Art Beast's Festival of Little Houses
Building a Community of Family and Creativity
From September 21-23, 2012, Art Beast Studio will host The Festival of Little Houses, a weekend of whimsy and wonder on the banks of the American River. This event, now in its second year, will offer families the opportunity to create, explore and play in nature. The festival will feature family art workshops, creation stations, family yoga, an outdoor movie night, song and story circles, live music and performances, and time to explore nature.
All the proceeds from this event support Tubman House, a residential community for young parents that are experiencing homelessness and their children. At Tubman, young parents between 18 and 21 experience a holistic program centered on youth development, the strengthening of physical and mental health, educational attainment, career development, and financial management so that so that they leave prepared to be leaders in their own lives and leaders in the lives of their children and community. Children experience stability and blossom in a nurturing home with an on site child development program. In exchange for housing and support, Tubman residents lead Youth Corps, developing leadership and spearheading projects to build up their neighbor-hoods, schools, and natural spaces. Youth Corps reconnects youth to their community as leaders.
Thanks to CGI for generously sponsoring the Festival of Little Houses and creating change in the lives of youth and children.
Learn more about Tubman, with outcomes and links to an NPR profile and a short documentary below.
The Festival of Little Houses raises funds to keep our doors open at Tubman. The little houses refer to the tents raised and remind us of the blessings of a home and family. We are honored to host families, artists and performers that believe in the family, community, art, nature and PLAY- and support Tubman’s families is their quest to claim a future of meaning and stability.
The Poodlums: Performing original music for children and grown ups.
Musical Robots: Playful music and silliness for the whole family.
Parie Wood: An inspired singer-songwriter who won 3rd place at the 2011 Sacramento Jammies.
Ross Hammond: Amazing guitarists with music rooted in jazz and folk and rock and soul, and heavy on the improvisation.
Amy Reed: Old time bluegrass that will have you swooning: "Amy Reed is a wonderful folk singer who tackles both originals and classics (and by classics, I mean in the 'sitting on the front porch in Appalachia' classics)" -`R Hammond
Tyehimba Kokayi: Enjoy this brilliant session of West African Drumming and join a circle of rhythm led by Tyehimba.
John Cummins and Eli: Sweet acoustic guitar and song by a father and his young daughter.
Andrea "Yaya" Porras: Join a dance workshop and community blessing with this vibrant actor, performer, scholar and culture and arts educator.
Hands for Humanity Massage: Offering chair massages that rebuild the spirit and give back to your community.
It's All Yoga: Welcoming yoga sessions with Tamara Dowling.
Seidokan Jujitsu: Playful jujitsu and cooperative games for the whole family.
Jenna Maggard: Children's yoga with the much loved ArtBeast and Yoga Seed teacher.
River Days: Guiding children into connection with the natural world through gentle activities stir wonder.
Felted Soap with Patricia and Leanna: Learn how to create your own bar of felted soap with wet felting. ($4 material fee for this session)
Maggie's Umbrella: Song circles and storytelling with the whimsical founder and teacher of East Sacramento's family childcare.
Marcos Hernandez and Joshua Kline with Damento Jugglers
Pinata Making Workshop with Sol Collective: Learn the art of Pinata Making with the dynamic arts and culture center, Sol Collective
Festival of Little Houses Creation Stations: Stations are set up throughout the festival for children and adults to engage in creating. This year’s stations include:
Your attendance of the Festival sustains the very real and impactful work of Tubman House.
Between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012, Tubman House provided safe housing, individual coaching and supportive housing services to 18 youth and their 22 children. Of the 18 youth, 7 are currently residents, 9 exited to permanent, income-based housing, and 2 exited to market rate apartments with income in place to sustain stability. The 7 current residents are all on track to exit to income based housing as well.
In addition to stabilizing long term housing:
- 89% of residents connected to weekly mental health services through individual or couple’s counseling.
-67% successfully attended college. Those not attending college were either in the last months of pregnancy or working toward their GED.
-100% connected to Early Head Start for weekly home visits to monitor the development of each child and to enroll in off-site child development centers upon exit.
- 100% entering without a diploma worked toward GED completion, with 50% passing the GED prior to exit.
-61% of residents secured a job and worked during their Tubman stay.
- Tubman staff provided labor support at all 4 births in the last 12 months, and provided lactation support to ensure all new parents breastfed for the first 6 months.
mini-documentary was created in May 2012. It captures our history,
philosophy and the journeys of our residents. It can viewed at the
Tubman Magic Documentary
NPR’s State of the Re-Union also did a profile that aired nationally in September 2011:
The Tubman House Facebook page capture’s weekly highlights: Tubman House Facebook Page