Arts & Activism

The Arts & Activism Fellowship Program consists of an after school program and a paid summer fellowship, for eligible youth.


From January to June, fellows meet with professional educators, artists, and activists, for 2 hours weekly at the Willie Mae Rock Camp headquarters in Flatbush, Brooklyn. The program consists of gaining journalism, podcasting and research skills, music and digital media production skills, and weekly actions to engage in local community happenings. Additionally, youth take field trips to arts and media spaces throughout the city, such as Interference Archives, Made in NY Media Center by IFP, and Slate Magazine’s podcast, Represent, in order to experience first hand professional exhibitions and programming.


After thoroughly exploring a shared theme ('Strength in Numbers'), and researching what makes it relevant to them, fellows create original music and podcasts on topics they select (i.e. teens and mental health, colorism within POC communities, the global food crisis, etc), and culminate the school-year program by sharing their work at an in-person live listening party and showcase, which they design and curate, and their work also becomes available online.


In July and August, eligible Arts & Activism fellows take on paid leadership roles in WMRC Girls Rock! Camps, at various off-site camp locations each summer. Fellows pair with adult volunteers and staff to design and facilitate workshops on music, community building, and various anti-oppression and social justice topics. Additionally, fellows mentor younger campers through the process of songwriting, playing instruments, and band dynamics. Eligible fellows are paid minimum wage (plus overtime) during the duration of the summer fellowship, and receive metro cards.

Photo: 2015 Arts & Activism students, Kate Milford

Who can apply?

Young women and/or gender expansive youth, ages 14 to 18. Priority is given to applicants from low – to moderate – income households in New York City. No music experience necessary. No experience with Willie Mae Rock Camp required.




Free!  Eligible participants have the opportunity to transition to the summer fellowship program and will receive compensation (hourly, minimum wage) for that portion of the program (6 weeks). Metrocards are available upon request. Snacks are available at all after-school sessions.




After-school program: Thursdays after school (4:30 – 6:30PM) during the Spring Semester (January 17th – June 6th)

Summer Fellowship: Approximately 6 weeks in July and August

Please enjoy listening to our previous podcasts here!