was initially interested in attending some introductory puppetry workshops, but I found so much more at the Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches! The directors, Jan & Bill Timmis, have 20+ years of passion and experience. They've amassed an impressive archive of puppet theatre history and a collection of puppetry memorabilia in the museum. FASCINATING! The store offers a variety of puppets, and patrons do not leave without receiving some hands-on instruction. The piece de resistance is the theatre which seats 140 people. They offer professional performances for the price of a Starbuck's coffee. AMAZING!!! Unfortunately, The Puppetry Arts Center is Palm Beach County's best known secret, and it desperately needs funding -- SAVE THE PUPPETS!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my professional development as an elementary school librarian.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

enhance the Board of Directors with community business leaders (which is happening).

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know everyone associated with the Center.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

collegial, passionate and supportive!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy a building, increase staffing, advertise and live happily ever after!

Ways to make it better...

The Center had not been forced to move so soon after settling in.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding reliable funding and a permanent home.

One thing I'd also say is that...

"Puppets are people too!"

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I have worked in the store, the museum and the theatre as well as assisting the Executive Director with office duties.