Latinitas - A Strong Voice for Latina Youth

Every year I am so proud of the interesting and diverse group of girls and teens who come together for our summer camp series in Central Texas (not to be confused with our awesome West Texas camps) from as nearby as downtown Austin and as far away as the Rio Grande Valley.  This week was no exception. Girls came into camp nervous and quiet and are leaving expressing their points of view about art, media, friendships and even more high-brow topics such as politics and feelings!  Our media arts camp focused on using digital media creatively.  From the get go, the girls visited art museums such as Austin's nationally known Mexic-Arte museum, the Austin American Statesman's newsroom and Clear Channel radio's headquarters in Austin to witness and participate where and how media arts are created.  Girls worked on cultural activities and their molas, Ojos de Dios and other Latino-based crafts are lovely, contemporary and will serve as fond reminders of camp.  Multimedia producer Evelina Solis showed the girls the basics of self-production, focusing on radio and the girls produced art films that could make the cut at Cannes!  Three more weeks of camp to come yet, but already I'm excited at what young Hispanic and other girls are doing in Latinitas' camps each year!

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