Author Archives: M. Joy Rose
We just heard back from Whitney at the New York Parks Department. MaMaPaLooZa 2019 will be on Sunday, April 26 from noon-5PM at Riverside Park South in Manhattan.
This is great news! This year’s theme is “Radical Well-Being.” Gymboree is on board and there are already a few acts lined up.
If you’re interested in participating as a vendor or as a performer, please get in touch with Whitney (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP.
15th Annual Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza
If you’re an artist looking to partner with Summer on the Hudson for its 2016 season, please submit an online application.
Sunday, May 15, 12-5pm – Pier I @ 70th St. NYC
Summer on the Hudson is the Parks Department’s annual outdoor arts & culture festival that takes place in Riverside Park from 59th Street to 153rd Street. With a mix of music concerts, dance performances, movies under the stars, DJ dance parties, kids shows, special events.
THIS YEAR’S TALENT LINE-UP INCLUDES:
Vered and the Babes are a downtown Doo-Wop band meets an upbeat Peter, Paul and Mary. Their playful vocal harmonies and creative instrumentation including lively horns and even pots and pans keep parents and kids jumping and singing along throughout the show. They sing about everything that being a parent and a baby brings – the elated highs of loving each other and the much needed time outs – for the parents! Vered’s albums, Good Morning My Love and Hello My Baby are Gold Award Winners from both the Parents’ Choice Foundation and from National Parenting Publications. Parents often say that Vered’s music is like a soundtrack to life with their little ones because it brings them together in the loving and playful moments and feels like an understanding friend in the challenging ones.
Jeanette Berry and the Soul Nerds is a revolving group of musicians centered around lead vocalist Jeanette Berry and her original songs. Whether R&B, Soul, Jazz, Reggae, the Blues, Funk or Neo-Soul, this group tells stories through music that bridge over genre to the heart of all things; Love.
Miranda Writes is a crusader for positivity. Heavily influenced by classic hip-hop and current legends alike, Writes relentlessly fires her message “Light Prevails Dark” over nostalgic but catchy beats. Hip-hop fans spanning generations have acclaimed Writes a breath of fresh air for her timeless style and meaningful lyrics.
j and the 9s are a hard hitting, costumed flute rock experience from Brooklyn, NY that breed together rock and roll riffs, the raw sound of punk, and an entertaining interactive stage show.
Cecilia Villar Eljuri’s music is a mirror on this generation’s global fusion reflecting her Spanish and Lebanese heritage, the rhythms of her homeland, Ecuador, and the punk and rock & roll from the melting pot of her youth in NYC. Eljuri filters life’s daily cacophony into beautiful music with vital meaning. She floats, indeed soars to heights unreached by any other Latina electric guitarist.
ProCreate Project is due to launch at the Women´s Art Library at Goldsmiths University in London, England on the 15th of December, 2015. Over 100 featured #motherartists. #JoinMama Book your free ticket here [LINK]
Here is my personal statement regarding the current status of mother-art around the world by M. Joy Rose:
I’ve been organizing the Mamapalooza Festival (worldwide) since 2002, which was inspired by the adventures of my mom-rock band, Housewives on Prozac (1997-2008). The intention was to support a mother-made-arts-movement and to activate social change for women who were mothers because: a) mother-made art was not being encouraged, b) venues for maternally-inspired artistic expression were non-existent. Motherhood generates its own reasons for celebration as well as illuminating a unique set of challenges. It was my very strong feeling that women who were artists should not ignore the procreative and caregiving aspects of their new-found embodied existence and that opportunities for mother-made-art should flourish.
By creating an inclusive, large-scale platform, I licensed the festival to event organizers ultimately reaching four countries and twenty-five cities. Hoping to open the portals to individual (and family) creativity as well as call attention to the specific issues women who are mothers and caregivers face. The festival garnered millions of followers through media stories generated by local events. The issues we tackled were broadly related to everything from acknowledging the liberating power of creative self-expression amidst the self-sacrificing nature of motherhood, to enhancing community engagement, as well as educating families at risk in the health, economic, and the reproductive justice arena.
After years of organizing and promoting Mamapalooza through our non-profit Motherhood Foundation Inc. (2003-2010), the focus shifted to the long-term goal of having a physical location for the Museum of Motherhood. We procured a donated space in New York City from 2011-2014 where 60,000 people from around the world enjoyed our collaborative location. M.O.M. is currently online and conducts international academic conferences on the topic of mother studies (2005-ongoing). I got my graduate degree in mother studies in 2015 and am teaching through the museum portal, conducting classes in “families and social change” at Manhattan College, and writing about my experiences. Goals include continued international partnerships and a next-level space for exhibitions, classes, and archiving the science, art, and history of mothers, fathers, and families. The Mamapalooza Outdoor Extravaganza Festival continues to host approximately 10,000 families on the third Sunday of May each year in partnership with the New York Parks Department at Riverside Park South in Manhattan, USA.
*DOWNLOAD A PDF VERSION OF THIS STATEMENT:
MJR Personal Statement (2015)