"Forever Home" News

 

After 8 locations in 20+ years, our major need is a "forever home."  The lease on our location in Delray Beach expired at the end of January, 2015.

 

With a forever home, we can continue to use the art of puppetry to enchant the people of south Florida. With a permanent home, we will no longer need to worry about whether our lease will be continued or if we'll have to go back into storage. Relocations are hard on the puppets (as well as the business) and the puppets do not want to go into storage again!

 

You can check our founder's blog for the latest news.

 

Additional info below:

 

 

Current Status

We are currently operating out of small office space in Lake Worth while we continue our quest for a permanent location.  We have a few leads, but of course the big issue is always money.  Your tax-deductible donations are always helpful.

 

You can keep up with us on social media.

 

 

Facility and Property Options

(You can also get a downloadable/printable version of the below info.)

 

 

  • SQUARE FOOTAGE Options:

    • Basic:   theater, lobby, office (absolute minimum) 3,000 sq.ft.  -  plus off site storage
    • Basic plus:   museum, gift shop, library, work area, some storage -5,000 sq.ft.
    • Ideal:  adding  workshop & production spaces, rehearsal space, etc. -10,000 sq.ft. or more.

  • Types of POSSIBLE BUILDINGS:

    • Warehouse, church, barn, any freestanding building, large house, or ... Use your imagination...
    • Vacant lot is OK--Steel building close-outs are very reasonable but a paid-for lot would be required.
    • Keep in mind the Center has done build-outs by gutting & rebuilding, electrical, sewer lines, bathrooms, etc.

  • LOCATION:

    Any place in Palm Beach County.
    • ANY reasonably safe location. 
    • Walk-by traffic is nice but not required--the Center is a destination facility.
    • Industrial area, western area--directions can get people anyplace.

  • DESIRABLE ADDITIONS:

    • Good condition (NOT required)
    • Reasonable access
    • Parking

  • COST:

    As reasonable as possible.
      

 

Our PAST EXPERIENCES

In the first 15 years, in the first 6 locations the Center presented 200 performances a year with an attendance of 15,000 to 19,000 each year from 5 counties-  in defunct malls, bowling lane party rooms, and flea markets.

 

 

 

 

Paper Cranes Project

 

We kicked off our quest for a forever home with the "1000 Paper Cranes Project." 

 

Japanese legend says that folding 1000 origami cranes will bring good luck and make a wish come true.  Our wish, of course, is for a forever home. 

 

The official kickoff of the Project was May 11, 2013, at a special show at the Center featuring Japanese performer and friend of the Center Kuniko Yamamoto.  We began folding cranes as time allowed, and inviting visitors to the Center to support the Project with a donation and/or by folding a crane.   On September 5, 2014, we had folded, counted, and strung 1000 cranes!

 

Now we hope the magic works...