Hobey Ford is a puppeteer known for excellence in puppetry performance and craft. But what made his June visit to Siler City Elementary even more notable was the way he incorporated puppets and digital animation to teach literacy and science concepts, resulting in a compelling story of animal migration. The students watched with amazement as the story came to life before their eyes.
This artist in residency marked the ninth and final elementary visit in the 2017-2018 school year for the Chatham Arts Council’s Artists-in-Schools initiative. The Siler City Elementary students were most excited to hear how Ford made the puppets and animation film, and Ford was excited that his beloved craft was a way to fully engage students in the rich curriculum.
We look forward to seeing more amazing Artists-in-School programs next school year, when all 10 Chatham County Schools elementaries will be participating in the program. Until then, happy summer!
To help CAC grow the Artists-in-Schools initiative and reach our goal of having professional artists in every single elementary school in Chatham County in the 2018-2019 school year, click here.