Rain City Rock Camp’s youth programs immerse girls (cis and trans) and gender expansive youth in a safe, empowering, music-based environment that fosters leadership, encourages creativity, and cultivates a supportive community of peers, mentors and role models. Our summer camps and year-round programs use music education and positive aspects of rock music culture—like loud and visible confidence, overt expression and sonic experimentation—to provide a safe and welcoming space for campers to learn more about themselves, the creative process and their potential to be heard.
Our teaching artists are trained to be mentors, supporting participants so they feel safe and empowered expressing themselves and taking on collaborative leadership roles. We provide training to all teaching artists that support RCRC community norms, including guidelines for creating a safe space, cultivating a productive environment, resolving conflict and handling bullying.
COVID-19 UPDATE: We have been carefully following the course of the COVID-19 outbreak hoping that we would still be able to hold our summer programs in person. But, after considering all of the information currently available, we have decided that the best way to protect the health and safety of the RCRC community is to switch Summer Camp, South Sound Rocks and our Advanced Music Program (AMP) to a virtual format. We are sad that we won’t get to see our amazing campers in person this year, but we’re also excited to explore new ways of gathering together online to support each other, express ourselves and make some music! We hope you’ll join us on this journey of discovery!
Our week-long day camps in Seattle and Tacoma provide a safe and welcoming space for campers to receive instrument and band coaching from working musicians and to attend workshops geared towards youth empowerment and led by women (cis and trans) and gender expansive folks.
A collaboration with the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), AMP is a week-long intensive workshop for teens with prior music experience. AMP’s youth-centered, empowerment-oriented approach to musical development incorporates mentor-guided song writing, band participation and experiential learning.
ATV is RCRC’s teen leadership program. The group consists of girls (cis and trans) and gender expansive youth ages 14 to 17 who have participated in one of our longer youth programs at least once and who are committed to amplifying RCRC’s mission in our community and beyond.