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.
I am thrilled to collaborate with the Procreate Project! Please stay in touch through MOMmuseum.org. See alsoMamapalooza.com #JoinMama @MarthaJoyRose @MOMmuseum @Mamapalooza
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MJR Personal Statement (2015)
Posted in Art, MamaFeature, Music, Art, Comedy, Journaling, Poetry, Self-Expression, Women, Modern Motherhood, Feminism, Education, Activism
Tagged dyana gravina, Goldsmiths University, Housewives On Prozac, Joy Rose, mama, Martha Joy Rose, Mother art, mother made art, Mother Studies, Museum Of Motherhood, Procreate Project, The Art Of Motherhood
WHAT: MaMaPaLooZa – The first and only Mom-Branded Music Festival featuring fun activities for the entire family. Now in its 14th year this outdoor extravaganza will be held as part of the Summer on the Hudson series with New York Parks Dept.
WHEN: May 17th 10-5pm rain or shine
Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band 2014 @ Mama
WHERE: Riverside Park So. Pier i (take the ramp by West 68th St and Riverside Drive near Trump Towers to access the park and pier)
WHO: Presented by Mamapalooza, http://www.mamapalooza.com home of the Mom Music, Arts and Culture Movement. In partnership with Motherhood Foundation, non-profit M.O.M. (Museum Of Motherhood) & New York Parks Department. This year features “Daughters Forward” with performances, by Timbila, and Dawn Drake, hosted by poet Miriam Tabb where advocacy, activism and education happen across the world with performances by thousands. Organized by NOW-NYC’s Susan B Anthony award-winning mother scholar, M. Joy Rose.
WHY: MAMAPALOOZA is an exciting opportunity with artists, educators, mothers, FEMpreneurs & families to: – foster personal and professional advancement; while benefitting mothers, fathers, and families seeking community. Women-owned businesses featured throughout the park. Great Green Playdate, Many Shades of Green Radio. Be prepared to shop if you want, but also enjoy lots of free activities.
FAMILY EVENTS: Sunday, May 17th New York City (City of New York Parks & Recreation) Summer on the Hudson @ Riverside Park South. Pre-event exercise compliments of GYMBOREE at 11a. Noon to 5pm music all day, including vendors & crafts, food, sampling, drinks, giveaways and family fare. Riverside Park South – Pier I @ 68th Street and the Hudson River. Bring your good vibes and your pocketbook to shop!
We Rock because we have a voice.
We Rock because we have a vote.
We Rock because we can.
Posted in Art, Comedy, Journaling, MamaFeature, Music, Poetry, Self-Expression
Tagged Dawn Drake, Erin Lee and The Up Past Bedtime Band, Family Festivals, Free Events NYC, mama, Mamapalooza, Miriam Tabb, Mom Rock, moms rock, Music and Motherhood, Summer On The Hudson, Timbila
MamaBlogger365 – Birth Stories On Demand re: Kelli Stapleton – Helping to keep traditions alive. The women’s circle, a collection of stories and how we birth the future generation…….
Posted in Pregnancy, Early Childhood, Isolation, Depression, Loss
Tagged Birth Stories, Birth Stories On Demand, Childbirth Traditions In America, join mama, Kelli Stapleton, mama, mamablogger365, mamafeatures, MamaMember, Mamapalooza, Motherhood Stories, Museum Of Motherhood
Welcome Newest MamaMember! Malaika King Albrecht‘s poems have been published in many literary magazines and anthologies. Her poems have been translated into several languages, including Farsi and Hindi. She has taught creative writing to sexual abuse/assault survivors and to addicts and alcoholics in therapy groups. She is the founding editor of Redheaded Stepchild, http://www.redheadedmag.com/poetry/, an online magazine that only accepts poems that have been rejected elsewhere. She lives in Pinehurst, NC with her family, too many cats, a dog, birds, fish and horses. She is a therapeutic riding instructor.