It was a pleasure facilitating four multicultural Textile Designing workshops for a total of approximately 100 middle school students at the Seneca Middle School Senecon Program.
I must note that these students comported themselves quite well, and showed much interest in the task at hand. It is little wonder that I felt like going back to the classroom full-time as a result of this experience. It was nostalgia all the way!
I promise that the sentiments expressed have NOTHING to do with the fact that I was literally treated like a celebrity by some students who asked for my autograph.
I congratulate the parents/guardians, teachers and administrators of the school for a job well done.
Madona Cole-Lacy shows students the result of Hand-stamping
Student applies fabric paint to West African Woodcut in preparation for stamping on fabric.
Hand-stamping demonstration for students by Madona Cole-Lacy
*Visit our website for more art-related cultural enrichment and personal development workshops for youth and adults that you can book for your parties, library, school or community organization. You can also request a private “Wear-Your-Art” or “Not Just Another Paint Party” activity for your next event.
Madona Cole-Lacy, M.A.Ed.
Designer of Wearable Art * Teaching Artist/Cultural Arts Educator * Motivational Presenter * Nonprofit Founder
One would expect that as artists prepare to display their creations in public spaces, they would focus more on how much money they expect to make from their efforts. While that is not a crime, there are artists who are quite naturally oriented to being and doing much more than that. I speak of special connections and the meshing of like-mindedness which on such occasions send thoughts of financial gratification to the back seat.
Better Than Silver & Gold Some might ask, “Who goes to participate as a vendor at a festival and leaves the scene giving props to humanity as expressed by people she was meeting for the first time?” I do, quite unapologetically! As one who strongly believes that the benefits of expressions of humanity take precedence over platinum, gold, silver, diamonds and money; I cannot help but make this observation by expressing appreciation and gratitude to the various humanity-based gestures that the artists I interacted with at this event shared with me and my husband two weekends ago. (Please note that my original draft read “last weekend”!)
A Giant Embrace of Appreciation A giant hug and much gratitude is in order to all the wonderful spirits we encountered at the North Meets South Festival! Since it is my suspicion that they did not give of themselves so that they could be publicly heralded, I shall resist the temptation of naming names. I will instead state their affiliation as East End Arts Members, and characterize them in the following manner:
1. Members of the Surprise Welcome Wagon
2. Providers of meaningful conversations
3. Empathizers – God’s Angels at car-loading time
* I will be remiss if I did not include Potential Customers and “Connection-Makers”
When I consider the countless legitimate reasons why we ought not have made it to that event, I cannot help but conclude that when God-sanctioned lessons of life’s experiences await, nothing can stop onefrom receiving it.
A Message of Hope These wonderful people I allude to know who they are, and I am most thankful to them for unwittingly underscoring hope that humanity is here to stay. It is my hope that this ‘trend’ of acknowledgement of that which is so easy to overlook, will be ignited in others.
We are preparing for our 2nd Annual Free Self-EmpowermentWorkshop forCollege-Bound Students scheduled to take place at Molloy College on Saturday, June 9, 2012.
An important component of this year’s event will be the inclusion of parents who always wanted to know what REALLY goes on at college campuses, but were afraid to ask. So Your Child isGoing Off to College: What to Expect and How to Deal with It, is a workshop that has been specifically designed for parents.
An impressive lineup of ‘Resource Persons’ includes current college students, professors, medical doctors, community activists and faith-based leaders, Mental Health practitioners, and at least one model/actress/educator; all of whom care about the well- being and academic success of our youth. Other highlights include: breakfast and lunch, musical expressions and a creative art activity. Door prizes for the first 50 students, swag bags and more!
More details to come. Until then, you are invited to browse through our website: www.mytimehascome.org