Little Artshram inspires and educates people of all ages to live creatively in harmony with nature, through a unique combination of permaculture principles, visual, musical and puppet artistry, service to the natural world, and inclusive social activism. Little Artshram is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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    25th Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, April 26, 2014

    The 2014 Earth day Planning Group/Sponsorship, Little Artshram, Great Lakes Children’s Museum, TC Sings, The Leelanau School, Oryana, Deep Blue Water Samba, The Grand Traverse Mycological Society, and many others are pleased to announce our plans for a stellar, Earth Day Parade 25th celebration!

    Saturday, April 26th, parade line-up Oryana Natural Foods Market @ 1pm, parade begins @ 2pm.

    2014 THEME:  25th Year—”Best of“

    Featuring folks in their well-loved, and much used costumes and masks, as well as, a puppet from each year or every 5 years—with appropriate parade signage designating it as such….include Horses and White Pine Trees in the puppet-mask-making this year.

    PARADE ROUTE: From Oryana….Down 10th street,  right on Cass, right on State, left on Park, left Front, left on Union, right on 6th St. to Hannah Park.

    Community picnic after parade @ Hannah Park.

    We invite folks from throughout the Grand Traverse Region, including individuals, families, schools, organizations and ALL of the downtown businesses to help us celebrate 25 years of holding an Earth Day Parade and celebration in the GT Region!

    COMMUNITY PICNIC begins approx. @ 3:30 pm @ Hannah Park directly after the parade. This is a ZERO-waste event, which means Pack it in, and Pack it Out.  Bring your picnic lunch, and a blanket or chair to sit on, with some picnic tables will be provided.

    Musicians and songsters are invited to march along in our downtown Traverse City Earth Day Parade and attend the community picnic and perform in a beautiful outdoor setting, on a non-electric stage, at Hannah Park!

    WE thank and are grateful for our Community Partners that have stepped forward to support this fine, community event so far:

    Oryana
    The Grand Traverse Circuit
    Great Lakes Children’s Museum
    TC Sings
    The Leelanau School
    Deep Blue Water Samba
    Dirt Fest
    Grand Traverse Mycology Society

    Joe and Carol Spaulding, Stephanie Mills, Nick and Dea Talantis, Rokko Jans, Jack and Susan Seaman, Lauri and Tom Meade, Leigh Fairey….

    AND our 2014 Eday Organizing/Planning/Volunteer Crew:

    Marc Alderman
    Heather Kingham
    Matthew Seibel
    Linda Collins
    Chelsea Taylor
    Anne Drake
    Carol Laughing Waters
    Kaz McCue & Leelanau School Kids
    Lauri Mannion
    The Bolde Family
    Kerry Alspaugh
    Sharon Markham
    Petra Daher
    Dwight Washington
    Flo & Marika & Steve
    BJ Christiansen
    Bernie & Jalene

    Zach Power designed our beautiful 25th Anniversary poster.

    THANKS TO ALL!

    YES! You can still become a Community Partner and ensure that the GT Earth Day Parade continues into 2015 and beyond. Download a sponsor/donation form here or you can directly donate via our Paypal account at the bottom of this announcement:  http://www.littleartshram.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/2014-Eday-Community-PartnerSponsor.pdf

    PARADE DAY CONTACT:
    Marc Alderman 231-276-2328

    info@littleartshram.org
    www.littleartshram.org

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    Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade–Become a Community Partner and Sponsor our 25th Anniversary


    Click here to view the PDF sign-up form to become a Community Partner and Sponsor

    eday-parade-2014-flyer-LargeHOW IS this 25th Annual Community Event funded?

    The Earth Day Parade is funded entirely by donations and sponsorships. We do not charge a fee to folks attending workshops, asking only for a SUGGESTED DONATION of $20 per mask/costume/person. The Earth Day parade costs are minimal and include: materials and supplies we are unable to scavenge, for space rental, artists stipends for their design contributions, leadership and supervision of the workshops, and for permit fees and liability insurance that allows us to be in the streets on foot.

    To become a Community Partner and give to the Earth Day Parade see the Community Partner levels listed  below.  You may also directly contact us. Little Artshram is a 501.c 3, tax deductible and non-profit organization.

    You can pay online by clicking on the DONATE button at the bottom of this article.We accept both cash donations and checks made out to: Little Artshram, P.O. Box 844, Traverse City, MI 49865

    It takes a whole village to build a 25th Anniversary BEST of-parade! 
    Join us as a Community Partner in creating the 2014 Earth Day Parade

    Join this fine group of local businesses and neighbors who’ve joined our Community Partners already: Oryana
    The Grand Traverse Circuit
    Great Lakes Children’s Museum
    TC Sings
    The Leelanau School
    Deep Blue Water Samba
    Dirt Fest
    Grand Traverse Mycology Society

    Joe and Carol Spaulding, Stephanie Mills, Nick and Dea Talantis, Rokko Jans, Jack and Susan Seamon, Lauri and Tom Meade….

     

    Choose your level of commitment as a 25th Anniversary Earth Day Parade Community Partner, from one of our Best of Year levels:

    1990, YEAR 1, $20 or more
    Receive a A THANK YOU on our 2014 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade Facebook page for you to share with your friends, family and neighbors. On-going updates and invitations to get involved in the parade-building action and news about our public workshops will be posted through parade day on April 26th!

    1994, YEAR 5, $35 or more
    A hand-made, one-of-a-kind postcard THANKING YOU and listing you as a Earth Day Parade Community Partner on our Facebook Page! A limited edition Earth Day Parade Song & Coloring book, and everything from the $20 pledge.

    1999, YEAR 10 $50 or more
    An illustrated 4-page guide on HOW-to make a mask and costume for the Earth Day Parade, or your next costume party, plus everything from the $35 pledge.

    2004, YEAR 15 $100 or more
    Three hand-made Seed Balls and planting instructions, plus hand-made, one-of-a-kind, postcard THANKING YOU and listing you as a Earth Day Parade Community Partner.

    2009, YEAR 20 $500 or more
    Listed as one of our Community Partners on all updated parade publicity, and ALL OF THE ABOVE which includes: A Thank you on our Facebook page, an illustrated 4-page guide with the HOW-to’s mask and costume-making, a hand-made and one-of-a-kind THANK YOU postcard, a limited edition Song & Coloring Book, and three hand-made Seed-Balls with planting instructions.

    2014, YEAR 25 $1000 or more
    A special position as a parade-section-Marshal or Marshal-ette, your choice of parade section, this year divided by years: 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 (first-pledge, first choice), plus everything listed in the $100 pledge.

    Please, REMEMBER:

    Our parade-building workshops are not just for little people—if you have an interest in art, 2-d or 3-d, or puppet-mask-making or theater or music-making and drumming please join us! We can also use extra pairs of hands as volunteer assistants and with various Eday Parade workshop tasks. Info and descriptions on volunteer opportunities here: http://littleartshram.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?start_over&id=5021

    info@littleartshram.org

    P.S.  ALSO, we ask that our friends and neighbors share this request with your friends, neighbors and email lists–if 250 friends and families supported us with a $20 donation, we could cover the actual cost of the parade! AND, we are hoping to have a very BIG turnout to our “Best of 25 Years” 2014 Earth Day parade workshops and the celebration itself.
    and P.S..  To view a wonderful short video w. footage from last year’s parade w. the theme: “SEEDS! Awesome Vessels of Power!” check out it out here: http://youtu.be/PRplHchYLq4
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    April Permaculture Series: “Plants used as Herbs and Medicine, From our Gardens, For our Health”

    Preview of “April Perm Series.2- Herbs 2014”

    April Permaculture Series:
    “Plants used as Herbs and Medicine, From our Gardens, For our Health”

    Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
    7-8:30 pm

    510 Second St.,
    O’k Studio in the Alley (behind Salon Verve)
    Traverse City, Michigan 49684

    Join us at this discussion series and forum on the third Tuesday of each month. This is an invitation to further co-create a permaculture community in Traverse City and the NW Michigan region. This is an inspired endeavor growing locally and organically from the 2013 Michigan Permaculture Convergence, and catalyzed by Little Artshram and a very large web of Friends.

    Interested in helping plan and host a North West Michigan Regional Permaculture gathering this fall?  Let’s talk about possibilities.

    The April community forum and discussion will primarily focus on the topic of plants, specifically herbs for medicine and culinary use, with presenter Tracy Koivisto. Tracy is a Certified Clinical Herbalist and Holistic Nutritionist. She is also certified in Permaculture Design. Join her in a conversation speaking about implementing her favorite plants into your landscape. She will discuss historical uses of these plant allies, and discuss ideas to recognize and insert these plants into your permaculture designs.

    Donations accepted for the 2014 Traverse City PDC and LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) scholarship fund.  So far we have raised $164.00 towards scholarships with this series! Great job from a caring community!

    Fresh Food donations accepted for the Friends Meeting House Community Meal program.

    Please bring info/announcements to share

    For further information, contact:
    `penny Krebiehl
    penny.ok.art@gmail.com

    www.littleartshram.org

    WONDROUS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES! No Fooling!

    WONDROUS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!


    Volunteering is a great way to be part of the GT Earth Day Parade community and to meet like-spirited people. Volunteers make it possible for Little Artshram and our friends and collaborators to offer community based art events like the Earth Day Parade, while acquiring hands-on puppet & mask building skills.
    More than 43 individuals volunteered nearly 1350 hours to Little Artshram during last years parade-building and community event.Our workshops begin NOW–this first week of April and continue through the 25th. Parade day is April 26th.

    Here is a list of volunteer needs/jobs, and we will keep it updated weekly:

    1.   Coordinator and Musicians for Community Picnic & Local Music Concert in Hannah Park
    This opportunity is available for a well organized person along w. a collaborative group of folks who will join in and take on the final tasks and planning w. the Eday organizers and Oryana of the after-parade gathering, at Hannah Park on 6th Street.  We envision it as more of a “Community Sing-along” involving everyone present, scheduling acoustic music, singer-song-writers, along w. organizing the space for the community picnic to take place (Giving some direction to folks as they arrive, setting up 8 ft. tables and helping organize the Oryana food donation, reminding/announcing our zero-waste practices etc.)  The Community Picnic happens directly after the parade, at approximately 3:15 until 4:30 or 5 pm—depending on final plans.  We are working to raise funds to pay artists and musicians who are helping lead and supervise various Eday parade workshops and those who may step forward to coordinate the Community Picnic.  For one person w. a collaborative working group of support, willing to meet and also work w. the parade organizing crew.

    2. Cardboard Collector/Runner

    This job is offered each day of our workshops: April 1, 2 and 3rd (Spring Break @ GT Circuit) and April 8, 15, & 22nd (at the GLCM) and involves tracking down, picking up and delivering single-thickness cardboard to our workshop location—-and at the end of the workshops picking up un-used scraps and delivering them to a local recycling site. For one (1) person per workshop

    3. Set-up Crew
    Each day, of our workshops, one hour BEFORE the workshop has begun, we set-up the workshop site with various puppet-mask-making stations that workshop participants will cycle around through as they create their mask/costume. For three (3) people each workshop

    3. Tools and Materials Assistant
    Each day we have a job for a person to oversee, keep track of, and make sure all of our special Earth Day Parade tools and materials are in tip-top shape and working order. A general rule is that children/youth are NOT to have use of box-cutters/staplers/and other potentially difficult and dangerous tools to operate. The Tool and Material assistant will help cut cardboard and make sure we are all carefully keeping track of tools.
    For two (2) people per workshop

    4. Parade Workshop Assistant
    The Assistant Artist is a job offered throughout the month of workshops working alongside of the Parade artists’ on specific masks, puppets and costumes and helping to lead discussion/info-sharing/design brainstorming w. the workshop attendants. We are working to raise funds to pay a stipend to each workshop assistant.  For 3 folks per workshop, and committed to being present for parade day, April 26th

    5. Puppet and Mask-Maker
    This job is offered to folks each day of the workshops, and is for artists who have skills in cardboard building and papier-maiche puppet and mask-making or those who are quick learners. The Puppet and Mask-Maker’s will work one on one and in small groups w. children/youth/adults who are designing, constructing and creating their Earth Day Parade masks/costumes. We are working to raise funds to pay a stipend to each volunteer puppet/mask-maker.  For 3 folks per workshop, and committed to being present for parade day, April 26th

    6. Clean-up Crew
    Each workshop requires a well-organized clean-up crew..It involves one hour after the workshop has ended, we stay at the workshop site to clean-up, pack-up and prepare for the next day’s workshop. For three (3) people each workshop

     

    HOW IS this Community Event funded?

    The Earth Day Parade is funded entirely by donations and sponsorships. We do not charge a fee to folks attending workshops, asking only for a SUGGESTED DONATION of $20 per mask/costume/person. The Earth Day parade costs are minimal and include: materials and supplies we are unable to scavenge, for space rental, artists stipends for their design contributions, leadership and supervision of the workshops, and for permit fees and liability insurance that allows us to be in the streets on foot.

    To become a Community Partner and give to the Earth Day Parade click here for info on Community Partner/Sponsor levels.  Or donate directly via Paypal above. You may also directly contact us. Little Artshram is a 501.c 3, tax deductible and non-profit organization.

    We accept both cash donations and checks made out to:
    Little Artshram, P.O. Box 844, Traverse City, MI 49865
    info@littleartshram.org
    www.littleartshram.org
    231-735-8370

     

    P.S.  ALSO, we ask that our friends and neighbors share these email newsletters with your friends, neighbors and email lists.  We are hoping to have a very BIG turnout to our “Best of 25 Years” 2014 Earth Day parade workshops and the celebration itself.

     

    and P.S.S. To view a wonderful short video w. footage from last year’s parade w. the theme: “SEEDS! Awesome Vessels of Power!” check out it out here: http://youtu.be/PRplHchYLq4
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