Hello. We're Shira and Ari Evergreen, creative treehuggers
in search of utopia. We live and work in Ithaca, New York.

Introducing The Eutopian

Posted on February 24, 2014 by ari

Hey! I’m now blogging at TheEutopian.com. I post a lot of things I get from radical and progressive mailing lists and contacts, and am going to continue to add activist art and resources to it.

I really appreciate feedback, including criticisms. Thank you, peace!

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Year-End Giving: Good People, Good Projects

Posted on December 27, 2013 by ari

If you have money to donate, hooray, that’s awesome! Here are some organizations and causes we love who can use support. Check them out if you want some ideas…

Help protect our environment

Support Economic Justice

Support Peace and Justice

Support Health

Support People and Culture

Support Free, Critical Media and Arts

These are just a few of the awesome projects we can think of. If we’ve left anyone we love off of this list, please forgive us – and feel free to leave suggestions in the comments!

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A new website for Black Folk Don’t

Posted on December 23, 2013 by ari

We made the logo for Black Folk Don’t… and have been doing web updates for a while now, but boy were we excited to recently get the opportunity to give its WordPress some extra attention. We gave it a clean new drag-and-drop theme by Themify, making literally everything on the site editable with just a few clicks. This freed up the site to better serve up its third season, and hopefully many more seasons to come.

Watch the third season of Black Folk Don’t right here:

A huge thank you to Angela Tucker, director of Black Folk Don’t…, for bringing us in on this project! It was, as always, an honor to be involved.

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A Site and a Logo for a Theatre Company

Posted on December 23, 2013 by ari

We are very proud to have designed a new logo and website for Civic Ensemble, an amazing local theatre company, partly for trade. Thanks, CE, for bringing us in!

Civic Ensemble tabling, on Instagram

This site features a drag-and-drop theme by Themify, a video-ready slider, and social networking integration. Thanks to all the brilliant programmers at WordPress and Themify and Mailchimp, and to all of the lovely people who created the many plugins that drive this website! I could not have done it without all of you.

The logo is part of a larger brand that includes a lot of fun secondary graphics and a color palette. We also did CE’s business cards and a banner for tabling, among other necessaries.

We learned about CE when they asked us to come speak on a panel following a play about animal rights and human rights. They were looking for local vegans to give an animal rights perspective; the discussion was very thoughtful and compassionate and the show itself was really moving. We were so happy to get to know them and are psyched about their upcoming community-based play, Safety: Community-Police Relations.

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A new site for a new sustainable toy company

Posted on April 3, 2013 by ari

We made this new WordPress for the very talented Ithaca-local Lily Silly, who’s having a Puppet Art show on Friday, April 5, First Friday, at Bloom. Lily will be showing her brand new puppets, all made from reclaimed materials and found objects at her off-grid homestead. The event is from 5-8pm and there may be a short puppet show.

This site’s custom Twenty Twelve child theme was a challenge because it incorporates a very busy background (made from photographs of some of Lily’s favorite fabric, and one of her puppets, and some shoelaces, and some photographic textures) with transparency and a mobile-friendly layout. Thanks to Lily for her patience while we got it all plugged together!

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Tompkins Time Traders: A new site for a new time banking network

Posted on March 30, 2013 by ari

Shira and I have been working with a local time banking effort for quite a while now, which is just about to enter an active recruitment phase. Here’s a simple little WordPress I put together for them, using the free Pytheas theme by WPExplorer. It serves as a portal to time banking software developed by hOurWorld.

We did this work (and are making a video) in exchange for time in the bank! You can join the bank to start logging your own time, which can be cashed in for services from other members – anything from dogwalking to permaculture consultation to, well, web design.

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Another new WordPress, for a local climate conference

Posted on March 30, 2013 by ari


Climate Smart & Climate Ready is a conference coming up in Ithaca, New York, April 18-21. Thanks to Sustainable Tompkins for bringing us in to help out with the WordPress! We built this quick WP using the responsive, mobile-friendly Twenty Twelve theme.

Click here to register for the Conference and click here to check out the schedule.

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Some new web work

Posted on March 13, 2013 by ari

Here’s a new Tumblr I set up for Tompkins County Workers Center, to go with the site we made for them.

And here’s a new site for Rabbi Sid Schwarz, which I helped him to finish and launch. I didn’t do the design work except for the slideshow — my work was mostly in integrating third party services, enhancing the site with plugins, and handling the launch and mailing list setup.

Please check out their work — these folks are awesome!

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Where has all the blogging gone?

Posted on March 13, 2013 by ari

We’re blogging elsewhere and haven’t been updating this one much! Here’s where to find the action:

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Help a village in Cameroon with a click

Posted on February 19, 2013 by ari

Okay, I’m kind of lying when I say “just a click.” Really it would be awesome if you could donate money! Even $5 would be a real help. But if you don’t have $5, please, at least forward this link. Let me tell you why! Read the rest of this post…

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