Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Please join us for the Willie Mae Rock Camp’s 2nd Annual Arts & Activism showcasing the 2016 fellows’ podcasts. Refreshments will be provided and DJ Zena will spin some tunes!
The 2016 Fellows are:
Marie Damus, “Depression within African American Communities”
Katia Katsnelson, “It isn’t Jazz, It isn’t Blues, it’s Klezmer”
Evelyn Morales, “ Hanging out with Jynx”
Designed as an after-school program for teen women (transgender and cisgender), and gender non-binary youth, Arts & Activism held its first class in the spring of 2015. Focused on developing media skills, building community, and exploring the intersections of art and activism, participants attend DJ instruction classes and by creating a podcast, engage in study of the role of music in social justice. Participants are also invited to participate in a paid fellowship in which they work at Willie Mae summer programs, designing curriculum and acting as mentors to younger campers. For more information about Arts & Activism, please visit Willie Mae Rock Camp.
Katia Katsnelson is a 17 year old Russian Jewish girl born and raised in Brooklyn. She identifies herself as a rock and roll enthusiast, and a horseback riding animal lover, who dibbles and dabbles in the theater world. She aspires to major in music journalism.
Marie Damus is a rising senior who attends Benjamin Banneker Academy. She intends on studying Broadcast Journalism in college. In her free time she enjoys writing poetry and listening to music. In 2015, Marie created a podcast on music that emerged through the #BlackLivesMatter Movement and this year she wrote and produced a podcast focused on depression in the Black Community. Marie hopes her work will inspire others to get involved and be more aware of these topics.
Evelyn Morales is a young lady waiting for her waiting for her chance of becoming a musician. She has her guitar by her side but had always wondered how the journey of becoming a rock star is like. In her podcast she interviews a local band (Jynx) and talks about how their journey has been.