The Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, in conjunction with UConn's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, will offer a free two-day community puppet workshop to design and build short toy theater shows about army ants and their associated species (their "guests").
This workshop and the Army Ants and their Guests exhibit are part of AntU, a UConn endeavor designed to involve a variety of academic disciplines to engage a broad audience in the wonders of the complex biological systems of army ants and their hundreds of associated "guests". The idea was borne out of an award from the National Science Foundation to UConn's Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, in partnership with the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History to preserve and curate the Carl W. and Marian E. Rettenmeyer Army Ant Guest Collection. This world-class collection of over two million army ants and their guests is the result of 50 years of careful, detailed fieldwork in Central and South America by the Rettenmeyers.
No experience is necessary to participate in this free community workshop, and all ages are invited. Participants must attend both days of the workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A lunch break will be included; participants should provide their own lunch.
The toy theaters will be exhibited in the Army Ants and their Guests exhibition opening at the Ballard Institute on 10/17 at 6:30 p.m. Some toy theater productions may be performed as part of the opening events.
Registration is required and limited to 30 people. Minors must be accompanied by an adult.