010 Performing Arts Self-Care Kits

Designed by: Stephen Zimmerer and Medora Ebersole

Design Trust Affiliation: Design Trust Seed Grantee


Stephen Zimmerer’s ‘Performing Arts Self-Care Kits’ are a micro-curriculum that is designed in collaboration with Stephen’s mother and arts educator, Medora Ebersole. The curriculum contains eight performing arts exercises, ranging from creating stick, finger, and marionette puppets using construction paper, to creating special effects with ingredients from the kitchen. The project culminates in the creation of a miniature puppet theatre built from recycled and found materials and the design of a theatrical production.

The design process is two-fold - first art education and graphic design (designed by Stephen and his mother), and then finally theatrical and scenic design (designed by the students). During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kits were distributed to public schools in Central Pennsylvania, USA through free lunch programmes that benefited over 2000 students.

Image Credit: Stephen Zimmerer and Medora Ebersole

Website: Stephen Zimmerer