YO MAMA’S HOUSE is a cooperative for women who are artists, activists and healers.
YO MAMA’s philosophy and practice is to empower mothers by disrupting the devaluation of women’s invisible labor and increasing the recognition of the ART of Mothering that highlights the legacies of maternal wisdom and know how that sustains healthy mothers, families and communities.
YO MAMA’S HOUSE is a demonstration project and model that many can learn from its MOTHER CENTERED, social gospel and grassroots approach to empowering women as mothers to do their mothering work and creating pathways to wellness for those overburdened, under resources and sick and tired of being sick and tired. Healthy mothers raise healthy children, families and communities.
At YO MAMA'S House - We MOTHER, MENTOR and MAKE.
We MOTHER by sharing personal narratives and Ancestral stories that hold our mothers’ cultural wisdom, and by teaching each other traditional “woman’s work” skills to younger mothers that move mamas from surviving to thriving and to sovereignty.
We MENTOR (and are mentored) by local artists who teach diverse artistic practices, non-traditional trade and business skills, and identify the resources needed for supporting emerging artistry and pathways to financial stability.
We MAKE Art and create healing services and that promote positive images and narratives about women as mothers, and also promote health and well being. Healthy Mothers raise healthy children, families and communities.
YO MAMA’S HOUSE is a shared (nonresidential) space for mothers who are working or aspiring artists, community activists/politicians or healers. These spaces include a full kitchen for women who need a commercial kitchen that support learning basic to culinary cooking skills, arts space for creating artwork from multiple genres, wellbeing space for relaxation and rejuvenation, an office/business hub, indoor and outdoor gardens, and spaces for hosting events by members.
YO MAMA’s HOUSE includes;
Art spaces (with materials to produce a variety of art genres) Industrial kitchen (culinary skill building and catering) Office Hub (computers, fax, copiers, scanners, Notary) Wellness Wing (spa, sauna, walk in tub) Indoor and Outdoor Gardens for Apothecary and Food production Beehives Urban Retreat and Artist Residency Spaces for WOC.