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Make dreams a reality with TPI scholarships!
The Puppetry Institute aims to put the power of creativity in as many hands as possible!

Our 501c3 non-profit makes creativity accessible for all!

Learn how we do it, who's eligible, how to apply for full or partial scholarships, or how to help kids make their dreams come true!

Our students are empowered
to bring their visions to reality!

Imagine being young with a brain b
ursting full of creative ideas - and no way to afford the tools or materials...

TPI gives students the materials, instruction, and workshop space they need to take their goal from concept to finished prop, puppet, costume, or fine art piece! Students learn VAPA, STEAM and practical skills while gaining self-confidence and finding positive creative outlets. 

Our free and partial scholarships get these classes into the hands of the kids who need them most, at no or low cost!


Here's how we do it!
Every purchase and donation spreads the love!: 
1/3rd of all class fees go into our scholarship fund which allows us to make materials, workshop space, and professional instruction free for those who need it!

This is supplemented by any donations, as well as portions
of our artist collective's profits via fine-art sales and live-show profits!

Now accepting applications for
Full and Partial Scholarships!


Full Scholarships:
 Full Scholarships cover ALL class and material fees for eligible children!

Who is eligible? Any child aged 8-16 living within driving distance of TPI
who may be experiencing financial difficulty or other special challenges!
This includes Children enrolled in CASA, Jacobs Heart, Big Bro
thers Big Sisters of America, the foster care system, or live with disabilities.

Some proof of income situation may be requested
to get free classes into the hands of those who need it most! 



Partial Scholarships: 
Know a teen who's serious about art?
Partial scholarships are available to teens 12-16 with a serious drive for creativity
and a desire for personal self-improvement! This scholarship drastically reduces costs to a monthly administrative and partial restock fee of $50 a month!

Proof of income situation is required, a portfolio, and a demonstrated drive to use the opportunity to the fullest. Space is limited!



 Special Effects Young Interns Scholarship
EXTREMLY LIMITED: 2 slots total!

Our Young Interns scholarships are open to youth 12-14, based solely on personal drive and artistic talent

No proof of financial situation is required. Simply a portfolio and a passion to pursue a career in the SFX, Puppetry, or Theater Tech industries! 



  • Desire for a career in SFX, Puppetry, or Theater Tech

  • Enjoy creating amazing art and being a part of a design team

  • Availability for at least two days a week, Mon-Sat, 10 AM - 4 PM for3 hour a day

  • Present a portfolio or examples of your work

Awardees will receive:

  • Free access to our diverse workshops until age 18

  • Participation in a massive summer project, assisting in building and designing creatures

Application Details:

Applications open Jan 2nd, 2024, and close March 2nd, 2024

To apply, set up an appointment Mon-Sat from 12-4 PM
by emailing

Don't miss this chance to explore your passion and be part of an exciting artistic community.
Apply now and let your creativity shine!

How to apply:

1. Contact us!
Let us know your situation and what classes your child may be interested in! 
We will confirm if your situation meets our eligibility. If our scholarship program happens to be full, we will contact you as soon as space opens up!

2. Check out our list of classes for class descriptions. 
Almost all of our classes are avalible for FREE to scholarship students, with few exeptions such as classes intended for educators or large groups.

3. Review and submit our contract
Read through important safety information! Some projects require the use of tools that could be unsafe if misused. We take all possible precautions, but we need you to promise to do the same! Email or print & deliver your finished application

SCHOLORSHIP STUDENTS - be sure to check the scholarship box on the application!


Don't be shy! We want to hear from you! Email us, call us, or contact us through our page!

Curious? Come see the creatures in person, or contact Ricki!
1855 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
(831) 601 9822 or

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