In April 2018 I began the MOTHERWORK Lab Residency as an Artist Residency in Motherhood. The residency serves as a research and development phase with which to engage with different women-centric communities in preparation for launching the online publication and community. The residency is a ten-month long session, consisting of information gathering, hosting site-specific events and discussion groups to explore storytelling opportunities, build networks, listen, learn, and participate in our ever-expanding community.
At the end of the MOTHERWORK Lab Residency, this exploration and discovery will inform the narrative model for this women’s storytelling outlet and prepare for the launch of MOTHERWORK in January 2019.
The residency is structured as three 3-month increments with a one-month work session to prepare for launch.
Session 1 - April to June Definition and Ideation What is MOTHERWORK? This session is dedicated to defining mission and goals.
Session 2 - July to September Gathering Communities and Finding Stories Here the focus is on communities and connecting. What does a MOTHERWORK story look like? What narrative models will be employed? Goal is to host dinners, visit studios, interview mothers and continue to grow the network.
Session 3 - October to December Work and Sustainability What does MOTHERWORK need to survive? As the weather cools, I will head inside and test out workshop topics, write and plan our calendar, and determine a funding model.
Session 4 - January 2019 Organize and prepare for Launch Let’s get ready to MOTHERWORK!