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Mary Prescott

Interdisciplinary artist Mary Prescott explores complicated themes of motherhood leading up to a capstone performance of “Mother Me” as an Artist in Residence from March 31 - April 28, 2020 at Lanesboro Arts.

COVID-19 update: The health of our artists, community members, visitors, staff and volunteers is at the forefront of our minds at Lanesboro Arts. Taking this into account, March events at the St. Mane Theater have been postponed and the Lanesboro Arts Gallery will be closed to the public until March 31, 2020, at which time we will assess the situation to ensure the continued health and safety of the community.

As of right now, this residency will proceed as planned with public events transformed into digital events for everyone to join (details TBA). We will continue to carefully monitor this public health situation and adjust as necessary.

Motherhood, like any identity or relationship, comes in many nuanced forms. During her residency, Twin-Cities based artist Mary Prescott will further delve into the depths of motherhood through relationships, psychology, and sociology, in preparation for her performance piece, “Mother Me.”

Prescott will spend her month-long residency in Lanesboro researching, interviewing, and holding informal conversations with local residents about their varying experiences of (or about) motherhood. She will also film the Lanesboro countryside and Root River to integrate into live performance projections and choreography. Found objects from the area will also become set pieces for the performance. In this way, this performance of “Mother Me” will simultaneously be rooted in a specific place (i.e. Lanesboro) and anchored in the universally complex idea of motherhood.

The residency will culminate in a capstone performance of “Mother Me” followed by an artist discussion and reflective conversation on the themes and ideas surrounding motherhood. “Mother Me” is a non-narrative interdisciplinary performance piece that explores the complex themes surrounding motherhood through movement, music, and storytelling. This piece is a means to understand and grapple with questions and feelings pertaining to Prescott’s own mother/daughter relationship, and biological and sociological influences on identity as a childless woman approaching mid-life.

Want to get involved? The set design of “Mother Me” includes broken eggshells, so Mary is asking for help from the community in gathering these prior to her residency. Please rinse eggshells after use, let them dry, and collect in a convenient container. Eggshells can be dropped off at Lanesboro Arts — please email us at to arrange the drop off, Mon – Fri, 10 am – 5 pm.

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About Mary Prescott

Mary Prescott is a Thai-American interdisciplinary artist, composer and pianist based in Minneapolis and New York City who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance. She aims to foster understanding and create pathways for change by voicing emotional and human truths through artistic investigation and dissemination.

Prescott’s output includes several large-scale interdisciplinary works, improvised music, an immersive multimedia chamber opera, a 365-day sound journal, film music, as well as solo and chamber concert works.

As Co-Founder and inaugural Artistic Director of the Lyra Music Festival at Smith College, Prescott was named a New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leader. She has served on faculty at the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute, and is a Teaching Artist with American Composers Orchestra.

Prescott holds degrees from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and Manhattan School of Music.

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