"Haiku House Project" is a community project with an individual at-home component and a collaborative component. 


Art Kits, including materials and instructions for making paper puppets shaped like houses, were produced and delivered by Chris Rackley to participating households in December 2020. Additionally, participants received green poster board and instructions on setting up DIY greenscreen studios in their homes to film their puppets using a smart phone.


Participants assembled and decorated their paper puppets, wrote poems, and filmed their puppets reciting the poems from the safety of their homes, December 2020 – January 2021, during the COVID-19 lockdown. 


Each puppet video was combined by Chris Rackley into single five-minute animation depicting a neighborhood of talking houses taking turns to recite an original poem about the experience of sheltering-in-place during the COVID-19 pandemic. 


"Haiku House Project" is a collaborative community project produced by Chris Rackley and is part of "Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation," a project by Springboard for the Arts.

Watch "Haiku House Project" on Vimeo.

Read "Rochester artist renders neighborhood in puppetry to battle isolation" by Anne Halliwell on Post Bulletin's website.