Voices Heard: Community

Voices HEaRd celebrates artists by offering a platform for original works and community activism.


This year we are celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. In 1920, women gained the right to vote and the ability to share their voice in the electoral process. Although the time was a monumental period for many women, others still found themselves unrepresented and oppressed by the social structures and of the 1900s that even access to the ballot box did not dismantle.


The Girl Project is calling for play submissions for our PlayFest portion of the fourth annual Voices HEaRd! Plays should be no longer than 8 minutes in length and will premiere at Voices HEaRd September 11-13, 2020! This year we are commissioning plays centered around the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. 100 years later, how have we progressed? Where have we gained ground and who in our communities is still not being heard? How do we come alongside and use privilege for helping the underrepresented, or how do we share what can go unnoticed in times of major cultural movements?


Not a playwright but still want to submit a piece? Email us to inquire about available opportunities at info@thegirlprojectky.org. 

The Girl Project  Next Generation:

Middle School

The Girl Project: Next Generation (GPNG) mentoring program fosters participants’ commitment to social activism by engaging them as mentors to middle school-aged girls in Central Kentucky. This program uses a cross-age peer mentoring model that allows mentors to “learn by teaching” as they design and lead workshops based on their experiences  that unleash their creativity, thoughts, opinions, and feelings about contemporary girlhood. As in The Girl Project for high school-aged girls, the mentoring workshops focus on an uplifting sisterhood among the mentees and relationships between mentors and mentees as well as guiding mentees toward the development of a final performance for their female classmates and families. GPNG also serves as a "recruiting pipeline" to introduce girls in underserved local schools to The Girl Project and encourage them to participate when they enter high school.

GPNG has concluded for 2020, but check out our sponsorship pages for ways to further support the programming! 



High School

THIS SUMMER: Tantrum Theater presents The GenZ Project, developed by the creators of The Girl Project, June 8-19, 2020. This project is open to students of all gender identities and will be produced in collaboration with Ohio University and Tantrum Theatre. This two-week intensive is a grassroots art-meets-activism program where participants are empowered to tell their own stories through spoken word, theater-based movement, and writing techniques. It culminates in an original online theatre performance that reshapes the representation of young people in American media culture. For more information, DM us. To register, email summerarts@ohio.edu

Pilot Workshops

In addition to bringing programming to the schools, The Girl Project continues to expand its vision and impact by offering workshops specifically tailored to marginalized communities. Spring 2020 will feature specialized workshops in collaboration with the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs at Paul Laurence Dunbar, Henry Clay High School, and Woodford County High School. Other participants welcome, dates TBA, but will run January-March 2020.

In addition to our pilot workshops with local GSA Clubs, The Girl Project will be launching its first bilingual program via its April Residency at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School with English and Spanish-speaking students.

Producing Sponsors:

Scholarship Sponsors:

Linda Bosse, Alberta Labrillazo, Debra Hensley

Anyone interested in replicating or implementing The Girl Project, The Girl Project: Next Generation or Voices HEaRd in their community must seek permission to do so. Anyone interested in pursuing research, evaluation or publication of The Girl Project programming must present a plan for approval by the Research and Development Director and must be approved. Email info@thegirlprojectky.org for more information.

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