Madona Cole-Lacy, M.A.Ed.
Madona Cole-Lacy’s response to what she perceives as a need for solid cultural and social art-related programs to be made available to children, parents and educators is My Time Has Come Program. Through this initiative, Mrs. Cole-Lacy presents and facilitates art-related multi-cultural and educational programs and workshops which foster appreciation, sensitivity, a sense of self, tolerance to racial, cultural, ethnic and generational issues.
Her activities in the recent past include her “Wear Your Art” Textile Designing Workshops for youth and adults at the Wyandanch and East Meadow Public Libraries, A Coat of Many Cultures Residency at the Bellport High School and Textile Art Workshops at the Seneca Middle School SeneCon event and most recently, a series of Multicultural enrichment and textile art workshops at the Clayton Hewey Elementary School in Center Moriches.
Madona Cole-Lacy’s first dot of creativity is in the form of Madona Cole Originals – her wearable art business. Through this initiative, she expresses creativity by applying original textile designs to fine fabrics with which she creates “functional art”, wearable art fashions and accessories, as well as original wall art and home furnishings. Mrs Cole-Lacy’s inspiration comes from a world of diverse textiles and fashion influences gained from cultural experiences and formal training in art and design on the continents of Europe, Africa and North America. She is the designer and originator of Dignity Headwear™ — a functional and fashionable solution for women and girls experiencing hairloss due to chemotherapy treatment and other medical reasons. Her wearable and wall art creations have been exhibited or presented in solo shows at public library galleries throughout Long Island.
Madona Cole-Lacy’s engagement in community service initiatives triggered what she refers to as her ‘Eureka Moment’, which led her to create a vehicle that would encompass her professional skills and the lessons learned from her experience as a mother, an adult care-giver to parents in their nineties, and a onetime divorcee and single caregiver of two children on whose behalf she successfully advocated. Hence, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.
Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. was founded in 2012 with the support of a devoted and like-minded husband, James Lacy!
Mrs. Cole-Lacy was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and studied art and design in both England, and the United States. She obtained a Master of Arts in Education degree from Brooklyn College and an Entrepreneurship Certificate from Hofstra University. She was one of the artists featured in the Art League of Long Island’s first of its kind “Black Voices” Art Exhibit in February 2016. She has been covered by the television media and featured in many publications over the years, including, Essence Magazine, News 12 (the morning show) Channel 55 (WLIW), FIOS 1, and many Long Island Newsday features including; Cover Story, ‘Dynamic, multi-ethnic Art’. ‘THIS COAT IS ‘ LIKE A BOOK’.
Madona Cole-Lacy has served as the New York State representative for the Surface Design Association and holds membership of the United Federation of Teachers, Kappa Delta Pi (Educational Honors Society) and several art organizations; including Americans for the Arts, the Art League of Long Island, East End Arts, Guild Hall; the Teaching Artist Guild and the Long Island Arts Alliance where she also served as an Advisory Board member.
Mrs. Cole-Lacy was married to a supportive and attentive husband, James Lacy – an experienced psychotherapist and administrator of human services programs – for 16 years to the month he succumbed to Soft Tissue Sarcoma. She characterizes him as the wind beneath her wings for his unwavering support on a personal and professional level. May His Soul Rest in Perfect Peace!
My Time 4 Talk Blog
My Time 4 Talk offers a mechanism for the exchange of information, ideas and opinions focused upon My Time Has Come Program objectives to inform, enlighten, inspire and motivate the family as a whole and our youth in particular. Commentary is provided on current news items, events and issues related to topics such as art, cultural diversity, family life, parenting, education and social and cultural values.
Your Time 4 Talk Blog.
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