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Long Island Teaching Artist and Students Connect the Dots of Multiculturalism and Inclusion with a Coat of Many Cultures™

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Bellport High School Coat of Many Cultures

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I would like to share a press release and related pictures of an artistic expression which was designed and assembled in collaboration with students of Bellport High School through My Time Has Come Program.

The Coat of Many Cultures™ is a personal development artistic statement that is designed to reflect multicultural pride, self-esteem, respect and appreciation for self and others, and also to, celebrate the common thread that runs through the fabric of mankind – as experienced by all participants.

It is my hope that you will find a way to use the narrative that the Bellport High School Students I worked with have expressed through this Coat of Many Cultures™ to stimulate dialogue around cultural pride/identity and the visual arts through your network.

My Time Has Come Program offers youth and adults The Coat of Many Cultures™ Workshop as one way art and culture can be used as a confidence-building tool that fosters and celebrates multiculturalism, heightens awareness of diversity and promotes inclusion.

While this work of art is scheduled for permanent installation at the Bellport High School in the month of July, 2018, you are welcome to view and or photograph it at my showroom in North Bellmore. I may be reached through e-mail or my cell if you have any questions about the Coat of Many Cultures™ or My Time Has Come Program.

Madona Cole-Lacy, M.A.Ed.

Artist/Designer/Program Facilitator

My Time Has Come

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CONTACT:
Madona Cole-Lacy
My Time Has Come
516) 965-3242
madona@mytimehascome.org
Long Island Teaching Artist and Students Connect the Dots of Multiculturalism and Inclusion with a Coat of Many Cultures™
(Bellmore, New York, March 28, 2018) Madona Cole-Lacy, Long Island Teaching Artist and Creative Director of My Time Has Come Program has collaborated with students of Bellport High School to create a Coat of Many Cultures™ that embraces and celebrates cultural heritage through art. The Bellport Coat of Many Cultures™ – a work of art funded by The South Country Education Foundation – will be on permanent display at the Bellport High School following installation in July 2018.

The giant Coat of Many Cultures™ depicts creative ways students have incorporated various aspects of their cultural identities in a series of theme-based textile designing and print-making workshops at the school. With a focus on heightening the students’ sense of pride, belonging and accomplishment, Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy, motivated students to connect with their roots to create panels of original art inspired by their cultural heritage and countries of origin. These panels and elements of the artist’s own cultural heritage and her original textile art have formed the foundation of the work of art for students from Mrs. Barbara Gallagher’s art class and Mrs. Monica Tetuan’s ESL class in the residency.

The Coat of Many Cultures™ which is currently at the Artist’s showroom in Bellmore, New York, is scheduled for permanent installation at the Bellport High School in July 2018.
“What is so exciting about designing a Coat of Many Cultures™ is my encounter with participants who have never given thought to the role art and culture play in their lives. To see them delve into the task at hand once they ‘get it’ is simply priceless! Another element of excitement for me is brought on by the anticipation of what each coat will look like. The enthusiasm and resulting work of my workshop participants determine the nature of the end product. It is an ongoing visual, emotional and cultural response to what they offer me that makes the creative expression authentic and satisfying.” -Madona Cole-Lacy-

For further details on the Coat of Many Cultures or how My Time Has Come creatively engages students, parents, teachers and community, visit the website: http://www.mytimehascome.org or contact Madona Cole-Lacy: (516) 965-3242 madona@mytimehascome.org

Bellport High School Contact: Mrs. Barbara Gallagher BGallagher9@southcountry.org

About Madona Cole-Lacy
Mrs. Cole-Lacy is a Teaching Artist registered with Eastern Suffolk and Nassau BOCES. She was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, to parents who were instrumental in giving her a broad educational experience by making it possible for her to study art and design in both England and the United States. Madona Cole-Lacy takes full advantage of her multi-cultural and professional teaching experiences and skills gained from working with youth and adults in schools, colleges and communities to passionately motivate, educate and inspire her workshop participants as she acquaints them with a variety of art-making techniques.

Through My Time Has Come Program Madona Cole-Lacy uses “art, culture and education as a vehicle with which society can develop and maintain self-esteem, as well as, cultivate racial/ethnic and generational tolerance.”

“Our goal is to foster a sense of belonging, accomplishments and pride for all participants.” – Madona Cole-Lacy-
My Time Has Come is the second “dot” of creativity in Madona Cole-Lacy’s quest to take ART and CREATIVITY beyond the confines of the studio to impact life in a number of positive ways through her concept “I Connect the Dots of Creativity”. Please visit: http://www.iconnectthedotsofcreativity.org for more on this philosophy.

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Mrs. Cole-Lacy with the Bellport High School Coat of Many Cultures™ in her showroom. Coat is set for permanent display at the school.

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Mrs. Cole-Lacy at work on Coat of Many Cultures™

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Madona Cole-Lacy, attired in her cultural garb, the Krio Kabaslot acquaints students with the Coat of Many Cultures Project

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Print-making demonstration during My Time Has Come Coat of Many Cultures Residency at Bellport High School

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Art Teacher, Mrs. Gallagher, and Artist, Mrs. Cole-Lacy, entertain questions from students during demonstration of hand-stamping process

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Bellport Students preparing stamps for print-making on Irish Linen fabric

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MTHC Program Workshop Facilitator works with student on panel for Coat of Many Cultures™ Workshop

1. Mrs. Cole-Lacy with the Bellport High School Coat of Many Cultures™ in her showroom. Coat is set for permanent display at the school.

2. Mrs. Cole-Lacy at work on Coat of Many Cultures™

3. Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy, dressed in her cultural attire, the Krio Kabaslot, acquaints students with the Coat of Many Cultures™ Project

4. Mrs. Madona Cole-Lacy demonstrates hand-stamping techniques at My Time Has Come Coat of Many Cultures™ Residency at Bellport High School

5. Art Teacher, Mrs. Gallagher, and Artist, Mrs. Cole-Lacy, entertain questions from students during demonstration of hand-stamping process at Bellport High School

6. MTHC Program Workshop Facilitator works with student on panel for Coat of Many Cultures™ Workshop

7. Bellport HS students preparing stamps for print-making on Irish Linen fabric

CONTACT:
Madona Cole-Lacy, M.A.Ed.                                                                                       

My Time Has Come      (516) 965-3242
madona@mytimehascome.org      http://www.mytimehascome.org


My Response: A Black History Perspective!

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Revving Up and Getting Back on Track

Revving Up

Since I haven’t quite decided on a suitable term to adequately capture how I feel, I will settle for one that conveys the most predominant feeling right now.  It is with humility that I embrace this time of my life, to reconnect with the world, and make a deliberate and significant stride toward normalcy since the recent passing of my father. As one who prides herself on being a perpetual student of life’s lessons, I must acknowledge a major loss such as this, as one which I have also viewed within the context of the psyche of Family Adult Caregivers around the world. I share your loss and feel your pain, even as I ‘hear’ my Papa urging me to keep the ball rolling, and to never lose sight of my goal! The drive to keep going should never leave us! I, not unlike a host of other adult children of the recently departed, have a lot to be thankful for when I take stock of the rich legacy my father left behind, not just for me, but for many others around the world. I feel ever so blessed!

Getting Back On Track

With the support of my Board, Program Director, Volunteers and Well-Wishers; I am looking forward to the upcoming Your Time For Community Networking Soiree – an opportunity for Long Island’s high school students, as well as current college-bound high school graduates, to experience an intergenerational professional and social relationship with a diverse pool of male and female community role models representing the arts, business & and professional world, academia, human services and local politics. Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. 2014 SOIREE MOD

 

All Participants can look forward to interacting with an impressive line-up of motivational presenters and Resource Persons which includes current college students, professors, medical doctors, community activists and faith based leaders, mental health practitioners, and public officials – all of whom care about the well-being and academic success of our youth.
Other highlights include: lunch, entertainment, high tea, beauty and heath activities, giveaways and more!

 

 

If you have a burning desire to touch the lives of our youth in a special way, and would like to be a part of this initiative, kindly contact us.

 

 

Please note that our Creative Arts Contest is currently underway with more opportunities for five students to win scholarships ranging from $500.00 – $1000.00. latest Your Time For Creative Empowerment Arts Contest 2014

For more details please visit our website: www.yourtime4liny.org 


Spotlight: A Friend to Youth and Parents

Congratulations to Devon Harris, motivational speaker, author and founder of the Keep On Pushing Foundation, on being honored for his community service by New York’s Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano at the Caribbean American Festival on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Mr. Harris, also of Jamaican Bobsled fame, has for the past two years been an avid supporter of Long Island’s non-profit, Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. and the My Time Has Come Program. These long island based programs have been served well by Mr. Harris’ captivating and spirited motivational presentations to parents and youth.

DEVON HARRIS AWARD

Also honored were:

Mr. Ron Clahar – Principal of Pat -Kam School and Early Childhood Center

Ms. Lorna Lewis – Superintendent of the Plainview Old Bethpage CSD & Adjunct Professor at Hofstra University

Mr. Lennox O. Price – Consul General of Barbados to New York.

We congratulate all of these honorees for the exemplary work they are doing in their respective fields and communities.

Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. engages in activities designed to empower youth & families by providing tools for handling the challenges and pitfalls of life in the 21st Century through the use of the arts, fashion and culture alongside creative personal development and behavioral modalities.

My Time Has Come Program is an art-related cultural and social enrichment enterprise which offers workshops to teachers, students and community organizations. My Time Has Come Program promotes tolerance to racial, cultural, ethnic and generational differences; fosters a sense of belonging, accomplishment and pride gained from the creation of well executed culturally inspired works of art; and develops skills in the use of hand-crafted textile designs and contemporary, multi-cultural visual arts techniques.

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Author: Madona Cole-Lacy, MA Ed.

Founder: Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc.

Program Director/ Facilitator: My Time Has Come Program


A Creative Take! – Author: Florence Bell

Saturday’s event echoed my words, “Come dance with me and I will make you
Fishers of Men.”

I saw them wonder.
I saw their flicker of anticipation.
I saw their shadows fade.
Their opened minds,
Exercising,
Freedom of speech.

I saw them – comfortable within themselves,
Relaxed in their huddles.
They spoke of the “who” they could become.
They focused on self, their awakening.
And wowed themselves by discovering
That yes, there were gifts sealed within.

Yes, they could ignite the spark,
Yes, they could take flight,
Yes, they could become……………….
EMPOWERED!

F. Bell (4/22/13)


Empowerment: Our Role/Your Role

3rd Annual Self-Empowering Workshop for College-Bound High School Students and their Parentsflyermarch

“Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.” – Elizabeth Harrison

If you are reading this post, I have no doubt that you are one with a “lifting the world upward and onward” mindset.

How do you see yourself contributing to the success of our initiative to empower our youth and parents?

Perhaps you are effective at reaching out to the core group who will benefit from this event.

You might even possess exceptional persuasive skills you could put into action to convince a child or grandchild of the benefits they will reap by participating in our FREE student-led and caring experts-guided, Self-Empowering Workshop.

You might know or be the parent of a scholarly high school or college student whose involvement will be priceless to their peers.

You might have some innovative thoughts that are geared towards addressing the needs of the student population in your community that we invite you to share with us.

You might be one, or have a direct line of communication with the “movers and shakers” of Long Island and beyond.

It is your time to join Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc., and play a role in the crucial Social Aspect of College Prep

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

 


Getting Ready For College Life: A Day of Enlightenment for Students and Parents

We are preparing for our 2nd Annual Free Self-Empowerment Workshop for College-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 is Going 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