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.
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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Madona Cole-Lacy My Time Has Come 516) 965-3242 firstname.lastname@example.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-
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.
You may have heard about Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. and asked what they were all about. You have a chance to find out by attending their first major fundraising gala and wearable art presentation.
Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc., a New York State registered non-profit organization, will launch its 1st major fundraising gala, on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at Leonard’s of Great Neck, 555 Northern Blvd., Great Neck, New York. As part of the activities of the evening, awards will be presented to: Professor Dale Flashner, of Adelphi University and originator of ‘Creative Cups’ * Madeline Quintyne, Commissioner of Human Services of the Town of Babylon * Rev. Patrick Daymond, Senior Pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church and originator of the “Barbershop Rap Mentoring Program” * Don Ryan, Village of Hempstead Trustee who coaches basketball teams for Hempstead Dons, Inc. * Margarita Grasing, Executive Director of Hispanic Brotherhood of Rockville Centre with over 34 years of service to the Hispanic community of Long Island * Posthumously, Dr. Gary Rachlin, who at the time of death, was the Director of Medical Education and Family Practice Residency Program at North shore Plainview Hospital and Director of Advanced Family Medicine, Bethpage as well as an avid supporter of community initiatives for Long Island’s youth.
Other highlights include: showcasing the creative talent of Long Island’s youth, a wearable art presentation by Madona Cole Originals, cocktail hour live music by Jim Lacy and guests, raffles, door prizes.
As we enter 2013 with great expectations that everything we touch will turn into gold, and that all that we wish for will be manifested tenfold, we pray that we can muster the courage, strength and determination to position ourselves within the space of the brand new year to fully experience a Happy New Year.
Our wish for you is that you find a way to totally embrace the spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in all that you see, you think, you feel and do.
“Thank you” is in order for those of you who utilized our services and products last year. We also thank members of the Long Island community, as well as Mr. Devon Harris, who donated much appreciated time and resources to support our community service initiatives. We thank you for your commitment to our youth and families. With heavy hearts, we must recognize our staunch supporter, the late Dr. Gary Rachlin of Advanced Family Medicine — a healer of body and spirit, whose legacy we know will forever dwell in the heart of everyone he served. ~ R.I.P ~
In 2013, we are looking forward to increasing our Madona Cole Originals Free Dignity Enhancement service and expanding our collection of hand-crafted head wear and accessories. Through this service, we pride ourselves with addressing the fashion needs of all women and girls, with a special focus on those who are hospitalized or experiencing hair-loss as a result of chemotherapy and alopecia.
We will continue to provide My Time Has Come solid art-related social and cultural enrichment workshops on a consultancy basis for libraries, schools and community organizations.
As we work towards providing Long Island youth and parents with tools for navigating the challenges of life in the 21st Century, we invite you to support the efforts of the newly established non-profit organization, Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc., in your own way.