Entering Grade 10-12
Sesion 3: July 21 to August 4 (15 days, 14 nights)
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. Participants pick an art form to explore, and then fuel that art with concepts, ideas, and questions from workshop, 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. 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.
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 to August 4 (15 days, 14 nights)
$3,800 + $50 application fee
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.
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’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
- Morning workshops – Artivism + Girls Leadership Core Curriculum through project based learning.
- Free time
- Advisory – Small group discussions
- Project Artivism – Pick your art for social change project! Past projects have included: Creative Writing, Dance, Collaging, Theatre, Photography, Solo Performance, Mask Making
- Move Your Body – Every day campers will get moving through a nature walk, capture the flag, soccer, stretching, yoga, dance, etc.
- Evening Activity – Evenings are 100% fun! Activities include game show night, scavenger hunt, mask making, jewelry making, egg drop, project runway, and much more.
- Love Notes – An adored GL tradition, Love Notes is the time where we gather in the hall, dance to GL playlists, and write notes to girls who made our day!