As promised in the previous post, the latest addition to the Critics and Builders blogroll is Project Girl, a Wisconsin-based initiative that aims to empower middle-school girls to "deconstruct media messages," "learn of the value of art," "create positive friendships," and "encourage activism for productive changes and reform":
Project Girl strengthens your skills in the fight against having your life controlled by people whose primary mission is to sell you a product, tell you how you should look, or act, or what your dreams and values should be.
The "girl-led" Project Girl website is a little rough around the edges, but it showcases several cool interactive features and many voices that we need to hear.
Their real focus these days, though, is their exhibition at a local college, which is the culmination of over two years of monthly workshops that have attempted to foster media literacy. It places student art next to professional art, all of which addresses subjects such as body image and advertising.
They've been getting some great press from The Capital Times and the Wisconsin State Journal. Both articles do a nice job of showing how much both young girls and their caretakers are yearning for this type of empowerment.
Whether you are part of the revolution or not, it's everyone's responsibility to start building the new world.