Earthrise, taken on December 24, 1968,
by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders.

Our Northern Michigan home place and the snowy landscape is slowly changing. We’ve heard the first of the spring birdsong coming from the treetops, and we are making note of an annual Springtime holiday that we’ve celebrated for many years with our communities in April: Earth Day! 

This year In 2020 we celebrate 50 years of taking pause and making efforts to stop and turn around the destruction and lack of conscious caring for our planet home. It’s been a lot of work and effort and we surely have not accomplished all of what we’ve set out to do as caretakers and citizens of a shared place. 

We are pleased to look back on 20 some years of the 49 Earth Days past having gathered together and working alongside of SO, so many talented artists and musicians, hundreds of children, teens, entire families and school classrooms, along with the City of Traverse City, the Neahtawanta Center, Art Center/Women’s Resource Center and The Circuit. This just names a few of the people and organizations who’ve been involved in helping to make the Earth Day date on our human-made calendar a worthy and real holiday! 

This year, to mark the significant golden anniversary of our shared love of our life on Earth, Little Artshram will partner with Title Track a new organization that is celebrating its 1st anniversary, on Sunday April 26th, at The Circuit in Traverse City. 

Little Artshram will be partnering with the Title Track Family Day at The Grand Traverse Circuit “Community Cultural Arts, Wellness, & Education”, Traverse City – session one: 3pm, session two: 5pm, variety show: 7pm.

CHECK BACK! MORE info forthcoming with an offering of becoming an Earth Day Art Ambassador and contribute your creativity to this celebration! 

Last but not least, we’ve included below an excerpt from the Sierra Magazine with a little background on the birth of Earth Day:

The United States had never experienced anything like it: On April 22, 1970, nearly one in 10 Americans flooded the streets and the woods and the seashores to call for an end to the merciless pollution of the country’s air, waters, and landscapes. In the words of Senator Gaylord Nelson, the Wisconsin Democrat who conceived the idea of Earth Day, the goal was to force the issue of environmental protection “permanently onto the national political agenda”—and in that, the effort succeeded.

The conservation movement that existed before 1970 was largely made up of white, affluent outdoors-people who mostly focused on the protection of birds and other wildlife, the preservation of wilderness, and the establishment of parks and preserves. The environmental movement that was born on Earth Day aspired to something larger—a multiracial cause, propelled by the same passion that spurred the civil rights and anti–Vietnam War movements, dedicated to preserving urban environments as well as wild ones, and inspired by the ecological insight that our home is the whole planet.

Since then, the influence of Earth Day has waxed and waned; at times it has seemed little more than an occasion for corporate greenwashing. But the fieriness of the first Earth Day remains like an ember within the original idea. To mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, Sierra assembled a collection of activists, organizers, and authors to imagine how it can be reinvigorated and reinvented. While each contributor writes in a different key, together they form a chorus, insistently hopeful that Earth Day 2020 can be another watershed moment—one that leads to a bigger, bolder, and more lasting transformation.

READ the rest of the articles here: EARTH DAY 50 Years

A simple phrase with a lot of intention & effort behind it: Happy Earth Day, Every Day!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Hey Ho! Puppet and Masketeers!

There are a couple of great opportunities coming up to join Little Artshram and friends as we pick up our O’k and Pretty Good Players Traveling Theater to share the love of storytelling at the upcoming Earthwork Harvest Gathering Sept 21-23, and off in the distance, next Summer up in the U.P.! Contact us to learn more and get involved!

Pictured here are our star puppeteers Emma and Addie from our show titled “Sun and Rock, honoring author Bryd Baylor.

Here’s a great little vision of this puppet show creation presented at the Traverse City Film Fest.

O’k and Pretty Good Players Traveling Theater heading out!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 
Want to build a sweet, little community parade to celebrate the natural world and our beautiful planet??? We have TONS of experience and stories to share, AND, experienced artists to connect you with!
 
Little Artshram offers programs that celebrate creativity and encourage fun, hands-on exploration through the fine-art of observation. We focus skill-building in three areas with a variety of programs: Community Art and Music, Permaculture for kids and adults, OUTLOUD! Girls Groups, Mentoring Youth through our Artist Apprentice Program.
The parade and festival community projects that Little Artshram creates involve LOTSA’ fun and amazing art-making in preparation for what has great potential to become a beloved, annual event! We are artists, musicians, educators and permaculturists that creatively respond with positivity to the problems, solutions, beauty and art of the natural world, for which we are a part of. We believe in celebrating and bridging art + community + the places that we love and share our home with!
 
We have an outline of “how-to” begin organizing for what we call a Storytelling Parade and Festival, along with basic directions on how to build larger than life-size puppets, masks and costumes. We work with classrooms, organizations and community members to develop a story or theme that can be made into a pageant, parade or performance. Our goal in creating this kind of social art is based on recognizing and developing a way to speak to our love of the places both common and wild that invigorate us as human beings to be the best possible caretakers.
 
We praise and encourage community building and are not afraid of using the word “volunteer”. Volunteering is a great way to be part of a festival or parade community and to meet like-spirited people. Volunteers make it possible for organizations and our friends and collaborators to offer community based art events like a festival or parade, while acquiring hands-on puppet & mask building skills. More than 43 individuals volunteered nearly 1350 hours to Little Artshram EACH YEAR of parade-building and community events held in Traverse City FOR MORE THAN 12 YEARS. Wowza!
 
Our artistic staff provides professional leadership(3 full-time artists) for contribution of a planning and design team with community members. These artists ask for and will be paid a living wage. Most of the materials, supplies and additional human-power can be found, donated and gathered from community recycled and natural resources. We invite and encourage community involvement from the very beginning, and this is the way we design and create our work. And, it works!
 
Here is a video and pictured above and below are a very few examples of our parade work with the Traverse City community, with thanks to videographer/photographer, Petra Daher!
We give recognition and much gratitude to In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, who mentored us for many years!
For more information or to schedule a consultation or presentation contact:
penny.ok.art@gmail.com
 
Social Art: Community + Art + The Places we LoveLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

We are one of dozens of organizations that have been involved with and sharing permaculture design and education with people of ALL ages, from all backgrounds, in different parts of the Great Lakes bioregion for many years.

Now, Little Artshram is very excited to announce that the Permaculture Women’s Guild’s new online Permaculture Design Certification Course is now launched! And, Little Artshram is a part of this global educational sharing community!

We feel honored to have Penny Krebiehl, our Founder and Directress to be a part of an international team of more than 40 women from 13 countries who put together this online course.  This permaculture design course not only provides the standard 72-hour permaculture design curriculum, but also an additional 42 hours of study and hands-on practice in cultural emergence, social justice & decolonization, seed stewardship, egalitarian group process, working with volunteers, regenerative entrepreneurship, art of hosting, designing for children (which Penny leads), and permaculture pedagogy.

This is the first of it’s kind!

Sliding scale available, and early bird rates for those enroll within the first 100 people! Course includes certification, curriculum, and 3 hours of personal mentorship with Penny or another stellar teacher! 😊

Here’s the link to sign-up or please feel free to share!

https://coursecraft.net/courses/z9Thn/a/cpmYFEtTZ

The above collage of our International teaching team was made by one of our teachers, Kareen Erbe, who is doing the Appropriate Technology Module and also happens to be a total superstar permaculturist. Check out her website www.brokengroundpermaculture.com

Sharing Permaculture with the World in a New Online Course!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Preview of “TC PDC 2016 Header-NMI Permaculture”

How can permaculture design help urban, suburban, and small-town dwellers meet our needs in sustainable, resilient ways? Toby Hemenway’s book The Permaculture City is one of the course books that expands beyond the “garden-gate” to offer solutions for energy, community, place-making, livelihood, decision-making, and many of the other challenges of living in cities and towns. Toby Hemeway offers innovative examples of urban permaculture from all around North America, and his book, focusing on an urban environment offers inspiration and hope for moving toward a regenerative culture.

This is the first year the course, organized by Little Artshram and Northern Michigan Permaculture is to be housed at the Greenspire School and the GT Food Innovation Hub at Cherry Capital, in Traverse City, Michigan–each hosting three weekends.  We’ve been able to offer the course to representative students from each of our host location sites and Little Artshram  has also  been very, very supportive of making the course available to students through payment plans and work-trade.

In addition, Little Artshram would like to build a scholarship fund for students to be able to take the course. If you can make a (tax-deductible) contribution to that fund (however small),  and it would be used well. You can use our donation link through Paypal here or send a check to Little Artshram/Northern Michigan Permaculture. Either way, please note “PDC scholarship” with your contribution.

There are still a few seats in our upcoming city-based design course in Northern Michigan, and we hope to include all who are interested. Register by March 1st, at a reduced fee of $950 for the Traverse City Permaculture Design Course.

SPECIAL OFFER: Former PDC students, may take the course for one-half price!

To ask additional questions or set up a payment plan for the course fee, contact the course registrar: penny.ok.art@gmail.com On-line registration here: www.nmipermaculture.org

And here in a youtube video is one of the best in depth explanations of permaculture we have heard. It addresses the many challenges and tools for decision making we face today. Toby Hemenway new book “The Permaculture City” covers these, and is one of our main course books for this 6 month PDC.

https://youtu.be/WI4GrRxLAmY

On-line registration or to download a pdf:  www.nmipermaculture.org

Contact:  penny.ok.art@gmail.com

Traverse City Permaculture Design Course, begins March 19thLittleArtshram.org