Amy Hughes Braden, Mariah Anne Johnson, Tsedaye Makonnen
The Artist Mother Studio is a project to support professional artists with young children by providing studio space, childcare, honoraria, a supportive environment, and an exhibition opportunity. It is funded by a grant from the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities. The three Artist-Mothers are Amy Hughes Braden, Mariah Anne Johnson, and Tsedaye Makonnen.
This project builds off of the work of Csilla Klenynszki and Lenka Clayton, who have ongoing projects rooted in supporting artist-mothers. These artists generously share their experiences and resources to empower women striving to maintain art practices while caring for children. Our residency answers their call to action, by recreating, and expanding the model used specifically in Klenynszki's Mother in Arts residency. We are taking her biggest suggestion and hiring an outside childcare provider to watch our sons.
Beyond the practical needs of artist-mothers that this project will meet, there is a broader conversation about communal work, collaborative building and sharing resources at play here. The art world is not always supportive of families or primary-care-givers. Women and Mothers often land in the role of unpaid laborer, whether it is laboring as a care-giver or laboring as an artist without pay. This makes us uniquely qualified to lead discussions about cooperation, and community, which benefit society as a whole. We are accustomed to not receiving credit for wiping butts, nor are we seeking notoriety for doing the laundry. However we do seek to be heard and have our art entered into the contemporary discourse.
Duration of project: April 1-May 31, 2018
Performances and reception: May 20, 2018
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