"I’ve identified as a musician my entire life, yet have always felt like an imposter coming out as one... “Who, HER?!” So I’ve remained somewhat closeted and stayed within my comfort zones. We are allowed to be fearful of our successes and failures, but our fears should not be founded on our femininity, and I found that many of mine were. It’s funny, because Columbia has always felt like a hug to me; a super chill, all-inclusive lounge trapped in the back of a men’s club. So now we open the emergency exit and fill this lounge with those too-long silent voices and hope the rest of the club joins."
" My goal for most days of my life is to support the things and people I care most about. I show that in two different ways: through visual art, and bringing everyone I know into the same social situation. Exposure and networking are the two things in our small arts scene that we seem to be lacking. And that's what Girls Block is all about. Creating an environment that brings all of us from every social circle together to celebrate. Because we, women are amazingly underrated. It's time to steal the spotlight. Let's support one another. Let's get creative together. And let's have fun while doing so."
Service Team Leader/Non-Profits Advocate
"Art has always been a part of my life, whether it was recording silly films in high school or now shooting film photography and glitching photos in my free time. I learned early on how to express myself through art and media. I’m looking forward to empowering and uplifting artists around Columbia through Girls Block. My love of volunteering and art have come together, and I’m so thankful to be working with this amazing team of powerful women! You will find me at the block party cheering everyone on!!"
Visual Arts Liason
"Art is a major component of my life. I have created it, I have studied it, and I have sold it. With this experience comes the knowledge that female artists have been, and continue to be, underrepresented. Throughout history, women have played an integral part in the art community. However, we are still struggling to gain recognition in this male-dominated world; currently only 30% of American artists represented in commercial galleries are women. Recently, more active steps have been taken to acknowledge the women left out of art history’s narrative and shed light on contemporary female artists, Girls Block included. I’m so excited to be presented with an opportunity to work together with an incredibly talented, capable group of women in order to bring our community together and celebrate what Columbia has to offer."
Visual Artist/Film Photographer
im MEG! I strive to create honest and meaningful art that reflects my lifestyle and my life experiences.
I do not hold myself to a specific medium simply because I am always changing and I am tethered to way too many forms. I'm learning everyday what it means to be an artist because I'm learning every day what it means to be myself.
I am honored to be apart of Girls Block. The event is so impactful and so necessary to our communities, to our perspective and to our world. We need to create a place where people feel comfortable to be themselves and we need to create a world where we honor and cherish people's truest expressions. Cheers!!!"
"I find passion in lifting people up and sharing happiness and warmth. I think it's important to support you're friends and your community so when Catherine told me about Girls Block I said HELL YES. I grew up in Columbia but I've never felt more a part of than I do now."