`penny’s parade journal, April 14, 2013:

One week to go—the countdown begins—the BIG puppets are in the repair shop and have been stripped of their costumes for major freshening up, and painting—the work tables are laden with a plethora of projects in the works—and it makes no sense, but is totally necessary for me to continue to add to the very-long, and likely incomplete to-do list.

First, I will wake up and write.

It’s an incredible morning in Traverse City, Michigan and as I sit sipping a good cup of coffee and collect my thoughts, easing myself into another day puppet and parade building I look out my bird-house window and watch the sun rise over Grand Traverse Bay.

Holy Moly! What a tremendous place to live on Earth!

This time of year I have a smidgen—bits’ and pieces of a view of this incredible body of fresh water, and the fine company of two BIG maple trees that are home to a plethora of feathered friends and squirrels.  Right now, they are singing up a storm….their morning songs, along with the big sky lighting up with seagulls crying out loud and long as they fly over…followed by and accompanied with a chorus of chips, tweets, bahhh-rings,  coo-coo-coos….in the trees.

Sunday 6:45 am, GTBay, bird song and the sun rise

Sunday 6:45 am, GTBay, bird song and the sun rise

The morning time is my favorite in this spot at my writing/drawing/coffee table in the company of those voices and before the car traffic begins along the bay.   Especially now, and even with the four inches of April snow that descended upon us this week, this waking up time is such a wondrous, yearly happening. And, is even more so because of my ritual of spring work with the Earth Day Parade…which actually began when there was more like a foot of snow still piled up on the garden and along the streets.

One of the parade artists working with me asked “after 13 years of doing this do you ever feel like you’re over it? or ready to call it quits?” First I laugh, because it is true.  Like any job, and especially one that is not necessarily embraced as “real work” I do get tired.   Planning, organizing and participating in community art and parade building IS work—in every sense of the word.  And, every year there are different experiences, new challenges, and likely a new crew of folks working alongside of me, and of course who knows what the weather will be like on parade day in Northern Michigan!

But I never get over it.  What always seems to happen, once the answer to that question surfaces—the embodied realization I have—is that doing this kind of community art and street theater work to celebrate our home-planet-Earth–is truly a BIGGER deal than any national or cultural holiday that I’ve ever taken time to observe and celebrate—let alone participate in!

Each of these 13 years, when I really look at the who/what/where and how of my experience doing this kind of “serious, ridiculous work”  I’m gifted with the bits and pieces that strung together equal an experience that is abundantly rich.  Our spring work of parade building and community gathering, has become a fantastic process of working alongside of nature, of what’s happening in relationship with the other-than human world–this gorgeous place I call “home”.  AND I’m creating this annual spring, community-wide tradition with dozens and dozens of others.  This is a community—of family, friends, young, old and in-between.  Some have entered the Earth Day parade building process as students or through a special residency program that Little Artshram has sponsored, some have moved away, grown-up, and re-entered from year to year.

Every parade-year is different—and like this changeable, transforming reminder that nature brings to Northern Michigan—part of what keeps us hopping and looking ahead is the letting go and fun of the wondering O’k what’s next????

So back to that list-bizness: TODAY: Find bamboo garden poles, get the BIG puppet costumes washed, Begin the papier maiche and painting repair work on those dear old puppets (Some are 13 years old!), Build more Dandelion and Robin headgear and work on the Gigantic Blooming Blossom….

That should keep me busy as the countdown continues!

Roy the Robin

Roy the Robin. Yesterday’s gem for my parade-build day, was working with Roy who was MORE than delighted to be a Robin in the Air section of the parade—which is all about how seeds are dispersed and carried from here to there. Roy is going to be a great Robin in the Earth Day Parade

We take ‘stuff’ and turn it into community art and street theater!

Earth Day Parade building workshop TODAY, April 14th Blackbird Arts, 1-4 pm..

It’s a lovely Sunday for folks to gather, listen to the storyboard of our 2012 parade theme, and then learn a bit about how Little Artshram and friends continues to invite and offer a spring gift of community art to Traverse City.

This year Blackbird Arts has joined our growing list of family and friends, and a special visiting artist, George Meyer, with many parade-building and puppet adventures is working side by side, parade artists of all ages building masks, costumes and non-motorized floats for our April 20th parade!

The “story” of “Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power” is told in five chapters or sections of a parade….and it began with an idea—or a fact really that: seeds are awesome vessels of power.

Join us in our puppet and parade building adventures and we hope to see you on parade day! Here’s parade day info: https://www.facebook.com/events/553910461319699/

231-735-8370

info@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

Earth Day Parade week journal: “Do you ever feel like you’re “over it”?LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

THIS WEEK AND NEXT! EARTH DAY PARADE & PUPPET Building @ Blackbird Arts, SCRAP TC and the Great Lakes Childrens’ Museum this week and next!

Join in on the fun!

Scooting Petal Faery & Lady Bug, 2010

Wednesdays, at Great Lakes Children’s Museum will be hosting workshops on:

April 3, 10, 17th, Wednesdays: 4-6 PM

at 13240 SW Bayshore Dr., Traverse City, Michigan, 49685

Space limited to 10 children per workshop, so please register in advance, 231-735-8370

Fridays, SCRAP will be hosting workshops in their craft workshop space:

Fridays April 5th, 12th, and 19th from 5pm to 7pm

SCRAP is located at 821 Garfield next to Honey Baked Ham and the UPS store.

Blackbird Arts: Saturdays and Sundays, April 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th: Two weekends of open workshops, to build your mask and costume and help with some of the BIG puppet and non-motorized float construction.

Saturday sessions are: 10 am-12 Noon, and 1 pm-3 pm

Sunday sessions are: 1 pm-4 pm

Blackbird Arts is located at 1485 Barlow St, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

We ask folks to give a $10 Suggested donation per mask/costume at any of our workshop locations to help offset costs of supplies and materials.

OR—become one of our 250 @ $20  2013 Parade Sponsors! Here’s the info on that wonderful opportunity: http://www.littleartshram.org/?p=1830

AND for folks who wish to give to this community art project and parade electronically:

https://www.causes.com/actions/1723308-2013-four-seasons-of-little-artshram-goodness-in-nwmichigan

info@littleartshram.org

231-735-8370

www.littleartshram.org

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The 2013 Earth Day Parade building workshops, have begun, and we are so pleased to share that we will be welcoming visiting artists to work with us this year!
Little Artshram welcomes puppeteer and artist, George Meyer, from Heart of the Beast Theater in Minneapolis, MN who will be joining us for four (4) weeks helping design and build the 2013 Earth Day Parade!

 

Wonderful fun and Marvelously Magical! Earth Day Parade building workshops!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Many of us that garden-farm-grow our own food in our North West Michigan area have already begun planting seeds and tending to seedlings in our indoor green spaces and greenhouses.

We are looking forward to a full summer of creative garden tending and food growing, learning alongside of our community of folks, big and small through our Summer Camps, permaculture classes and workshops, and outreach programs in neighborhood and community gardens.

Free the Seed-Dandilion People

The Air-Section of the parade is being designed to tell the story of the powerful urge of seeds to be set free….how they know the ways in which to disperse….and what a wonderful, natural garden our planet truly is!

BUT, first we are going to build a parade—which is honoring the awesome power of seeds—the incredible vessels of wonderment that they are—and how very much we need to know about protecting, preserving and saving the seeds that we humans and many other species on planet Earth depend upon!

SO—join us at any of our workshops and get yourself decked out as a seed-loving-human!

AND, because it does take a whole village to build a garden of a parade, here’s a humble request from the Little Artshram board, which we ask you to consider responding to and also share with others!

Happy seed-planting!

`penny Krebiehl, Directress Little Artshram

and Seed-planting, puppet and mask-maker!

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HOW-to build a Dandelion People headgear….
Step one—a nice sheet of cardboard and a good sharp cutting tool….Draw a circle about 18 inches in diameter then, sun-ray style cut out spokes all around the rim….

Hello Friends!

We are reaching out to those who know how much the Annual Earth Day Parade brings to the Grand Traverse community.  This year the parade will on April 20–just three weeks away, and the parade crew being led by our guest artist George Meyer and Penny Krebiehl have been busily tending to the design of the storyboard, setting up shop at our workshop sites and delving into the parade-building tasks!

Please consider a contribution to meet our actual costs and bring this wonderful event completely to life!

Check out this video: http://youtu.be/tl_dcZ_enGY

We are asking 250 of our friends to contribute $20 each to meet our budget for this year (donations of any size are OK!)  Here’s more info on that wonderful opportunity: http://www.littleartshram.org/?p=1830

AND for folks who wish to give to this parade electronically:

https://www.causes.com/actions/1723308-2013-four-seasons-of-little-artshram-goodness-in-nwmichigan

Our website gives lots of details: www.littleartshram.org including an introduction to our visiting puppeteer and artist, George Meyer from Heart of the Beast Theater in Minneapolis, MN!

You will also find workshop opportunities to join in “building” the parade at the website, and information about another community effort to help us celebrate with the Tour de Traverse and Dirt Fest on NMC’s campus (details here: www.nmc.edu/dirtfest)

Here is the link which outlines the volunteer opportunities and the various shifts needed to support our great parade-building efforts:  http://littleartshram.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?start_over&id=2353

Many many thanks, for your contribution to our wonderful gift to the community!

Sincerely, from the Little Artshram Board,

Rokko Jans, Flint Horton, Lindy Barnes and Penny Krebiehl

Little Artshram

Box 844

Traverse City, MI 49685

P.S. If you prefer to use a credit card, please go to www.causes.com and enter Little Artshram in the search box, and follow the link to “2013 four seasons of Little Artshram goodness”

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HOW-to build a Dandilion People headgear….
Step Two: It’s okay that the outside edges of the cardboard are squared off, cause it’s meant to resemble the petals/edge of a dandelion….take a minute to imagine those lovely yellow flowers and how their petals may look like this chunk of cardboard! IMAGINE! Have faith—-you are creating a flower!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOW-to build a Dandelion People headgear….
Step Three: Cut a straight line up through and to the center of the dandelion. Pull one side of the cut edge over to the other–overlapping it so it becomes umbrella-like… and staple it into place.

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Step Four: Build your beanie-cap headgear–to fit your very own noggin and attach it securely to the dandelion. Need instructions on making a beanie cap? Go to: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150179186680503.424527.122677780502&type=3

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Step Five: cut cardboard strips and bend and twist into “pollen fronds” aka stamens….cut slits into the top of the flower and poke them through…secure them with tape and hot glue.

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Step Six: Find three (or more) energetic friends who like to “get into the goop” to help papier maiche! We used a nice, heavy colored paper in a lovely dandelion yellow to papier maiche—eliminating the need to paint our headgear!

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Step Seven: Admire your work and the incredible beauty of a dandelion! Next step: deck yourself out for the parade: April 20th—-meetup @ Oryana Co-op @ 11:30 am!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring! Seeds! Parade! Yippee!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Storytelling about the story

We are letting you know via our Little Artshram webpage and Facebook page—-rather than a crowdfunding/sourcing method that your support IS NEEDED!

We’re asking 250 of our community members and friends to contribute $20 each, we would be able to honestly take care of the costs of this 24th annual community event.

Here’s the breakdown of our budget:

Insurance & permits= $1500.00,

Parade-building materials and expenses $1500.00 (give or take–depending on how much “stuff” we can glean and search out),

Space rental = $700 (To house and host our guest artist, for his four-week stay.)

Parade artist/crew stipends, of $2500.00, (For the nine (9) weeks, over 600 hours, of heart-mind-hands-on work of designing and setting up a creative space to invite our community to join us in building it.)

A total of numbers of greenbacks needed:  $6,200.00.

So far, we’ve received donations of:  $1,250.00.

STILL, needed to bring this story to life:  $4,950.00

What will you get in return?  LOVE! APPRECIATION! and a PARADE!

Little Artshram is a registered 501.c3 non-profit organization and all gifts are tax-deductable.

Send your gift of parade love, made out to “Little Artshram” and mail it to:Little Artshram, P. O. Box 844, Traverse City, Michigan 49685

info@littleartshram.org

 

250 Good Folks with $20 Buckaroos for our 2013 Earth Day Parade, please!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 
EARTH DAY PARADE & PUPPET building this week and next!
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Wednesdays, at Great Lakes Children’s Museum will be hosting workshops on:
April 3, 10, 17th, Wednesdays: 4-6 PM
at 13240 SW Bayshore Dr., Traverse City, Michigan, 49685
Space limited to 10 children per workshop, so please register in advance, 231-735-8370
Water Section
Fridays, SCRAP will be hosting workshops in their craft workshop space:

Fridays April 5th, 12th, and 19th from 5pm to 7pm

SCRAP is located at 821 Garfield next to Honey Baked Ham and the UPS store.

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Blackbird Arts: Saturdays and Sundays, April 6th, 7th, 13th and 14th:
Two weekends of open workshops, to build your mask and costume
and help with some of the BIG puppet and non-motorized float construction.

Saturday sessions are: 10 am-12 Noon, and 1 pm-3 pm

Sunday sessions are: 1 pm-4 pm

Blackbird Arts is located at 1485 Barlow St, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

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We ask folks to give a $10 Suggested donation per mask/costume at any
of our workshop locations to help offset costs of supplies and materials.
We also suggest you call in advance to register:

231-735-8370

info@littleartshram.org
Parade Storyboard, March 30th
EARTH DAY PARADE and PUPPET building this week and next!LittleArtshram.org