The Hope Girl Comes Alive

Kate Mueth's group Neo-Political Cowgirls (NPC) will host a program to create "The Hope Girl.“ A. Hinkle photo.

Inspired by Little Amal, a giant puppet that traveled thousands of miles across Europe to focus attention on the needs of young refugees in “The Walk” by The Handspring Puppet Company, Neo-Political Cowgirls (NPC) will host a similar project this month.

“January Girls” participants will meet via Zoom the first three Sundays in January to discuss and strategize on the creation of “The Hope Girl,” their own giant puppet girl, who she is and the message she will bring when she walks through East End towns. On the last Sunday of January, the group will come together, outdoors, led by NPC board member and artist Gabriele Raacke to paint her, dress her, bring her life.

“January Girls” will meet via Zoom from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays, January 9, 16 and 23. The assembly of “The Hope Girl” will take place outdoors on Sunday, January 30, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Ages 6 to 106 are welcome to take part in this free project. To register, email NPC education director Susan Stout at and receive the zoom link.