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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.
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MJR Personal Statement (2015)
“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.” Kurt Vonnegut
“Did you know that more than one in ten babies is born prematurely in New York State? But did you also know that premature infants fed an exclusive diet of breast milk have fewer complications and improved long term health outcomes versus those that are fed formula?Unfortunately, not all premature infants are able to receive their own mothers’ milk, often due to medical complications. The next best alternative is pasteurized donor human milk (PDHM), and there are currently 15 nonprofit human milk banks in the US. However, there are currently no milk banks operating in the state of New York!
To meet this need, a passionate group of doctors and lactation consultants has teamed up to develop the first fully operational donor human milk in our state – The New York Milk Bank, Inc. We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and survival of infants in need by providing them with safely pasteurized donor human milk when their mothers’ own milk is unavailable or insufficient.
Our goal is to collect as much milk as possible from carefully screened donors who have a surplus, pasteurize it to kill any viruses and bacteria, and redistribute it to hospitals across New York State – enabling at-risk infants in New York to receive as much human milk as they need.
We are in the planning stages and need help fundraising and recruiting eligible milk donors. We already have several milk drop-off locations across the state and plan to open our processing facility by Mother’s Day 2016.If you know anyone who may be interested in providing financial support for this endeavor, or are interested in donating milk or volunteering your time, please visit our website: www.nymilkbank.org. You may also find out how to receive donor milk for an infant in need.Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @newyorkmilkbankTogether we can give New York infants exactly what they need to thrive!”