At the Beat’s Baltimore Museum Of Art Open Hours event “The Future Generation: Parenting, Children, and Community Stories” this past Saturday, we were able to help center the experiences of mothers around Baltimore. Myself, China Martens, and Jen White-Johnson discussed the challenges and the joys of mothering and we created art together. One of the things Brandon and I feel strongly about is using Baltimore Beat to empower other people to see the value of their own stories and tell it themselves and we were able to do it with the zine-making workshop. This is another side of running the Beat, offering a different kind of engagement with the city we report on than simply telling other people’s stories or updating readers on the news.
At the event, it was great to see older mothers talk with younger mothers. It was great to see so many different images of what family looks like. It was especially great to see children running freely, creating and having fun. Here are a few photos from the event to give readers a sense of what it was like and highlight some of the art made that afternoon.