It takes a whole village to build a garden-of-a-parade!  Join in creating the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade: Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power!

SPRING BREAK WEEK! Blackbird Arts will also be hosting a special three-days of workshops, joining the Little Artshram parade-building crew this year is our special guest artist, George Meyer, who comes from the Ozark Mountains, by way of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater in Minnesota!

Come meet puppet artist, George Meyer, and begin working on your parade mask, costume and other BIG puppets that will help illustrate this year’s storytelling theme:  “SEEDS! Awesome Vessels of Power!”

Spring Break workshops will take place at Blackbird Arts is located at, 1485 Barlow, Traverse City, Michigan,

Workshop sessions:

Tuesday, March 26th,

Wed, March 27th,

and Thursday March 28th

Sessions to choose from:

10 am-12 Noon, or

1 pm-3 pm

~ $10 suggested donation per mask-costume

~ Children under age nine (9), please bring an adult helper or friend

~We suggest you call in advance, to reserve your space for the workshops

~Register via phone, with your choice of workshop date/time/location by calling: 231-735-8370

info@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

231-735-8370

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PARADE WORKSHOPS COMING UP:

Also at Blackbird Arts: Saturdays and Sundays, March 30th-April 14th: Three 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   $10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.

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

Wednesday workshops, at Great Lakes Children’s Museum:

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

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

$10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.

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

$10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.

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

THANK YOU TO OUR  2013 Parade “Workshop Partner “organizations below.

AND, we invite other folks & local business, organizations and schools to sponsor the parade!

See more sponsorship information for the 2013 Earth Day Parade below.

 

Spring Break! PUPPET & PARADE Workshops!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

It’s Earth Day Parade-building time!

Check out the schedule which also includes public workshops March 26th-28th, during SPRING BREAK, and on Saturdays/Sundays at Blackbird Arts, Fridays’ at  SCRAP, and Wednesdays at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum

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Blackbird Arts, 1485 Barlow, Traverse City, will be the home-base of our community parade building workshop for the next four weeks!

PUPPETEERS! ARTISTS! MUSICIANS! & VOLUNTEERS & INTERNS, join us:

March 23-24th we will begin with a  workshop set-up, offering “Parade Section Leader” positions to budding puppeteers, artists, musicians; hosting a special training for Parade volunteers; parade storyboard brainstorming and construction.

PARADE  BUILDING Workshop, for children, youth, of all ages! Schedule and General information:

  • Children under age nine (9), please bring an adult helper or friend
  • We suggest you call in advance, to reserve your space for the workshops.
  • Register via phone, with your choice of workshop date/time/location by calling: 231-735-8370

 

SPRING BREAK WEEK! Blackbird Arts will also be hosting a special three-days of workshops on

Tuesday, March 26th, Wed, March 27th,  and Thursday March 28th

with sessions running on those days from 10 am-12 Noon, and 1 pm-3 pm

Register in advance by calling 231-735-8370, $10 suggested donation per mask-costume.

Saturdays and Sundays, March 30th-April 14th: Three 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

$10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.  Blackbird Arts is located at 1485 Barlow St, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

Wednesdays, April 3-17th:

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

$10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.  Space limited to 10 children per workshop, so please register in advance.

Fridays, April 5th-19th:

SCRAP will be hosting workshops in their craft workshop space:

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

$10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.  SCRAP is located at 821 Garfield next to Honey Baked Ham and the UPS store.

To REGISTER or for additional information:

231-735-8370  or  info@littleartshram.org

 

Let’s build a parade for THE most important “Holiday” we can celebrate: EARTH DAY!!!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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SPRING! Community SING! to benefit the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 @ Good Works Collective, 417 South Union, TC

Enjoy a special evening with local singers and musicians, Dede Alderman, Heather Kingham, Rokko Jans, Zach Power and Carol Laughing Waters who will serenade us AND encourage us to let our voice ring out, singing in Spring together! Join us in welcoming the season with a fresh beginning of sweet melodies & harmonies.

*doors open at 6:30, singing begins at 7:00

 

*$20 suggested donation at the door includes an Earth Day Parade Songbook!

*FREE for kids 10 & under

This is a benefit for Little Artshram, organizer and sponsor of the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and celebration. Little Artshram has been sharing art, environmental education and hosting community gatherings in Michigan for 20 years!

We’ll have the 2013 GT Earth Day Parade and Dirt Fest info, along with a month-long schedule of FREE public workshops at various community venues at this event!

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It takes a whole village to build a garden-of-a-parade! 

Join in creating the 2013 Earth Day Parade: Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power!

Be part of the movement that will safeguard the spirit of the 24th Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and community celebration for another quarter of a century!

Become a sponsor of this year’s parade.  You can also join us for our SPRING! Community SING! on March 20th, and learn about the month-long public workshops, check out the parade storyboard, and enter in special prize drawings!  Choose your level of sponsorship:

AMARANTH $5 or more

Receive a A THANK YOU on our 2013 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 20th!

CARROT $10 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 $5 pledge.

BEAUTIFUL BEET $20 or more

A hand-made, one-of-a-kind postcard THANKING YOU and listing you as a Seed-Loving Parade Partner, plus everything from the $10 pledge.

SUGAR SNAP PEA $35 or more

A limited edition SPRING! Community Sing! Earth Day Parade Song & Coloring book, a limited edition SPRING! Community Sing! poster and everything from the $20 pledge.

SUMMER SQUASH $50 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 Seed-Loving Parade Partner.

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES $100 or more

Listed as one of our fine Seed-Sponsors 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 SPRING! Community SING! Song & Coloring Book, and three hand-made Seed-Balls with planting instructions.

KOOKY CUCUMBER $500 or more

A special position as a parade-section-Marshal or Marshal-ette, your choice of parade section: Air, Fire, Water, Earth or Center (first-pledge, first choice), a limited edition 2013 Earth Day Parade poster, plus everything listed in the $100 pledge.

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

For more information and HOW-to get involved in the GT Earth Day festivities, contact:

www.littleartshram.org

info@littleartshram.org

231-735-8370

SPRING SING! Seed, song and parading along….LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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SPRING! Community SING! to benefit the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 @ Good Works Collective, 417 South Union, Traverse City, Michigan

Enjoy a special evening with local singers and musicians, Dede Alderman, Heather Kingham, Rokko Jans, Zach Power and Carol Laughing Waters who will serenade us AND encourage us to let our voice ring out, singing in Spring together! Join us in welcoming the season with a fresh beginning of sweet melodies & harmonies.

*doors open at 6:30, singing begins at 7:00

*$20 suggested donation at the door includes an Earth Day Parade Songbook!

*FREE for kids 10 & under

This is a benefit for Little Artshram, organizer and sponsor of the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and celebration. Little Artshram has been sharing art, environmental education and hosting community gatherings in Michigan for 20 years!

We’ll have all the 2013  Earth Day Parade information you’ll need along with a month-long schedule of FREE public workshops at various community venues at this event!

Contact us about the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day festivities:

www.littleartshram.org

info@littleartshram.org

231-735-8370

SPRING! Community SING! Fundraiser and Kick-off for the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day ParadeLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

NEXT PLANNING MEETING, Wednesday, March 13th, 6 pm, @ Horizon Books…

Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and Celebration; Community Planning Meeting,

Wednesday, February 27th, 6 pm, Horizon Book Store, lower level,

Traverse City, Michigan

Meeting Info/Agenda: Eday Fish-Headgear in the Looking Glass

Highlighting: NEW! Earth Day Parade Route: Beginning @ Oryana, Lake St., crossing 8th Street, to Lake, to Cass, to State, to Park, to Front, to Union, to State, to Cass, to Lake, crossing 8th Street to Lake and Oryana.

1. Introductions

2.  Earth Day Celebration collaborators:

Little Artshram: The 24 Year Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade tradition continues to be a welcoming of Spring community wide celebration that is a free annual event in Traverse City.  The Earth Day parade is a storytelling parade with 5+ sections in the parade this year, designed around the theme of “Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power” (inspired by the work of our friends @ HOBT.org) focusing on celebrating and educating ourselves about seeds and soil and the importance of all the species associated with plants and the earth itself.  As a human species, we plan and prepare to transform ourselves for one day into an other-than-human species and take to the streets, celebrating our blessed place on the planet near Grand Traverse Bay. In 2002, Little Artshram was gifted with the organizational tasks of the Earth Day parade from the Neahtawanta Center and performs the following role and tasks as the organizer of this event:

  •         Initiates community planning meeting/sets framework
  •         Schedules and organizes all free public parade-building workshops
  •         Hires parade artistic staff, parade section leader for each section of parade and to work at the public workshops
  •         Gathers/purchases all supplies, materials and needs for puppet and mask building
  •         Purchases and holds parade-in the streets liability insurance policy
  •         Schedules on-site presentations/workshops @ schools/for various organizations
  •         Hosts and heads-up all parade day activties/secures permits, ect…
  •         Fundraising (Spring Community Sing! Fundraiser on March 20th) and fiduciary for parade and workshops

NMC-Student Life Organization:

The NMC SLO offers the Dirt Fest as a free earth day celebration with a vision of communicating to our student body and community members as how to get involved with a multitude of environmental issues, both locally and globally, through a dialogue with music, art and small interactive workshops. The addition of the Dirt Fest to the Earth Day Parade celebration is a welcome, and enlivening way for the college age youth and faculty of NMC to get directly involved with our Earth Day Parade and we are so happy for this collaboration to emerge!

More on the NMC Student Life Organization here:  https://www.nmc.edu/student-services/student-life/index  More information specifically on the bike-brigade and after-parade Dirt Fest events forthcoming!

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Oryana Natural Food Cooperative:

Oryana is a longtime community supporter of the Earth Day Parade and has agreed to be the start-up/ending point and parade head for our 2013 Eday parade.  With the parade route changed up a bit this year, and with the NMC students involved in the “after-party” we’ll be working with Oryana to set up guidelines for car-pooling/parking alternatives, and brainstorming ways in which to shuttle folks over to NMC from the Oryana neighborhood to the Welcome Center where the Dirt Fest will take place.

Blackbird Arts (confirmed):

Blackbird Arts has generously offered to join the Eday fun and host our Earth Day Parade Community Art Studio.  Blackbird Arts is located at 1485 Barlow Street in Traverse City. We will begin our free public workshops on the weekend, directly following the “Spring Community Sing” fundraiser on March 20th.  Public workshops will begin on Saturday, March 23rd– through the weekend of April 13th.  The workshops will take place on Saturday, from 10 am until Noon and 1 pm until 3 pm; and on Sunday from 1 pm- until 3 pm.  We are also planning for a Spring Break week of parade building from March 25th through March 29th—details/plans forthcoming.

Great Lakes Children’s Museum (pending confirmation):

Great Lakes Children’s Museum hosted a parade building workshop in 2012 and is again considering their schedule to host a series of three (3) puppet and mask building workshops this year.  The workshops are being scheduled for Wednesdays after-school, from 4-6 pm, April 3, 10th and 17th.  The Great Lakes Children’s Museum is located at 13240 SW Bayshore Dr., Traverse City.

Grand Traverse County Senior Center (pending/fundraising needed):

The GT County Senior Center, located at 801 East Front Street, Traverse City offers their community room for consideration of holding our “Spring Community Sing” fundraiser, and also possibily hosting a few parade building workshops to include our community  elders in our parade and celebration.

The Grand Traverse Circuit (pending discussion):

The Grand Traverse Circuit has been contacted to possibly host the “Spring Community Sing”, and is located at 225 W 14th Street in Traverse City.  More info and further planning in process with Tara Carrol.  The Circuit’s mission is to provide a quality venue for the community, and facilitate experiential events in the cultural/performing arts, wellness, and educational areas.

SCRAP TC:

We hope to bring the good garbage art folks at SCRAP into the Eday Community Art Studio’s with some of their wonderful scrappy, puppet and mask making goodies.  SCRAP TC is located 821 Garfield (by the UPS store)= accepting donations Saturdays 12-4pm; We are an emerging community re-use center and educational non-profit that hopes to provide artistic inspiration to people of all ages.

TCSings.org:

In addition to our wonderful Parade Section Bands, this year Heather Kingham of TC Sings! will join us to discuss the possibilities of adding “Seed Singing Choirs” to this years’ parade!

TC Sings! is an inclusive choir community, welcoming all voices and all people, singing songs from a variety of world cultures and traditions in three- and four-part harmony. Everything is taught orally; there is no need to read music, and no previous singing experience is required. 

TC Sings! is a member of the Ubuntu Choirs Network. Singing is our birthright; all voices are welcome. TC Sings! is a choir for men and women who are new to singing, as well as those who’ve been singing their whole lives. We are not affiliated with any particular religion or spiritual path, but seek to celebrate humanity’s highest aspirations through music. Heather Kingham (503) 422-6515 or heather@tcsings.org

MORE FOLKS AND BUSINESSES are warmly invited!

Additional Earth Day Parade & Celebration collaborations welcome!…..

3.  General Parade info:

Saturday, April 20th, Bad weather date is April 27th, 2013

Parade Line-up @ 11:30 pm

Parade Begins @ 12:30 pm

3 Simple Parade Rules, for safety on the streets:

No pets, No words (no signs), No motors (except for wheelchairs)

2013 Parade theme: “Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power”

Focusing on seeds and soil….

Our Storytelling Parade has 5 Sections PLUS a Bike Brigade

Fire, Water, Center, Air, Earth, Bike Brigade

4.  NEW! Parade Route:

Beginning @ Oryana, Lake St., crossing 8th Street, to Lake, to Cass, to State, to Park, to Front, to Union, to State, to Cass, to Lake, crossing 8th Street to Lake and Oryana.

5. Fundraiser, Spring Community Sing, Wednesday March 20th (UPDATED)

Purpose:  To raise funds for workshop/insurance & rental fees/parade building materials/visiting artist stipends

Venue ideas:  TC Senior Center $100, Blackbird Arts, The Circuit, and…..

Time: t/b/d

Song Leading Guild: Dede Alderman, Rokko Jans, Carol Laughing Waters….Heather of TC Sings!

Music makers: Zach Power, Rokko Jans and….

6.  The March 20th event fundraiser is working w/ Little Artshram board’s fundraising efforts to begin a Kickstarter (or like) campaign for Eday….

Normally, Little Artshram donates about 75% of the actual budget to the creation, sponsorship and organization of this annual event.  We’ve done this kind of community  give-back since 2001 and while we are committed to doing the work to hold this parade, we can’t continue to take on anymore debt.  We wish the parade to be self-sustaining and have an even longer life in the Tc/GT area, and we know that the Traverse City community looks forward to this longtime annual spring celebration.

The Earth Day parade takes full-time direction from February through parade day and into the last week of April and we are working to bring in parade artists this year to put together a fantastic celebration.

In order to improve from where we are, building on the incredible community work thus far, AND to remain the change-making organization we are, the Little Artshram board/fundraising committee is hosting a community-wide/on-line fundraiser with a goal of reaching 100 sponsors willing to gift this longtime event and the organization, $100 each, to cover ALL of the true costs and expenses.

The 100/$100 Donations can also be made directly to Little Artshram via snail mail:  Little Artshram/2013 Earth Day Parade and Celebration, P.O. Box 844, Traverse City, MI 49685

info@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

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2013 Earth Day Parade and Celebration planning meeting tonight… Feb. 27th @ 6 pmLittleArtshram.org