Charmin Bates is setting out to ensure our Nashville young women tap into the fun, joy and purpose with her organization, Creative Girls Rock©. As a Nashville native, Charmin created her non-profit to educate and empower young girls and women to utilize their creative talents to enhance their lives and the world around them. The organization is making an amazing impact in the community through the arts. Gearing up for their biggest and coolest fundraiser of the year, Creative Girls Rock© Charity Sneaker Ball, we checked in with Charmin to learn more about her why and what’s next.
What was the inspiration behind starting Creative Girls Rock?
Creative Girls Rock®️ was created in 2017 to offer free and innovative arts education programming within the Greater Nashville community and globally, including our CGR Master Class workshops and CGR Mural Project program, as a platform for creative expression, arts and crafts, artistic design, visual arts and empowerment workshops. These programs help the 900+ youth and women that we serve explore their emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, and anxiety, and boost self-esteem by providing a safe space for them to express themselves through creativity and fellowship.
Why was it important to focus on young girls of color in Nashville?
Creative Girls Rock serves young girls and women of all ethnicities, educational backgrounds, and socio-economic groups, ages 6 years old and older. We also help sponsor arts programs and community initiatives specifically for students and families in low-income and underprivileged communities. As a woman of color, it is important for our organization to acknowledge the historical and systematic inequalities of young girls of color in Nashville. It’s a step towards creating a more equitable and inclusive society where all individuals have equal opportunities. It is important for young girls to see themselves in leadership positions, breaking down stereotypes and inspiring future generations. Young girls of color often experience disparities in education, healthcare, and socio-economic opportunities. Investing in the well-being and development of young girls of color contributes to building stronger, more resilient communities in Nashville and beyond.
As a TSU grad, how did the university play a role in you creating Creative Girls Rock?
Attending TSU, helped me believe in myself as a black woman! I am empowered to pursue unlimited possibilities no matter the many adversities that we face!
How can parents get their children involved in Creative Girls Rock?
The CGR Master Class is our core program designed to offer a safe community space for young girls (Ages 6+) and women to learn and engage in arts and crafts, artistic design, visual arts, and empowerment workshops to explore their emotions, develop self-awareness, cope with stress, anxiety and boost self-esteem. The CGR Master Class is also used as a therapeutic outlet for participants to help with overall work-life balance. Creative expression provides a sense of fulfillment and restorative health, and we have seen through our classes that young girls and women are seeking these types of artistic outlets to help with mental health and wellness.
This program is free for all participants unless an exclusive workshop is offered. All workshops are operated on a first-come, first-serve basis by registering for a workshop. To sign up for one of our workshops, please check out our upcoming events.
What can the Nashville Community expect next from Creative Girls Rock?
During the 4th Annual Charity Sneaker Ball on Friday, November 10, 2023, Creative Girls Rock®️ will have a BIG announcement during the event. The CGR Charity Sneaker Ball is an annual black-tie fundraiser event established in 2019 to support Creative Girls Rock®. Proceeds from the event are used to partner with other 501c3 organizations to create additional programming for young girls and women, ages 6 and up, that aligns with Creative Girls Rock’s mission, purpose, and initiatives.
The most anticipated aspect of the CGR Charity Sneaker Ball is seeing how guests creatively pair their fancy black-tie attire with their “flyest” kicks (sneakers). The reception also features an innovative art showcase and fashion experience that highlights local artists and fashion designers. Learn more HERE.
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