This parade changed the way we think about our town and our potential to change it for good! From the beginning, Beth insured that she would not leave as the only one who could build the puppets. She taught us how we could do this again whenever we decide to! Every inch of puppet was made from donated or recycled materials. Spartanburgers will never be able to look at a cardboard box the same way again. Invite Beth Nixon to your community. She will help you learn what makes your place remarkable.”

– Kristofer Neely, Executive Director of the Success Initiative at Wofford College on the SPARK parade collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate, Spartanburg, SC

I was inspired by Beth’s leadership, ability in organizing her workspace, foresight in time management, and natural teaching skills when working with all abilities and age groups. Young and old appreciated Beth’s creative energy and obvious artistic skill in puppetry. It was a memorable experience for all who were involved.”

– Carol Parsons, 2nd grade teacher, Morrison Elementary School, Troy, MT

Beth Nixon was our energetic leader. She set a tone of openness, mutual respect, serious cooperative and creative work and fun. She knew how to bring out the best in us both humanly and artistically. Her love for what she was about was contagious, her leadership competent and inspiring, and her appreciation of our people affirming.”

– Sister Margaret McKenna, Director, New Jerusalem Now Addiction Recovery Center, Peoplehood Parade and Pageant Participant, Phila, PA

Beth is clearly a kind, generous and thoughtful professional. She demonstrated a knowledge and skill that truly left me in awe. While I have had significant interaction with teens of that age, I still learned valuable lessons at seeing Beth handle the group with patience and precise authority. Her commitment is also clearly without question. She extended the scheduled days and hours to complete the assignment and to make sure that the participants had their day in the spotlight. Her generous donation of time and support resulted in a very entertaining and informative assembly program and the group was proud as a peacock.”

– Ollie Nasir, Juvenile Justice Leader, Northern Homes Truancy & Prevention Dept., Strawberry Mansion Middle School, Phila, PA

I am so amazed that cardboard and paper bags can make something so great! I am so thankful [my sons] were able to help with all the different stages of the project. I believe they are more open-minded to new ideas because of working with you.”

– Lynette Rebo, Parent and Participant Troy/Yaak Community Time-Line Spectacle, Troy, MT

You did a remarkable job teaching us and working with us to create our projects. You deserve big congratulations for putting artistically inexperienced people and basic materials together and turning out an amazing creation in a relatively short period of time. Your efficiency and skill combined with your laid back attitude made you wonderful to work with.”

– The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger staff, Phila, PA

The three humongous puppets that you helped the children create are among the finest projects we’ve completed in my six years at The Community Arts Center. Most impressive was the level of skill, intelligence, humor, and creativity you brought to the process. You arrived on the first day well prepared and energized, and immediately engaged the children in brainstorming and imagining the puppets-to-be. You worked hard to keep all ages, from 4-12 years old, engaged during all phases of construction. The work was organized to involve each student as both an individual and a group member throughout. Although the students did not know each other before they arrived at camp, you quickly created a collaborative and cooperative atmosphere. I was happy that you were also able to include interns to take part in the building of puppets. It was great to bring folks from many backgrounds together to create a group work of art. As we prepared to parade the finished work around the grounds for friends and family to enjoy, I appreciated how you worked with the other teachers to orchestrate the pageant. The many details of coordinating with the music teacher and accommodating the various age groups proved challenging. You handled all of this with calm, good humor and common sense. Your focus was always on the integrity of the students’ experience and their ownership of the project! You certainly helped us reach our goal for the session, to create a shared artistic experience for children from diverse backgrounds and experiences. The children were eager to begin work each morning and I think felt safe and happy here. They were proud of what they were able to accomplish.”

– Suzanne Hayward, Program Director, Community Art Center, Wallingford, PA