Back in November 2014, I interviewed two women behind the local band Lady Pyramid. In the midst of the discussions, we talked about the first annual Louisville Outskirts Festival and Rockshops for Girls. If you haven’t heard of either you’re missing out! Louisville Outskirts fest is a music festival that highlights the women and gender nonconforming individuals in Louisville’s music community. Rockshops for Girls was a weekend long workshop where girls form bands and perform their first set of songs.
Since 2014, Outskirts & Rockshops have been going strong, expanding into a weeklong summer camp culminating in an ending showcase. With the help of the international organization Girls Rock Camp Alliance, Girls Rock Louisville was formed. In addition to what Rockshops offered, girls and gender nonconforming youth will now also get to record in a local recording studio, learn self defense, and hear lectures on creative processes and self love. All amazing things.
My guest today is a key organizer and counselor Riece Hamilton, formally of Girls Rock Jacksonville. She has come back home and brought the experience she had working in Jacksonville to Louisville. Our chat goes into further detail of what the camp is about, the activities, why she loves it, and the future of GRL.
During the interview, I kept wanting to gush about the program but really couldn’t find an intelligent way to do so… so here’s my attempt. There are so many young people who struggle with emotional and self esteem issues. More often than not, girls and gender nonconforming youth are constantly being held back both consciously and unconsciously. That’s why there is such a need for programs like these. Girls Rock Louisville offers them not just support and mentorship but also teaches self expression, how to form bonds, how to collaborate with others, and real-life examples in creative problem solving. These are tools that will better them in life, and better their communities as a result.
To check out everywhere else Girls Rock is involved, go to girlsrockcampalliance.org.
As always, you can click the player below to hear the discussion.