Summer Opportunities for Austin Girls

Hello All. I want to spread the word about two non-profit organizations in the Austin area currently accepting applications for their summer programs. Please note that both organizations offer scholarships for girls who cannot afford the tuition.

Girls working on their performance pieces for Grrl Action (image courtesy of

1. First up: Grrl Action, a non-profit I’ve previously highlighted on this blog, is currently accepting applications for the Summer Workshop which runs from July 5 – 25. During this 3 week period, girls are asked to work with professional artists, writers, and performers to imagine, create, and perform their own artistic work based on their life experiences. After the 3 week period the girls are asked to participate in 2 free public performances. The workshop is designed for girls ages 13 – 16. For anyone interested in more information here is the 2010 Summer Application.

Jenn from Girl in a Coma helps out during one of the summer sessions for Girls Rock Camp Austin (image courtesy of

2. Girls Rock Camp Austin is currently accepting applications for their 2 summer sessions. Here are the dates for this year’s camp:

Session 1: June 14-18
showcase Saturday, June 19

Session 2: July 26-30
showcase Saturday, July 31

For anyone unfamiliar with GRCA, this non-profit organization offers a day camp where girls learn to play an instrument of their choosing, form a band, and write and learn the lyrics/music to a song . . . all in one week! Then each band performs their song onstage at the showcase. The day camp also encourages girls to think about and discuss mediated messages about women (especially in music videos) as well as female contributions in music history, and facilitates workshops on self-defense training, band merchandise, and how to make zines.

Disclaimer: I volunteer with GRCA, co-coordinating the music history workshop with Alyx from feministmusicgeek. I’ll admit I’m particularly excited about this summer’s sessions. The GRCA organizers focused on receiving girls’ feedback from last summer’s sessions and we’ve been meeting once a month to discuss how to tailor the workshops to address girls’ needs and the tools and information they desire. With each meeting we’re one step closer to realizing the full potential of GRCA and its powerful and positive impact on girls’ lives. For anyone interested in signing someone up for GRCA, here is the 2010 Summer Application.

These are two ways that girls can get creative over the summer and utilize their voice and their talents. Whether you sign up for a similar program in Austin (or in your community) or simply create a make-shift theater group in your living room and put on impromptu plays and monologues for family and friends – I encourage girls to embrace their creativity in whatever shape/form they choose and show it off this summer!

~ by actyourage09 on April 9, 2010.

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