“American Carol Sterling uses puppetry effectively as a teaching and learning tool. Puppetry, if introduced in school, helps children learn skills such as group dynamics, the basic principles of give and take, movement, art, vocabulary development, and voice modulation.” – The Hindu, March 25, 2015, Anasuya Menon

Carol Sterling is a New York-based art educator, puppeteer, and arts administrator. She focuses on using puppets to foster self-expression, strengthen sequential skill development, appreciate the contributions of diverse cultures, and use collaborative teamwork as well as individual effort. Her presentations include the First Nanchong, China Puppet Art Week Conference (2014); Hamilton Senior Center, New York (2012); and the Goddard-Riverside Senior Center, New York (2012). Her exhibitions include Puppet Homecoming, Rhinebeck, New York (2014). Her publications include Bringing Puppetry to Uganda, Puppeteers of America Journal (2013). In 2012, she was selected to be a Fulbright Specialist by the U. S. State Department and worked in Uganda (2013) and India (2015). Her residencies include LMCC’s SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide), an artist residency made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Department for the Aging (2015) and Healing Arts Institute, Singeria (2013). She is the former Director of Arts Education for the Brooklyn Arts Council, Founding Director of the Arts Partners Program (New York City Department of Education), former President of UNIMA-USA, and former Education Consultant for Puppeteers of America. She is the recipient of the 2013 Puppeteers of America’s Award for Contributions to the Field of Education. Sterling is a graduate of Barnard College and Teachers College, Columbia University with an M.A in Fine Arts and Arts Education.

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