Our mission is to amplify the voices of Richmond’s girls, gender nonconforming youth, and transgender youth through music, art, and activism.
We envision a future in which all youth have the tools and support to be their whole, authentic selves in creative spaces and, more broadly, the world.
We run a free, week-long music and activism summer camp, along with various programming throughout the year. We also make our store of instruments available to Richmond youth year-round through our Free Richmond Instrument Lending Library. In 2015, we began to facilitate a youth-led art and activism group for teens called Spectrum Scouts! RVA.
GR!RVA is operated by a dedicated group of volunteers. Because we believe in economic justice for artists, we crowdsourced funding for volunteer stipends in order to compensate our staff for working at camp, starting in 2015. We are so deeply grateful to our community for their generosity in helping us achieving that goal.
Because we believe in racial justice as well, our volunteers have spearheaded an outreach committee to make Girls Rock! RVA more accessible to people of color and lower-income families in the years to come. This is a top priority.
We’ve come a long way since our initial formation in early 2010. We continue to be amazed by the creativity of Richmond youth, and at the generous support of our volunteers and our community.