Our Go Fund Me has launched with a goal of raising $30K. We will be using this money to pay our rent, keep our lights and phone on, and to make our website ADA compliant.
For twenty years on a shoestring budget, with an unrelenting commitment to thrive, founder Martha Joy Rose has championed the idea for a Museum of Motherhood, first through its New York non-profit status with the Motherhood Foundation Inc, to the MaMaPaLooZa Festival, to the streets of Seneca Falls, to Manhattan College, to the Department of Gender and Sexuality at USF in Tampa, to St Petersburg, Florida.
In 2019, the MOM Art Annex 501c3 was approved for Florida non-profit status. Then, the pandemic. MoM pivoted to mentor eighteen interns from around the world with a variety of projects and made its facility available to over a dozen artists in residence supporting mother made art, literature, and performance. Post-pandemic, from 2022-2023, we conducted over 178 in-home tours featuring the artifacts in our permanent collection, hosted healthy community suppers for families in need, and participated in Localtopia. We were able to purchase the Mother Tree for our permanent collection in 2023 and make the transition from the MOM Art Annex office to The Factory in the Arts District of St. Pete.
“There are only four kinds of people in the world—those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Rosalynn Carter. What is a m/other, if not someone who sees to the wellbeing of her family whenever and if-ever possible? From birth on, the person who both gave us life and also the person who often sees to our care and upbringing are forever linked through body, mind, and psyche to the one’s whom they are connected.
MoM is pleased to announce our second quarterly exhibit at The Factory, featuring Mother: the Job by Alexia Nye Jackson. Building Human Capital, Building Human Beings is a multi-media exhibit that includes black and white photos of the jobs mothers perform, writings by mothers and children, and other integrated art forms. These combine to portray the day-to-day life of mothers and the economic systems in which carework is managed. On view at The Factory in St. Pete Nov 23- Jan 24.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Threads of Connection–Sorry/Not Sorry: Confronting mother (and other) blame–healing & resistance in contemporary culture and beyond
St. Petersburg, Florida & Online with the Museum of Motherhood
March 22-24, 2024
CFP – Deadline, Dec. 15, 2023
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.