A Mother’s Day Film Release

May 13, 2012

Two summers ago, I ran a five week project with an incredible group of mothers in Madison, Wisconsin that culminated in Good Eater, a site-specific installation about food and motherhood in the most beautiful community gardens I’ve ever seen. I still miss those women terribly. I was so lucky that Brijetta Hall Waller, a talented [...]

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Good Enough

May 11, 2012

We had a really nice drop-in workshop on Wednesday, although I was wrong to worry about it being mobbed. That felt a little frustrating, because it was just a logistical issue. We were set up in the room next door to the regular drop-in program room, and people were so used to going to that [...]

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Resist the Pressure

May 8, 2012

There’s a short piece in the Toronto Star about Greetings From Motherland this week, in advance of Mother’s Day. The reporter asked us to share tips on how to resist the pressure to be a perfect mother. It’s our first press coverage in Toronto, which is great, right in advance of the drop-in workshop tomorrow. [...]

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Questioning

May 3, 2012

It’s been a crazy week. I had a Canada Council for the Arts grant due the same day as the second workshop, and only started writing it last Thursday. Writing grants is difficult, but since I’ve received a couple now, it always seems worth it to try. Canada Council grants are notoriously hard to get, [...]

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First Day Jitters

April 25, 2012

For the first time, I’m going to blog about the workshop process as it’s happening. I’ve been reluctant to do so in the past, I think partly because I feel somewhat vulnerable in revealing my process as it unfolds. But I’ve run enough projects to put that aside for now, and I think it’s helpful [...]

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Your Baby and You

April 20, 2012

Today I’m going to Value Village to pick up some parenting manuals and old magazines that will be used in the first workshop session this coming Tuesday. I had a huge collection that I amassed in Madison during the first workshop series but I left most of them behind because we couldn’t fit them in [...]

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Out of Place

April 17, 2012

I’m proud to announce that an essay I wrote a while back about Greetings From Motherland was just published in ‘Out of Place’, a journal about community arts published by Jumblies Theatre.  In addition to my piece, the issue contains writings by Leah Houston of Mabelle Arts (about community arts and feminism), Lisa Marie DiLiberto of Fixt Point [...]

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New Passport to Motherland

March 27, 2012

It’s been a long time since I’ve written an update, but I have a good excuse: my re-entry into Motherland at the end of last summer with the birth of my son, Micah. He’s almost 7 months old now, and I’m finally coming up for air (read, he’s now sleeping well) and ready to start [...]

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Postcards from Allomotherland

April 1, 2011

I just finished running an intensive 5-day workshop through Art Starts’ Programs Without Walls, and I’m excited to share the work that came out of it.  Programs Without Walls is an art program for mothers that gives women space for creative expression and provides childcare and arts programming for the children as well.  It usually [...]

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At the Table

March 28, 2011

I wanted to share a clip of an interview from the Wisconsin PBS show Director’s Cut with Brijetta Hall Waller, the director of At the Table: Mothers Sharing Stories Through Art.  The short documentary she made about Good Eater, the project we did in the Eagle Heights community last summer, will be screening at the [...]

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