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Mamapalooza

  • By: Kelly Carolyn
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Mamapalooza is an international organization and community, based in the United States, that promotes the empowerment of mothers in the arts. Key to the mission of Mamapalooza is the necessary redefinition and validation of postmodern motherhood and the notion that mothers can find powerful tools of self-expression in creative endeavors such as music, craft, dance, theater, visual art, stand-up comedy, and writing.

Mamapalooza began in 2002, as a music festival to celebrate motherhood and mothers in the arts. To this day, it remains the only festival of its kind. The founder of the festival was Joy Rose, a mother of four and the lead singer of the rock band Housewives on Prozac, who is now the organization's president and guide.

The impetus for the festival grew out ...

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