MUSEUM OF MOTHERHOOD

Informing and Inspiring Lives

Saint Petersburg, FL   |  http://www.MOMmuseum.org

Mission

MoM is the first and only exhibition and education center devoted to elucidating the art, science, and history of women, mothers, and families. We are invested in countering narratives which have kept women less visible. We keep abreast of changing birth technologies, and give voice to a mom-made art movement through our actions. Our mission is to start great conversations, feature thought-provoking exhibits, and share information and education as well as resources for people to engage in activities centered around identity and culture in a safe and inclusive environment. The Museum of Motherhood (MoM) is a registered trademark non-profit 501c3 operating within the MoM Art Annex, a registered Florida nonprofit tasked with the ongoing development of the museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Martha Joy Rose

Main address

538 28th Street North

Saint Petersburg, FL 33713 USA

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EIN

84-3541994

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Museum Tours

Museum of Motherhood tours at the MOM Art Annex explore some of the art, science, and history of the last two hundred years of maternal art-making, pregnancy, birth, domestic labor, and feminism. Participants can view the rise of the Mother Art Movement, including the Mother Tree, see our library with over 700 books, touch birthing objects like forceps from the 1800s, sit in a birth chair, wear a PREGNANCY vest, and interact with objects like antique stoves, irons, and other ephemera. Also featured is activist Alexia Nye Jackson's black and white photo series Mother the Job, focused on policy as well as the practical realities of unpaid labor in the home.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents
Women and girls
Victims and oppressed people
Academics

Each year the Museum of Motherhood (MoM) welcomes interns from a variety of disciplines, including those interested in Art, Reproductive Identity, Human Development, History, Science, Non-Profit Business, and Women’s and Gender Studies. Internships focus on the social, psychological, and economic realities of womyn, men, non-binary, and m/others embedded in these and other experiences. Internships seek to balance individual goals and needs with those of the museums’. Study labs, online courses, individual projects, visual displays, research, and guest docent opportunities are just a few of the ways MoM has worked with university and graduate students since 2011. Internships are tailored to an individual’s interests and needs. Our Interns are extensively mentored in their area of interest and interns have gone on to secure jobs in the museum sector and won Fulbright Scholarships.

Population(s) Served

The MoM Art Annex Residency Program is open to those students, artists, and scholars engaged in the study of women, mothers, fathers, families, as well as those exploring reproductive identity. This is a self-guided residency, free of charge, by application only. MoM promotes its residents in the following ways: accommodations & local support, internet and utilities, as well as an introductory blog posted on the MoMmuseum.org website and an invitation to become part of our ongoing online community. Guest Residents are encouraged to interact with the local community including the Artist Enclave of Historic St, Pete. The live/workspace is located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Fl. It is an opportunity for those wishing to focus on research, writing, or art-making in a quiet setting, close to amenities, in a supportive environment. These residencies are from 10 days to two weeks but can be extended by special request. We have welcomed individuals from around the world.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Academics
Artists and performers
Activists
Families
Women and girls
Academics
Artists and performers
Activists
Families

Each year since 2015, the Museum of Motherhood works in collaboration with local universities to plan, create, and produce The Annual Arts and Academic MoM Conference, supporting academic excellence and creative collaboration in the area of Mother Studies. Each year, organizers work with academics, students, and performance artists to create experiences that are both educational in nature, and supportive of womyn in the arts. The International Museum Of Motherhood (MoM) is a living, breathing, community-centered arts, media and social change space focused on amplifying the voices and experiences of m/others as well as those exploring reproductive identities. By connecting interdisciplinary initiatives, we pioneer new areas of academe, and manage a safe and inclusive space (online and in person), so that those invested in these areas of investigation will have the opportunity for personal expression in a collaborative community environment. These events are open to all.

Population(s) Served

The Journal of Mother Studies (JourMS) is a digital humanities hybrid project that disseminates articles, research, and creativity on the subject of Mother Studies which is a field of interdisciplinary study devoted to the issues, experiences, topics, history, and culture of m/others, mothering, and motherhood. The journal pivots within the humanities and includes the lived experiences of those identifying as mothers. Mother Studies examines postmodern critical theory and praxis, identifying a nexus of m/otherness as a determining force of intellectual and personal expression. While many academic interpretations including psychology and sociology acknowledge the relational status of human beings, Mother Studies focuses on the lived experiences within a variety of circumstance with attention to the procreative connection/disconnect status of pregnancy, birth, adoption, surrogacy, fostering, surrogacy, male-mothering, other-mothering, care-work, and self-identification.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families
Parents
Pregnant people
Academics
Caregivers
Families
Parents
Pregnant people
Academics

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve students, academics, artists, and lay-persons concerned with the issues, policies, topics, history, and identity of womyn, m/others, families and those exploring reproductive identity.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email, post-program interviews,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have added inclusivity statements to all our definitions, operations, and internal language, recognizing diversity as a guiding premise and opening conversation with those who may not self-identify within binary constructions of motherhood.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have welcomed several new volunteers to our organization. These individuals are empowered to review and refine our website, event submissions, and course materials. They have rewritten many of our identifying language to be much more inclusive and we are now grant writing for technology grants so that we might be able to better serve those with disabilities. All changes have come from great conversations with our team members. Each of them are included on resource changes with full editing power and encouraged to continue identifying action items.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

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