Oak City Move 26: Groove in the Garden and Girls Rock NC
Sara, Jenaye, and Phian chat with Adam and Charles (from The Pour House and Raleigh Little Theatre respectively)who have teamed up to put on Groove in the Garden, a day of local music and family fun held in Raleigh Little Theatre’s rose garden! They also catch up with Mary Alta of Girls Rock NC, an amazing group which Groove in the Garden will benefit this year, as well as with Groove in the Garden performers Kate Rhudy and Marc Kuzio of Ghostt Bllonde.
This Friday, Girls Rock NC will put on their first benefit concert at the Pinhook in Durham!! 8 newly-formed bands will perform original songs in the rock-roulette. There will be a raffle, food truck, beer and pie pairings, and a dance party to follow the acts after the show. Come out and support a truly fantastic organization that does so much for our community and music scene! <3
Girls Rock NC is a nonprofit organization that empowers girls and women — through creative expression — to become confident and engaged members of our communities. Their programs use music as a vehicle for building community and self-esteem. They accomplish this by focusing on the “three Cs”: creativity, confidence and collaboration.
In 2003, Girls Rock NC held their first camp for 29 girls at Carolina Friends School and became the third organization in the nation to provide this unique programming. Ten years later, Girls Rock NC serves over 225 girls annually with 40 music programs in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. They have witnessed the efficacy of their programs over years as these girls become young women holding leadership positions, establishing successful bands, excelling in collegiate and humanitarian pursuits, and even returning to counsel girls at our camps. With over 80 dedicated volunteers and a growing number of partners, sponsors, musicians, parents, activists, and mentors, Girls Rock NC values the notion that advancement happens through collective participation and a desire to make a positive impact.
Throughout 2014, they will host a series of monthly fundraising events that will culminate in a big weekend long celebration in October. The event in October will feature workshops and activities that are great for all ages as well as nationally renowned performers, authors, and speakers. All these events will serve to celebrate this milestone with their community and share their refined and passionate vision of Girls Rock NC’s future. As they hire full-time staff, expand year-round programming, and seek a permanent building to headquarter operations, they are reminded of why they chose the Triangle as their home base and why they have been able to blossom in their outreach here. Truly, they are grateful for the powerful web of allies who help them grow fiercer and fiercer.