Wednesday, July 2, 2014

What People Are Saying About Grrrl……..

Grrrl Fest was an absolutely brilliant celebration of the strength of the bond between girls, and what we're all capable of when we come together. Never have I felt so inspired, empowered, and connected to so many grrrls. I'm so proud of everyone who dedicated their time, art, musical talent, and good vibes to this beautiful display of sisterhood and girl power!


The event was heartwarming, badass and hopeful for the future of music. I found myself headbanging more than once and overwhelmed with the sense of togetherness the event had. Can't wait for more. - Mindy Abovitz (Founder of Tom Tom Magazine)

Love and Drums, 

Mindy Seegal Abovitz
Publisher & Creator

Grrrl Fest was the event of the year and made all of the planning, organizing, emailing worth it!! Grrrl Fest needs to happen again and again.

I really enjoyed that Grrrl Fest brought together so many different types of people (both girls and boys) who believed in a common goal. The performances all had so much thought behind them and were very meaningful. 


Last weekend I had the pleasure of being a part of a first-time music and crafts festival celebrating young women in the arts, and everything about the day was perfect! The festival was held at an art space in Brooklyn called The Silent Barn and had outdoor space for vendors and nonprofit organizations raising awareness, such as Planned Parenthood and CHIPS. One lesson learned is my jewelry does not meet the budgetary constraints of a teenager, but, as our fearless leader, Bridget Malloy, astutely stated: They see you out there and doing it. And that is really what the whole day was about: girls - and some boys - being seen and heard as individuals with distinct points of views.So I set up my booth space and told my story through jewelry while other participants expressed themselves through music, dance, photography, fanzines, buttons, and books. The sun and the smiles shined brightly all day. I am looking forward to Grrrl Fest 1015.

A Thank You From Planned Parenthood...And a Look At How Your Contribution Will Help Women in NYC…….

Hi Bridget and The Grrrl Fest Group,

Your donation will help more financially struggling New Yorkers access a full range of reproductive health care at Planned Parenthood of New York City.  Whether an individual needs contraception, a pregnancy test, abortion counseling and services, or honest answers to questions on sexual health, PPNYC is here to help regardless of age, income, or immigration status.  This past year, our health centers reached over 50,000 New Yorkers, our educational programs served an additional 25,000 young people, parents, and professionals, and our advocacy and public policy work helped to strengthen New York State’s leadership role in protecting reproductive freedom during a time of increasing attacks on women’s health.

Thank you again for having us!


Louise Marchena, MSW
Director of Youth Programs
Planned Parenthood of New York City

Silent Barn Thanks Grrrl……..and WE Thank Them:)

We couldn't be more thrilled about your gift to the Silent Barn! 
Thank You Grrrl Fest!!
-The Silent Barn

****We are happy to announce that Silent Barn will use the donation from Grrrl Fest to make improvements with their venue***

Glad we could help!!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thank You Grrrl………Now More Girls Can Rock Out!!!

We just received the great package from you -- thank you so much for the swag, the sweet note, and the amazing donation!! 

Not only did you create a fantastic event, you and all the the folks involved made it possible for MORE GIRLS to rock out and even MORE BANDS to come to life! I just love that young women making music made it possible for fellow girls to be musicians, too. IT'S SO GREAT!

Thank you!

You rock!

-Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

Thank You Grrrl!!!!

Thanks so so so very much for everything! The very generous donation from GRRRL Fest will go toward the operating costs of providing warm meals for more than 150 people daily as well as to provide resources, and support to the moms and infants of our residence.

Thank You Grrrl Fest!!

Thank you so much for the t-shirts and bags and the generous contribution to our work! It is much appreciated.

Generally speaking, the funds will be used  to provide music, dance, theater and visual arts education to New York City public school students.

The Center for Arts Education

A Letter of Thanks……...

Greetings Bridget  & the GrrrlFest Team!!!

"JAIA" Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment sends a Shout Out of Thanks to each of you for inviting us as one of the Sponsors for the event. The event itself was wonderful. We enjoyed the outdoor activities, the various performers and particularly the video from Beacon that showed your experience during the school year. It was peaceful and relaxing yet, a fun & inspiring event!
We had a lovely time talking to youth and other sponsors, you all should be very proud of ending the year with a bang!!

We thank you for your thoughtful gift from the proceeds from that day. JAIA will use those funds to support our Girls African Drumming workshop series this fall 2014, which will focus on mindfulness and self expression.

Visit us a and Join our mailing list to find out more about 
the empowering personal development workshops and trainings we have coming up this fall!

We can't thank you enough & Congrats to the Graduates of 2014!!

Gena Jefferson, 
Just As I Am YOUth Empowerment

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Article on Grrrl in Examiner.........

Just In Case You Missed It.......

Here are some pictures our guests took from the day..........

Check out these super fun photos of the day from photographer: Jenny Gorman.
Thanks Jenny!!!

Post Grrrl "To Do" List...........

Grrrl Fest Music List:
There are too many great female musicians but here are some that we suggest.…….

Bikini Kill
Heavens To Betsey
The Slits
The Raincoats
Blondie-Debbie Harry
Patti Smith
Mountain Man
Vashti Bunyan
Merline Johnson
Erykah Badu
Joan Jett
Joni Mitchell
The Breeders-Kim/Kelly Deal
PJ Harvey
No Doubt
Lauryn Hill
Cat Power
The Cranberries
The Plasmatics
Stevie Nicks
First Aid Kit
Lydia Lunch
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Pretenders-Chrissie Hynde
Best Coast
Dolly Parton
Loretta Lynn
Icona Pop
Janis Joplin
Sleater Kinney
Suzie and the Banshees
The Butchies
The Vivian Girls

Grrrl Fest Reading List:
There are too many great books by women but here are some that we suggest.……

The Feminine Mystique: Betty Friedan 
A Room of One’s Own: Virginia Woolf
The Beauty Myth: Naomi Wolf
Sister Outsider: Audre Lorde
The Second Sex: Simone de Beauvoir
The Woman Warrior: Maxine Hong Kingston
Sexual Politics: Kate Millett
How To Be A Woman: Caitlin Moran
The Beauty Myth: Naomi Wolf
The Vagina Monologues: Eve Ensler
Feminism Is For Everybody: Beth Hooks
Girls To The Front: Sara Marcus
The Color Purple: Alice Walker
The Female Eunuch: Germaine Greer
The Handmaid’s Tale: Margaret Atwood
Female Chauvinist Pigs: Ariel Levy
The Awakening: Kate Chopin
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings: Maya Angelou

Grrrl Fest Artist List:
There are too many great books by women but here are some that we suggest.…….

Frida Kahlo
Georgia O’Keefe
Yayoi Kusama
Louise Nevelson
Louise Bourgeois
Kara Walker
Carrie Mae Weems
Mary Cassatt
Marina Abramovic
Amanda Valdez
Lorna Simpson
Gillian Laub
Kasi Lemmons
Lisa Cholodenko
Judy Chicago
Peggy Ahwesh
Janine Antoni
Blanka Amezkua
Lynda Benglis
Cass Bird
Zoe Cassavetes
Ida Lupino
Maya Deren
Catherine Opie
Ami Vatale
Renee Cox
Mary Coble
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Tracey Emi
Regina José Galindo
Wangechi Mutu 
Gemma Nelson
Carolee Schneemann
Laurie Simmons
Sylvia Sleigh
Sara Naomi Lewkowicz
Hannah Wilke
Nancy Spero
Samella Lewis
Faith Ringgold
Adrian Piper

Grrl Fest List of Organizations to Get Involved in:
There are too many great books by women but here are some that we suggest.…….