MamaBlogger365 – Why Now is the Time to Bring M.O.M. Home by Amy Andrews

For years now, the Museum of Motherhood (M.O.M.) has presented, sponsored, and coordinated virtual and traveling exhibits and programs oriented toward our mission to showcase the value of mothers, mother-art and mother-work, while documenting the herstory of (m)others.

Right now, M.O.M. is a real and virtual social change museum focused on amplifying the voices and experiences of mothers while connecting “the cultural family.” Women, families and communities participate in exhibits, herstory, art, dialog, literature, film, storytelling, theater, dance, music, and empowerment through educational experiences.

Each year, we sponsor the MAMA (Modern Ambassador for Maternal Advancement) Expo, a celebration of academic excellence and creative collaboration in the area of mother studies. This spring, Fe-Mail: Art, Sisterhood and Postcards From The Creative ‘(M)otherhood’ is exhibited online until the second week in May.

Past programs include She’s History theatrical presentations for schools; the 100 Mothers project; and “Call and Response: Crossing Feminist Borders”, a celebration of the 162nd anniversary of the first women’s rights convention and declaration of sentiments in Seneca Falls, NY. We are especially proud to host MamaBlogger365, a year-long initiative to raise awareness about the Museum of Motherhood, featuring contributions from writers, artists, academics and everyday moms.

But we can do more.

With a secure, permanent home, M.O.M., like our very own mothers who saved a lock of hair from our first haircut and the macaroni necklaces we so lovingly made for her in school, can preserve, collect, and make accessible a herstory of achievement and advances by women who are mothers — biological mothers, adoptive mothers, step-mothers, foster mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and all those who take an active role in mothering.

Now is the time to establish a home for exhibits, collections, information and events to promote the understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity of motherhood. Now is the time to mark the collective impact of mothers, on us as individuals, as families, as communities, as a nation, and as humankind.

I want to see a museum that documents the obstacles, accomplishments sacrifices made by the mothers who came before me — both for inspiration and as guideposts in my own experience as a mother and to honor what they’ve done. I want to see a museum that celebrates maternal achievements and diversity of experience, so that my children may feel secure in a world where their choices with regard to motherhood are acknowledged, respected, and supported.

M.O.M. strives to record mothers’ evolving role as it pertains to women’s circumstances, environment, responsibilities, health, significance, influence, position, and creativity.

M.O.M. actively supports outreach to families and communities with dialogue, education, storytelling, dance, film, theater, music, art, literature, and more, to strengthen family and community bonds, increase awareness about family issues like domestic violence, empower individuals (and women as a collective), offer opportunities where none existed before, and highlight concerns about the mental, physical, and financial well-being of women.

But we can’t do it without you.

Now is the time to bring M.O.M. home.

Support MamaBlogger365 and help the Museum of Motherhood secure a permanent home in 2011!

Photo credits, from top: Nino Adonis; Kenn Kiser; Scott Lidell

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