November 2021 - Herping, Godot, Spare Change

Herping in the Redwood Forest

Our Halloween workshop “Herping in the Redwood Forest,” drew more than 20 children and adults, eager to find, learn about and identify amphibians and reptiles (herpafauna). Shayda Abidi, local biologist and salamander lover, led participants, dressed in Halloween costumes and carrying flashlights, through the ferns and redwoods, as late afternoon turned to evening. Everyone found and returned at least one woodland “herp.” We are already planning more woodland expeditions for the new year.

Spare Change Camp

“Spare Change”, Planned Parenthood of Northern California’s Peer Education Program and Teen Theatre Troupe, held their annual orientation and training camp at Creekside Arts this fall. We were honored to provide a space where the Spare Change teens could come together to begin their important work for this upcoming year. Did you know that Spare Change teens have been learning and sharing medically-accurate sexual and mental health information through skits, videos, posts, classroom presentations and one-on-one helping in our community for over 20 years.

Call to Artists

Creekside Arts provides a unique opportunity to reflect, create and explore away from the hectic demands and constraints of daily life. 

  • 3 week residency
  • Inspiring natural setting among coastal Redwoods
  • Collaborative artistic work and expression
  • Broad range of creative disciplines

'Waiting for Godot' coming to Synapsis Stage

Two of the Ink People’s DreamMaker Projects are collaborating this December in order to bring Samuel Becket’s “Waiting for Godot” to the stage. Creekside Arts presents the production under the direction of Creekside Arts founding member, John Heckel, while the Synapsis Collective provides its new performance space. Actors Sally L’Herogen, Larry Crist, Arnold Waddell, Bernadette Cheyne, and Gabriel Cook will bring the work to life each night of the production.

The past two years brought challenges for DreamMakers and artists whose focus is the performing arts. This December, the production of “Waiting for Godot” provides a renewed opportunity to reflect on time, presence, and our relationships to one another.

Artists play a pivotal role in the movement of ideas and the means by which we transform our everyday lives with wonder. In addition to this collaboration between Creekside Arts and the Synapsis Collective, Marceau Verdiere will be showing recent paintings at Synapsis during the run of the play. Marceau’s work, like “Waiting for Godot”, interprets time and consequence through marking and re-marking the imaginal landscape, leaving an impression that the remarkable may emerge from the mundane.

The play is only set to run for two short weekends and will have limited seating in order to allow for social distancing between audience members. It is highly recommended to purchase tickets in advance as shows are expected to sell out.

Masks and proof of vaccination required. Thank you!

Creekside Arts and the Synapsis Collective are Dream Maker Projects of the Ink People. “Waiting for Godot” is presented by special arrangement with the Dramatists Play Service Inc., New York.


Creekside Arts is  designed and created to bring together artistic residencies, workshops and performances. Our goal is to create an environment in which creative artists and audiences interact in a positive and structured way to learn from and inform each other and then bring that learning into the larger Humboldt community. To that end Creekside Arts is committed to equity and welcomes people from diverse cultures, backgrounds and experiences.