“People and Permaculture” and identifying the connecting web that has been cast over Little Artshram’s home-place and our Great Lake State of Michigan is a fitting theme for us, as we celebrate our 20th birthday year.
We are pleased to begin a “forward-back-paddle” and spend a little time sharing tidbits about the connections that have created fertile ground for Little Artshram and ARTSPACE’s birth in Michigan and the people that inspire our projects and work which emerge along with our home-places.
Here’s a little back-paddling: Little Artshram began in Lansing, Michigan, on Turner Street, as The Greater Lansing ARTSPACE, in 1993. (We actually began a few years earlier than that and called ourselves North Town Art Center, before taking on our .org/501c3 status.) In this historic district of North Lansing, we had ten years of joyous, creative mayhem taking place in what would become known as Old Town. One of our dearest of dear friends, Robert Busby hosted us in a century old store-front across from his Creole Gallery always supporting and sometimes participating in our family friendly projects and events. This coming weekend, September 15th, sixteen years after this photo of Robert holding a Tree Spirit mask was taken, we’ll be planting trees in Burchard Park around a memorial sculpture an in his honor.
In 1998 ARTSPACE closed up shop in Old Town and moved to Northern Michigan, as far as the BIG Lake Michigan lake-shore, first settling in the Leelanau County area. Shortly afterwards, in 2000 is when The Neahtawanta Center asked for support in building puppets and masks for the annual Earth Day and All-Species Parade, and when we met Bob Russell, Sally Van Vleck and a good crew of Northern Michigan environmentalists.
Last weekend, our beloved Otter Water Goddess puppet, made by artists and students from the Leelanau School and Glen Lake High School attended the memorial service for Bob Russell honoring our gratefulness and our connections for his life and service.
Another remembering and grateful strand in the Little Artshram and ARTSPACE web is that of a fierce and loving mentor, Jayne Walker of The Eco-Learning Center
Beginning in December 2012, Little Artshram and an expansive group of permaculture-minded individuals and enthusiasts have been meeting and organizing a state-wide gathering.
Remembering, Grateful and A Great Fall Gathering…People and Permaculture — LittleArtshram.org