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


Getting ready for puppeteering!

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


THIS YEAR, Little Artshram is taking a year off from organizing and hosting the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade, but the BIG puppets and many of our well loved Earth Day parading characters have formed their own “traveling troupe” in order to continue to make their mark in our annual welcoming of spring and celebration of our planet home.

We encourage you to support a couple of wonderful events that some of our friends are hosting and that the BIG puppets will be representing Little Artshram and maintaining a strand of our beloved Eday Parade,  Here’s one of them:

NMC Student Life Organization is sponsoring an event on Saturday, April 18th from 1-7 pm, at Northwestern Michigan College, 1701 East Front St, Traverse City, Michigan 49684

The Sweet Earth Arts and Music Festival is a full afternoon and early evening of celebration–music, art and interactive workshops— and is a means of communicating how to get involved with a multitude of environmental issues, both locally and globally.

The event features many regionally based musicians: Tatiana Crespo (Traverse City, MI), Aaron Otto (Harbor Springs, MI), Ruby John (Northport, MI), the Sturgeon Bay Singers (Harbor Springs, MI), Dede and the Dreamers (Ann Arbor, MI), The Way Down Wanderers(Chicago, IL), and Samantha Lynne Crawford wsg/ Medicinal Groove (Traverse City, MI).

Workshops will include: The Wonder of Raptors (presented by Wings of Wonder), Nature Writing Workshop (presented by Stephanie Mills), and Connecting Community through Civil Engagement (presented by Gary Howe).

In case not everyone is busy dancing or participating in one of our workshops, we will have hands-on activities for all ages including a science corner for kids, seed-ball making, a compost worm petting zoo, an arts and crafts table using recyclable materials, and more! Also new to this year, we will have our first ever Sweet Earth Artist Market featuring some of the many talented artisans in Northern MI.

We love the tradition and shared vision of the beautiful community work so many TC and Grand Traverse region friends and businesses have contributed to our production work of the Eday Parade, and that the NMC Student Organization is embracing with this daylong festival: “Sweet Earth is a celebration filled with creative expression that plants the seed of environmental consciousness and provides the resources to help it grow.”

ALSO it is a free festival begins at 1 p.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m. in NMC’s Health and Science Building.

For more information, email the “bee” that Litttle Artshram directress, Penny Krebiehl

is outfitting above:  Mara Penfila


A travelin’ troupe of BIG Eday Parade puppets: April 18th Sweet Earth Arts and Music


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:

To make reservations for overnight stay, contact Jill Baker via their webpage:

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:

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High Bio-nutrient Crop Production workshop, Feb.

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!

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!