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What do you want to know?

Started by ddevet Mar 20, 2009. 0 Replies

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Comment by Phillip Huber on May 25, 2009 at 10:33am
I have heard rumblings about possibly merging UNIMA-USA with P of A. I would like to hear what everyone thinks about this. I can see some definite benifits in reducing the unecessary duplication of the governance structure. I count it a good sign that a reduced special rate is now being offered for dues if joining both organizations at once.
Comment by David C. Herzog on May 25, 2009 at 11:09am
I am not a current member Of UNIMA USA. I have been in the past. I have been meaning to rejoin and will do so soon. I'm not sure combining UNIMA USA with P of A will work, but I'm certainly willing to listen to ideas on how it might. I do think closer cooperation with the Festivals is a good idea.
Comment by Tears of Joy Theatre on July 27, 2009 at 5:39pm
I, too, am interested in what people think about merging, as it does seem to get discussed in pockets, and this should be a great forum for it. There are great ways that PofA and UNIMA-USA are finding ways to cooperate (we sometimes call it dating) but feel it's way too soon to merge (marry). The way I understand it, with a merger, PofA becomes UNIMA_USA, which is like a guild in the global organization. The fee that UNIMA-USA would have to pay to the larger institution would increase, because it's based on numbers of members. While most members of UNIMA are also members of PofA, there are well over 1000 members of PofA that are not members of UNIMA. And I'm sure there are 1000's more puppeteers in the US who are not members of any organization. I think that people are interested in joining at whatever level they wish- from the non-joiners, to the guild members, to PofA, to UNIMA. The benefits increase depending on the level of interest and investment.
Comment by Ollie M. DePriest on March 12, 2010 at 12:31am
Blending both UNIMA and PofA would give puppetry a greater force in the arts. Many puppeteers know of only a very limited number of puppeteers.
Greater growth in puppetry would grow from such a blending. Unite and be seen and heard world wide! Move forward and not stay isolated from each other.
Comment by Ollie M. DePriest on November 30, 2011 at 2:46am

Would like to join UNIMA.  Please advise.   Best Ollie DePriest

Comment by Steven Widerman on November 30, 2011 at 7:20am
Comment by Adrian Rose on November 30, 2011 at 9:28pm

Hmmmm...very interesting. Have there been any articles about this merger? Perhaps I missed something, but, as a member of both UNIMA-USA and PofA, I would like to know more about the pros and cons of a merger.

What would the dues be? How would the merger affect the publications? (I LOVE getting my Puppetry Journals AND Puppetry Internationals!!!)

These are the first couple of things that come to mind. I will definitely be keeping up with this dialogue!


Comment by Ron Nance on November 30, 2011 at 10:31pm

I was sent a request to join a while ago... I declined at the time but it did seem reasonable... Huge discounts.

Comment by sapuppets on November 30, 2011 at 10:57pm

Hi All

Steve Abrams here. I haven't posted on puppet hub in long time.

Jan 25, 2008 the boards of Puppeteers of American and UNIMA-USA met together at a facilitated meeting at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. I was the chair of the committee that put together the meeting.

At the conclusion of the meeting the presidents of both organizations published a joint letter summarizing the meeting.I think the letter was published in PofA's Playboard. The organizations cooperated on a membership campaign for new members offering a deep discount for people who joined organizations at the same time.

The letter- see below- pretty much sums up where things stand 3 years later


The stated outcomes of the meeting were to

-         Celebrate and affirm each organization's vision and purpose; discover alignments and/or frictions

-         Discover ways in which each organization can support the other

-         Explore possible duplications in service and how collaborations might be beneficial

-         Provide time and space for each organization to discuss possible joint projects or efforts

-         Create action plans to move forward, and in general to lay the groundwork for cooperation

 Additionally, attendees expressed a desire to understand what unites and what separates the two organizations, to explore how coming together can help each other, and even to test the possibility of a future merger.

 In this first-ever meeting of the two boards, attendees spent time to understand in more detail the relative operations and values of both organizations.  A discussion of similarities and differences and individual/joint strengths and challenges led to the group identifying 16 possible action arenas, from agreeing to continue the joint meeting on a regular basis, to sharing financial management resources.

 The 'hot button' issue of merger was addressed through deep and passionate dialogue, with some members questioning the basic need and premise, others seeing a merger as the best way to serve the changing needs of the puppetry field and respond to the call for greater diversity.  One key aspect of the dialogue was the dynamic between the global mission of UNIMA as a peaceful international exchange, and the mission of Puppeteers of America as a national service organization to a broad range of puppeteers.  Ultimately, the group agreed that a merger is not on the horizon now, but did agree to continue talking about the benefits -- and drawbacks -- of the two organizations coming closer together.





Comment by Ron Nance on November 30, 2011 at 10:59pm

I found a remnant of it at  http://memership.puppeteers.org/index.php?n  but that was all... It may have been for a limited time... I'm not sure but you could ask them.


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