• Posted August 09, 2012
    Hi Friends- We just want to send out a huge THANK YOU for all your help in surpassing our goal for One Year. We feel so grateful that you have supported the project. Having completed the last push on the fundraising, we are now furiously creating vessels and will schedule some workshops for friends to help in the fall. We are sad to say that 2012 has been a very violent year in Philadelphia, with 304 murders so far this year. :( Mothers in Charge has been busy reaching out to these families.
    Today, we are getting our materials together for our art workshop with the high school girls who are mentored at Mothers in Charge. MamaCita members will teach printmaking techniques.
    We are also working to identify exhibition spaces for the art installation in 2013, so stay tuned for more information on that. The costs of installing the art and publicizing it are higher than we expected so the funds will enable us to achieve this dream.
    So, thank you for all your support! Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay cool, Peace,
    Janice, Karen, Julie, Kim, and Brenda
    MamaCita
  • Posted June 25, 2012
    Hi Friends- We recently held out June mentoring workshop with the girls at Mothers in Charge. These girls are students at a residential school, and many are court-involved. Some of our "regulars" have been able to go home to their families for the summer, leaving a smaller group behind, resulting in a great workshop where everyone got a lot of attention. The girls created gorgeous watercolors first using crayons to outline the drawing.

    Art update: we are working hard to keep up with the number of vessels we will need for our art installation. unfortunately, Philly has seen a very violent winter and spring, and there have been 182 homicides already in 2012, much higher than at this point last year.
    We are looking at several very interesting sites for our installation. There has been lots of interest and support from the art community in the city.
    We have less than a month to raise the remainder of the funds needed, and are so blessed to have such generous friends and family chipping in. Thank you so much! If you know anyone who might be interested in the project, please forward the link.
    Thank you so much for all you are doing to help us!
    Best, Janice, Karen, Kim, Julie, and Brenda
    MamaCita
  • Posted May 31, 2012
    MamaCita was honored to receive an award as a Peacemaker at the Mothers in Charge annual dinner this month. It was a moving event-- we heard from many mothers about their experience losing a son or daughter to violence, and how Mothers in Charge kept them going. We saw inspirational dance, music and poetry. We met the Philadelphia Chief of Police who invited Dorothy (MIC's founder) to come to the national meeting of Police Chiefs to talk about how communities can get involved in reducing violence. It was great to be a part of this vibrant, powerful movement to save young people and support families in our city. Thank you for supporting our efforts! We are almost halfway toward our fundraising goal. Every bit helps. thank you thank you!
  • Posted May 08, 2012
    We are enlisting help from many people to make vessels for this project. Last weekend we held a great wire workshop at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts. Lots of participation and we made many vessels. It was amazing to see how unique each vessel was even though everyone started with the same basic supplies.
  • Posted May 04, 2012
    Last night we held a mentoring art workshop at Mothers in Charge. Our project was making mosaic planters for use as a mothers or "someone special" day gift. It started a little slowly with some skepticism, but then the girls really got into it, finding little treasures to attach with grout and cement. We also had lots of Mothers in Charge members helping out- and noticed an increase in please's and thank you's. Wish we could post photos of the girls, but we can't :( Want to learn to make a vessel? We will be at Cheltenham Center for the Arts tomorrow, Saturday May 5 from 12- 4 pm. Formal workshop 12-2, drop in from 2-4 pm. (439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA)

One Year, an art installation by MamaCita, will memorialize each person who is murdered in Philadelphia in 2012 with a sculpted wire vessel.