For questions or inquiries please contact us at YAEcamppdx@gmail.com
PSAA + WolfBird Dance have teamed up to host a 1-week summer camp for female-identifying YOUTH 11-16 YEARS OLD. THE CAMP IS called YAE! Young Artists Empowerment Camp. held at Clay Creative in the Central Eastside Industrial District of Portland (240 SE Clay) ON Aug 20-24 2018, from 11am-4pm each day. This program will provide youTH a platform to develop their artistic voiceS, encourage THEM to create their own definitions of femininity, and find empowerment through art +dance.
YAE! Camp will begin with an overview of the Pillars of Hip-Hop: Graffiti
(freedom of expression in public space), MCing (rhythmic poetry, aka rapping), DJing (artfully blending melodies using a turntable), and Breakdancing (a highly expressive style of street dancing). Throughout the week, students will receive training in freestyle, hip hop, mural composition, and creating street art. Students will learn the process of how to collaboratively create a mural based on self-selected themes and express themselves through choreographed motion.
(w)RAP PARTY: On the final day, Friday, August 24th from 4pm-6pm YAE! Camp will host a wrap party with choreographed dance performances by the youth and a mural unveiling. This all-female cyphered "Jam Battle" will happen in front of the new murals. This event will be an opportunity for the youth to show off their new skills to friends, family, and the community and smash some stereotypes!
We believe in the power of diverse forms of dance and art to begin building a bridge between youth and the larger community of creative females in Portland. In addition, we strive to offer a diverse staff of dancers and artists in order to display diversity in all forms of artistic professionalism. With the culmination of this workshop, students will have worked together as a team to create something they can be proud of, expressed themselves in new ways, gained new skills and knowledge, and hopefully gained a new sense of strength and self-empowerment.
In the morning session, camp participants will be guided by experienced female dancers at WolfBird to explore how freestyle and hip-hop dance composition can provide empowerment, healing, and comfort in one’s own body. Under the mentorship of Elizabeth Siegel, students will learn the fundamentals of freestyle and battling as well as hip hop technique and choreography. On the final day of YAE Camp! at 4PM, students will perform their choreography and participate in a final all-female cyphered "Jam Battle" in front of the new murals. This event will be an oppertunity for the youth to show off their new skills to friends, family, and the community.
Portland Street Art Alliance will be leading the afternoon art section of the camp. Students will be mentored by Amanda Valdes, a street artist who has painted murals worldwide. Amanda's art focuses on female identity and empowerment. Students will be guided through the entire process of creating a mural, including visualizing and developing a concept, designing and sketching, and basic aerosol and brush painting techniques. During the camp session, a collaborative public art mural will be painted in the garage of Clay Creative by participants. The mural will be on view and open to the public through Winter 2018.
The cost of the 5-day summer camp is $300 per student. This fee will pay for the instructor stipends, guest speakers, all dance and painting supplies, and light refreshments throughout the day. Several business-sponsored needs-based scholarship spaces will be available to those in need. All donations to this project are tax-deductible. Major sponsors will be acknowledged on the project website and announcements.
Application Registration Deadline: August 15, 2018
This program is partially funded by a grant from the Open Meadows Foundation. Killian Pacific has donated to support scholarship spots and allowed us to use a vacant office space in Clay Creative for the camp. Ike's Tug & Supply (@kobrapaint_ikestugandsupply) has donated spray paint for this project.