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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Mom-ologues Unfiltered: Stories, Poetry and Music Jam

Mom-ologues Unfiltered: Stories, Poetry and Music Jam

Mom-ologues: Unfiltered Stories, Poems, and Music Jam

Ditch the filters and embrace the chaos! Join us for an evening of raw and uncensored stories, poetry, and music that shatter the ‘perfect mother’ myth. Experience the full spectrum of m/otherhood – the messy, the tender, and the downright hilarious – in this intimate and empowering gathering at Anchor House of Artists.

Featured Storytellers & Performers

Vanessa Adel

A writer, educator, and mother of four, Vanessa delves into the complexities of motherhood, social justice, medical challenges, and the fight for a better future. Experience her powerful poetry and monologues exploring the triumphs, struggles, and the essential importance of supporting mothers in their vital roles.

Dorise Heller

Explore a mother’s struggle with postpartum anxiety, the impact of unexpected health events, and the quest for balance amidst the chaos of raising young children.

Jackie Humphreys

Explore the evolution of motherhood through a powerful storytelling performance spanning teen pregnancy to grandparenthood. Personal photos add a visual dimension to this moving journey.

Nancy Carolyn Kwant

Explore the complexities of motherhood, body image, and intergenerational wisdom through a powerful poetry performance inspired by the author’s Colombian heritage, where stories reside in scars and wisdom passes through generations.

Rythea Lee

Connect, reflect, and find empowerment in this captivating performer’s songs, monologues, and message of authenticity, healing, and reclaiming your voice.

Liz Reed 

Laugh, cry, and sing along to songs that reflect the joys and complexities of motherhood, celebrating both tender moments and the challenges parents face.

Arya Samuelson

This moving reading explores the complexities of unexpected pregnancy, abortion, grief, and the transformative power of art and community. The author shares her award-winning essay “I am No Beekeeper,” offering a rare and intimate perspective on an often-taboo experience.

Jessica Genia Simon

Experience a dynamic performance poetry reading exploring parenthood, love, and diversity in a transracial, same-sex adoptive family. The reading features poems from “Built of All I Shape and Name” and new works celebrating the author’s daughter.

Karolina Zapal

Experience a moving reading from “Notes for Mid-Birth,” a book spotlighting Poland’s abortion rights struggle and the powerful Black Protests of 2016 and 2018, seen through the eyes of a Polish immigrant.

This Isn’t Your Average Knitting Circle

“Mom-ologues” embraces honesty and celebrates the multi-faceted realities of motherhood. Join us for an evening of raw stories, connection, and a reminder that you’re not alone in this wild, beautiful journey.

Tickets Now Available

Buy More, Save More! Save 10% on 2 tickets, 15% on 4 tickets!

MICAfest 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.

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.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

Questions about tickets?

For ticketing support, please email us at hello@experiencemica.org.
Verses & Vibes: Poetry and Music Night

Verses & Vibes: Poetry and Music Night

From Pride to Poetry. Verses & Vibes: Poetry and Music Night. A Celebration of Artist Mothers.

Continue the energy of Pride Day with “Verses & Vibes: Poetry and Music Night“!

Prepare to immerse yourselves in an evening that transcends mere artistic expression. On May 4th, 2024, M/others Institute for Collaboration and Art (MICA)  is honored to host this intimate gathering in the Experimental Performance Arena at NEVAmuseum at Anchor House of Artists. “Verses & Vibes” spotlights the potent synergy of poetry interwoven with music and showcases the vibrant narratives of artist m/others.

Featured Poets

Maggie “Sasha” Russell-Ciardi
* Journey Through Liberation: Embark on a profound voyage with haikus that paint a portrait of self-liberation and the sacred path of parenting. Experience a captivating story of spiritual quests co-created with the innocence of a child’s imagination.

Jasmine Errico
* The Power of Confession: Step into the light of confessional poetry, where themes of motherhood, generational trauma, and healing are explored with unflinching honesty.

Mary Warren Foulk
* Redefining Identity with Erasure: Witness the revolutionary act of erasure, where personal narratives are ingeniously redefined, championing resilience and empowerment.

KC Trommer
* Celebrating Artistic Lineages: Engage with poems that honor the lives and legacies of female-identifying artists, connecting us to the enduring impact of women in art.

Featured Music

FIZZI: The Musical Journey Home
Grace the night with FIZZI, an indie folk duo of Sasha K.A (vocals, guitar) and Courtney Castaneda (cello). Their name is in honor of their daughter, Fiona Isabel.

Courtney and Sasha started playing music together in 2014 after meeting in graduate school at UT Austin’s Butler School of Music. Along with Camille Schiess (fiddle) and Dana Wymans (bass), they formed the band American Dreamer and performed across Texas. Since moving to the Valley in 2022 to be closer to family support for Fiona, Sasha and Courtney have been playing as a duo under this affectionate moniker.

 

Be Part of This Empowering Movement

“Verses & Vibes” stands as a testament to the resilience found in vulnerability, the boundless creativity kindled through the experience of m/otherhood, and the powerful community forged amidst artistic endeavors. By being part of this evening, you’re not just witnessing art; you’re supporting a movement that underscores the critical role of artist mothers in shaping our cultural and emotional landscapes.

Join Us for our Opening Night for MICAfest 2024!

Experience an unforgettable evening of artistic expression and connection. This is a night where powerful words, moving melodies, and the unique perspectives of artist mothers come together. Immerse yourself in the transformative power of art and be part of a community that celebrates creativity and resilience. Join us on May 4th, 2024, for the vibrant and inspiring ‘Verses & Vibes: Poetry and Music Night.

On View in the Passways Gallery, Bumpus Gallery, and the Experimental Performance Arena.

A Painting of "A Mother's Tears" by Lisa Andrews.

Visual artists exhibiting at Anchor House of Artists

Lisa Andrews | Laura Dickstein Thompson | Jasmine Errico | Paulina Fuenzalida-Guzman | Reshma Gorde | Ruby Henry | Juli Kirk | Tony(a) Lemos | Gena Mavuli | Laura Moorehead | Amy Nolan | Elizabeth Menges | Terre Parker | Ellen Shattuck Pierce | Mollie Thonneson | Mary Warren Foulk | Ellen Wetmore | Sam Wilde |

Image: Lisa Andrews, A Mother’s Tears, 24” x 36”, Acrylic on Canvas.

Tickets Now Available

Buy More, Save More! Save 10% on 2 tickets, 15% on 4 tickets!

MICAfest 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.

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.

VIP Tickets and Monthly passes are also available.

Questions about tickets?

For ticketing support, please email us at hello@experiencemica.org.