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Animation camp to create role models for future Superwomen

The super power of media is you: A summer day camp for high school students with full scholarships available, the Girl Power Camp is for both girls and guys.

/Courtesy of GRCMC Education Department

Class and scholarship details:


Girl Power Summer Camp

Two weeks: July 8-18, Monday through Thursday

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Front studio at 1110 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids 49506

Call 459-4788 x 126 or email [email protected]


Scholarship information:

18 Full Scholarships available.

Contact for Scholarship Information is [email protected] or call 616-459-4788 x126

After first 18 students:

Non-member Price: $325.00

CMC Member Price: $250.00

For CMC Membership ( $12) contact [email protected].

Stop-motion animators often use paper puppets to tell a story

Stop-motion animators often use paper puppets to tell a story /Lynn McKeown

Lynn McKeown will join Chelsea Manifold to teach a variety of animating techniques

Lynn McKeown will join Chelsea Manifold to teach a variety of animating techniques /Lynn McKeown

A summer day camp for high school students in Kent County will be led by a New York stop-motion animator, Chelsea Manifold, along with Community Media Center’s Education Instructor Lynn McKeown. The classes will be at the Grand Rapids Community Media Center’s Front Studio at 1110 Wealthy Street SE. This camp is being presented in partnership with Mosaic Film Experience. Classes start Monday, July 8 and each session will last three hours. 

This camp answers the questions:

  • What makes girls super?
  • What does Girl Power mean?
  • How are those powers different from male super heroes? 

The camp will start with viewing WONDER WOMEN! The Untold Story of American Super Heroines. The film talks about how few women role models are found in media and how the few, like Wonder Woman, impact the lives of both men and women. Students will design and create new female characters and role models for future Superwomen. Students will give their opinions about current strong media role models, what defines strength, how it can be measured, observed, and shared.

Registration for the two week camp, and for the 18 available scholarships, are open now. Questions and registration requests can be directed to Lynn McKeown via email. High School girls and guys will learn how to create a super-powered stop-motion animation video, and will open their minds to what gender equality in the media means. All students’ animations will be entered into a contest to win $1000, courtesy of Mosaic Film Experience.


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