How to Lead to Achieve Wednesday January 2015 Time: 8:30 - 10:00 AM Location: Hofstra University - Uniondale, NY
Member of the Month
Visual Artist/Textile & Fashion Designer * Motivator * Social Entrepreneur * Life’s Lessons & Arts-in-Ed Consultant * Long Island Teaching Artist Madona Cole-Lacy is an artist, cultural arts educator and designer of wearable art who prides herself in what she refers to as being able to ‘Connect the dots of Creativity’ in providing creative, social, emotional and fashion-based solutions for women, men, youth and families. Mrs. Cole-Lacy is the founder of My Time Has Come™ , specializing in art-related social and cultural enrichment programs, which is an outgrowth of her wearable art business, Madona Cole Originals™. Through this initiative she facilitates workshops at schools, libraries and faith-based organizations throughout Long Island and beyond. Her workshops combine art, fashion, the awareness of cultural diversity, and personal development to emphasize the significance of art and culture as a mechanism to break down barriers, maintain self-esteem and support growth. Mrs. Cole-Lacy is the originator of the Annual Self-Empowering Workshop for College-Bound Students on Long Island which began in 2010. Other community service activities that she has initiated include Creative Conversations and Artistic Expressions to celebrate Americans for the Arts, National Arts and Humanities Month.
In order to effectively serve families and youth, Madona Cole-Lacy has formed the non-profit organization, Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. which uses art, fashion and culture as a vehicle through which she helps Long Island youth prepare for life's challenges and obstacles in the 21st Century. Additionally, she also prepares high school students for the Social Aspect of College Readiness®.
In the capacity of a textile artist and wearable Art Creator, Mrs. Cole-Lacy through Madona Cole Originals™, applies original designs to fine fabrics which she uses to create “functional art” fashions and accessories, as well as original wall art. She is the designer of Dignity Headwear™ - a unique solution for hair-loss and wardrobe enhancement, and offers free Dignity Enhancement Workshops to cancer support and alopecia groups. Her award-winning designs are inspired by a world of diverse textile and fashion influences gained from cultural experiences and formal training in art and design on the continents of Europe, Africa and North America. Ms. Cole-Lacy studied art and graphic design in both England and the U.S., obtained a Master of Arts Ed. degree from Brooklyn College, and earned an entrepreneurial certificate from Hofstra University. She is currently on the Advisory Board of The Long Island Arts Alliance, the New York State Representative for the Surface Design Association, and is a member of the following organizations: Kappa Delta Pi (Education Honor Society); Americans for the Arts; United Federation of Teachers and its affiliates, the New York State United Teachers and the Federation of Teachers (AFL-CIO); and the Art League of Long Island. Madona Cole-Lacy is also a member of the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce. Madona Cole-Lacy is thrilled to be a presenting designer at the Champagne & Chocolate Fashion Show and Vendor Showcase of the LICBPW!
In addition to the creative programs and activities listed above, Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. will hold a scholarship and fundraising gala at 6:30 PM on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Chateau La Mer in Lindenhurst, New York. Highlights of the event includes: scholarship awards to outstanding Long Island high school students in addition to recognizing several distinguished honorees for their commitment to the healthy development of Long Island’s youth.