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The Status of Mother Art Around the World

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:

(Martha) 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.

ProCreateAfter 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

MJR Personal Statement (2015)

Oops We Did It Again

Under the “Disruptions” section of the New York Times, an article by Nick Bilton was posted on October 1st, called “The Women Tech Forgot.” This article summarizes Walter Isaacson’s new book The Innovators– How a group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. The link was forwarded to me by a former retired research professor of physics, Larry Campbell who taught at Hobart College in the late 1960s, until recently. He is a smart guy, and he’s definitely been around the academy. We struck up a friendship about seven years ago. On one of our last visits, I found myself ranting (something I’m actually not prone to doing- I’m more used to singing than ranting but that is another story), about my graduate school courses, which have propelled me to continually ask the question, “Where are the women?” and “How are women’s perspectives being featured?”

Oops we did it again. We called out the issue of full humanness for all people. FULL ARTICLE

Martha Joy Rose - Heratic

Martha Joy Rose – Heratic

Sexuality & Motherhood Conference Monday, Feb. 6th At M.O.M.

Give It To Me Baby – Rocks The Night On Tuesday Oct. 18th at M.O.M.

More: Carolyn Castiglia is a New York-based comedian/writer wowing audiences with her stand-up and freestyle rap. You may recognize her hip-hop alter ego Miss CKC from Comedy Central, VH1 and MTV2. Carolyn’s web vids have been nominated for an ECNY Award and featured in two issues of EW magazine. She’s appeared in TONY, The NY Post, The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and Life & Style. You can find Carolyn’s writing online at Babble.com, MarieClaire.com and The Huffington Post.

Lenora Champagne has been making work as a performance artist, playwright, and director since 1981. She has received three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, commissions and project support from the New York State Council on the Arts, residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art. Champagne’s publications include Out from Under: Texts by Women Performance Artists and performance texts, plays and essays published by Smith & Krauss and in Plays and Playwrights 2009, Performing Arts Journal, Performance Research, Women and Performance Journal, Chain and The Iowa Review. She is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Purchase College, SUNY.

Alice Eve Cohen is a writer and solo performance artist.  She will perform from her memoir What I Thought I Knew, one of Oprah Magazine’s “25 Best Books of Summer” and one of Salon.com “Best Books of the Year”.

“Her darkly hilarious memoir, What I Thought I Knew (Viking), is an unexpected bundle of joy.” Oprah Magazine

Cara Lemieux is an Emmy Award winning network news producer and single mom. She found out she was pregnant the day before her 30th birthday and the way she saw the world changed forever.  Now she is relying on her amazing family, friends and sense of humor. You can follow her musings on single motherhood and life in Manhattan on www.MeAndDucky.com

Cassandra Neyenesch is a journalist and novelist. She writes about art for Art in America and the Brooklyn Rail and is the author of two novels.  She is currently finishing her first YA novel.

Artist Darryl LaVare is a painter and performer from Memphis, Tennessee. She is a graduate of The Rhode Island School of Design, and moved to NYC in 1990.  She has shown at Max Fish, CBGB’S Gallery, The Limelight, Danceteria, Exploding Sky, Supreme Trading, Wooster Projects, Stendhal Gallery and The Brooklyn Historical Society.

Christen Clifford (curator) is a curator at Dixon Place (Experiments and Disorders).  At the Culture Project, she created and curated the long running series Heat. Her work is strongly influenced by feminist art and the art of mothering. Her solo BabyLove, about maternal sexuality, had its premier in Ljubljana, Slovenia and toured San Francisco, British Columbia, and ran for three months in New York, where it was named Critic’s Pick by New York Magazine, NBC, and Time Out New York, which gave BabyLove five stars.

Clifford has appeared on panels about maternal sexuality and has been featured in articles about mothering in The New York Times, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York and on Fox New York News.  Clifford’s writing has been published in Salon, Nerve, Smith Magazine, Huffington Post, The Evergreen Review, Bambini, Black and White Magazine, Blue, Identity Theory and The New York Press, as well as anthologized in M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art (Demeter Press),and  Everything You Know About Sex Is Wrong (Disinfo press).  Her graphic graphic memoir “My Home Birth” on Smith Magazine, with cartoonist David Heatley, was a pick of the week on Flavorwire, which called it “hilarious and uncensored.”

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