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2016 Camp Application NOW OPEN!

Apr 15th, 2016 by info | Comments Off on 2016 Camp Application NOW OPEN!

Girls Rock! Chicago will be holding two week-long girls’ camp sessions once again in 2016, as well as one session of Ladies Rock Camp! Camp sessions will be:

GIRLS ROCK CAMP

Session One: Monday, July 18th to Sunday, July 24th
Recording Session: Saturday, July 23rd
Showcase: Sunday, July 24th

Session Two: Monday, August 8th to Sunday, August 14th 
Recording Session: Saturday, August 13th
Showcase: Sunday, August 14th

This year, we’ll be holding all three camps at Josephinum Academy, located at 1501 N. Oakley Blvd., in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. We welcome girls as well as transgender (any identity) and gender nonconforming youth ages 8 to 16 to join us for five days of instrument instruction and band practice, a performance at Thalia Hall, and a professional recording session with their band. Campers MUST attend all seven days to participate in camp!

Tuition for each session is sliding scale, with full tuition at $500. Please see our income guidelines here for further details.
 
START YOUR 2016 CAMP APPLICATION HERE!

Need more details? Feel free to contact our Program Coordinator, Jess LeMaster, at jess@girlsrockchicago.org or 773 289 2670.

And the 2016 Camp Dates are…

Mar 22nd, 2016 by info | Comments Off on And the 2016 Camp Dates are…

We are pleased to announce that Girls Rock! Chicago will be holding two week-long girls’ camp sessions once again in 2016, as well as one session of Ladies Rock Camp! Camp sessions will be:

GIRLS ROCK CAMP

Session One: Monday, July 18th to Sunday, July 24th
Recording Session: Saturday, July 23rd
Showcase: Sunday, July 24th

Session Two: Monday, August 8th to Sunday, August 14th 

Recording Session: Saturday, August 13th
Showcase: Sunday, August 14th

This year, we’ll be holding all three camps at Josephinum Academy, located at 1501 N. Oakley Ave., in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. We welcome girls, transgender (any identity) and gender nonconforming youth ages 8 to 16 to join us for five days of instrument instruction and band practice, as well as a performance at Thalia Hall and a professional recording session with their band. Campers MUST attend all seven days to participate in camp!

LADIES ROCK CAMP

Session One: Friday, July 8th to Sunday, July 10th
Showcase: Sunday, July 10th

Ladies Rock Camp (LRC) will also be held at Josephinum Academy, located at 1501 N. Oakley Ave., in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. Women, transgender (any identity) and gender nonconforming folks ages 21 & up are welcome to join us for two days of instrument instruction and band practice, as well as a performance at a professional music venue. This program is perfect for anyone who has ever said, “I wish I could have gone to Girls Rock Camp when I was a kid!”

LRC is a fundraiser for tuition assistance for our girls’ camps. The full cost of camp is $300, though we will have some financial aid available as well.

We’ll be releasing both camp applications on our website the second week of April.

Need more details? Contact our Program Coordinator, Jess LeMaster, at jess@girlsrockchicago.org or 773 289 2670.

T-Shirt Design Contest is NOW OPEN!

Mar 7th, 2016 by info | Comments Off on T-Shirt Design Contest is NOW OPEN!

Girls Rock! Chicago is ready for some brand new merch! We are hosting our first-ever t-shirt design contest as a part of our 10th anniversary celebration, and YOU are invited to participate!  

The contest opens Monday, March 7th, and we will accept submissions until 11:59 PM CST on Thursday, April 7th. All ages and genders are welcome to throw their hat into the ring.

The winning design will be printed on a limited edition run of t-shirts that will be available for sale at Girls Rock! Chicago events and in our online store. The winner will also receive two tickets to an End-of-Camp Extravaganza of their choice, their biography featured on our social media pages and website, and two posters of their choice from our Women in Music Poster Show series.

GR!C Guitar Design by Rebecca Flores

       GR!C Guitar Design by Rebecca Flores

The Details

Submission Guidelines

  • Design text must include “Girls Rock! Chicago”
  • Design must be no more than two solid colors.
  • No racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, culturally-appropriative, or otherwise discriminatory designs will be accepted.
  • Submissions must be 8.5” x 11” @ 300 dpi.
  • Submissions must be .jpg files only, but the winner may be required to submit an .eps or .ai file.
  • Send all entries to info@girlsrockchicago.org using the subject “T-Shirt Design Contest.” Please include your name and phone number with your submission.
  • Submissions will be accepted by email only.
  • Submit your entry no later than 11:59 PM on April 7, 2016.

Rules for Entry

  • Artwork must be original. No part of the artwork should be copied from a design created or owned by someone else.
  • Girls Rock! Chicago will make the final decision regarding the winning design.
  • Girls Rock Chicago reserves the right to make edits to the winning design, and the winner(s) may be asked to make alterations if their design does not match the printer’s requirements.
  • By submitting your design, you are granting Girls Rock! Chicago a non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of your artwork. Girls Rock! Chicago expects that the primary uses of your design will be to publicize the design for marketing and voting purposes and to print the design on merchandise to be sold for the sole benefit of Girls Rock! Chicago.
  • The prize for winning the contest is not redeemable for cash value.

The Selection Process

Girls Rock! Chicago will accept entries up until 11:59 PM on April 7, 2016. After that, Girls Rock! Chicago staff will select their top five entries, share them online (girlsrockchicago.org and Facebook.com/GirlsRockChicago), and open the voting process. Voting will end on April 21, 2016. Girls Rock! Chicago staff will consider and select a winner from the two entries with the most votes by April 28, 2016. We’ll have some awesome new shirts ready by the time our first session of camp begins!

 

DIY Recording Workshop

Feb 3rd, 2016 by info | Comments Off on DIY Recording Workshop

So you’ve written a song or two (or maybe a whole bunch!), now what? Girls Rock! Chicago is partnering with Chicago Women in Trades and Resonate to bring you this empowering program all about do-it-yourself recording. No studio time or expensive equipment necessary! Attendees will get a chance to learn and practice methods for recording their own music at home, as well as information about finding the right gear for home recording.

Date: Sunday, February 21st, 2016
Time: 1 PM – 4 PM
Location: 2444 W. 16th St., #16 (Chicago Women in Trades Office – free parking available!)
Cost: Between $10 – $40 per person (sliding scale)
Capacity: 40

Attendees: Anyone ages 12 & up who identifies as a girl/woman, transgender (regardless of identity), and/or gender nonconforming. Guardians of any gender identity may attend with participants under 18 for free, but guardians are not required. Please note that this workshop is open to women, transgender, and gender nonconforming folks over the age of 18 too!

Activities: Participants will learn about and practice home recording methods. Workshop leaders will also discuss selecting the right gear for recording music at home.

Apply for our DIY Recording Workshop Here!

Questions? Contact our Program Coordinator Jess at jess@girlsrockchicago.org or 773 289 2670.
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Introduction to Guitar Workshop

Jan 5th, 2016 by info | Comments Off on Introduction to Guitar Workshop

Have you and your camper ever wanted to play guitar, but didn’t think you could? Let GR!C kickstart you into playing a new instrument! During this workshop, we’ll go over the basics of the guitar, what kind of equipment you’ll need and where to find good prices.

Date: Sunday, January 17th 2016
Time: 1 PM – 4 PM
Location: 1530 W. Superior St. (Our office in the UK Village)
Cost: $10 – $40 per pair; $5 – $20 for any additional group members
Capacity: 30
Activities: We’ll learn in pairs! All levels of the guitar are welcome. The objective of this workshop is for family pairs to help each other learn the basics of guitar in a mutually empowering way. If your camper knows more than you, let’s empower them to teach YOU some new skills! You and your camper will help each other learn from our very own guitar champion and volunteer, Carrie Shemanski.

Questions? Contact our Program Coordinator Jess at jess@girlsrockchicago.org or 773 289 2670.

Apply for our Introduction to Guitar Workshop Here!

Camper Holiday Reunion Drop-In Day!

Dec 16th, 2015 by info | Comments Off on Camper Holiday Reunion Drop-In Day!

2015 campers! You’re invited to come hang out with Girls Rock! Chicago over your winter break on December 30th! We’ll be revisiting some favorite camp workshops including t-shirt surgery and button and zine making. This is a drop-in style program occurring the afternoon of Wednesday, December 30th. Campers are not required to attend for the whole day.

We are so excited to celebrate 10 years of girls rocking by starting our foray into school year programming with this workshop day.

We hope you’ll join us for this super fun day of crafts & rock!

Date: Wednesday, December 30th
Time: 12 PM – 5 PM
Location: 1530 W. Superior St. (Our office in the UK Village)
Cost: $0 – $20 (Based on a sliding scale)
Capacity: 25
Activities: A small, drop-in style program for campers to catch up with their friends from camp and make crafts. We’ll be making zines, buttons, and up-cycling t-shirts.
Questions? Contact our Program Coordinator Jess at jess@girlsrockchicago.org or 773 289 2670.

Apply here!