Get your tickets for MICAfest Art for Change: The M/others’ View coming to Northampton, MA, this May. Tickets are now available!

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The VIP Experience MICAfest 2024

The VIP Experience MICAfest 2024

MICAfest Supporter VIP Pass: Your Ultimate Experience

Show your support for m/other artists and unlock exclusive access at MICAfest 2024.

Limited to just ten passes!

As a MICAfest Supporter, you’ll enjoy:

  • Official sponsor status with name recognition in programs and social media shout-outs.
  • A behind-the-scenes look at the festival’s captivating exhibits with a private, early tour.
  • Includes one ticket to each ticketed MICAfest event.
  • VIP treatment at the MICAfest Closing Gala, including two complimentary drink tickets for you and a guest. (Guest tickets must be bought separately for the gala.)

Snapshot View of the Events

Anchor House of Artists Verses & Vibes: Poetry Night May 4th " Northampton Center for the Arts & Anchor House of Artists " " Arts Night Out: Art Crawl MICA Edition " " May 10th " " Northampton Center for the Arts " " M/otherhood in Motion: Dance and Theatre " " May 11th " " Spill the Tea Sis Apothecary/ Main Street " " Main Street Block Party: Mother's Day MICA Artist Bash " " May 12th " Anchor House of Artists "Mom-ologues: Unfiltered Stories, Poems & Music Jam" May 17th Northampton Center for the Arts Perfect Imperfections Behind the Facade: an Evening at the Theatre "May 23rd " BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity MICA Unveiled: Art Reception " May 25th " Shhh...It’s Top Secret...To Be Determined "Love, Lies, and Laughter:  DJs and Dirty Truths Under the Stars" "May 25th " "Northampton Center for the Arts " "MICAfest: The M/otherlode Closing Gala " "May 31st " MICAfest 2024: Event Overview Anchor House of Artists, BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley, The Sphere Innovation Lab Visual Exhibitions

Secure your MICAfest Supporter VIP Pass before general ticketing opens on April 1st.

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MICAfest The M/others’ View Art Exhibition at BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity.

MICAfest The M/others’ View Art Exhibition at BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity.

The visual art exhibit at BOMBYX is featured in the Peacock Gallery. Art reception on 5/25. Art can be seen during events at Bombyx and by appointment.

If you would like to see the art outside of events and meeting times, please contact the artist or hello@experiencemica.org and we will arrange with BOMBYX for a private showing. Private showings are by appointment only and must be arranged several days before.

The exhibit runs from May 2, 2024 -May 29, 2024

 BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity
is located at 130 Pine Street, Florence, MA.

Artist Reception May 25th from 2:00- 4:00.

Help celebrate the artists on May 25th. Artist receptions are free, but we encourage you to RSVP so we can plan accordingly. If we have enough RSVPs, we have a delectable treat for you.

Visual artists exhibiting at BOMBYX Center for Arts and Equity

Elena Allee | Christina Balch | S.T. Gately | Robin Griffith | Barbara Hageman Sarvis | Amy Kotel | Sarah Marquesen | Matthew Mattingly | Ellen Pollock  | Alyona Skripka | Jamie Tara | Michelle Vigeant |

A Gallery Sneak Peak

The art exhibit and reception are free events. Please contact us or the artist if you would like to view the art outside of public hours.

M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA) is a mother-led, Western Massachusetts organization strictly dedicated to supporting m/other artists. Your contributions as a paying ticket member are a ticket to saying, yes, I support artist m/others. As a small organization, we appreciate the support of people like you. We thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to MICA to support m/other artists.

This festival is a truly unique celebration. If you know of anywhere else doing a month-long festival supporting, spotlighting, and bringing into the conversation 80 m/other artists, please let us know! Seriously.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

Support artist m/others. Please consider donating to MICA.

MICAfest The M/others’ View Art Exhibtion at NCFA

MICAfest The M/others’ View Art Exhibtion at NCFA

MICAfest Visual Art Exhibit in the Split Level Gallery

On View: May 3, 2024 to May 31, 2024.

Location: Northampton Center for the Arts.

The visual art exhibition is featured in the Split Level Gallery at Northampton Center for the Arts 33 Hawley on the ground floor and the Mezzanine.

An art reception will be held on 5/10 from 5:00 to 8:00.

The exhibition will be celebrated on Arts Night Out, with featured musical guest MICA artist Elena Ciampa.

Visual artists at this location will be announced soon!

This is a free exhibition. Please consider donating to MICA.

A Gallery Sneak Peak

Painting by Cynthia Zeman, Woman on Couch, 52x58, Oil.

Visual artists exhibiting at Northampton Center for the Arts

Myrrh Brooks | Nancy Bulma Fields | Mayté Castillo | Jill Danenberg | Helen Ellis | Laura Green | Jane Hesser | Lyn Horan| Jane Keddy | Catherine LeComte-Lecce | Lynn Lovell | Isabelle Marantz/IzzyLightScapes | Nilou Moochhala | Emily Mulder | April Powell | Eva Pushkova | Carla E. Reyes | Ellen Wetmore | Esther S. White | Cynthia Zeman |                

Image: Painting by Cynthia Zeman, Woman on Couch, 52×58, Oil.

Arts Night Out: Art Crawl MICA Edition at Northampton Center for the Arts

Arts Night Out: Art Crawl MICA Edition at Northampton Center for the Arts

Celebrate MICA Artists during Arts Night Out Northampton!

Join us for a vibrant evening of art and music celebrating the creativity of MICA artists. In a special reception at Northampton Center for the Arts and Anchor House of Artists, discover diverse and captivating works. Special performance by Elena Ciampa and Friends.

Read below about our special evening at Northampton Center for the Arts. Click here for the Anchor House of Artist’s Arts Night Out event.

Motherhood Unbound: Navigating Identity, Ambivalence, and Resilience

This exhibition challenges the sanitized image of motherhood, revealing a complex spectrum of emotions, experiences, and transformations. The artists confront themes of loss, self-sacrifice, societal expectations, physical and mental strain, and the struggle to maintain personal identity amidst the all-consuming role of mother.

The artworks range from intimate reflections within a handmade book to bold sculptures exploring the impossible demands of motherhood. We encounter explorations of postpartum mental health, critiques of domesticity, surveillance of mothers, and the blurred boundaries between self and child.

Yet, amidst these challenges, a powerful thread of resilience emerges. Artists find their voices through painting, mixed-media, photography, and installation work. They offer unflinching honesty about motherhood’s complexities, fearlessly exploring the ambivalence that society often silences. Ultimately, they celebrate the creative power that thrives despite, and even because of, the transformative journey of motherhood.

Key Themes:

  • Loss and Longing: Artists grapple with loss – loss of self, loss of a past life, and the profound fear that accompanies pregnancy and motherhood.
  • Ambivalence and Societal Pressure: The exhibit exposes the conflict between the idealized image of motherhood and the raw, often unspoken, emotions surrounding it.
  • Physical and Mental Strain: Artworks visualize the toll of pregnancy and postpartum mental health struggles, highlighting the lack of societal support.
  • Transformation and Resilience: Despite the challenges, artists assert their creative voices, exploring motherhood as a catalyst for personal growth and defying unrealistic expectations.

This visual art exhibit features artists from across the United States, including Boston, Springfield, Northampton, Kansas City, and California.

Painting by Cynthia Zeman, Woman on Couch, 52x58, Oil.

Visual artists exhibiting at Northampton Center for the Arts

Myrrh Brooks | Nancy Bulma Fields | Mayté Castillo | Jill Danenberg | Helen Ellis | Laura Green | Jane Hesser | Lyn Horan| Jane Keddy | Catherine LeComte-Lecce | Lynn Lovell | Isabelle Marantz/IzzyLightScapes| Nilou Moochhala | Emily Mulder | April Powell | Eva Pushkova | Carla E. Reyes | Amber Scoon | Ellen Wetmore | Esther S. White | Cynthia Zeman |                

Image: Painting by Cynthia Zeman, Woman on Couch, 52×58, Oil.

Elena Ciampa side view, sitting with arms crossed on legs

Featured Live Music: Elena Ciampa

Experience the soulful sounds of Elena Ciampa, a pillar of the MICA community since the inaugural MICAfest. Her thoughtful songwriting, melodic arrangements, and expressive jazz vocals will transport you on a captivating musical journey.

A MICA Success Story

Elena’s artistic dreams were given wings at the first MICAfest, where she shared the stage with her 8-piece jazz band. Celebrate her continued growth and be inspired by her dedication to her craft as she shares new music from her current collection, “A Wind in the Door.”

Explore Unique Visual Art

Mingle with fellow art enthusiasts as you explore the work of featured visual artists. Discover a range of styles and mediums that showcase the breadth of MICA’s artistic talent.

[The] inaugural MICAfest was the lever that lifted my dream (8 musicians heavy!) through my mind and out into the world, onto a beautiful stage and into a loving arts community. What more could an emerging artist ask for??!

—Elena Ciampa

Visual Art Exhibition

A Gallery Sneak Peak

This is a free event. Let us know you’re coming by RSVPing below.

M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA) is a mother-led, Western Massachusetts organization strictly dedicated to supporting m/other artists. Your contributions as a paying ticket member are a ticket to saying, yes, I support artist m/others. As a small organization, we appreciate the support of people like you. We thank you for making a tax-deductible donation to MICA to support m/other artists.

This festival is a truly unique celebration. If you know of anywhere else doing a month-long festival supporting, spotlighting, and bringing into the conversation 80 m/other artists, please let us know! Seriously.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

Support artist m/others. Please consider donating to MICA.