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MICAfest: The M/otherlode Closing Celebration

May 31 @ 6:30 pm

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MICAfest 2024: The M/otherlode Closing Celebration – A Tapestry of Motherhood

Celebrate a month of art, connection, and the power of storytelling as we conclude MICAfest 2024!

From recovering from unfathomable childhoods to embracing new beginnings like pregnancy announcements, MICAfest has woven together the diverse tapestry of m/otherhood through art, performance, and community. Join us for an unforgettable evening as we honor m/others’ and artists’ journeys, challenges, and triumphs.

Experience the Power of Art:

  • Last Chance to View: Explore the evocative visual art exhibition “Articles of Comfort: Holding Grief” by Eva Pushkova. This exhibition explores the lived experience of grief through touchable tufted wool rugs that embody comfort and resilience.
  • “The Sacred Strands of Continuity” Installation: Immerse yourself in Nilou Moochhala‘s altar to generational motherhood, honoring family traditions and the complexities of cross-cultural parenting.
  • “Current Events-Past and Present”: Witness Lyn Horan’s poignant exploration of the impact of war on children through thought-provoking mixed media pieces.
  • “100 Eyes”: Be captivated by Esther S White’s “eye-catching” installation of hanging tiles and plates featuring “one hundred eyes,” a commentary on the surveillance and judgment mothers face in public.

Voices of Motherhood:

Our poetry reading begins at 7:00

  • Poetry Reading: Be moved by powerful poetry, with Emily Mulder, Toni Rose, and Jen Jabaily-Blackburn. Exploring their experiences through poetry.
  • Artists in Conversation: Engage in a dynamic discussion with our m/other artists, Vanessa Adel and Haile Eshe Cole will join our featured poets. Together, we’ll explore m/otherhood, art, and collaboration’s challenges, joys, and complexities.

This is a perfect opportunity to strengthen our connections and empower one another. 

The Details:

🗓️ Date: May 31st

Time: 6:30 PM (Doors Open), 7:00 PM (Poetry Begins)

📍 Location: 33 Hawley

🎟️ Tickets: Sliding Scale $20-$40 (Pay What You Can)

This closing celebration is a testament to mothers’ strength, resilience, and creative spirit. Celebrate with us!

Featured Artists

M/otherhood in Motion: Dance and Theatre Dance, performance, and a staged reading with our visual art exhibition May 11, 2024 | 7:00 PM | Location: Northampton Center for the Arts Haile Eshe Cole, Kelly Silliman, Jessica Roseman, and Laura Sánchez. Featuring visual art at the Split Level Gallery at 33 Hawley. Part of #MICAfest2024 Top left and clockwise: Haile Eshe Cole, Laura Sánchez, Kelly Silliman, and Jessica Roseman, Art pictured by Esther S White.

Emily Mulder 

Emily will read her poem, “Her Education,” about mothering children with complex health issues and disabilities.

M/otherhood in Motion: Dance and Theatre Dance, performance, and a staged reading with our visual art exhibition May 11, 2024 | 7:00 PM | Location: Northampton Center for the Arts Haile Eshe Cole, Kelly Silliman, Jessica Roseman, and Laura Sánchez. Featuring visual art at the Split Level Gallery at 33 Hawley. Part of #MICAfest2024 Top left and clockwise: Haile Eshe Cole, Laura Sánchez, Kelly Silliman, and Jessica Roseman, Art pictured by Esther S White.

Toni Rose (aka Toni ‘Blue’ Rose)

Experience raw and powerful poetry from an artist and activist who paints heart-wrenching truths with words. Toni Rose shares unflinching poems about the challenges of raising a black man as a single mother, the fight for survival, and the power of healing through art.

M/otherhood in Motion: Dance and Theatre Dance, performance, and a staged reading with our visual art exhibition May 11, 2024 | 7:00 PM | Location: Northampton Center for the Arts Haile Eshe Cole, Kelly Silliman, Jessica Roseman, and Laura Sánchez. Featuring visual art at the Split Level Gallery at 33 Hawley. Part of #MICAfest2024 Top left and clockwise: Haile Eshe Cole, Laura Sánchez, Kelly Silliman, and Jessica Roseman, Art pictured by Esther S White.

Jen Jabaily-Blackburn:

Prepare for a journey of transformation and myth as Jen Jabaily-Blackburn shares poems from her forthcoming collection, “Girl in a Bear Suit.” The collection explores motherhood through personal reflections and reinterpretations of the Callisto myth.

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Christa Joy

Immerse yourself in the vibrant Americana sounds of Christa Joy and the Honeybees. Their music blends classic honky-tonk with soulful ballads, creating a captivating soundtrack for this celebratory evening. Get ready to tap your toes and feel the energy as you experience their critically acclaimed album “Get On, Heart!” and a sneak peek at their upcoming work.

Artists in Conversation

Questions about tickets?

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

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.

Thank you to our circle of support.

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