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Latest Activity: Jan 30, 2012
Started by ddevet Mar 20, 2009.
Would like to join UNIMA. Please advise. Best Ollie DePriest
You can join on-line here:
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!
I was sent a request to join a while ago... I declined at the time but it did seem reasonable... Huge discounts.
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.
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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