Girls Summit 2014
Nuturing the Creativity of Girls
The Women on the Rise! Annual Girls Summit offers access to the best practices in girls education presented by scholars conducting innovative work in and out of South Florida. Addressing issues of body image, health, sexuality, and gender non-conformity, leading educators, scholars, and activists engage in performances, panel discussions and film screenings, which highlight innovative scholarly work in gender studies and girls education. The 2014 program will focus on the creativity of girls, nurturing that creativity and the empowering potential of expression.
Member, student, educator $10
Member, student, educator $15
Closing Party Only
Member, student, educator $10
Friday, May 16
Welcome Reception / Check-In
Panel Discussion: Women on the Rise! 10th Anniversary Retrospective
Jillian Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California-San Diego; Anya Wallace, Ph.D. Candidate, Penn State University; Isabel Moros-Rigau, Artist & B.C.C.P. Youth Development Program Director, Brooklyn College Community Partnership/ RFCUNY; Shara Banks, Crystal Pearl, WOTR! Program Coordinator and Independent Artist, Ebony Rhodes, Senior Site Director, Breakthrough Miami at Palmer Trinity School; Shedia Nelson, Program Manager and Artistic Director, Urgent Inc.; Patricia Taboas, CHANCE & Foster Care Clinician, Citrus Health Network Inc.; Qualisa Thomas, Former WOTR! Participant
Current and previous Women on the Rise! instructors and partners reflect on the evolution of the program and how gender-specific education has changed over the last 10 years. They will conclude with projections on the future of girl-programming.
Panel Discussion: Visualizing Bodies/Space: A Performative Picture of Justice System-Involved Girls & Women in Miami
Anya Wallace, Ph.D. Candidate, Penn State University; Jillian Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California–San Diego; Nereida Garcia Ferraz, Visual Artist and Educator,WOTR!; Isabel Moros-Rigau, Artist & B.C.C.P. Youth Development Program Director, Brooklyn College Community Partnership/ RFCUNY
A collaborative multi-media performance based on feminist art outreach work with girls in the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center, and WINGS, a residential program for adolescent mothers involved in the justice system.
Panel Discussion: Essential Creativity within GLBTQ Youth
Myra Benjamin & Ella Bradshaw, Pridelines Youth Services; Neil de la Flor, Reading Queer; Carla Silva, MSW, Executive Director, Alliance for GLBTQ Youth
Discussion on creative outlets of expression and collaboration with arts organizations providing essential programming, particularly within the GLBTQ community.
Performances & Discussion - Reading Queer Poetry
Marci Calabretta, Nadra Mabrouk , Annik Adey-Babinski and Sara Ryan
Members of Reading Queer will share original poetry and creative writing that reflects upon girlhood, gender, and queer identity. Poets will share and discuss renowned pieces that have inspired their own creative expression
Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths #THENEXTLEVELPROJECT
Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown
Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Education Policy, Organization and Leadership University of Illinois Champaign Urbana; Porshe Garner, Doctoral student of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership University of Illinois Champaign Urbana; Jessica Robinson, Doctoral student of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership University of Illinois Champaign Urbana; Tierney Reed aka T.R.U.T.H, Independent artist and member of the collective PS (Paradigm Shift)
This presentation will be a multimedia experience of SOLHOT (saving our lives hear our truths), a collective practice of celebrating Black girlhood in all of its complexity. Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown, in collaboration with T.R.U.T.H and members of SOLHOT (Porshe Garner and Jessica Robinson), will perform original music that speak to the possibilities of a visionary Black girlhood dependent on Black girls’ genius. Based in central Illinois, the SOLHOT program uniquely utilizes dance, song, art, activism and discussion to improve communities and create spaces of affirmation.
Saturday, May 17
Welcome Reception / Check-In
Tour of Virginia Overton: Flat Rock & Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey
Led by MOCA Interim Director, Alex Gartenfeld
Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey
Mid-career survey of Kenya-born, New York-based artist who multi-faceted work articulates 21st century global sensibility.
Virginia Overton: Flat Rock
This site-responsive exhibition compiled with objects sourced from the area around the exhibition site reframes the relationship between work and the environment.
INOCENTE Film Screening and Audience Discussion
Led by Isabel Moros-Rigau, Artist & B.C.C.P. Youth Development Program Director, Brooklyn College Community Partnership/ RFCUNY
INOCENTE is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. It is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children, in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see.
Grotesquerie, Racial Pleasure, and Pornography: The Erotics of Female Embodiment in Wangechi Mutu’s Work
Dr. Jillian Hernandez
Jillian Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ethnic & Critical Gender Studies, University of California, San Diego
Jillian Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ethnic & Critical Gender Studies, University of California, San Diego will discuss how the alluring, flamboyant, and otherworldly aesthetics of the female bodies in Wangechi Mutu’s work embody black womanhood as beautiful, and black female (hyper) sexuality as pleasurable.
WOTR! 10 Year Anniversary Bash with musical performance by TheeSatisfaction
THEESatisfaction is a R&B hip hop duo based in Seattle where they write, produce and perform their own material they describe as” funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip.” They have recently performed at the SXSW Festival for the second year in a row where they were called ”the feel good act of the festival,” the Women’s Jazz Festival in Harlem, the TreeFort Music Festival in Boise, ID, the Siren Nation Festival and are integral performers at Black Weirdo Parties held in major cities in the US and Canada. Their album “awE naturalE” was released in 2012.
For information, contact Crystal Pearl Molinary, Women on the Rise! Program Coordinatore) [email protected] p) 305.893.6211 x.25
The 3rd Annual Girls Summit is organized by Crystal Molinary, Director of MOCA’s Women on the Rise! and Dr. Jillian Hernandez, Founder of Women on the Rise! and Assistant Professor of Ethnic and Gender Studies at the University of California San Diego. The 3rd Annual Girls Summit is co-sponsored by DeliverLean and the Aqua Foundation.
About MOCA’s Women on the Rise! program
The Women on the Rise! program addresses the needs of underserved girls and young women through the study of contemporary women artists as positive role models with the intention of boosting participants’ self-esteem, communication and social skills. Since its inception in 2004, WOTR! has served over 5,000 girls ages 12-18 through agencies such as the Miami Dade Juvenile Detention Center, Pridelines Youth Services, Casa Valentina, Honey Shine, Breakthrough Miami, the Robert Renick Educational Center, Urgent, Inc. and the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative Girls’ Group.