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`penny’s parade journal, Wednesday, April 17th

This morning my heart-mind and body is swimming between the worlds of work and need.  Wednesday is a bit of water-section and center-section day with an evening of air-section, as my energy permits.

But, starting it off is a combo-reality check-in about this week being in part a very BIG left-brain sort of week –being tax-week–looking at the actual earned income of an artist/educator/garden-farmer; while continuing to plot out my personal income streams (paying my living expenses).  Arks to the balancing of the left and right brain-work—but gratitude as I sit in both places—right/left; student/teacher–all the  while continuing to stay true the best I’m able to my impassioned work, a little outside of the box—and defending/persevering in those roles.

SO—I go to a morning read and source of both inspiration and mentoring from another who is doing similar work as I, although on a MUCH grander scale, and I reflect on the role of both self and community educating with the utmost respect, what the heck I’m doing, and, why I continue this kind of creative work that enchants, exhausts, and enriches me.

In other words, I’m being asked to explain myself.

So here goes:

Earth Day Parade Q&A

The Economics of the Earth Day Parade:

The Earth Day Parade has miraculously thrived in somewhat of a “gift economy”—a mixture of monetary donations from individuals, combined with labor and vision donations from many, many volunteers, along with a devoted pod of artists and organizers hired for the Earth Day Parade who blend countless hours of volunteer labor within their honorariums fees.

Some questions you might have:

Who Produces the Earth Day Parade?

Little Artshram is responsible for the production of the Earth Day Parade. It is at the minimum a 6-month process for our staff—fundraising, organizing, training artists, securing permits, with addressing logistical and creative questions that take all of our skills to support the community in producing the final event.

Does the City of Traverse City sponsor the Earth Day Parade?

No. The city supports us by assisting/guiding us through the paperwork/permit process and give kudos to the Earth Day Parade as a example of a community art event. However, we get no financial support from the City. We pay for all the  services ($1,500), liability insurances, street permits, and expenses.

Does the Traverse City Parks Department support the Earth Day Parade?

Through the years at our Earth Day Parade and community picnic and celebration at Hannah Lay Park, the Parks Department has been very helpful.  HOWEVER, this year, because of our budget constraints and need for additional volunteer support, AND because collaboration is a good thing, for our after-party, we are joining the Dirt Fest at NMC.  INFO on the Dirt Fest is here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/236036129870976/?fref=ts

How is the Earth Day Parade budget structured and why do we need financial support?

EXPENSES:

People and people services: (fulltime and part-time artists, organizers,  including training/set-up of parade parking/traffic patrol, information/recycling, etc.): $2500.00*,

(For nine (9) weeks, of the six (6) months of parade organization, the full and part-time artists alone have clocked in over 600 hours, of heart-mind-hands-on work.  AND, please note: this represents 6 people with stipends, not a full-hourly wage.)

Insurance and permits: $1500.00

Printing, promotion, and fundraising mailings: $500

Supplies for puppets and parade-building materials and expenses: $1500.00* (give or take–depending on how much “stuff” we glean and search out)

Space rental, at Blackbird Arts for the parade build and housing our guest artist and puppeteer: $700

TOTAL EXPENSES: $7,700.00

Solicited contributions before the Earth Day Parade: $1,250.00

Contributions we would like to collect on Earth Day Parade day: $1750.00 (*note: not certain of this yet)

Sponsorships: $4200.00 (*note: not certain of this yet)

Little Artshram operating support in 2013: $500.00, in on-hand materials/supplies/services (PLUS, volunteer-time/task-oriented gifting)

TOTAL INCOME: $7,700.00

*With expenses, supplies for puppets are only $1,500, with a priority on people costs: $2,500.  You can see that the folks working to bring this community project to life are donating much of their time, as well as, the Little Artshram organization. We are both proud of this, and concerned that this model of gifting our community is WAY out of balance and will be adjusted to reflect a living wage for the people power/workers in 2014.

*All our income is uncertain and mostly raised from many donations of small amounts.

It takes both money and volunteers!

Over the past 24 years, as the Earth Day Parade and community celebration has grown, there have many added organizational expenses for permits, fees, staff, and more. Many people do not realize that the Earth Day Parade does cost money—that it is at the very least a 6-month-long project to assure its wonderfulness each year.  Little Artshram subsidizes the expenses from its general operating support, and has always worked to increase the focus both on donations for the day of the Earth Day Parade itself and on opportunities for businesses along the parade route and community group sponsorships. The recent years have been difficult for two main reasons:

1) With the general economic downturn, Little Artshram has had less to offer from its general operating support.

2) Low turn-out of pre-parade participants/volunteers in the parade-building workshops and a couple of  years of unfortunate weather the day of the Earth Day Parade celebration.

We truly do NOT have a budget to cut-back on, and we never have.  The devoted dozen or so folks holding the energy and framework of this parade have always and are still gifting the Traverse City community with this 24 year tradition of a community art project.  But this needs to change this year, in order to ensure this community event continue in 2014.

Our expense budget outlined above is realistic.  Just like investing in a CSA-community supported agriculture membership, we ask folks to understand that we cannot predict the weather, yet ask for your investment in our work regardless.

We are so incredibly frugal when it comes to any sort of purchase or expense added on to the bare minimum of projected costs, and we do so with a true garbage-artist sense of glee and pride!  Making stuff out of stuff ROCKS!

AND, this year, as an incredible act of our belief in ABUNDANCE rather than scarcity, we are gifting this community with even more, through the generosity of a professional parade artist and puppeteer from In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater joining the parade staff—-as he is gifting us with his presence, energy and commitment to our shared work of community art and street theater!

In order to make this parade a smooth, safe running public event, we actually need to INCREASE our staff in 2014, and know that we can not continue to rely on volunteers putting forth what amounts to a full-time, 40 hour a week job, on top of another 40 hour a week job.

At the same time, we also need additional volunteers. The more years someone volunteers, the more skilled they are. That helps us greatly. Volunteering can be as little as a one-time deal on day of the Earth Day Parade, or as long as the 4 weeks of consistent support we need for the public workshops beforehand. This has been especially crucial in 2013 as we are working with a minimal number of parade artists who are leading workshops, designing, organizing and building the parade.

Could you still join us—even these last few days of parade week—as a workshop volunteer?

We will need help finding Happy Can Hosts, people who will follow our parade route these next few days with donation cans and parade info, encouraging additional sponsorships—-AND, show up on parade day, decked out in a mask and costume asking for donations along our parade route. Would you be one?

Could you be a volunteer on the day of the Earth Day Parade to help set up, pack-up the puppets and parade gear?

Could you help with the parade studio clean-up on Sunday at Blackbird Arts?

Can the Earth Day Parade be sustained by many people, or by several big corporations (as some recommended)?

We believe that the Earth Day Parade can be sustained by the strength of the community, built by donations from people who want it to continue as a community art-making, vision-stretching, life-affirming event. If everyone who comes to the Earth Day Parade contributed  $5-20, (less than the cost of a movie), then Earth Day Parade would flourish, end of story. On parade day, with just 250 people each giving $20: that is $5,000!

We need your help to keep the Earth Day Parade with its freedom of expression rising honestly from the community. Would you really wish to see a corporation brand the Earth Day Parade with their logo? Nestle’s Ice Mountain company for instance—do you remember several of our parades focus on the issue of water privatization along with the most recent being 2012 titled “The Great Lakes: Our Living Water”.  Each time we theme a parade with our love and concern for our fresh water lakes, we send out among other concerns a continued plea to end the proliferation of plastic bottled water and the selling of water for a profit.  Would they have allowed the community to raise awareness about the negative issues of privatized water?

PLEASE join us and let’s build a broad base of financial and volunteer support to assure the future sustainability of the Earth Day Parade! Little Artshram and a our small pod of faithful community members,  cannot do it alone.

How do we build a broad base of financial and volunteer support?

Are there those among you who would step forward to inspire a group of your friends to support the Earth Day Parade financially? Say, 10 or 20 friends? An  idea is to host a parade-route block-party, or fundraising breakfasts and brunches on the day of the event. Teams can be made up of children, teens, beautiful young adults, families, old timers, you name it. You probably have better ideas than we do–who is it that loves the Earth Day Parade and celebration?

Are there organizations or clubs that could be a sponsor the Earth Day Parade such as your co-op, or church?

What other ideas do you have?

We now ask for donations on the day of the Earth Day Parade (such as when people purchase tickets to events). How could we do this in a fun, successful way?

If the Earth Day Parade is to continue another quarter century, and have a long life, inspiring and delighting generations yet to come, it must have the community’s financial and volunteer support. That is the simple fact of it. Now is the time to help continue this tradition.

Climb aboard this Earth Day Parade Train! We want to honor you by adding your name to this list:

Here is our growing list of folks and businesses that are coming aboard our parade-train as sponsors and partners along with Blackbird Arts:  Chelsea Taylor, Anne Drake, Kristin Anton—devoted artists, teachers and a fantastic part of our parade crew, Sharon and Kerry hands-on volunteers, TC Sings! The Good Work Collective, The Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Scrap TC, NMC Student Life Organization, Oryana Natural Foods Market, O’k Puppet Theater and The Pretty Good Players, Mayor and Mrs. Michael Estes, Jack and Susan Seaman, Sandi McArthur and Jeff Anderson, several anonymous donors….

What will you get in return?  LOVE! APPRECIATION! and a PARADE!

Although it may not be obvious, there is an online donation option on the Little Artshram web site. Click on the words “Donate; Causes” on the top right side of the home page, just beneath the crow and sunflowers. This will get you to our standard “year round” donation page under our “mother” non-profit Greater Lansing ARTSPACE/dba Little Artshram, allowing you to donate.

Please know everyone can easily and immediately donate towards the Earth Day Parade in these ways:

1. On our site www.littleartshram.org click on “Donate: causes” for donation page.

2. On Earth Day Parade day, when you see a person with a “Happy Can” coming your way

3. Mailing a check: Little Artshram, P. O. Box 844, Traverse City, Michigan, 49685

4. Show up at our puppet and parade building studio in the next two days and take on a volunteer shift, or sign-up to wear one of our BIG puppets and join in one of the parade sections.

Little Artshram is a registered 501.c3 non-profit organization and all gifts are tax-deductable.

peace, love, art.

 

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EARTH DAY PARADE Saturday, April 20th, 2013

Parade line-up @ 11:30 am

Parade begins @ 12:30 pm “Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power”

Join the parade or watch it along our 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!

“Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power” is an everyday lesson and simple story about the life-cycle of the seed, and how our actions affect our beautiful, seeded world and planet home. If we care for the world, and let the sun shine on it, and water it, the crops will grow, and so will the children. If we put poison on the world, however, if we do not tend to our precious seeds then we will lose our food, our nourishment and nothing can survive. The power of this story lies in the simple beauty of a seed’s life unfolding, its simplicity, and a profound call to action!

SEEDS! 2013 Eday Parade Logo

 

 

Climb aboard the Earth Day parade-train…..LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

SEEDS! 2013 Eday Parade Logo

Once again, we are letting you know via our Little Artshram webpage and Facebook page—-rather than a crowdfunding/sourcing method that your support is needed and will be greatly appreciated!

We’re asking 250 of our community members and friends to contribute $20 each, we would be able to honestly take care of the costs of this 24th annual community event.

Here’s the breakdown of our budget:

Insurance & permits: $1500.00,

Printing, promotion and fundraising mailings:  $500.00

Parade-building materials and expenses: $1500.00 (give or take–depending on how much “stuff” we can glean and search out),

Space rental: $700 (To house and host our guest artist, for his four-week stay.)

Parade artist/crew stipends:  $2500.00, (For the nine (9) weeks, over 600 hours, of heart-mind-hands-on work of designing and setting up a creative space to invite our community to join us in building it.)

A total of numbers of greenbacks needed:  $7,700.00.

So far, we’ve received donations of:  $1,250.00.

As of, April 17th we’ve received an additional: $275.00

STILL, needed to bring this story to life:  $5,175.00

What will you get in return?  LOVE! APPRECIATION! and a PARADE!

Little Artshram is a registered 501.c3 non-profit organization and all gifts are tax-deductable.

Send your gift of parade love, made out to “Little Artshram” and mail it to: Little Artshram, P. O. Box 844, Traverse City, Michigan 49685

On-line donations can be made to Causes, which is under our “mother non-profit” Greater Lansing ARTSPACE dba Little Artshram: 

https://www.causes.com/actions/1723308-2013-four-seasons-of-little-artshram-goodness-in-nwmichigan

Thank you! This parade is going to be GREAT!

Give $20! What will you get in return? LOVE! APPRECIATION! and a PARADE!LittleArtshram.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
 
 
 

O'k CSA and LLOOFLittle Artshram is supporting the work of O’k CSA as they develop the LLOOF(Learning Local on Organic Farms) project, which presently fills the niche for part of our Summer 2013 apprentice and intern needs:

We celebrate O’k CSA and the Market Garden’s 7th year as Traverse City’s first Urban CSA involving area youth and adults as market garden-farmers.  We have exciting changes in this year’s Market Garden and CSA program, which is part of the Urban Farm Collective and includes 3 additional, neighborhood and community gardens in Traverse City. AND, also celebrating the second year of the LLOOF (Learning Local on Organic Farms) program that provides a work-exchange and permaculture training for green-collar jobs planning, planting, tending and harvesting the CSA gardens!

IMG_4154REGISTRATION IS OPEN, from February 1st, until March 1st, 2013 to apply for the 12  LLOOFing positions that will be offered during this growing season.

This project is based on both a  CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, and inspired by WWOOF, the world-wide version of what we are bringing you locally through LLOOFing.

Basic HOW-to become a LLOOFer:  LLOOFers fill out an application (Feb-March 2013) and sign an agreement that informs them of their work schedule/hours; the garden-farm lesson and Intro. to permaculture training schedule; and PDC certification schedule.  While the Introduction to Urban Permaculture Design is a prerequisite to earning a Permaculture Design Certificate through O’k CSA and Permaculture Design, to earn a PDC requires no less than 72 hours of class time plus a group design project, field practice and a final test.  The value of the six-month training for each LLOOFer who completes the work-exchange agreement (commitment ) is offered as follows:

  • Garden-Farm mentoring (10 lessons/HOW-to’s focused on urban-neighborhood/back-yard gardening)  $300.00
  • Intro. to Urban Perm Design Training (40 hours, focused on Effective Permaculture Design-Step-by-step, People/Social permaculture system design, w/ themes of food-forest and garden-farming pattern language)  $650.00
  • CSA weekly food share (July-Sept)  $350.00
  • Permaculture Design Course towards certification(72 hours) $1,250.00

After the 2013 growing season in Traverse City, our vision is to expand and offer LLOOF throughout Michigan, dividing into regions.  Each region’s organization will exist independently within the LLOOF network and the original LLOOF Project located in Traverse City will organize a low annual membership fee–in any combination of the following economic forms of: money, gifting, bartering, trade or work-exchange.

In order to meet the pre-season and post-season work schedule for our CSA and Market garden, we’ll be staggering the LLOOF positions to cover a full-six months of Permaculture and Garden-Farming experiential learning, beginning in April through September 2013.  LLOOFers who complete 285 hours of work exchange hours, (with work hours fully documented) are eligible to receive all or part of the above offerings.

Contact:  penny.ok.art@gmail.com   231-922-2014 (Please leave a message)

Application & Agreement – http://www.littleartshram.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/LLOOF-application-and-agreement-2013.pdf

Download a brochure to become a shareholder in O’k CSA here: http://pennyokart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Ok-CSA-Brochure-2013.pdf

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Get LLOOFing!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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2013 marks the 20th Anniversary Year for ARTSPACE and Little Artshram and we have four seasonal themed events happening for our friends, family, and neighbors and we’d like to meet and welcome even more:

Spring 2013- Beginning in late February we will be offering our annual services as a puppet and mask-making “factory” creating new puppets and repairing the old for a fresh walk along the streets of Traverse City as we celebrate the 24th Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade on SATURDAY, APRIL 20th, 2013.  Preparations and collaborations are underway to make this the BEST Earth Day Parade ever in North West Michigan.

On May 5th we will join a world-wide celebration for International Permaculture Day, with special events and perma-blitzing happening all over the Grand Traverse Region with our “Sibling Organizations”.  Check the website for details, as collaborative plans unfold!

IMG_3173 Summer 2013-  We are scheduling five (5) weeks of permaculture Summer Camp for children and youth, 5 years and older, which will begin in Mid-June and continue being offered through August.

Our camps are a creative, outdoor experience focused on discovering the intelligence of nature at work, care-taking the Earth and giving something back, with an emphasis on natural art, cooperative games and hands-on activities.

The 2013 summer camps will focus on a fun, and informative exploration of permaculture. We will be sharing a powerful set of “learning tools” to grow our own food in “tame” gardens, and gather food in “wild” gardens. We’ll share art-making and nature skills that are sure to awaken a deeper understanding of our connection to each other and to the outside world, by being outdoors all day long!

Late Summer or Early Fall 2013- Little Artshram is pleased to announce to all Michigan-area permaculture friends, that we are working toward the objective of hosting the first Michigan-area Permaculture Convergence.  We invite Michiganders and Mid-Western folk to participate in the initial brainstorming and planning to define this event, and to continue joining in on the process as it unfolds! The idea of this convergence is to offer a new community-building/community-training vision, We will select a site and invite the permaculture designers in the area to create a space for the event to showcase permaculture elements.

When the convergence is over the infrastructure will be left behind for the community to use. This also creates a low impact event on the land being used for the site. It will also serve as an example for the community of a large event with a very small footprint.  Next year, the convergence will move to a new Michigan/Mid West community and repeat the process.

This is an enormous opportunity to fuse and highlight the incredible permaculture activity throughout Michigan and possibly the multi-state region.

Winter 2013- In late November, we will be celebrating Little Artshram’s 20th Anniversary of being one of the MOST active and awesome “little” non-profits in Michigan with a “BIG Hairy Deal Pie-Social and Square Dance” Fun-raiser.  Please consider joining us as a sponsor and definitely as a guest! Stay posted for details and the final date tba.

Whole World Seed Bank  We THANK YOU with depths of gratitude from our Little Artshram hearts, for your long-time consideration and support of our efforts and many successes in bringing folks of all ages together in all sorts of creative ways in our various adventures across the whole State of Michigan–or at least from Lansing to Traverse City! 

We’ve had a plethora of amazing children, some of who are “all grown up” now out in the big-wide world.  Some of our young friends are beginning to teach in Little Artshram programs, or start their own!  We’ve had SO many fine folks involved with our organization, through our board members, teachers and presenters, apprentices and mentors, and very grateful for the many, many ways that you all have supported us!

THANK YOU!  AND, Please stand by for more details, or jump in and get involved in 2013!

2013: Four Seasons of Little Artshram Goodness in Traverse City and North West MichiganLittleArtshram.org