Arts Mid-Hudson presents Film Screening and Presentation about Papa Manteo & the Sicilian Marionette Tradition

Arts Mid-Hudson presents Film Screening and Presentation about Papa Manteo & the Sicilian Marionette Tradition

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – In collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities, NIDO (Noi Italiani D’Oggi) and Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program present “Celebrating New York’s Century-old Papa Manteo Sicilian Marionette Tradition,” a lecture- demonstration- film screening byTony DeNonno on Thursday, April 2, 2014, at 7:00 P.M. at the Italian Center, 227 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie (parking access from Mansion Street). The event is free and open to the public.

Acclaimed New York-based documentary filmmaker Tony De Nonno will take audience members on an enlightening journey into the life and legacy of puppeteers Mike and Aida Manteo, their children and grandchildren, a family bound together by a Sicilian folk tradition. Experience the enchanting vision of New York’s acclaimed Papa Manteo Sicilian Marionette Theater, first established on Catherine Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy in 1918.

With one of Papa Miguel Manteo’s authentic marionettes in hand, Mr. De Nonno engages the audience throughout the presentation. Audience members will have the opportunity to bring this magnificent Papa Manteo hand-made marionette to life. A highlight of the evening will be the screening of De Nonno’s award-winning, nationally broadcast documentary about the Manteos, “It’s One Family: Knock on Wood.”

This enlightening and entertaining program is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities, Speakers in the Humanities program. Since its launch in 1983, the Council’s Speakers in the Humanities program has brought distinguished scholars on a wide range of humanities topics to audiences across New York State. All Speakers events are free and open to the public.For more information about the Speakers in the Humanities program, visit

The Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program researches and presents arts and traditions that form our diverse communities’ cultural heritages. For more information about the Folk Arts Program and Arts Mid-Hudson, see NIDO is a Poughkeepsie-based Italian culture and language community group. Their monthly meetings are held in the History Room of the Italian Center the first Thursday of each month at 7pm. On the 4th Saturday of each month NIDO hosts La Tavola Italiana at noon in the Lounge of the Italian Center for those who wish to speak Italian while having lunch. These meetings are open to the public. NIDO extends an invitation to those attending the April 2nd event to enjoy a delicious dinner beforehand at the Italian Center; call 845-454-1492 for dinner reservations.

Founded in 1975 and supported by federal, state, city, and private sources, the New York Council for the Humanities helps all New Yorkers become thoughtful participants in our communities by promoting critical inquiry, cultural understanding, and civic engagement through grants and programs.

The Arts Mid-Hudson Folk Arts Program researches the arts and traditions of the region’s rich cultural, ethnic, religious and occupational heritages. Through educational and public programs, the Folk Arts Program shares these traditions.

*There is no snow or rain date for this program.

The mission of Arts Mid-Hudson is to provide vision and leadership to support thriving and diverse arts in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Arts Mid-Hudson was established in 1964 as the Dutchess County Arts Council, a private, nonprofit arts service organization to promote cultural activity and development in Dutchess County. Arts Mid-Hudson engages and promotes the arts across the Mid-Hudson region through four initiatives: Cultural Development and Arts Services, Resource Development and Grant Making, Advocacy and Public Awareness, and Folk Arts Programs, providing best practices in the arts to ensure that our region retains its artists and arts organizations. Through our art partners, a diverse offering of arts and cultural programs, many free, attract a range of age groups, and are produced across a broad geographic area.

For more information on Arts Mid-Hudson:, visit AMH on Facebook or Tumblr, or call 845-454-3222.

Author: Harlem Valley News