“A Permaculture Primer-Image”Imagine being able to live in a sustainable way in all areas of life, achieving energy efficiency, water and food security, and rehabilitating landscape into productive land. These ideas are all part of the matrix of Permaculture Design, a method of planning that can be applied at many scales; from the home garden to city block, to village to farm.

Find out more about permaculture in a FREE introductory workshop on Feb. 6th, at the Traverse Area District Library:
A Permaculture Primer
Saturday, Feb. 6th, 1-4 pm
McGuire Room, 610 Woodmere, Traverse City, MI 49686
This FREE 3-hour primer is a great introduction to permaculture, ideal for those who are curious and want to know more before committing to a full Permaculture Design Course, or are simply interested in learning what permaculture has to offer.
We will cover permaculture ethics and principles, why we need permaculture, show real world examples of permaculture projects and present information on our upcoming 2016 Traverse City Permaculture Design Certificate Course.
This is FREE to the public, but we do request that you RSVP ahead of time, as space is limited.
RSVP: penny.ok.art@gmail.com
We look forward to seeing you there!
Click here for information on the 2016 Traverse City Permaculture Design Course
Permaculture Primer, FREE Informational Class, Feb. 6th, 2016LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

 

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Hello to the wonderful friends of Little Artshram

and the O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players!

Mr. Rokko Jans and myself are PLEASED to share details about our soon to be fantastic puppet and mask theater production and performance for the 2015 TCFF KidsFest!

It’s our fifth year sharing a puppet performance and this year, we are featuring an original script about Susanna Shakespeare (daughter of William) and her garden, and a particular patch of milkweed—a homeplace and snacking spot for Willy Wordworm.

Learn the how-to’s of the ancient art of puppetry and mask making, be a part of creating an original, story-telling play and script, compose original music and songs guided by talented artists and musicians….Registration open! M-F, 10 am -3 pm, July 20th through July 31st

O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, have been sharing puppet and mask performances since 2010, and will be holding a fantastic and special 2-weeks of PUPPET CAMP to prepare for a performance in Traverse City, including building puppets, set design, story-boarding, puppet and mask performance/acting lessons….This is an amazing, local “organic” puppet theater, which includes a week of production and design, with our continued collaboration with professional artists and musicians.

The 2015 PUPPET CAMP is brought to you by Little Artshram and O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, with composer and musician Rokko Jans, and Traverse City’s home-town puppeteer and mask-maker, Penny Krebiehl, and we are expecting a few very special guests artists and musicians!

Contact us ASAP, via email and we will send you the PUPPET CAMP registration form and medical/insurance release forms we need you to fill out and bring with.

We will also send you the script before camp begins for downloading and printing out at home.

PUPPET CAMP will happen at the Desmond & Hearne residence/aka The Sunshine Farm at 501 Seventh St. in Traverse City, Monday thru Friday from 10 am-3 pm. With at least one or two visits to an outdoor “theater” space in the Munson Woods (near Spanglish). Each day the camp will begin at 501 Seventh St.

Set design, puppet production and music rehearsals are: Monday, July 20th-through Thursday, July 30th, meeting each day from 10-3 pm (Skipping Weekends)

Performance rehearsals for the Pretty Good Players crew, (which includes all Musicians and Singers, who are asked to join us Mon-Thurs. in the afternoon from 1-3 pm) are scheduled for Monday, July 27th through the 30th. Our puppet show dress-rehearsal will happen on Thursday, July 30th.

Here’s the day to day of PUPPET CAMP for the two weeks:

WEEK 1- July 20th-25th,

Monday: read through script/storyboard, begin set design/puppet production, practice lines/songs/music

Tuesday: tweak/finalize storyboard, continue set design/puppet production, practice lines/songs/music

Wednesday: continue set design/puppet production, practice lines/songs/music

Thursday: COMPLETE/Fine-tune and finish set design and puppets

Friday: Rehearse puppets w. set, practice songs, read thru script

WEEK 2- July 28th-31st

Monday; read through script,

Tuesday; read through, designate roles, meet puppets

Wednesday; read through w/ puppets

Thursday: puppet dress rehearsal

Friday: Fantastic musical puppet show @ TCFF Kidsfest! Cast Party immediately afterwards!

Our puppet performance is on Friday, July 31st @ 11:15 am, at the Kids Fest site at Central Grade School, on 7th Street in Traverse City.

We are SUPER excited about this year’s gig, and already want to THANK our friends who continue to support us at TCFF, Spanglish! and many others….

Fee: Sliding scale between $100-150 per week, with sibling discounts and for friends/families in need…..We would do this for FREE, but can’t do that this year….just trying to pay our puppeteer/musician house rentals and traveling fees and appreciate your consideration of our meeting our needs.

See you soon, soon, soon!

`penny Krebiehl and Rokko Jans

Directress/Director of O’k Puppet Theater

231-922-2014

penny.ok.art@gmail.com

Willy Wordworm arrives in Traverse City!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

ANNOUNCING a special invitation to join in on the puppet-growing fun in Traverse City, ’cause it’s time for our 2015 PUPPET CAMP!

PUPPET CAMP is a two-week fantastic intensive, musical, theater and art experience which includes an opportunity for aspiring puppeteers and musicians to participate in a performance at the Traverse City Film Fest!

Learn the how-to’s of the ancient art of puppetry and mask making, be a part of creating an original, story-telling play and script, compose original music and songs guided by talented artists and musicians….Registration open! M-F, 9 am -3 pm, July 20th through July 31st (Performance date and time tba during the TCFF Kidsfest)!

O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, have been sharing puppet and mask performances since 2010, and will be holding a fantastic and special 2-weeks of PUPPET CAMP to prepare for a performance in Traverse City, including building puppets, set design, story-boarding, puppet and mask performance/acting lessons….This is an amazing, local “organic” puppet theater, which includes a week of production and design, with our continued collaboration with professional artists and musicians.

The 2015 PUPPET CAMP is brought to you by Little Artshram and O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, with composer and musician Rokko Jans, and Traverse City’s home-town puppeteer and mask-maker, Penny Krebiehl, and we are expecting a few very special guests artists and musicians!

Yippee! We can’t wait for the creative chaos and this 5th Annual Puppet Camp to begin…Join us!

Registration is open now—Sibling discount and sliding scale registration fee for families in need. Please inquire!

Info: 231-922-2014

penny.ok.art@gmail.com

 

Getting ready for puppeteering!

2015 Summer Puppet Camp–lotsa’ fun with a musical performance at the TCFF KidsfestLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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Food lovers, gardeners, farmers! Want to learn more about what it takes to grow a healthy, bio-nutrient rich carrot and other crops? Or ways to better monitor and learn new ways to feed the soil that feeds the plants that we feed on? Or just what the health and quality of the fresh foods we purchase actually is?

JOIN US FOR A mighty, good winter-educational retreat:

February 21, 22, 2015, a 2-day soils course which focuses on growing healthy plants and eating bionutrient foods grown in our gardens/farms.  This workshop is being offered just south of Traverse City, at Baker’s Green Acres farm in Marion, Michigan. Pre-registration required and overnight accommodations available.

Register for the course here:  http://bionutrient.org/workshops

To make reservations for overnight stay, contact Jill Baker via their webpage: www.bakersgreenacres.com

This High Bionutrient Crop Production Workshop will be led by founder Dan Kitteridge of the Bionutrient Food Association. It is designed so that participants can learn the basic principals and practices of this form of biological and energetic farming and gardening.

Principals and practices to be covered:

~Identifying Deficiencies

~Principals of Biological

~Vital Health in the Field

~Managing Crops thru the Season

An introduction to High Bionutrient Crop Production was presented in December in both Ypsilanti, and in Northern MI at Baker’s Green Acres farm, with Dan Kittridge of the Bionutrient Food Association.

NOW, we offer the full-intensive/2-day course, Feb. 21-22nd, hosted again at the Baker’s farm in Marion, Michigan with Dan Kitteridge leading the course.

This event is cooperatively sponsored/announced by: Little Artshram, O’k CSA, Baker’s Green Acres and the Anyone Can Farm program….as well as other friends, and organizations in Michigan including AMPY, and Awareness Farms.

Please share widely, there is space for at least 20 participants and this is going to be a valuable means by which to set up food-growing networks statewide and to consider ways in which to push beyond sustainable practices to resiliency—-which is what our beloved planet home asks of us.

General info/event shared on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/events/646408345469498/

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High Bio-nutrient Crop Production workshop, Feb. 21-22LittleArtshram.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