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Artists gear up for DeltaFusion June 29

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POSTED May 8, 2013 9:42 p.m.



STOCKTON - DeltaFusion is a community celebration of the rich natural and cultural diversity of Stockton and the San Joaquin Delta region.

On June 29, in Victory Park, giant puppets and community performers will join together in a parade and pageant telling the story of local people, their cultures, and how they all came to be here. This year’s theme is “The Strength of Many.”

 “We really seek out diverse cultures, diverse immigrant populations,” said Cathie McClellan, producer and artistic director of DeltaFusion. “We try to get everyone we possibly can involve with the big goal in mind that little by little Stockton becomes a better place to live because we trust (one another) and love working together.”

Puppets and masks for the pageant are created during free community workshops at the University of the Pacific’s Theatre Arts Department, June 10-21. Volunteer workshop mentors artists and teachers recruited from the local communities will meet for three sessions of Big Builds on May 11 and 18 and June 1 to learn about building masks and puppets and initiate creation of the largest puppets, some of them up to 20 feet tall.

DeltaFusion is currently recruiting mentors and participants for the free community workshops. There is no cost to participate. To register, contact Haggin Museum Education Center at (209) 940-6315 or

Registration form is also available online at

All local cultural groups, both adults and children, are invited to participate in the workshops and pageant. DeltaFusion’s goal is to empower them to be artists, to learn something new, and discover that through working together they can build a successful community.

During the workshops, the participants will create colorful and unique masks and puppets using techniques from simple cardboard cut-outs to papier mâché.

 “The Delta Fusion workshops are a great place for families to have fun and make art together,” noted  Lead Artist and Workshop Director, Lisa Cooperman. “The projects are designed for folks ages 5 to 500 and of all artistic abilities; they're a place where really everyone is laughing and talking and getting sticky with papier mâché. The pageant is the magical place where it all comes together and we can hear a collective intake of breath when the puppets come alive.”

The mission of DeltaFusion is to celebrate community and ignite creativity while telling the stories of the San Joaquin Delta region with giant puppets, music, and pageantry.

Learn more about DeltaFusion by going to


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