Message to Our Mothers | Mensaje a Nuestras Madres (M2M) is an arts and community organizing program recently awarded one of the first grants by Colorado’s Arts in Society fund. M2M is collaborative project of Elephant Circle and COLOR, members of the Colorado Coalition to Protect Children and Family Rights.
Overview of the Project
This project was inspired by Branislav Jankic’s exhibition “Letter to My Mother,” which shows through letters, photographs and a short film, the experiences of individuals whose mothers struggled with substance use and addiction.
M2M will bring Jankic’s work to Colorado for an exhibition, curated by Art Director Marla Wood, that will also display a local interpretation of Jankic’s work by Colorado artists. Colorado artists have been chosen to develop content in collaboration with Coloradans personally impacted by substance use in their families.
This art exhibition will be the culminating event of M2M and aims to be a jumping off point for policy work done by the Colorado Coalition to Protect Children and Family Rights advocating humane policies for families affected by substance use. The coalition is opposed to child welfare policies that further disrupt and stigmatize families who deal with substance use and addiction.
How to get Involved
Everyone can participate by attending events starting in July 2017 through 2018. You can also sign up here to be added to our M2M email list - make sure you don't miss an update!
Another way to become involved is by being a storyteller. Storytellers are community members with a personal story related to substance use in their family who are connected to artists, interviewed for a documentary, or trained to speak to policymakers and the media. Contact us if you're interested in being a storyteller.
Professionals may be involved by speaking on a panel, to policymakers, or in the documentary, and connecting us with more storytellers. Contact us if you're an interested professional.
The commissioned artists have already been chosen, but there will be an opportunity for artists to submit (without a fee) for a juried exhibit and award. Contact us if you're interested in submitting your art.
Schedule of Events
Launch of project: 5:30-8:30pm July 27th, 2017. Screening of Branislav Jankic’s film Letter to My Mother at the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre, Sloan's Lake. Reception. Commissioned artists, associated storytellers, and coalition partners are requested to attend. Event is open to the public.
Workshops: "Perceptions and Stigmatization Mask Making Workshop" taught by Sandy Caes, held at the Art Students League of Denver November 9, 2017.
Upcoming: a workshop on collage taught by Tony Ortega, and a writing workshop by Johnny Osi.
Workshops will provide an opportunity for community members to address substance use in their family through art.
Exhibition: Early 2019 — Exhibition will include but not be limited to framed works and installation pieces (including audio) presented in an evening reception. The reception will be preceded earlier in the day by a panel of experts and storytellers for policymakers.