Category: Features

Notables in Social Justice 2024

Siobhan Taylor

Movers & Makers asked organizations involved in social justice to introduce their notables to our readers, part of a regular feature highlighting people making a difference in Greater Cincinnati’s nonprofit community. 

Vent Haven Museum showcases the art of ventriloquism

Cecil Wigglenose, Vent Haven curator Lisa Sweasy, and Ditty Talk Hawkins. Both dummies were made in the 1930’s by George and Glenn McElroy of Harrison, Ohio.

Ever heard of the “uncanny valley” — a term for the negative reaction some people have to robots, puppets and dolls. For people whose only connection to ventriloquism is a scary movie or book, they aren’t typically creeped out after taking a tour and becoming more educated about why the response exists.