Many of us that garden-farm-grow our own food in our North West Michigan area have already begun planting seeds and tending to seedlings in our indoor green spaces and greenhouses.

We are looking forward to a full summer of creative garden tending and food growing, learning alongside of our community of folks, big and small through our Summer Camps, permaculture classes and workshops, and outreach programs in neighborhood and community gardens.

Free the Seed-Dandilion People

The Air-Section of the parade is being designed to tell the story of the powerful urge of seeds to be set free….how they know the ways in which to disperse….and what a wonderful, natural garden our planet truly is!

BUT, first we are going to build a parade—which is honoring the awesome power of seeds—the incredible vessels of wonderment that they are—and how very much we need to know about protecting, preserving and saving the seeds that we humans and many other species on planet Earth depend upon!

SO—join us at any of our workshops and get yourself decked out as a seed-loving-human!

AND, because it does take a whole village to build a garden of a parade, here’s a humble request from the Little Artshram board, which we ask you to consider responding to and also share with others!

Happy seed-planting!

`penny Krebiehl, Directress Little Artshram

and Seed-planting, puppet and mask-maker!

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HOW-to build a Dandelion People headgear….
Step one—a nice sheet of cardboard and a good sharp cutting tool….Draw a circle about 18 inches in diameter then, sun-ray style cut out spokes all around the rim….

Hello Friends!

We are reaching out to those who know how much the Annual Earth Day Parade brings to the Grand Traverse community.  This year the parade will on April 20–just three weeks away, and the parade crew being led by our guest artist George Meyer and Penny Krebiehl have been busily tending to the design of the storyboard, setting up shop at our workshop sites and delving into the parade-building tasks!

Please consider a contribution to meet our actual costs and bring this wonderful event completely to life!

Check out this video: http://youtu.be/tl_dcZ_enGY

We are asking 250 of our friends to contribute $20 each to meet our budget for this year (donations of any size are OK!)  Here’s more info on that wonderful opportunity: http://www.littleartshram.org/?p=1830

AND for folks who wish to give to this parade electronically:

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

Our website gives lots of details: www.littleartshram.org including an introduction to our visiting puppeteer and artist, George Meyer from Heart of the Beast Theater in Minneapolis, MN!

You will also find workshop opportunities to join in “building” the parade at the website, and information about another community effort to help us celebrate with the Tour de Traverse and Dirt Fest on NMC’s campus (details here: www.nmc.edu/dirtfest)

Here is the link which outlines the volunteer opportunities and the various shifts needed to support our great parade-building efforts:  http://littleartshram.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?start_over&id=2353

Many many thanks, for your contribution to our wonderful gift to the community!

Sincerely, from the Little Artshram Board,

Rokko Jans, Flint Horton, Lindy Barnes and Penny Krebiehl

Little Artshram

Box 844

Traverse City, MI 49685

P.S. If you prefer to use a credit card, please go to www.causes.com and enter Little Artshram in the search box, and follow the link to “2013 four seasons of Little Artshram goodness”

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HOW-to build a Dandilion People headgear….
Step Two: It’s okay that the outside edges of the cardboard are squared off, cause it’s meant to resemble the petals/edge of a dandelion….take a minute to imagine those lovely yellow flowers and how their petals may look like this chunk of cardboard! IMAGINE! Have faith—-you are creating a flower!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HOW-to build a Dandelion People headgear….
Step Three: Cut a straight line up through and to the center of the dandelion. Pull one side of the cut edge over to the other–overlapping it so it becomes umbrella-like… and staple it into place.

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Step Four: Build your beanie-cap headgear–to fit your very own noggin and attach it securely to the dandelion. Need instructions on making a beanie cap? Go to: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150179186680503.424527.122677780502&type=3

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Step Five: cut cardboard strips and bend and twist into “pollen fronds” aka stamens….cut slits into the top of the flower and poke them through…secure them with tape and hot glue.

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Step Six: Find three (or more) energetic friends who like to “get into the goop” to help papier maiche! We used a nice, heavy colored paper in a lovely dandelion yellow to papier maiche—eliminating the need to paint our headgear!

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Step Seven: Admire your work and the incredible beauty of a dandelion! Next step: deck yourself out for the parade: April 20th—-meetup @ Oryana Co-op @ 11:30 am!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring! Seeds! Parade! Yippee!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

IMG_6392Who eats seeds and helps to transport them to many places once they’ve been eaten?

Join us at the Puppet and Parade workshop and become an other-than human species and find out!  This year’s parade theme is “Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power!”

SPRING BREAK WEEK!  Joining the Little Artshram parade-building crew this year is our special guest artist, George Meyer, who comes from the Ozark Mountains, by way of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater in Minnesota!

George Meyer lives in Eureka Springs Arkansas, and brings 20 years of puppetry art experience through In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and The Village Theatre in Arkansas.  He is a skilled not only as a puppet builder and performer, but also as a lighting designer.  George is happy to be in Michigan again, since helping to build a parade in Lansing, in 1998 with Little Artshram’s/ARTSPACE crew.  George has deep love and great respect for the Earth and is honored to be a part of our 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade.

Come meet puppet artist, George Meyer, and begin working on your parade mask, costume and other BIG puppets that will help illustrate this year’s storytelling theme: “SEEDS! Awesome Vessels of Power!”

Blackbird Arts is located at, 1485 Barlow, Traverse City,

Michigan

Workshop sessions:

TODAY! Thursday March 28th

Saturday, March 30th

and Sunday, March 31st

Thurs/Sat. Sessions to choose from:

10 am-12 Noon, or

1 pm-3 pm

Sunday Session:  1 pm-4 pm

~ $10 suggested donation per mask-costume

~ Children under age nine (9), please bring an adult helper or friend

~Please call in advance, to reserve your space for the workshop, especially if you are a group of 3 or more

~Register via phone, with your choice of workshop date/time/location by calling: 231-735-8370

info@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

REGISTER for workshops @ 231-735-8370

Spring Break Week in Traverse City at the Puppet & Parade WorkshopLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

It takes a whole village to build a garden-of-a-parade!  Join in creating the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade: Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power!

SPRING BREAK WEEK! Blackbird Arts will also be hosting a special three-days of workshops, joining the Little Artshram parade-building crew this year is our special guest artist, George Meyer, who comes from the Ozark Mountains, by way of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater in Minnesota!

Come meet puppet artist, George Meyer, and begin working on your parade mask, costume and other BIG puppets that will help illustrate this year’s storytelling theme:  “SEEDS! Awesome Vessels of Power!”

Spring Break workshops will take place at Blackbird Arts is located at, 1485 Barlow, Traverse City, Michigan,

Workshop sessions:

Tuesday, March 26th,

Wed, March 27th,

and Thursday March 28th

Sessions to choose from:

10 am-12 Noon, or

1 pm-3 pm

~ $10 suggested donation per mask-costume

~ Children under age nine (9), please bring an adult helper or friend

~We suggest you call in advance, to reserve your space for the workshops

~Register via phone, with your choice of workshop date/time/location by calling: 231-735-8370

info@littleartshram.org

www.littleartshram.org

231-735-8370

Scooting Petal Faery & Lady Bug, 2010

PARADE WORKSHOPS COMING UP:

Also at Blackbird Arts: Saturdays and Sundays, March 30th-April 14th: Three weekends of open workshops, to build your mask and costume and help with some of the BIG puppet and non-motorized float construction.

Saturday sessions are: 10 am-12 Noon, and 1 pm-3 pm

Sunday sessions are: 1 pm-4 pm   $10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.

Blackbird Arts is located at 1485 Barlow St, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

Wednesday workshops, at Great Lakes Children’s Museum:

April 3, 10, 17th, Wednesdays: 4-6 PM

at 13240 SW Bayshore Dr., Traverse City, Michigan, 49685

$10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.

Space limited to 10 children per workshop, so please register in advance, 231-735-8370

Fridays, SCRAP will be hosting workshops in their craft workshop space:

Fridays April 5th, 12th, and 19th from 5pm to 7pm

$10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.

SCRAP is located at 821 Garfield next to Honey Baked Ham and the UPS store.

THANK YOU TO OUR  2013 Parade “Workshop Partner “organizations below.

AND, we invite other folks & local business, organizations and schools to sponsor the parade!

See more sponsorship information for the 2013 Earth Day Parade below.

 

Spring Break! PUPPET & PARADE Workshops!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

It’s Earth Day Parade-building time!

Check out the schedule which also includes public workshops March 26th-28th, during SPRING BREAK, and on Saturdays/Sundays at Blackbird Arts, Fridays’ at  SCRAP, and Wednesdays at the Great Lakes Children’s Museum

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Blackbird Arts, 1485 Barlow, Traverse City, will be the home-base of our community parade building workshop for the next four weeks!

PUPPETEERS! ARTISTS! MUSICIANS! & VOLUNTEERS & INTERNS, join us:

March 23-24th we will begin with a  workshop set-up, offering “Parade Section Leader” positions to budding puppeteers, artists, musicians; hosting a special training for Parade volunteers; parade storyboard brainstorming and construction.

PARADE  BUILDING Workshop, for children, youth, of all ages! Schedule and General information:

  • Children under age nine (9), please bring an adult helper or friend
  • We suggest you call in advance, to reserve your space for the workshops.
  • Register via phone, with your choice of workshop date/time/location by calling: 231-735-8370

 

SPRING BREAK WEEK! Blackbird Arts will also be hosting a special three-days of workshops on

Tuesday, March 26th, Wed, March 27th,  and Thursday March 28th

with sessions running on those days from 10 am-12 Noon, and 1 pm-3 pm

Register in advance by calling 231-735-8370, $10 suggested donation per mask-costume.

Saturdays and Sundays, March 30th-April 14th: Three weekends of open workshops, to build your mask and costume and help with some of the BIG puppet and non-motorized float construction.

Saturday sessions are:  10 am-12 Noon, and 1 pm-3 pm Sunday sessions are:  1 pm-4 pm

$10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.  Blackbird Arts is located at 1485 Barlow St, Traverse City, Michigan 49686

Wednesdays, April 3-17th:

Great Lakes Children’s Museum will be hosting workshops on:

April 3, 10, 17th, Wednesdays: 4-6 PM

at 13240 SW Bayshore Dr., Traverse City, Michigan, 49685

$10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.  Space limited to 10 children per workshop, so please register in advance.

Fridays, April 5th-19th:

SCRAP will be hosting workshops in their craft workshop space:

Fridays April 5th, 12th, and 19th from 5pm to 7pm

$10 Suggested donation per mask/costume.  SCRAP is located at 821 Garfield next to Honey Baked Ham and the UPS store.

To REGISTER or for additional information:

231-735-8370  or  info@littleartshram.org

 

Let’s build a parade for THE most important “Holiday” we can celebrate: EARTH DAY!!!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

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SPRING! Community SING! to benefit the 2013 Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 @ Good Works Collective, 417 South Union, TC

Enjoy a special evening with local singers and musicians, Dede Alderman, Heather Kingham, Rokko Jans, Zach Power and Carol Laughing Waters who will serenade us AND encourage us to let our voice ring out, singing in Spring together! Join us in welcoming the season with a fresh beginning of sweet melodies & harmonies.

*doors open at 6:30, singing begins at 7:00

 

*$20 suggested donation at the door includes an Earth Day Parade Songbook!

*FREE for kids 10 & under

This is a benefit for Little Artshram, organizer and sponsor of the Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and celebration. Little Artshram has been sharing art, environmental education and hosting community gatherings in Michigan for 20 years!

We’ll have the 2013 GT Earth Day Parade and Dirt Fest info, along with a month-long schedule of FREE public workshops at various community venues at this event!

Eday Parade Logo 2013

It takes a whole village to build a garden-of-a-parade! 

Join in creating the 2013 Earth Day Parade: Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power!

Be part of the movement that will safeguard the spirit of the 24th Annual Grand Traverse Earth Day Parade and community celebration for another quarter of a century!

Become a sponsor of this year’s parade.  You can also join us for our SPRING! Community SING! on March 20th, and learn about the month-long public workshops, check out the parade storyboard, and enter in special prize drawings!  Choose your level of sponsorship:

AMARANTH $5 or more

Receive a A THANK YOU on our 2013 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 20th!

CARROT $10 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 $5 pledge.

BEAUTIFUL BEET $20 or more

A hand-made, one-of-a-kind postcard THANKING YOU and listing you as a Seed-Loving Parade Partner, plus everything from the $10 pledge.

SUGAR SNAP PEA $35 or more

A limited edition SPRING! Community Sing! Earth Day Parade Song & Coloring book, a limited edition SPRING! Community Sing! poster and everything from the $20 pledge.

SUMMER SQUASH $50 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 Seed-Loving Parade Partner.

HEIRLOOM TOMATOES $100 or more

Listed as one of our fine Seed-Sponsors 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 SPRING! Community SING! Song & Coloring Book, and three hand-made Seed-Balls with planting instructions.

KOOKY CUCUMBER $500 or more

A special position as a parade-section-Marshal or Marshal-ette, your choice of parade section: Air, Fire, Water, Earth or Center (first-pledge, first choice), a limited edition 2013 Earth Day Parade poster, plus everything listed in the $100 pledge.

Little Artshram is a 501.c 3, tax deductible and non-profit organization. We accept both cash donations and checks made out to: Little Artshram

For more information and HOW-to get involved in the GT Earth Day festivities, contact:

www.littleartshram.org

info@littleartshram.org

231-735-8370

SPRING SING! Seed, song and parading along….LittleArtshram.org