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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
 
 
 

IMG_6634Please consider giving an end of year donation to Little Artshram which will be directed towards funding the safe storage and home-place of our BIG Earth Day Parade puppets and help us kick-start the planning for the 2015 Earth Day Parade and also the 2015 Michigan Permaculture Convergence.

Thank you! Thank you! Here’s how you can reach us in a couple of ways:

1.  WRITE TO US!  We LOVE snail mail!  In celebrating our 20 years of service, we’d like to know what our longtime friends are up to and how your experiences with  ARTSPACE and Little Artshram were woven into any of your adventures.

Our address is:  Little Artshram, P.O. Box 844, Traverse City, MI 49685

2.  You can also call us, even in these quieter winter months, we answer phones between 8 am- 12 noon each day.  Little Artshram’s telephone number is (231) 735-8370

3.  Or share your support electronically right here online, via Paypal.  It’s easy! Look at the end of this request (bottom) and then just click on the Donate/Paypal button.

Thank you for your support in 2014, AND, for your continued consideration, of supporting us in 2015!

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Give to Little Artshram & Help a BIG Puppet (or a dozen) out!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

It’s a good day to give, and a good time to celebrate…Little Artshram is 20 years old and entering into it’s “adult world and grown-up” phase of being. And we are thankful!

In the center of this photo are seed-balls—little compost-packed nuggets made by children and their teachers in one of our pivotal Summer Camp years. They represent for us, as a community-giving organization, the promise that there are MORE seeds to plant, tend, gather and distribute. How we do this happens in the form of staying steady on and flexible, through both the good times and the challenging… combining creative, solution oriented, environmental education along with a good smattering of fun!

The longtime creative and environmental educational offerings through classes, workshops, summer camps, the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, and our interest, experience and support of encouraging the growth and understanding of permaculture has connected dozens and dozens of people—and reached hundreds and hundreds of children, youth and families in Michigan.

It is a time when we very much need the support of our friends, families and community. Consider giving in the way that you feel your connection to Little Artshram (Traverse City/NW Michigan) or ARTSPACE (Lansing/Central Michigan) has benefited you–your children—your family—or the special community/place in which we connected with you.

On-line donations in any amount, can be made above near the Little Artshram Crow, via the Paypal button—or at the end of this post.

OR, your gift can be mailed directly to:

Little Artshram

P.O. Box 844

Traverse City, Michigan 49685

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Little Artshram is celebrating 20 years of service in Michigan throughout 2015, by helping to present and sponsor two really wonderful events:  The Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and the Second Annual Michigan Permaculture Convergence, and whatever else we can accomplish given time, energy and funding.

This 20 year-old organization opened our doors in Lansing, Michigan as “Northtown Art Center”, then changed locations and rearranged our name to “Greater Lansing ARTSPACE” in the early-1990’s. When we relocated to the NW region of the lower Michigan Peninsula, in 2000, we went from “great-big-art-space” to: Little Artshram

Since 2005 we began to include some of the handy “tools” that permaculture offers through the ethics and principals of a design science, whole-system thinking process in our multi-age level programs and projects.

Our mission is focused on speaking/practicing/sharing the languages of art and design and checking out our human place in the environment, relative to all else that shares the planet with us.

Here is our official mission statement: “Little Artshram inspires and educates people of all ages to live creatively in harmony with nature, through a unique combination of permaculture principles, visual, musical and puppet artistry, service to the natural world, and inclusive social activism. Little Artshram is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.”

 

THANK YOU for your consideration, support and belief in our mission and on-going community work!

Giving thanks.LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Click here to view the PDF sign-up form to become a Community Partner and Sponsor

eday-parade-2014-flyer-LargeHOW IS this 25th Annual Community Event funded?

The Earth Day Parade is funded entirely by donations and sponsorships. We do not charge a fee to folks attending workshops, asking only for a SUGGESTED DONATION of $20 per mask/costume/person. The Earth Day parade costs are minimal and include: materials and supplies we are unable to scavenge, for space rental, artists stipends for their design contributions, leadership and supervision of the workshops, and for permit fees and liability insurance that allows us to be in the streets on foot.

To become a Community Partner and give to the Earth Day Parade see the Community Partner levels listed  below.  You may also directly contact us. Little Artshram is a 501.c 3, tax deductible and non-profit organization.

You can pay online by clicking on the DONATE button at the bottom of this article.We accept both cash donations and checks made out to: Little Artshram, P.O. Box 844, Traverse City, MI 49865

It takes a whole village to build a 25th Anniversary BEST of-parade! 

Join us as a Community Partner in creating the 2014 Earth Day Parade

Join this fine group of local businesses and neighbors who’ve joined our Community Partners already: Oryana

The Grand Traverse Circuit

Great Lakes Children’s Museum

TC Sings

The Leelanau School

Deep Blue Water Samba

Dirt Fest

Grand Traverse Mycology Society

Joe and Carol Spaulding, Stephanie Mills, Nick and Dea Talantis, Rokko Jans, Jack and Susan Seamon, Lauri and Tom Meade….

 

Choose your level of commitment as a 25th Anniversary Earth Day Parade Community Partner, from one of our Best of Year levels:

1990, YEAR 1, $20 or more

Receive a A THANK YOU on our 2014 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 26th!

1994, YEAR 5, $35 or more

A hand-made, one-of-a-kind postcard THANKING YOU and listing you as a Earth Day Parade Community Partner on our Facebook Page! A limited edition Earth Day Parade Song & Coloring book, and everything from the $20 pledge.

1999, YEAR 10 $50 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 $35 pledge.

2004, YEAR 15 $100 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 Earth Day Parade Community Partner.

2009, YEAR 20 $500 or more

Listed as one of our Community Partners 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 Song & Coloring Book, and three hand-made Seed-Balls with planting instructions.

2014, YEAR 25 $1000 or more

A special position as a parade-section-Marshal or Marshal-ette, your choice of parade section, this year divided by years: 1, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 (first-pledge, first choice), plus everything listed in the $100 pledge.

Please, REMEMBER:

Our parade-building workshops are not just for little people—if you have an interest in art, 2-d or 3-d, or puppet-mask-making or theater or music-making and drumming please join us! We can also use extra pairs of hands as volunteer assistants and with various Eday Parade workshop tasks. Info and descriptions on volunteer opportunities here: http://littleartshram.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?start_over&id=5021

info@littleartshram.org

P.S.  ALSO, we ask that our friends and neighbors share this request with your friends, neighbors and email lists–if 250 friends and families supported us with a $20 donation, we could cover the actual cost of the parade! AND, we are hoping to have a very BIG turnout to our “Best of 25 Years” 2014 Earth Day parade workshops and the celebration itself.
and P.S..  To view a wonderful short video w. footage from last year’s parade w. the theme: “SEEDS! Awesome Vessels of Power!” check out it out here: http://youtu.be/PRplHchYLq4
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Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade–Become a Community Partner and Sponsor our 25th AnniversaryLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 
WHO cares if it’s snowing and raining today in Northern Michigan?  Dang-it we say it’s SPRING, and it’s time to get busy creating a fantastic 25th Anniversary Earth Day Parade Celebration!
An updated Eday 2014 News, complete w. how-to become a community partner, complete workshop info and volunteer offerings will be made weekly until parade day.  And don’t forget to mark your calendars for our 25th Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade Day: Saturday, April 26th!  Consider a shift or two in our workshops next week and jump on the parade-making bandwagon w. us!
Earth Day Parade VOLUNTEER offerings for week of April 1st:

Beginning next week, April 1, 2, and 3rd we have a bunch of places for passionate, curious, friendly, responsible and creative adventuring folks to join us at the Grand Traverse Circuit for three (3) days of puppet and mask-making!

Check-out the special parade-making job positions we are looking to find the right person(s) to fill, and you can sign-up on-line!

http://littleartshram.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?start_over&id=5021

Here are the job-titles we are looking to fill:

Daily set-up and Clean-up crew

Cardboard Collector/Runner

Parade Workshop Artist Assistants

Puppet and Mask-Maker Assistants

Tools and Material Assistants

BIG Truck to pick-up BIG Seed Mask

SIGN-up HERE: http://littleartshram.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?start_over&id=5021

 

SPRING BREAK and APRIL Parade building workshops!

Presented by Little Artshram AT The Grand Traverse Circuit and The Great Lakes Children’s Museum:

LOTSA’ fun and amazing art-making happens each year in preparation of our beloved, annual Earth Day Parade. This year is our 25th Anniversary! Join Little Artshram and friends, at the Grand Traverse Circuit, April 1-3, for a three-day (2 workshop sessions each day) opportunity to build your own mask/costume and help in the building of a Magical, Music-Making, Eco-Trojan-like Horse for the parade!

SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE April 1-3: Choose from six (6) workshops: Tuesday through Thursday, April 1-3; with two sessions offered each day: 10-12 Noon and 1 to 3 PM.

SAMBA DRUMMING CLASSES, April 7th and 21st, 7:30-9 pm with Deep Blue Water Samba School, held at the Grand Traverse Circuit.

AFTER-SCHOOL TUESDAY SCHEDULE: The Great Lakes Children’s Museum will be hosting three (3) after-school workshops on Tuesday, April 8th, 15th and 22nd, from 4-5:30 pm

SPACE IS LIMITED SO RESERVE YOUR PLACE in any of these special SPRING BREAK OR AFTER-SCHOOL TUESDAY WORKSHOPS, by calling 231-735-8370. REMEMBER: It usually takes three (3) visits to the Earth Day Parade Workshops to complete your mask/costume.

ASK US how you can JOIN our Community Partners:

Oryana

The Grand Traverse Circuit

Great Lakes Children’s Museum

TC Sings

The Leelanau School

Deep Blue Water Samba

Dirt Fest

Grand Traverse Mycology Society

231-735-8370

info@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

SPRING BREAK and APRIL Parade building workshops!</p><br /><br /><br /><br />

<p>Presented by Little Artshram AT The Grand Traverse Circuit and The Great Lakes Children's Museum:  </p><br /><br /><br /><br />

<p>LOTSA’ fun and amazing art-making happens each year in preparation of our beloved, annual Earth Day Parade. This year is our 25th Anniversary! Join Little Artshram and friends, at the Grand Traverse Circuit, April 1-3, for a three-day (2 workshop sessions each day) opportunity to build your own mask/costume and help in the building of a Magical, Music-Making, Eco-Trojan-like Horse for the parade! </p><br /><br /><br /><br />

<p>SPRING BREAK SCHEDULE April 1-3:  Choose from six (6) workshops:  Tuesday through Thursday, April 1-3; with two sessions offered each day:  10-12 Noon and 1 to 3 PM.  </p><br /><br /><br /><br />

<p>SAMBA DRUMMING CLASSES, April 7th and 21st, 7:30-9 pm with Deep Blue Water Samba School, held at the Grand Traverse Circuit.</p><br /><br /><br /><br />

<p>AFTER-SCHOOL TUESDAY SCHEDULE: The Great Lakes Children’s Museum will be hosting three (3) after-school workshops on Tuesday, April 8th, 15th and 22nd, from 4-5:30 pm</p><br /><br /><br /><br />

<p>SPACE IS LIMITED SO RESERVE YOUR PLACE in any of these special SPRING BREAK OR AFTER-SCHOOL TUESDAY WORKSHOPS, by calling 231-735-8370. REMEMBER: It usually takes three (3) visits to the Earth Day Parade Workshops to complete your mask/costume.  </p><br /><br /><br /><br />

<p>Find out how you can JOIN our Community Partners:<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Oryana<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

The Grand Traverse Circuit<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Great Lakes Children's Museum<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

TC Sings<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

The Leelanau School<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Deep Blue Water Samba<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Dirt Fest<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

Grand Traverse Mycology Society
Join the 2014 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade Building crew and organizers!LittleArtshram.org