OUR FIRST MONTH AT THE FACTORY
Wow, what a great and busy month its been! As Second Saturday Art Walk approaches on Saturday, October 17th, MoM celebrates our first thirty days at our new location. We’ve enjoyed international visitors, travelers from around the state of Florida, and families of all ages. We hosted our first baby shower, featured the tours and talks of Sierra Clark (every Tuesday 12-6 and Wed 4-6). Sierra broadcasts live on FB during her last hour at MoM on Wednesdays. If you can’t make it by to visit her in person, look for one of her livestreams 5 PM weekly. Our schedule is shaping up. We’ve put some weekly events on the calendar – some require pre-booking – and some are just walk-on-in. MoM is free and open to the public, by donation. Some events require a pre-payment and it is possible to book out our space on Sundays for private events. We hope to see you soon!
AMY WOLF IG LIVE -Thursday 5:30 PM (EST) @MuseumofMotherhood
We are pleased to announce an ‘Women in the Arts’ interview with Amy Wolf on Thursday, October 5th 5:30PM. We aim to share this live on on IG through @MuseumOfMotherhood. Amy is currently the featured artist at MoM through October. Her ‘wearable artwork’ collection’s theme of “reincarnation/transmutation” is based on her practice of transforming found, reclaimed and ordinary materials into something unexpected. She has shown her work both locally and nationally since 2018 and was a 2023 Creative Pinellas Emerging Artist grantee, as well as a 2021 emerging Florida CraftArt artist. In 2022, she was the recipient of both an individual artist grant from The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance and a Gobioff Foundation microgrant. Finally, we are happy to share the news that Amy has been selected to be our Artist in Residence beginning October, 2023- Spring 2024 at the MOM Art Annex. Amy pictured left – performance “disassembled”.
WELCOME NEW VOLUNTEERS
Welcome Natalia Malysheva. Natalia was born and raised in Russia. Now she lives in Barbados. Natalia earned a master’s degree in cultural science, is specialist in Russian art, and she graduated the NNGASU university in Russia.
She has worked in museums and art-galleries. Her drive and passion for shooting and editing videos have brought her to MoM as a volunteer. We can’t wait to see what we might co-create together. Stay tuned!
We hosted our first baby shower this week! If you are interested in having your event with us, then please get in touch. Baby showers, period parties, menopause or red tent, just get creative and we’ll facilitate. We can host small circles of just a few people or up to thirty comfortably. Call us at 877-711-MOMS (6667) or use the form at the bottom of the page here. $50 per hour space rental. MoM Loves YOU!
The Journal of Mother Studies (JourMS) will be published online Oct. 15th
The Journal of Mother Studies will be published online October 15th. Look for the amazing artists and academics featured in this year’s digital humanities project.
CFP – Annual Academic MoM Conference 2024 – Please Circulate Widely
Threads of Connection–Sorry/Not Sorry: Confronting mother (and other) blame–healing & resistance in contemporary culture and beyond
St. Petersburg, Florida & Online
March 22-24, 2024
CFP – Deadline, Dec. 15
The Museum of Motherhood is calling all scholars, artists, and community members for presentations and papers on the subject of mother (and other) blame, shame and pain, with a focus on resistance and healing.
Blame and shame can be self-imposed or projected by dominant social narratives that hyper-focus on the performative nature of motherhood as reinforced by unrealistic hegemonic constructions. This can be true for adult children reviewing familial relationships as well.
This international call for papers invites sociologists, maternal psychologists, philosophers, anthropologists, women’s sexuality and gender professors, masculinity studies experts, birth-workers, doctors, researchers, and lay-people to share their work.
We encourage presenters to unpack the sociocultural domain of mother (and other) blame and the psychological, personal, professional, and media environment within which this topic is situated. Who is harmed by blame, and whom does it serve? How are oppressive systems reinforced or even sustained? How can we resist or dismantle these systems in large and small ways? What forms of resistance, peace-making, and healing can help improve our relationships?
The conference will serve as a site of resistance and empowerment as we deconstruct, reframe, and affirm the complex landscape of care-work and the ongoing labor within family systems everywhere. We recognize the scale, variance, and duration of these passionate debates and hope to this conference will contribute to the body of knowledge on this subject. LINK TO FULL CFP Submissions: https://jourms.org/submit/