The Foremothers Project

About the project:

I began the Foremothers Project in 2020 during the global pandemic as a participatory multi-arts project to explore the relationships we have with our foremothers. From this research and the creative work that followed, I drew inspiration from the courage, humor, and wisdom of my foremothers. And hopefully, this project can inspire others to feel more connected to those who came before us and struggled for freedom, human rights, and the recognition of our full humanity as women, mothers, artists, and change-makers.

Images and stories of our foremothers

I have been exploring our foremothers through image-making and collecting stories from family members and friends. You can read about the beginnings of the project here: https://robinbrooksart.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3267&action=edit Interestingly, this project also branched out, leading me to research the stories of my spiritual and creative foremothers in addition to my biological ancestors. These women artists and change-makers were significant to me at various points in my life’s journey. Along the way, Keith Spiro interviewed me about the Foremothers Project on his podcast and you can watch it here:: https://robinbrooksart.com/robin-is-interviewed-by-keith-spiro/

An invitation for all of us

The Foremothers Project is an invitation for all of us to reflect on the past and come together to heal the present. Please reach out if you would like to participate in the project by sharing a Foremothers story of your own.

The Foremothers Project received partial funding support from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency 

supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.