We’re excited to introduce our fourth chapter of the MAMA Art Collective, an initiative led by Candra Cantrell. One of the most satisfying aspects of the MAMA Art Collective project is seeing how creative women (who are up for a challenge!) have been taking the general MAMA Art Collective concept and tailoring it to their own community. What works in metro Atlanta is not necessarily going to transfer to Madison, Wisconsin or Newport, Virginia. To help scale up our grassroots project, we started an online peer mentor group (just a closed Facebook group – nothing too fancy!), in which all of our space leaders share — almost daily — thoughts, tips, advice, problems and successes with each other. From the beginning, Candra jumped in with both feet and not only launched a space in her own community, but also became a tremendous behind-the-scenes cheerleader. Her advice and encouragement of other women has been critical to the development of other creative spaces around the country! Candra wrote a few words to introduce herself, which we’re so very happy to share. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for this group and for the MAMA Art Collective movement!
Betsy and Melanie
MAMA Art Collective Co-Founders
My name is Candra Cantrell and I live in the small village of Eggleston on the New River in the mountains of southwest Virginia. I went to college with Melanie Jones and Katie Miller and, thanks to Facebook, I was able to witness the beauty of MAMA Art Collective and was instantly inspired.