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#BeAmazing & The 10th Anniversary of Glitter & Razz

Did you know that 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of our business, Glitter & Razz Productions?

Back in 2006 when Allison and I made the bold & brave decision to take this little summer camp we had be doing for a few years in San Francisco and turn it into something bigger.  We registered our business name, got our tax id number, opened a bank account, and set up shop.

Allison and me in one of our very first promotional photos for Glitter & Razz.
Allison and me in one of our very first promotional photos for Glitter & Razz.

This is why this year’s theme – #BeAmazing – is so important to us.  After a decade of saying yes to ourselves and our vision, celebrating our successes, learning from our failures, and working with hundreds of amazing kids, families, and teaching artists – we know first hand just how powerful and impactful it is when women and girls take center stage.  The idea behind our #Be Amazing theme is that 600 girls will take a virtual journey across Earth, Water, Sky, and Space declaring just how amazing we are.  Imagine the changes that kind of declaration can have on our world!

So, when we thought about how to best capture the spirit of this this theme, we, of course, turned to an artist.  And not just any artist.  We called Hannah Hammond-Hagman.  Hannah was the very first art teacher we ever hired back in 2003 – before we were a business of our own – running “Glitter & Razz Summer Theater Workshops” at the Marsh Youth Theater in San Francisco.  We LOVED Hannah.  Everyone did!  So much so that we worked together for a couple of years and became good friends.  Allison and I have a number of Hannah’s pieces in our home, including original multi-media pieces that she created especially for our wedding in 2006 (yes…another important 10 year anniversary!)

2016 Camp Poster

Because of all of this, I knew that Hannah was the perfect person to create our #BeAmazing image.  She enthusiastically agreed to do it (with a very tight turnaround, thank you very much) and now this gorgeous piece of art exists in the world.  I am honored that the original 30in x 22in piece is hanging in our home and I am grateful that I get to share it with all of you as part of our camp posters and postcards (graphic design by the very talented Jessica Arana).

The Go Girls! Camp #BeAmazing Expo:

To introduce #BeAmazing to our community, we are hosting a free event in San Francisco that we would love for you to attend – The Go Girls! Camp #BeAmazing Expo will be held at the Innovation Hangar on Saturday March 19 from 10am-12pm.  In celebration of Women’s History Month, there will be games and play and art-making for the entire family as well as some education about girls and women who have dared to declare themselves and change the world.  We hope to see you there!


HHHpicHannah Hammond-Hagman is a working artist residing in her Midwestern hometown after years on the East and West coasts. In her work over the past twenty years in arts education and arts and cultural non-profits, she has had the privilege to work with students from kindergarten to college age in the classroom and out in the community.  She remains committed to producing and designing creative curriculum and events that promote creative economic development and placemaking from the neighborhood level to the state level. She believes in the power of the arts to transform lives and communities, and nourishes this idea in her pedagogical practice, her studio practice, and her personal life.

Most recently, she has co-founded Community Supported Arts Valparaiso, a program that supports local artists in the creation of new works by selling future shares from those artists. The program has grown regionally in its second year. Learn more at csartvalpo.com.

Hannah earned her Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. She lives in her hometown with her husband and son.

We Celebrate…SARK

The SARK 2013 Calendar hangs on the wall of our Go Girls! Camp office.  It brightens our space, inspires our hearts, and brings us joy.  This month, November, is How to Really Love a Child.  Reading this made both Allison and me cry:

Photo Nov 10, 7 44 12 AM

Today, we celebrate best-selling author and artist SARK as an Honorary Go Girl! because of her Say Yes! attitude, her radical commitment to play, and the way she uses her art to inspire transformation in herself and other women.

Perhaps one day, she’ll do a book just for girls…hmmm…

Pass Out Love on Halloween

If you are lucky, you are going to have dozens of kids come to your home tomorrow night in hopes that you will give them a treat.  This is a huge opportunity!  In addition to candy (yes, please don’t forget the candy), why not show them how much you care about them and their safety.  Eliminating bullying in our communities will happen when all children feel safe, valued, and respected by caring, empathetic adults.  This Halloween, you can work with your daughter to make and spread care and empathy throughout your community using art.

HalloweenHandoutUSAThe website hisnamewasteven.org is dedicated to providing anti-bullying resources.  The have created a poster (right) that you can access from their site that is designed to be passed out on Halloween to provide kids with practical information about where they can turn if they are victims of bullying.  Get that poster here.

The practical support is important, but so is emotional support.  Tonight, grab your art supplies and spend some time with your daughter creating your own original posters featuring inspirational words and/or images that show trick-or-treaters you care about them.  The act of making the posters alone will give you another opportunity to connect with your daughter about empathy.  While you are creating, ask her:

  • “What do you imagine it feel likes for people to be bullied?
  • How do you think kids will feel when they get these beautiful posters we have made?”

Giving away your creations will feel great for both of you.  It will be fun for the kids who get them.  Plus, you never know what difference your words of encouragement  will make in someone’s life.

Need inspiration yourself?  Pinterest is a great source of inspirational quotes you might want to use in your posters.  Check out our Inspiring Quotes board.  Also, check out this one and this one.

Do This: Make Art & Feel Good


Photo Feb 14, 1 13 06 PMMaterials Needed:

– As many art supplies as you can find in your house
– 2 picture frames no one is using
– Time put aside just for you and your daughter
– Kind words about yourself and your daughter
– A whole lotta love

This post is #4 of 25 Tips to Teach Your Daughter to Respect Herself, Command Respect, and Respect Others.  Wanna make sure you get all 25 Tips for Bullying Awareness Month?  CLICK HERE and we’ll send ’em right to your email!
For more incredible Go Girls! resources for helping your girl stay safe, happy, and healthy in her relationships, check out Kidpower and get your copy of Starring Celia.

Spark! Barbie and Other Unrealistic Portrayals

Realistic_Barbie*During our Go Girls! Camp in Santa Cruz last week, we did some pretty creative Barbie Hacktivism.

That’s why we’re loving this smart project by artist Nickolay Lamm who “used CDC measurements of an average 19-year-old woman to create a 3-D model, which he photographed next to a standard Barbie doll. Lamm then photoshopped the 3-D model to make it look like a Barbie doll.”

The images are completely compelling, mostly because as Lamm smartly tells The Huffington Post: “… a realistically proportioned Barbie actually looks pretty good.”

*And speaking of how girls and women are portrayed, bravo to actress and activist Geena Davis who launched a campaign with The U.N. women’s agency for a study about how girls and women are represented in family films. This is the first time this has been studied worldwide.

“Media images have an enormous impact on children’s self-esteem and aspirations,” she said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “This is why we decided to launch a global gender in media study: If girls see it, they can be it.”

*So, how’s the summer going so far for you and the girls in your life? Here’s a quick reminder from Dr. Laura Markham on the Aha! Parenting blog about the importance of letting your kids experience boredom:

“If we keep them busy with lessons and structured activity, or they “fill” their time with screen entertainment, they never learn to respond to the stirrings of their own hearts, which might lead them to study the bugs on the sidewalk (as Einstein did for hours), build a fort in the back yard, make a monster from clay, write a short story or song, or organize the neighborhood kids into making a movie.”

Love her ideas for a Boredom Buster Jar!

*ONE LAST THING: Have you checked out We Heart It? This site allows users to post images, quotes and other things that make them feel warm and inspired. What words or images would you share with this community?