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
 
 
 

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
 
 
 

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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 mpenfil@nmc.edu

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