The acts and demands of child-rearing are exhausting and challenging. While caregiving, it can feel like we are not taken seriously as artists. Some women give up artmaking completely. Others refuse to choose.
MAWA, located at 611 Main Street, is hosting monthly group meetings for artist mothers who refuse to choose.
This peer-based, self-generated group is meeting on Wednesday, December 1,
from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The focus and activities will take a form decided upon by its members. Possible ideas could include monthly discussion topics, slide presentations, speakers and general sharing of work, ideas and inspiration.
Build your community and feel empowered in your decision to call yourself both an artist and a mother. All artist mothers, at any stage of child-rearing, are welcome and encouraged to attend.
In May 2009, MAWA co-sponsored the screening of Who Does She Think She Is?, directed by Pamela Tanner Boll and Nancy Kennedy. This film addressed the plight of the artist mother, and asked, “In a half-changed world, women often feel they need to choose: mothering or working? Your children’s well- being or your own? Responsibility or self-expression?”
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