Teaming Up with Girls Rock! DC and the Arena Stage!

This fall, in the spirit of NMWA’s upcoming exhibition, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, we will be teaming up with Girls Rock! DC to help our visitors find their inner rock star. With the musicians featured in Women Who Rock as inspiration, Girls Rock! volunteers and NMWA educators will work together on events and workshops that will support aspiring musicians of all ages and experience levels.

Lady Gaga's childhood piano in Women Who Rock; Photo courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Lady Gaga’s childhood piano in Women Who Rock; Photo courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Girls Rock! DC, a member of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance, holds a one-week day camp for girls ages 8–18, culminating in a performance showcase of the campers’ music. Campers receive instruction on electric guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals, turntables and digital music production from a volunteer-only staff of educators, musicians, artists and community organizers. Campers form bands, and they are coached by volunteer musicians to write and perform original songs and DJ sets. The camp gives young women a supportive environment to create both music and a healthy self-image.

NMWA’s programming with Girls Rock! DC will include:
• 9/9   2 p.m.: CONCERT. Girls Rock! DC: Campers and Volunteers
• 9/29   10 a.m.: YOUTH WORKSHOP. So You Wanna Be a Rock Star?
• 9/29   12:30 p.m.: TEEN WORKSHOP. Rock 101.
• 10/2   1 p.m.: FILM. Girls Rock! The Movie
• 10/20   10 a.m.: YOUTH WORKSHOP. It’s Amaze-’Zine
• 10/20   12:30 p.m.: TEEN WORKSHOP. ’Zine-Making: DIY Media
• 11/10   10 a.m.: ADULT WORKSHOP. Two Turntables and a Microphone

Another exciting collaborative event NMWA has planned in conjunction with Women Who Rock will feature performers from Arena Stage’s One Night with Janis Joplin (September 28–November 4 at Arena Stage). The October 22 event at NMWA, Bringing to Life a Woman Who Rocks, will give viewers a behind the scenes look at how the show’s cast members and Arena Stage’s artistic team bring Joplin’s story to life night after night.

Our first Women Who Rock event is a free concert showcasing the talent of youth and adult musicians affiliated with Girls Rock! DC. For more information about this and other upcoming events please visit NMWA’s events calendar. We hope to see you here!

—Ashley Harris is the education intern at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Education programming for Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power is made possible by an anonymous donor, Cigna, and the Carstens Family Fund with additional funding provided by the Massachusetts State Committee of NMWA and the New Mexico State Committee of NMWA. Further support is provided by Washington Marriott at Metro Center.

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