The Mama Project works with women from Cape Town townships in South Africa,
and female artists from Boston, inclusive of women from
other nationalities and under-resourced communities,
to create opportunities for women to meet, make
art, share culture, develop relationships, and
build confidence around what it means to be
a woman and a mother, so women can thrive.
Art-making, creativity, storytelling, self-expression, and the sharing of cultures are
critical to the health of individuals, families, communities, and societies.
Research shows that arts and creativity :
lead to better health outcomes
help people recover from trauma
keep young people in school
teach critical skills
lead to academic and professional success
contribute to the economy
make communities safer
build understanding and relationships in powerful ways
Women are a cornerstone of their families and communities. Many women involved with The Mama Project face challenges of extreme economic depression, poor education, drug use, racial divisions, and trauma, yet have limited access to creative activities, a lack of materials, and few outlets for self-expression. The Mama Project invests in women who often feel invisible and provides opportunities to develop skills and confidence, build bridges, and thrive as individuals and leaders within and between their communities.
Why Work Internationally?
The Mama Project chooses to work internationally for two reasons:
While work in the developing world regularly includes medical, education, workforce development, religious and sports programs, it often does not value or include the arts as a
primary strategy for change. The Mama Project adds this critical missing component to community development work, contributing to health and growth of both its participants and the communities in which it happens. The Mama Project models
what is possible when arts are valued in communities.
Internationally, nationalism and divisions are intensifying. As the United States struggles with increased polarization, and South Africa struggles with reconciliation and the creation of a just nation post-Apartheid, The Mama Project brings
women together across boundaries to create possibility and build a more peaceful world.