On December 28 & 29, SteppingStone visited the Saint Paul Public Libraries Arlington Hills and Rice Street branches to lead two mask-making workshops for students ages 6-12 as part of the library’s winter Maker Break program.
During this 2-hour workshop, young artists were encouraged to imagine a creature living deep in a winter forest and design their creatures using a mask base and art materials. They brought their creatures to life using their voices, bodies, and imaginations in guided creative drama explorations.
SteppingStone is regularly invited to join the Saint Paul Public Libraries in their Winter, Spring, and Summer Maker Break series where we offer workshops in music, movement, comedy, mask-making, makeup design, stage combat, play creation, and more. Saint Paul Public Libraries offers Maker Break workshops free of charge, with no advanced registration, and all young people are welcome to attend.
Learn more about the Saint Paul Public Library’s offerings here!
Photo: Teaching Artist Jack Bonko with his abominable snowman mask.
At SteppingStone, we are committed to access and inclusion for all people. We stand firmly in opposition to racism, and our programs challenge our young artists, staff, and Board of Directors to foster inclusion and seek equity for all, including Black people, Indigenous peoples, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, people of all economic backgrounds, people of all religions, and people with disabilities. SteppingStone collaborates with families to meet students’ needs, whether they are social, academic, developmental, or physical.
Young people are artists, makers, and doers. They need to belong and to contribute to their world. When young people make art together, they change themselves and the world around them for the better.
SteppingStone ignites belonging, generosity, mastery, self-advocacy, and inspiration by creating art with young people to share with the world.