The Girl Project
The Girl Project (TGP) is a grassroots arts-meets-activism program designed to inspire, educate, and empower girls to challenge the misrepresentation of girls and women in American media culture through performing arts education.
American media culture sends girls the wrong message about who they are and who they can become. Now in its sixth year, TGP provides girls with the creative, emotional, and critical media literacy tools necessary to challenge this negative message and envision positive possibilities for themselves and their futures. Diverse girls across Central Kentucky are recruited to join TGP through local public schools; TGP is housed at a non-profit community theatre, Woodford Theatre. Guest artists from around the country lead the girls in devised theatre, spoken word, comedy, dance, and other performing arts workshops, each addressing a facet of media misrepresentation, sexism, and social justice from an intersectional feminist perspective. Participants write, devise, and perform a theatrical performance based on their workshop experiences.
The Girl Project: Next Generation, an outreach program for middle school girls, introduces participants to TGP alumni who serve as their mentors in fostering discussion and creating devised theatre addressing girlhood, self-image, and current events. TGP also hosts the Voices HEaRd community event, a showcase performance involving TGP alumni that impacts even larger audiences by featuring the work of more than 80 theatre artists across the state. Through these three program components, TGP reaches hundreds of girls and women in Central Kentucky each year.
The Girl Project
Versailles KY, 40383