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.
ST. PETERSBURG — Inside a historic bungalow on 28th Street North, a dream is being nurtured.
It’s an incubator for a museum dedicated to motherhood and also the home of its founder: artist, activist and mother Martha Joy Rose.
Hailing from New York, Rose said she was born in Ithaca, worked in Manhattan and raised kids in Westchester. She previously taught mother studies and sociology of family at Manhattan College. Now, relocated in St. Pete, she hopes to rock Florida FORWARD by building a Museum of Motherhood in the Sunshine City.
A women’s museum for mothers. All kinds of mothers. All kinds of people.
I’m Joy Rose, the founder of the Museum of Motherhood. I’m inviting you to add your service, business, organization to our online directory. It’s free and open access to the public so others can find you – Just $30 to register yourself.
Or become an annual member of MoM and we’ll send you some goodies like these fun fab bracelets.
Let’s raise our voices. Let’s amp up the volume! We’re here – with a legacy project – and we want to share your stories with the world.
About my mother: Submit your poem or short story by April 30th for a Mothers’ Day publication with MoM on our Blog, Newsletter and Social Media. Submit via word document, 1,000-2,000 words for the short story/essay. Poems of any length. First prize is $50 for the story. Poem is $25 and the runner up gets love and publication too. Share widely, just one week left!