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About Girl House

The 10-month Girl House Art Project, developed and led by Kesa Kivel, was conducted at the YWCA Santa Monica / Westside in Santa Monica, California from September 2005 to June 2006. During the Girl House project, which was inspired by Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro’s 1972 "Womanhouse" art installation, middle school girls learned about the gender wage gap, women’s history, self-defense, media literacy, and other related topics. Art was used throughout. The concluding piece was an art installation in which participating girls artistically described the effects of sexual harassment using a small on-site house on the YWCA property. The Girl House Art Project public exhibition was held in June 2006.



A 16-minute film produced by Kesa Kivel and directed by Brooke Randolph documents the last month of the Girl House project.
This film was screened at the 2007 National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Chicago and at the 2008 Davis Feminist Film Festival. Copies of the film on DVD are available for free while supplies last. Contact Kesa Kivel

*Please read the Definition of Silhouettes before viewing the Girl House Art Project film. This is very important for clarifying that the silhouettes in the film are NOT meant to indicate race.

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Girl House Art Project DVD

View Curriculum - Girl House and Beyond: A Facilitator’s
Guide for Empowering Young Women

“...Girl House is a great model for an activist project my students might do in future classes.”
–Christina Bobel
Associate Professor
Women's Studies
U. of Mass., Boston

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“The film is GREAT.
The curriculum is

–Rabbi Heather
Ellen Miller

Temple Beth El,
South Orange County

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