Happy Spring….it’s time for our communities to get BLOOMING along with all the rest of nature, by taking to the streets in our 23rd Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade…but first we will build the parade!

Little Artshram will host a community meeting next Monday, March 26th at 6:00 pm, at Horizon Bookstore, in the lower level.  At that time, Earth Day Parade artists will present their initial ideas for the focus of this years’ Earth Day Parade and celebration. The storytelling theme this year is “The Great Lakes: Our Living Water”

The parade artists rely on feedback of community attendees to help hone and fill out this year’s vision. The more voices, the better—this meeting is free of charge and open to anyone.

ADDITIONALLY, and in preparation for the upcoming Earth Day Parade (Actual parade date is: April 28th) we are planning and offering FREE public puppet and mask-making workshops and looking for venues and organizations to host them.

The masks and costumes are made from recycled and found materials, a technique we call “garbage art”. We also build BIG puppets and help folks create non-motorized floats.

This year we will be hosting Earth Day Parade Building workshops a total of 5 days in mid-April.

The designated workshop days are: Saturdays (2 sessions 9-11, and 1-3 pm)and Tuesdays and Thursdays (7-9 pm) beginning April 12th through parade day April 28th. There may be some extended time needed during parade week to tweak and finish up.

The workshop host space requires: running water, workspace with tables, some storage space for projects in phases of completion, access to a bathroom/sink.

We would like to have the final dates and location of our workshops set for our “Blooming Community Calendar” for the planning meeting next Monday.  Contact us at the number/email address listed below to inquire about becoming a host of the 2012 parade workshops.

Little Artshram has worked diligently for the past 12 years in partnership with many artists, musicians, drummers, and newly trained puppeteers. We have also worked with and been sponsored by TCAPS, the Neahtawanta Center, the Art Center of Traverse City, the Minnervini Group, Oryana Natural Food Co-operative, and TCLP.

Additionally hundreds of families in Traverse City, and some long distance parade fans and puppeteers show up to organize and present the Earth Day Parade.

It is a much loved tradition and we are excited to extend this invitation to you.

MORE 2012 EARTH DAY PARADE INFORMATION:

The public workshops are open to the public, but we require children under the age of 9 be accompanied by their parents or an adult helper/friend.

The Earth Day Parade is funded entirely by donations and sponsorships. We do not charge a fee to folks attending workshops, asking only for donations to offset costs of materials and supplies we are unable to scavenge, for artists stipends for their design contributions, leadership and supervision of the workshops, and for the very
expensive liability insurance that allows us to be in the streets on foot.

The Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade is storytelling parade, telling the story of the chosen theme: “The Great Lakes: Our Living Water”. We then sub-divide the “story” into 4 or 5 elemental sections: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and a center section.

Drummers and musicians are invited and NEEDED to work with the Earth Day Parade artists creating sectional bands to keep the parade moving along. There is also an opportunity for acoustic music and performing to take place at Hannah Park after the parade during the community picnic.

There are three rules to our Earth Day Parade, to ensure safety and simplicity as we take to the streets:
No Words (as in signs advertising or protesting),
No Motors (except for wheelchairs),
No Pets (BIG puppets frighten real animals)

The Earth Day Parade LINE-up begins at Central Grade School, in the front yard at the corner of 7th and Pine Streets @ 12 Noon.

The parade will begin it’s procession @ 1:00 pm, at Central Grade, ending up at Hannah Park.

PARADE ROUTE: Central Grade school, Pine Street to 8th Street, to Union, to State, to Park, to Front, to Union, to Hannah Park

For additional information:

info@littleartshram.org
231-510-3491
www.littleartshram.org

2012 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade BLOSSOMING NOW!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

Join the Earth-loving Fun!

EARTH DAY PARADE PLANNING MEETING for 23rd Annual 2012 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade: Monday, March 19th @ 5:00 pm @ Horizon Bookstore, lower level in Traverse City….



This year’s parade theme: “The Great Lakes: Our Living Water”

We members of the human species to show up and be “Earth Day Parade counted” to help make this 2012 annual community celebration the BEST one yet!

Invite your friends, families, and whole neighborhoods!  Let’s fill the streets, on our feets, (or bicycles)!

WHO MIGHT ATTEND & FIND OUT HOW THEY MAY BENEFIT & CONTRIBUTE to this years’ Earth Day Celebration: classroom teachers and school administrators/board members, members of the DDA/DTCA, construction workers and builders, tinkerers and cobblers, farmers and gardeners, musicians, dancers, NMEAC members, garbage art and recycled artists, TC City government employees, folks who run food pantrys and homeless shelters, Great Lakes Bioneers, folks involved in other awesome, environmental organizations like SCRAP and BARC, other business, restaurant and coffee shop owners, College students and faculty (Parade building 101 may be a credited course!)….
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Contact: 


info@littleartshram.org


www.littleartshram.org


231-510-3491

ALSO, Please share this general Earth Day Parade news on your FB page and to your email lists. gracias…………..

JOIN IN on the fun! Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, Saturday April 28th….

This year’s parade theme is “The Great Lakes: our Living Water”, focusing on all the species that live in our Great Lakes watershed.

We are putting out the call for a puppet repair and BIG puppet building design crew, as well as musicians, puppeteers and folks who wish to be a part of the Parade building workshops to begin the week of April 1st for children, youth and families to get involved in creating masks, costumes and BIG puppets. Stay tuned for our annual Eday Parade Kick-off event to gather the energy, green-backs, Bay Bucks and good ole’ sweat equity to cover the costs of creating this beloved community gathering.

Join Little Artshram and become a sponsor of this community wide event!

For more information and to receive updates contact us:

info@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

231-510-3491

Planning meeting for the GT Earth Day Parade, Monday, March 19th…LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 


EVERYONE interested in urban farming, gardening and learning the ways of growing our own food in our back or front yards, are invited to the next  Traverse City Urban Farming Collective (UFC) meeting and POTLUCK on, Saturday April 14th, 6-8 pm @ the home of Samantha, Chris and family, at 707 Division St., Traverse City. If driving, park along 10th St. For additional directions contact, 231-499-8188.

THANKS to Continual University and Little Artshram for hosting our March UFC event, and once again to Chris Bedford and Diana Jancek for their film and sharing of their life-long work. gracias.

Meeting notes for the past two UFC gatherings are below:

UFC meeting notes, March 10, 2012:
Urban Farming Collective gathered last night in Traverse City at Cogs Creek Studio in Tribalive’s lovely orange room.

After being graced with welcoming music by Nellie Eve, the film “Getting Real about Food and the Future” by Chris Bedford and Diana Jancek was shown, followed by group introductions and discussion.  The film can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/23259917

The purpose of the UFC, is to create a Traverse City based network to meet the growing needs and interest in urban farming and the building of a local food system, while encouraging a lower energy lifestyle. We are growing a group of wonderful folks, contributing good ideas to create a citizen-based, local food system for all. The UFC is collectively organized, offering information about potential and new Community Garden sites, workshops, programs and events, as we continue to deepen our permaculture roots, socializing in our yards and neighborhood gardens, eating good food and encouraging a local economy!

A quick logo for the UFC was inspired by our KALE conversations, and, a project team is already underway for a Community Greenhouse in one or more Traverse City neighborhoods!

Folks are invited to join this on-line group, to stay in touch in the virtual world:    http://hyperlocavore.ning.com/group/traversecitymi
UFC meeting notes from February 27, 2012 can be found at this link:
http://fatpie-okart.blogspot.com/2012/02/really-ok-news-for-traverse-city-good.html

Urban Farming Collective off to a Kale of a Good Start!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

The Urban Farming Collective (UFC), a project of Little Artshram, is creating a Traverse City based network to meet the growing needs and interest in urban farming and the building of a local food system, while encouraging a lower energy lifestyle.  Join the first of our CU Spring Series gatherings as we welcome the UFC and a growing group of wonderful folks, and contribute your good ideas to create a citizen-based, local food system for all.

The UFC is collectively organized, offering information about potential and new Community Garden sites, workshops, programs and events, as we continue to deepen our permaculture roots, socializing in our yards and neighborhood gardens, eating good food and encouraging a local economy!

If you know of individuals, organizations or groups that address food security in Traverse City, through sharing, gleaning, community gardens, and more, please send the link to:     info@littleartshram.org

OR….join us and share information in person:

“HOW-to: FOOD & OUR FUTURE in Traverse City” with a special  30-minute film showing of Christopher Bedford’s film, “GETTING REAL ABOUT FOOD AND THE FUTURE”, presented by the Urban Farming Collective (UFC).

March 10th, Saturday 6-8 pm, @ Cogs Creek Studio/Tribalive, 124 N. Maple St.,  Traverse City, Michigan

It makes sense to have food at this event, so feel free to bring some kind of food to share!

This special film was created to help communities take the first steps toward food security and a thriving economic future in the post petroleum era. Designed to spur organization and action, the film emphasizes solutions to the deepest problems of transitioning to a new food economy. Following the film, Samantha Tengelitsch and Christopher Graves (Urban Farmers living in Traverse City’s Central Neighborhood) will facilitate a discussion about the ideas and issues raised in the film and the implications for our own communities and our own lives.

As an annual, spring event kicking-off the garden growing season in the Traverse City area, we welcome folks and organizations to join us with their garden info. sharing and sign-up–featuring any of the established and new gardens in Traverse City.  This will be a great opportunity for meeting and greeting neighborhood and community gardeners.

More about the Urban Farming Collective, a project of Little Artshram: Do you currently have a Community Garden in Traverse City, or, would you like to begin one in your neighborhood? Are you a chicken farmer, a bee-keeper, a front or back yard gardener, a seed-saver, a soil-manager? Join us and help grow the TC urban farming and gardening movement!

CONTACT:  info@littleartshram.org  or 231-510-3491

Food Security planning with Traverse City’s Urban Farming Collective (a project of Little Artshram)LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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JOIN IN on the fun!  Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, Saturday April 28th….

This year’s parade theme is “The Great Lakes: our Living Water”, focusing on all the species that live in our Great Lakes watershed.

We are putting out the call for a puppet repair and BIG puppet building design crew, as well as musicians, puppeteers and folks who wish to be a part of this year’s event.

Parade building workshops to begin the week of April 1st for children, youth and families to get involved in creating masks, costumes and BIG puppets.

Stay tuned for our annual Eday Parade Kick-off event to gather the energy, green-backs, Bay Bucks and good ole’ sweat equity to cover the costs of creating this beloved community gathering.

We invite folks and organizations to join us Parade Sponsors for this 23rd Annual community event.  Contact:  penny@littleartshram.org

For more information and to receive updates contact us:

info@littleartshram.org
www.littleartshram.org
231-510-3491

23rd Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, April 28thLittleArtshram.org