Support Synchronicity Theatre's Playmaking for Girls summer program
About the Project
Now in its seventeenth year, Playmaking for Girls (PFG) is dedicated to helping at-risk and refugee girls discover their unique and powerful voices. Working with experienced women theatre artists who serve as role models, our diverse group of girls learns the value of creative self-expression as they write and perform plays inspired by the real-world social issues they face. We launched PFG in 2002 to engage young women in the creation of theatre as a tool for creative expression, community healing, and personal growth. The program has three major components – Two-Day Workshops at in group homes and refugee centers; an annual Summer Public Performance; and the After-School Program – each with a specific intention and focus. All aspects of the PFG program are free to participants. PFG creates a continuum of services impacting girls before, during, and after social rehabilitation. In 2017-2018, PFG served 192 girl participants and reached 373 additional youth and families in our audiences. Our most recent Summer Public Performance took place June 15, 2018, at the Winter Theatre at Agnes Scott College. 20 girls took part. They performed 2 shows, and then 40 girls and mentors took the performance on tour to New American Pathways and The Thomasville Boys and Girls Club. Each year we provide several two-day workshops for young women residing in group homes or served by refugee centers, and follow up on these workshops by creating a public performance with the same groups of girls. In 2006, we wanted to reach the girls before they got into trouble, and so developed the pilot year of an After-School Program for middle-school girls in order to impact participants before they get into trouble. In 2008-09 we were able to continue the After-School Program and offer it to 25 girls in two groups at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. We also partnered with the Thomasville Boys and Girls Club through a contract-for-service agreement with the City of Atlanta to provide our After-School Program to 16 girls at the South Bend Cultural Arts Center. The program eventually was extended to 16 weeks and included a parent meeting, at which participants’ family members could discuss each girl’s progress with the PFG staff. We have expanded our in-depth partnerships to Little Debbie’s Second Chance Homes and New American Pathways (formerly RRISA), as well as Families First and Priceless University in past years. In 2014 we expanded the After-School Program to include The Global Village Project, a school for refugee girls, to give voice to these young women of color from around the world. The inclusion of both girls from juvenile justice and group home communities and the refugee community creates a unique and eye opening experience for each girl that promotes tolerance, communication and understanding. Sharing the act of creating art together, girls forge new friendships and develop a more positive view of themselves, and an understanding of their place in the world.
In its history, Synchronicity has realized that artistic intervention in participants’ lives should not end with PFG but must extend outward to participants’ homes, communities, and schools. For this reason, we work closely with ArtsNow to hold workshops that reach teachers of all disciplines in many public and private schools throughout Georgia. Synchronicity Theatre is passionate about educating local teachers on how to incorporate theatrical arts into their curriculums and further use the arts to build students’ self-esteem. Synchronicity has also partnered with Metro, Marietta, Macon, and Paulding RYDCs, CHRIS 180, Priceless University, Families First, Little Debbie’s Second Chance Homes, Global Village Project, New American Pathways, Inspire Shalom, and DeKalb Multi-Service Center on this program, as well as with MLK Middle School and the G-CAPP Adolescent Services Network. All aspects of the PFG program are free to participants.
All PFG program components are free to participants, and supported through individual donors, private foundations and government funders. Throughout the year, the PFG program impacts about 400-900 individuals including:
- 100 young women (average) participating in the Two-Day Workshops (15-20 per workshop);
- 10-20 (average) girls performing in the Summer Public Performance.
- 100 youth attending the Summer Public Performance and talkback, 45-100 youth attending the workshop performances and PFG Summer Tour.
- 17 adult women teachers implementing workshops.
- Up to 250 audience members attending the Public Performance including 30+ family members of the performers as well as 50-300 audience members (parents, friends, educators, community activists, staff) at Workshops and After-School Program performances.
Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)
Donate $25 or moreDonors at this level will receive a personal shout out on Facebook and social media.Amount is fully tax-deductible
Donate $75 or moreDonors will receive all benefits of the Friend level as well as a video thank you from our PFG summer group.Amount is fully tax-deductible
Donate $250 or moreDonors will receive all benefits of the Supporter level as well as an invitation to a PFG rehearsal.(10 of 10 remaining)Amount is fully tax-deductible
Donate $500 or moreDonors will receive all benefits of the Collaborator level as well as be recognized on all PFG press materials as a sponsor.(5 of 5 remaining)Amount is fully tax-deductible
Donate $1,000 or moreDonors will receive all the benefits of the Director level as well as a copy of the book written about PFG Girl Time by Maisha T. Winn.(2 of 3 remaining)Amount is fully tax-deductible
$26.69in honor of Jerilyn Levitan
$26.69Match from City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs- FY19
$2,668.75in honor of Jerrilyn Levitan
$2,668.75Match from City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs- FY19
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