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
 
 
 

 

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Hello to the wonderful friends of Little Artshram

and the O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players!

Mr. Rokko Jans and myself are PLEASED to share details about our soon to be fantastic puppet and mask theater production and performance for the 2015 TCFF KidsFest!

It’s our fifth year sharing a puppet performance and this year, we are featuring an original script about Susanna Shakespeare (daughter of William) and her garden, and a particular patch of milkweed—a homeplace and snacking spot for Willy Wordworm.

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, 10 am -3 pm, July 20th through July 31st

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!

Contact us ASAP, via email and we will send you the PUPPET CAMP registration form and medical/insurance release forms we need you to fill out and bring with.

We will also send you the script before camp begins for downloading and printing out at home.

PUPPET CAMP will happen at the Desmond & Hearne residence/aka The Sunshine Farm at 501 Seventh St. in Traverse City, Monday thru Friday from 10 am-3 pm. With at least one or two visits to an outdoor “theater” space in the Munson Woods (near Spanglish). Each day the camp will begin at 501 Seventh St.

Set design, puppet production and music rehearsals are: Monday, July 20th-through Thursday, July 30th, meeting each day from 10-3 pm (Skipping Weekends)

Performance rehearsals for the Pretty Good Players crew, (which includes all Musicians and Singers, who are asked to join us Mon-Thurs. in the afternoon from 1-3 pm) are scheduled for Monday, July 27th through the 30th. Our puppet show dress-rehearsal will happen on Thursday, July 30th.

Here’s the day to day of PUPPET CAMP for the two weeks:

WEEK 1- July 20th-25th,

Monday: read through script/storyboard, begin set design/puppet production, practice lines/songs/music

Tuesday: tweak/finalize storyboard, continue set design/puppet production, practice lines/songs/music

Wednesday: continue set design/puppet production, practice lines/songs/music

Thursday: COMPLETE/Fine-tune and finish set design and puppets

Friday: Rehearse puppets w. set, practice songs, read thru script

WEEK 2- July 28th-31st

Monday; read through script,

Tuesday; read through, designate roles, meet puppets

Wednesday; read through w/ puppets

Thursday: puppet dress rehearsal

Friday: Fantastic musical puppet show @ TCFF Kidsfest! Cast Party immediately afterwards!

Our puppet performance is on Friday, July 31st @ 11:15 am, at the Kids Fest site at Central Grade School, on 7th Street in Traverse City.

We are SUPER excited about this year’s gig, and already want to THANK our friends who continue to support us at TCFF, Spanglish! and many others….

Fee: Sliding scale between $100-150 per week, with sibling discounts and for friends/families in need…..We would do this for FREE, but can’t do that this year….just trying to pay our puppeteer/musician house rentals and traveling fees and appreciate your consideration of our meeting our needs.

See you soon, soon, soon!

`penny Krebiehl and Rokko Jans

Directress/Director of O’k Puppet Theater

231-922-2014

penny.ok.art@gmail.com

Willy Wordworm arrives in Traverse City!LittleArtshram.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