Here at the Girls Club we know the importance of community spaces, especially here in New York City where more public space is needed.
The former PS 64 building at 605 East 9th Street is the former home of CHARAS/El Bohio Community Center, a wonderful organization founded in the 1970’s that offered free classes of all kinds to the community. It was a vibrant, positive organization that was illegally pushed out of PS 64 when the city sold the building. Attached to the deed is a community board ordinance that states the space must be for community use only. Artist, good friend to the Girls Club and one of the founders of CHARAS, Chino Garcia spoke to our Environmental camp about what is happening with the building. We decided to paint a banner in support of the movement to reclaim the space!
We had two fantastic female electronic musicians come in to perform for us - Jessie Davis and More Dani. It was cool to see firsthand what an electronic musician does on stage and we had a blast watching their performances!
To celebrate the end of Summer Session 2 and the entire summer programming at the Girls Club we took the whole gang to Coney Island. It was a perfect day for rides and walking along the shore. Thanks everyone at Luna Park for a fantastic day!
The Visual Anthropology class has been working hard over the pass month to produce vignettes from their explorations of Lower East Side Markets. The audio and photo were collected by these talented artists. #girlfit4life#artpluscommunity #buildingcommunity #lesgc #lesgirlsclub
We are hyped up and ready to install three full weeks of work in our room for the Governors Island Art Fair! Many thanks to Anthony Zito and Ellen Blum for a successful series of workshops with our Art & Activism girls. Be sure to check out our exhibit this September, which actively comments on the dire and on-going Central America child migrant situation.
The Visual Anthropology class has been working hard over the past month to produce vignettes from their explorations of Lower East Side Markets. The audio and photo were collected by these talented artists.
Savitri, the Director of the Reverend Billy Stop Shopping Choir, talked to us about her life as an artist and activist. She taught us a song inspired by the immigrant children coming to America in search of a better life.
We dance the day you were free The jailer wandered off and you found the key We dance the day you are free So glad to have you back and again
We were welcome here all those years ago No matter where we all had been And lady liberty said just come on in So glad to have you back again
We know you are citizens too Working and loving Americans This ain’t the land of the few Glad to have you back again
Day 2 of our amazing DJ Camp experience with Dubspot. We’ve got our new DJ names on deck and were practicing for our first mini-performance which will happen next week!!! We can’t thank Dubspot enough for having us.
Sadly, another summer session has come to a close! Yesterday we celebrated the success of our Environmental and Art+Activism camps with a certificate ceremony. We will miss you girls! Thanks for all of your hard work!