I first heard about Willie Mae from the amazing ladies in Each Other's Mothers who volunteered the last two years. I think this is such an amazing idea, and has been around for 9 years already, so it seems like it's here to stay. It's inspirational to see something like this where I live.
from their website:
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls is a one-week summer day camp. Campers learn how to play musical instruments, write songs, perform their own music, do workshops, make band t-shirts, buttons, and costumes, and generally rock out.
Founded in 2004, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls held its inaugural camp session in 2005 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan. 66 girls attended. In 2006, the program expanded to include two sessions, and a total of 160 girls attended. The 2006 camp season took place at Brooklyn Friends School.
Since 2007, Rock Camp has been hosted by the Urban Assembly School for Music and Art in Downtown Brooklyn.
The camp is named after Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, a blues and rock performer/songwriter who was one of the first women to play the music that came to be known as "rock n' roll." The camp grew out of the Portland, Oregon-based program Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls, which was founded in 2000.