The Kids on the Block, a program of WhyArts, will perform virtually in conjunction with the Omaha Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Thursday, July 16, at 10:30am. Melody James, Mark Reilly and Ellen Jane Peterson will be live to chat with participants and answer questions.
The Kids on the Block (KOB) puppets, created in 1977 in direct response to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, serve to enlighten all children about disability awareness, medical/educational differences and social concerns. By extensively researching and developing relevant and timely topics, WhyArts uses the program to address a wide range of issues that affect today’s children.
The “hand and rod” puppets are modeled after the Japanese style of puppetry called ‘Bunraku.’ This style of puppetry is extremely effective in creating an atmosphere where children feel comfortable asking questions about the topic.
“Being different is a universal condition,” said WhyArts Program Director Stephanie Anderson, who also gives life and voice to Melody James. “The aim of the Kids on the Block is not merely to heighten understanding and awareness, but also help everyone accept differences in others and in themselves.”
If you use Facebook, you can follow Mark and Ellen Jane online (Ellen Jane wants to become a social media influencer, so she’d love it if you’d like her page and share her posts):
Click here to register for the July 16 session.