ELKHART — Desiree Beauchamp-Boucher wanted to give people a chance to do something they’re normally not supposed to do with art: Get close, put their hands on it and see what it does.

The Middlebury sculptor was one of about 75 recipients of small grants through the Little Big Idea program, a Vibrant Communities initiative that wrapped up last year. She used the money to help build her Imaginarium Spectorium, part art installation, part marionette show on wheels.

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