WATERVILLE — Hardy Girls is hosting its third year of Camp Brilliance, a collaborative, weeklong day camp set for Aug. 7-11.

The camp is open to girls and nonbinary youth entering grades five through eight.

Over the course of the week, nearly 30 camp attendees can make new friends, learn about ways to make a positive change in their community, and make art with artists from Waterville Creates and the Colby Arts Office. Camp Brilliance is led by Hardy Girls staff, high school members of its Feminist Action Board program, and volunteers.

Campers will work with the following artist educators as they explore different ways to make art and express themselves:

Maya Williams is a Black multiracial nonbinary suicide survivor and the poet laureate of Portland. For more information, visit mayawilliamspoet.com.

Evelyn Wong is an interdisciplinary artist exploring themes found in Asian American narratives, histories, legends, mythology, culture and traditions. Wong uses artists’ books as a conceptual device to examine materiality, text, imagery, and symbolism within those themes, often utilizing additional forms of art-making to provide visual aids for delivering powerful messages.


Elizabeth A. Jabar is a feminist printmaker who explores a range of personal-political issues in her work, including cultural identity, representation, equity and maternal ethics.

At the end of the week at last year’s Camp Brilliance, campers were asked what they learned, to which one camper responded, “I learned how to be a better person and make change,” and another responded, “That I love myself, art, feminism, and Camp Brilliance,” according to a Hardy Girls news release.

For more information, contact Hardy Girls Executive Director Adrienne Carmack at adrienne@hghw.org or 207-387-0553.


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