’17-’18 season Kick-off at ArtYard!

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Sister Cities Girlchoir officially kicked-off its SIXTH season of Song and Girl Power on September 16th. But before that, there was a great experience for 10 of the purple girls!

Artistic Director, Alysia Lee took a delegation of Travel Choir singers on a fall retreat to Frenchtown, N.J, where they were artists-in-residence at ArtYard.

Artyard (ArtYard.org), a contemporary art center that was founded by a group of artists from many mediums, has a mission to be an “incubator for creative expression and a catalyst for collaborations that reveal the transformational power of art.”

During this powerful weekend our team of singers were lead by an artist to design and build 8 ft tall wearable sculptures. These enormous puppets will make their first appearance at concert on Saturday Oct 28th for our  Performances in Public Spaces in partnership with the City of Philadelphia.

Alysia Lee said of the experience, “My favorite part of the trip was seeing how proud the girls were of their two constructed skeletons. When we arrived Friday, the girls were exhausted from a long week at school, but also excited to spend the weekend together on an adventure.

We worked non-stop and with the masterful guidance of the ArtYard artists, the girls built TWO enormous puppets using recycled materials. The girls learned about using what you have at your grasp to make something extraordinary!”

The team also had a Frenchtown performance debut on September 9th at ArtYard. The girls were the opening act for acclaimed  poet, Aracelis Girmay. Ms. Girmay is a 2011 grant award winner from the NEA and a winner of the Whiting Award for Poetry in 2015.

Check out these photos from the trip!

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