Entering Grade 10-12
July 21 – August 4 (15 days, 14 nights)
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A Summer Camp Like No Other
There is no better place to discover your voice, and your strengths, who you are as a leader, and how you can create change in your world, than in the Girls Leadership creative community.
ARTIVISM = ART + ACTIVISM
“[Artivism] has all the ingredients of activism, but is charged with the wild creations of art. Artivism — where edges are pushed, imagination is freed, and a new language emerges altogether.” – Eve Ensler
Welcome to Artivism, the 15-day program that brings together young women from around the country and around the world to learn about their identity, how that identity is shaped by our culture, and the skills to equip them to create change at every level: personal, social, and societal. The Artivism mornings engage participants in group conversations that bring together core Girls Leadership skills: emotional intelligence, internal voice, navigating conflict, and self-expression, and combines them with social justice awareness such as micro-aggressions, consent, intersectionality, power and privilege. In the afternoon participants pick an art form to explore, and then fuel that art with concepts, ideas, and questions from the morning, producing art for social change.
“The artivist (artist + activist) uses her artistic talents to fight and struggle against injustice and oppression—by any medium necessary. The artivist merges commitment to freedom and justice with the pen, the lens, the brush, the voice, the body, and the imagination. The artivist knows that to make an observation is to have an obligation.” – M.K. Asante
In the morning Artivism participants meet in small groups to take the Girls Leadership curriculum to the highest level. The content for our youngest participants, rising 6th graders, asks girls to learn about themselves, their thoughts and feelings, and learn to respect them. As girls go through middle school, they learn skills to engage with peers and family– how to share thoughts and feelings, ask for what they need, and navigate conflict as an opportunity for positive change. This program for our oldest participants teaches girls to reflect on the cultural expectations that shape their identity and how they might create change not only with those they know in their immediate circle, but with a wider audience. Participants come away with a deep understanding of how power influences privilege and oppression, how this has impacted their own development, and what actions they want to take to create greater equity in their community.
In the afternoon, participants choose one art form to pursue for two weeks. Choices may include the visual arts, performance arts, or creative writing, such as poetry. No previous experience is necessary in any art form.
During Project Artivism participants learn the art skill, as well as how to develop a project that integrates ideas, concerns, or questions from the morning Artivism Workshops into creative self-expression. Past projects have included spoken word, original plays, street art, fashion art, and craftivism. All projects are shared at the end of the program through performance, or a “gallery night.”
Every Artivist will leave the program with her journal, an artivist workbook, her artwork, and the annual sterling silver charm. After completing this program you are ready to apply to become a Counselor in Training and lead our middle school participants!
Dates and Tuition
July 21 – August 4 (15 days, 14 nights) $3,700
Life at Girls Leadership
Daily life is full of friends, from brushing your teeth with your hall-mates, to dropping off “love notes” in your friend’s mailbox before bed. In the afternoon, you get some “you time:” your choice of projects, fitness options and fun evening activities like the spontaneous sing-a-longs and Girls Leadership Open Mic.
What is the “ Girls Leadership magic”?
It’s what allows you to take risks that you never thought possible and to build stronger friendships than you’ve ever known.
What does the Girls Leadership magic look like?
It is 40 screaming girls, covered in face paint, playing kickball. It is you cheering for every single girl at bat and then watching each girl start to cheer for others. It’s being part of a group sing along (when you can’t carry a tune). It’s acknowledging and being supported around your real emotions, just when you thought no one was listening. It’s about taking risks and being your real self in order to inspire all girls to do the same.
Trips and Events
During the session there are both challenging trips and just-for-fun days. One possible “challenge trip” could include a visit to a high and low ropes course. Other fun events could include beach or pool days, spoken word poetry slams, and a movie night.
You’re creative, brilliant and ready to explore your experiences in exciting ways. We get that. So we’ve invited artists, writers, and performers to guide you on a three-day long Arts Intensive. The Arts Intensive projects allow you to recognize, honor and communicate your authentic voice through creative media. The projects all culminate in a supportive community celebration of artwork. Past projects include solo performance, spoken word, creative dance, and documentary filmmaking!
Sample of a Girls Leadership Summer Day
- Games, like Whoosh!, Bop, Zip, Zap, Zop, and Yes! It is so fun. We promise.
- Morning workshops – You start your day off with learning the powerful Girls Leadership tools during interactive, educational theater based sessions
- Free time
- Advisory – Small group discussions
- Project Artivism – Pick your art for social change project! Past projects have included: Creative Writing & Yoga, Step, Improv, Devising, Photography, Solo Performance, Recycled Art
- Wellness – There are options every day. If it’s hot, we might head to the pool. Other choices might include oversized soccer ball games, disc golf, fitness challenge, love ball, ultimate, volleyball, yoga, forest walk and Olympiad!
- Evening Activity – Evenings are 100% fun! Activities include game show night, scavenger hunt, mask making, jewelry making, egg drop, fractured fairytales, and much more.
- Love Notes – An adored Girls Leadership tradition, Love Notes is the time where we gather in the hall, dance to Girls Leadership playlists, and write notes to the friend who made our day! The best part? The collection of love notes that you get to take home about you at the end of the program.