Greetings friends and families of Little Artshram,
We would like to share some news with you. With a great deal of discussion, feedback and careful consideration, Little Artshram will be “going to sleep” this fall. We will be putting ourselves into hibernation to re-group organizationally, structurally and apply thoughtful protracted observation to our mission and future in the North West Michigan region.
Along with recognizing the limit to growth and shift from bearing the sole burden of managing the community garden property to supporting a “community garden guild” this very well could mean that our longtime, Summer Camp and the Earth Day Parade and parade building workshops will also be put to sleep in 2014.
We are both feeling proud and at peace that throughout our many years of operation, and the natural succession process, other wonderful, like-minded organizations have successfully sprung up in and throughout the community to share art, environmental and nature awareness based, offerings. Our continued efforts seem now to link very well into strengthening and supporting through collaborations and partnerships, those mimicking and spreading Little Artshram-like love, that we have been so fortunate to share and nourish into being for the past 20 + years in dozens of Michigan communities.
We are wishing to make our efforts and the final offerings of programs and shared projects in 2013–our 20th anniversary and pre-hibernation year–as successful as possible.
With the support of Blackbird Arts and other generous sponsor partners, we had a wonderful spring event in the Earth Day Parade—and now we are reaching out for the sake of our summer programming and also with a very special, state-wide fall event through the sponsorship of the Michigan Permaculture Convergence, we are asking for your support and consideration.
We need your help in getting the word out presently about two summer programs for children and youth:
It’s our 9TH year of offering one of the BEST and long-time Summer Camp for kids and youth in Traverse City!
Join us for a week of our 2013 SUMMER CAMP, In the Munson Woods, behind Higher Grounds, for children and youth 5 years and older. 9 am to 3 pm
July 8th-12th &
Registration for Summer Camp here: http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=982
This is our 9th year in the Grand Traverse area, presenting a Summer Camp program and the 20th year of programming for Little Artshram. The Summer Camps will again take place in our beloved Munson Woods, meeting at Higher Grounds Trading Co. who will be hosting us at the Village of Grand Traverse Commons, Traverse City, Michigan. Our “wild garden and outdoor classroom” is connected to over a hundred-acres hard-wood forest to explore, and this year we have plans of designing and building a micro-garden and Edible Food Forest for our hosts at Higher Grounds!
We are happy to share the curriculum and schedule outline with you. Each day we do our best to stick to the “plan”, but also allow for the “it depends” rule to apply to what emerges each day.
The basic intention of our summer camp is to be outdoors ALL day focusing on the following activities: To observe and mimic nature or learn nature’s language(s), including herbalism, and earth skills. Our camps are a creative, outdoor experience focused on discovering the intelligence of nature at work, care-taking the Earth and giving something back, with an emphasis on natural art, cooperative games and hands-on activities.
We have 5 areas, or themes that we rotate activities, games and discussions around throughout the week(s): FOOD, WATER, SHELTER, COMMUNITY and OBSERVATION
The main objectives of our Summer Camp curriculum are similar to those that are applied to adult teachings of permaculture, although tweaked and developmentally appropriate for children and the “wild gardens and woods” that we are spending time in. And, they are:
1. To introduce students to fundamentals for sustainability.
2. To teach cooperative dynamics and positivism.
3. To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design.
4. To relate our needs to our local and global resources.
5. To study homesteading skills and off-grid technologies.
The daily schedule, Monday through Thursday, with a few variables:
8:45-9:00 Campers arrive, sign in, play a big game
9:25-9:55 Gather as a group, meet/greet, story at the Village/HG green space or woods classroom(behind HG)
10:00- 11:00 “Wild” garden time, and/or “wild”craft/art time, either in one big group or in groups
11:00- 12:30 Get into groups, head into woods for curriculum/theme bits, and lunch
12:30-2:30 Finish lunch, wander and play learning as we go.
2:30 Meet back up @ HG green space, and play big group game
2:50 Camp Story of day, Take home permaculture principal challenge and sign out.
The Friday schedule will look something like this:
10:45-11:00 Campers and at least one parent or adult helper (families are invited)
11:00-11:30 Gather as a group, meet/greet, play a big game
11:30-12:30 Hike into woods, to one of our “wild” gardens/classroom sites, share Camp Story of the Week
12:30-1:00 Meet back up @ HG green space, play a closing group game, say so-long until we meet again.
PLUS! We’re partnering with O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players for 2 weeks of Puppet Camp! This is our third year of Puppet Camp, which will be held at O’k Art Studio in Traverse City, for children and youth 5 years and older. Dates: July 22nd -August 2nd, 9-3, with a performance at the Traverse City Film Fest, on Friday, August 2nd!
AND, what happens in a Puppet Camp?
Puppet Camp is 2 weeks of Summer fun and puppet story-telling, meeting each day, M-F from 9 am until 3 pm, with a full performance at the Traverse City Film Festival on Friday!
O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, sharing puppet and mask performances since 2010, will be holding a fantastic and special 2-weeks of PUPPET CAMP to prepare for a performance in Traverse City, including building puppets, set design, story-boarding, puppet and mask performance/acting lessons….
This is amazing, local “organic” puppet theater, which includes a week of production and design, with our continued collaboration with Chicago-based composer and musical director, Mr. Rokko Jans.
Registration information for Puppet Camp here: http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=2028