Pridelines goes Pearl

This Tuesday the students at Pridelines Youth Services worked with artist and WOTR! Coordinator, Crystal Pearl to create their own works inspired by the series, Food Body.

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Beyond body image, students also discussed the ways in which female bodies are consumed much like food by modern society.


The artist discussed how facing insecurities head on through humor can help to shift both social and personal perspectives of body image and self-esteem.


As a group, we contemplated the ways in which we are presented daily with negotiations between the attractive and repulsive.


…and we all left feeling both empowered and quite hungry.   WOTR! can’t wait to visit Pridelines Youth Services again later this month.

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WOTR at Pridelines


One of our most active partnerships is with Pridelines Youth Services, a center focusing on the needs of LGBTQ youth aged 14-24. With these groups, we’ve been working on a series of projects including collages addressing gender & sexuality, as well as a 16mm film project on identity, led by WOTR artist Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez.

The mentoring relationships created through our WOTR workshops not only build artistic skill, but also open essential dialogue on topics relevant to each group. In this instance, students expressed the concept of gender construction and identity through collage works.


Here is a pic of some of our Pridelines students with WOTR director, photographer Anya Wallace.  Yes, we did have plenty of pastelitos on board.  And yes, the love just flows & flows!


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Summer Instruction Winds Down at WOTR


We had an amazingly successful summer program with our partners Honey ShineBreakthrough Miami, Urgent, Inc. and Pridelines Youth Services. In addition to the Graffiti Girlz Rising project executed with students from Honey Shine, we also offered our regular WOTR workshops to other groups and an abundance of amazing work was created by our students. In addition, we engaged in powerful discussions inspired by such visionary feminist artists as Shinique Smith, Mickalene Thomas, Ana Mendieta, Ellen Gallagher, Shoshana Weinberger and Tracey Emin.

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Girl Rising at MOCA NoMi on Wednesday July 16 6-9PM

ImageMOCA NoMi and Women on the Rise have the special honor of presenting the year’s most talked-about and influential documentary film ~ the film that is taking audiences around the world by storm and influencing perhaps the most significant factor in societal change around the world: education for girls.  The film is “Girl Rising,” a production of 10×10, released in 2013 to critical acclaim.  Our screening will take place on Wednesday evening, July 16 at 6PM at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, as part of the Women on the Rise educational program.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, award-winning Documentary Group, Vulcan Productions and Intel Corporation comes Girl Rising – an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl — and the world.

“Girl Rising is distributed by CNN Films and Gathr, an innovative demand-based theatrical distributor. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and other A-list actresses contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Hans Zimmer.

The film spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams. Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls’ stories, each in it’s style, and all with profound resonance.

These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students: to learn. And now, And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution.

“Skinny Love” by Birdy
“Shake It Out” by Florence + the Machine


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Honey Shine Graffiti Girlz Hit Wynwood


Girls from Honey Shine Summer Camp took a field trip

to see the fabulous Wynwood Walls

with Women on the Rise Artists.


Not only did we have a chance to tag over some

graffiti works with chalk…


We also created our own original works


Really amazing Graffiti Girlz Rising Workshop

Thank you for your awesomeness, Dr. Jessica Pabón!

These beautiful photos were taken by

Crystal Pearl.

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Works Inspired by Shinique Smith


After looking at the work of Shinique Smith, an artist inspired in urban graffiti writing, whose work also includes soft sculptures made of fabric bundles, Honey Shine girls experimented with these materials and an aesthetic inspired in Shinique’s work. Here are some of the projects that came out of this workshop.


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Graffiti Girlz – Works made at Honey Shine



Ms Jess worked with Honey Shine participants to develop their own tag, and then to design a graffiti work on a train car.

Below are some examples of the designs the girls came up with.  We were blown away by some of these – there’s a lot of talent at Honey Shine!




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Graffiti Girlz Workshop at Honey Shine


Women on the Rise Guest Instructor Jessica Pabón has been teaching a Graffiti Girlz Workshop to students attending Honey Shine summer camp for girls.  Here are some highlights of the workshop, which includes images and discussion of graffiti work done by female artists, as well as a series of art-making activities.


Students working on art projects with Ms Jess and artist Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez


The workshop opens up a lot of discussion about the purpose and role of graffiti in public spaces, as well as the role of women in the graffiti art scene.


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Studying the work of Ellen Gallagher

WOTR starts summer sessions tomorrow at various sites with a workshop focusing on the work Imageof Ellen Gallagher. Looking forward to the projects that we will produce inspired by this work.

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Graffiti Grrlz on the Rise, MOCA Miami


Visiting Instructor Jessica Pabón, PhD: “I want to introduce the girls to the empowering sociopolitical potential in producing graffiti art. I’ve developed a 7-session curriculum designed to teach them about: the ethnic lineage and diversity of artists and styles; the gender politics within the subculture; and the strategies of resistance female artists employ to make space for their participation. The best part is that they will develop their own tag names and crew names, think about and analyze works of graffiti, learn about dozens of female graffiti artists and all-female graffiti crews, potentially have a field trip to Wynwood to peep the Few & Far production at Brisky Gallery, and ultimately paint their own group production (probably a giant mixed media stencil/tag/sticker collage because there are almost 200 girls).”

Read more about the project at her blog:

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