Victory Rally Toy Theater

All My Relations Arts in partnership with the Hennepin County Library is hosting a Victory Rally Toy Theater Film Project for youth in grades K-12.

Aspiring puppeteers will learn how to make a tiny toy theater and paper style puppets. The theme of this play is based on the ongoing movement of to end the use of racist mascots. Each Victory Rally art kit provides illustrations of youth who symbolically carry the torch for continued activism towards justice. Participants are encouraged to create a storyline that shows a feeling of victory over racism.

Watch this video created by artist Graci Horne to learn more about the project.

Hapistinna Graci Horne, better known at Graci, was born and raised in Mnisota (Minnesota). Her bands are the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota people and Hunkpapa Lakota and Dakota people. She is a multi-disciplinary artist, specializing in painting, print making, puppet making, photography, film, and poetry.

Horne holds a degree in Museum Studies from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Her work is defined by landscape hues and the colors of water and is often rooted in undertones of Dakota culture and social themes. Horne is an Independent Curator and works full time as a Community Artist teaching workshops for people ages 5-100. Learn more about Graci at GCIHRN.COM.

Art kits, designed by Graci Horne, are available to pick up at the following libraries:

Franklin Library

Hosmer Library

Minneapolis Central Library

Sumner Library

Webber Park Library

Victory Rally Toy Theater Film Project

You are invited to participate in the Film Project by recording your storytelling and puppetry with the Victory Rally Toy Theater and submitting your video on or before November 13. Please note:

  • Videos must incorporate the Victory Rally Toy Theater kit.
  • Maximum video length is 1 minute.
  • File size must be within 1 GB.
  • For technical assistance, email atwostars@nacdi.org.

Best in Show

Best in Show selections will be made by John Little and Kenn Little, enrolled members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the filmmakers who created the documentary film, More Than a Word.

All My Relations Arts will announce Best in Show selections on November 19 and will be highlighted online November 23-25.

Enter a drawing to win a gift card

Film Project participants that meet the following criteria will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50 gift card:

  • Incorporate the Victory Rally Toy Theater into your video.
  • Create at least one of your own characters.
  • The length of the video must be no longer than 1 minute.
  • Identify your age group/grade on the submission form.

There are four $50 gift cards to be given out in each of three categories: Grades K-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12.

Important Dates for the Victory Rally Toy Theater Film Project

  • November 13: Last day to submit videos
  • November 18: Best in Show selections notified. Gift card drawing recipients notified.
  • November 19: Best in Show selections announced online.
  • November 23-25: Videos that are submitted and meet the submission requirements will be shared online.

Victory Rally toolkit

The Victory Rally Toy Theater is funded by a grant by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Victory Rally Toy Theater Film Project stipends (in the form of gift cards) are provided by the Friends of Franklin Library.