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Girls Rock! this July

Eva Cortes, Girls Camp showcase highlights of busy month

On Friday, July 1st, Universal recording artist Eva Cortes, from Spain, will perform a special 5pm showcase at Mosaic Latin American Bistro. Her performance will include a question and answer session about her music and her career, aimed at the youth in the audience (who get in free when accompanied by a paying adult).

Representatives from Girls Rock! Rhode Island will also be at the event, to talk about how music helps girls and women find their own voices.

The evening kicks off a busy month for the organization Girls Rock! Rhode Island (GRR!), which launched in 2009 and is now a full-fledged 501c3 nonprofit with year-round programming and a diverse and passionate board of fifteen.

On July 11th, GRR! begins its second annual Girls Rock Camp, in which thirty girls aged eleven to eighteen learn instruments, form bands and write original songs. The experience includes performances from professional female musicians, and workshops on topics ranging from screen printing to media literacy.

All of this activity culminates on July 15th at 6pm, with an unforgettable Girls Rock Camp showcase where the new bands air their new compositions for friends, family and fans.

It’s been a big year for the volunteer-run organization. In 2010 alone, GRR! provided more than one hundred girls and women with intensive training on how to rock out and feel powerful, all with the support and mentorship of positive female role-models.

After its inaugural camp last July, GRR! launched Girls Get Loud,  an afterschool program that adapts the summer camp to a once-a-week rhythm. The Providence After School Alliance partners with GRR! to produce this three times a year, in fall, winter, and spring sessions.

Programs for women support the mission and serve as fundraisers. GRR! had led four Ladies Rock Camps, which replicate the Girls Rock Camp experience for those above high-school age. Ladies Rock Lab is an open rehearsal that brings women together to rock out once a month, and soon GRR! will begin a Girls Rock Lab, as well.

With generous support from Ladies Rock campers and the community, GRR! is able to support need-based scholarships for Girls Rock campers, making it unique in a sea of sometimes unaffordable summer camp options within the state.

Bring your daughter, niece, granddaughter, or yourself to one of these events:

Eva Cortes performance
Friday, July 1, 5-7pm
$5 (youth free with paying adult)
Mosaic Latin American Bistro, 166 Valley St, Providence

Girls Rock Camp showcase
Friday July 15th, 6-7pm
$5-10 sliding scale donation
Hope Artiste Village Solarium, 1005 Main St, Pawtucket

Geoff Griffin works at the Gordon School and is on the board of Girls Rock! Rhode Island

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  • Thanks to those who came to the Eva Cortes event!

    The Showcase (on July 15th) is very moving for those of us who have experienced the joy of being in a band or who have ever loved a camp.

  • Thanks for promoting our events! I have the honor of volunteering for Girls Rock! Rhode Island and can tell you it is as powerful for the volunteers as it is for our campers. Definitely check out the Girls Rock Camp showcase in July. The girls rock their hearts out and everyone leaves inspired.