Earthrise, taken on December 24, 1968,
by Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders.

Our Northern Michigan home place and the snowy landscape is slowly changing. We’ve heard the first of the spring birdsong coming from the treetops, and we are making note of an annual Springtime holiday that we’ve celebrated for many years with our communities in April: Earth Day! 

This year In 2020 we celebrate 50 years of taking pause and making efforts to stop and turn around the destruction and lack of conscious caring for our planet home. It’s been a lot of work and effort and we surely have not accomplished all of what we’ve set out to do as caretakers and citizens of a shared place. 

We are pleased to look back on 20 some years of the 49 Earth Days past having gathered together and working alongside of SO, so many talented artists and musicians, hundreds of children, teens, entire families and school classrooms, along with the City of Traverse City, the Neahtawanta Center, Art Center/Women’s Resource Center and The Circuit. This just names a few of the people and organizations who’ve been involved in helping to make the Earth Day date on our human-made calendar a worthy and real holiday! 

This year, to mark the significant golden anniversary of our shared love of our life on Earth, Little Artshram will partner with Title Track a new organization that is celebrating its 1st anniversary, on Sunday April 26th, at The Circuit in Traverse City. 

Little Artshram will be partnering with the Title Track Family Day at The Grand Traverse Circuit “Community Cultural Arts, Wellness, & Education”, Traverse City – session one: 3pm, session two: 5pm, variety show: 7pm.

CHECK BACK! MORE info forthcoming with an offering of becoming an Earth Day Art Ambassador and contribute your creativity to this celebration! 

Last but not least, we’ve included below an excerpt from the Sierra Magazine with a little background on the birth of Earth Day:

The United States had never experienced anything like it: On April 22, 1970, nearly one in 10 Americans flooded the streets and the woods and the seashores to call for an end to the merciless pollution of the country’s air, waters, and landscapes. In the words of Senator Gaylord Nelson, the Wisconsin Democrat who conceived the idea of Earth Day, the goal was to force the issue of environmental protection “permanently onto the national political agenda”—and in that, the effort succeeded.

The conservation movement that existed before 1970 was largely made up of white, affluent outdoors-people who mostly focused on the protection of birds and other wildlife, the preservation of wilderness, and the establishment of parks and preserves. The environmental movement that was born on Earth Day aspired to something larger—a multiracial cause, propelled by the same passion that spurred the civil rights and anti–Vietnam War movements, dedicated to preserving urban environments as well as wild ones, and inspired by the ecological insight that our home is the whole planet.

Since then, the influence of Earth Day has waxed and waned; at times it has seemed little more than an occasion for corporate greenwashing. But the fieriness of the first Earth Day remains like an ember within the original idea. To mark Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, Sierra assembled a collection of activists, organizers, and authors to imagine how it can be reinvigorated and reinvented. While each contributor writes in a different key, together they form a chorus, insistently hopeful that Earth Day 2020 can be another watershed moment—one that leads to a bigger, bolder, and more lasting transformation.

READ the rest of the articles here: EARTH DAY 50 Years

A simple phrase with a lot of intention & effort behind it: Happy Earth Day, Every Day!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

For the past many years, with many hands and hearts involved, we have been gathering notes and class outlines/schedules, developing a permaculture design course aimed at children and youth. This is a full permaculture design course (PDC), developing design and art skills, creating projects, playing games, involving puppet theater and music—and is totally imbued with learning from nature, creative empowerment & FUN.

Want to find out more about a Permaculture Design Course for Children and Youth, or a Permaculture Teacher Training, and how we might bring it to your school or organization in 2018?

We have over twenty-five years of experience sharing art, environmental, garden-farming and permaculture design education with hundreds of children, from ages five and older. Many of them have joined us as apprentices, and teacher assistants, or returned after college or schooling elsewhere to join our Little Artshram teaching teams. Some have been inspired to create their own programs and workshops, spreading this work even further and further.

Since 1993, Penny Krebiehl. Little Artshram’s directress has offered permaculture inspired activities, classes and workshops, along with art and design education to youth of all ages, and adults through the following organizations: ARTSPACE, Little Artshram, and O’k CSA. Penny has taught everything from general introductory courses (Drawing, Cartooning, Painting, Summer Beehive Camps, Permaculture for Kids) to specific subjects (e.g. Urban Permaculture, Worm Composting, Seed Saving, Annual and Perennial Food Gardening, Medicinal and Herb Gardening, Drawing, Cartooning, Puppet and Mask Theater) to adult level 72-hour Permaculture Design Courses and Permaculture Teacher Trainings.

In 2003, Little Artshram began a permaculture program for children and youth, blending lessons in our “wild and tame” outdoor classroom gardens which has been based in the TC and Grand Traverse region ever since. With the official development of a permaculture curriculum, that shines a light on developing art and design skills, as well as, regenerative education that includes: Introducing Permaculture, Living Nature, Design, Growing Food, Built Environment and Resource Use, and Cultural Emergence (Social).

After a 3 year program hiatus, while developing a neighborhood/community garden-farm business, we are pleased to re-introduce a Permaculture Design Course for Children and Youth, with a deeper level of organizational structure, meeting national standards for public schools, and with a commitment to reach even more kids and their families with our “permaculture toolkit”.

Interested in taking a Permaculture Teacher Training, specifically focused on sharing permaculture with children, youth and families?  A 3-day Summer training program will take place prior to the PDC for Children and Youth. Dates tba.

To find out more about the Teacher Training and/or Permaculture Design Course for Children and Youth, contact:

Little Artshram’s directress, Penny Krebiehl:  231-922-2014     penny.ok.art@gmail.com

Permaculture for Children and their FamiliesLittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

We are one of dozens of organizations that have been involved with and sharing permaculture design and education with people of ALL ages, from all backgrounds, in different parts of the Great Lakes bioregion for many years.

Now, Little Artshram is very excited to announce that the Permaculture Women’s Guild’s new online Permaculture Design Certification Course is now launched! And, Little Artshram is a part of this global educational sharing community!

We feel honored to have Penny Krebiehl, our Founder and Directress to be a part of an international team of more than 40 women from 13 countries who put together this online course.  This permaculture design course not only provides the standard 72-hour permaculture design curriculum, but also an additional 42 hours of study and hands-on practice in cultural emergence, social justice & decolonization, seed stewardship, egalitarian group process, working with volunteers, regenerative entrepreneurship, art of hosting, designing for children (which Penny leads), and permaculture pedagogy.

This is the first of it’s kind!

Sliding scale available, and early bird rates for those enroll within the first 100 people! Course includes certification, curriculum, and 3 hours of personal mentorship with Penny or another stellar teacher! 😊

Here’s the link to sign-up or please feel free to share!

https://coursecraft.net/courses/z9Thn/a/cpmYFEtTZ

The above collage of our International teaching team was made by one of our teachers, Kareen Erbe, who is doing the Appropriate Technology Module and also happens to be a total superstar permaculturist. Check out her website www.brokengroundpermaculture.com

Sharing Permaculture with the World in a New Online Course!LittleArtshram.org
 
 
 

“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
 
 
 

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