Katie Childs

DISCOVER TRUST TREE
SATURDAY 7/16. Museum of Discovery. 7-10 p.m. $20-$50. 

Since 2017, a group of musicians and educators has been holding a summer music and arts camp called Trust Tree — focused, in their own words, on “helping girls ages 8-18 overcome self-limiting beliefs and bring their creative visions to life.” (Hey, can we have one for adults, too?) Over time, the program’s grown and expanded, and we’ve watched Trust Tree campers start bands of their own, release albums and begin to develop promising careers in the arts.

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Maybe more importantly than whether its graduates stick with the arts, though, is the way the program’s become a bastion of affirmation and empowerment for Arkansas girls (and gender-expansive youth) at an age when they’re otherwise bombarded with messages that are neither affirming nor empowering.

Katie Childs
Trust Tree campers

See for yourself at this fundraiser, which features performances by Trust Tree campers, music to get the dance party started, a photo booth, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a signature “Girls Rocktown” cocktail from Rocktown Distillery and a raffle for a rainbow concert ukulele with accessories. All proceeds from the event benefit Trust Tree’s programming, scholarships and instruments for campers. Admission is free for people under 18; $20-$50 on a sliding scale for adults.

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