Next Wednesday, August 17, from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside will offer a free one-time workshop for a diverse group of 12-14 year old girls to see if they’d like to take part in a free 10-month exploration, from September, 2005 to June, 2006, of “Girl issues,” that will end with a Girl House Art Project and public exhibition.
Among the topics to be covered during the 10-month exploration are “Girl Power, body wisdom, how girls are presented in T.V., and famous women from history.” Activities will include art, interactive exercises, videos and the design of the Girl House. There will also be guest speakers and two field trips.
During the August 17th workshop, which will be led by Kesa Kivel, Volunteer Project Leader, participants will be briefed on the project and undertake an art activity.
The workshop and 10-month Girl House Art Project will be held at the YWCA Santa Monica/ Westside, 2019 Fourteenth Street, Santa Monica.
Organizers urge girls who are interested in the project to sign up. Call Barbara Olinger at the YWCA (310) 452-3881 to register. No prior art experience is required.The YWCA Santa Monica/ Westside provides community service programs to women and children in more than 10 Westside communities. Preserving their mission to empower women and to work to eliminate racism, the YWCA offers a Housing and Education program for emancipated youth; an academic assistance program; ENCORE, an exercise and support program for breast cancer survivors; Girls in Action (G.I.A.), a comprehensive leadership program for middle school girls; and Girls Basketball. The YWCA’s Childcare Center provides a creative, safe, and affordable environment for children age five to 12. These programs culminate their vision to be a premier organization for women and girls, a source of strength and a voice for women.