Stateside is featuring intimate, first-person stories about the power of art in a new series called Creating Connection Michigan.
Today, we hear from Penny, a camper at Girls Rock Detroit. It’s a program where girls ages 8 to 15 form a band, learn how to play an instrument, write a song, and perform it in front of a live audience – all in the course of a week.
Before she came to Girls Rock, Penny had only ever played acoustic guitar, but she says playing an electric guitar is a whole different experience.
"My guitar makes me feel safer almost. It makes me feel powerful. And angry sometimes, but strong, that I could do that. And it has given me more confidence," Penny said. "I find it cool that sometimes I can be really loud."
You can find a full transcript of the story here.
The Creating Connection Michigan series was produced by Elizabeth Meister and Dan Collison at Long Haul Productions and funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.
This post was written by Stateside production assistant Isabella Isaacs-Thomas.