Art-Related Cultural and Social Enrichment Program for Schools and Communities
Madona Cole-Lacy, M.A.Ed.
Visual/Teaching Artist * Designer of Wearable Art * Cultural Arts Educator * Motivational Presenter * Nonprofit Founder
My Time Has Come represents a ‘marriage’ between Mrs. Cole-Lacy’s wearable art business (Madona Cole Originals) and her cultural arts program. Madona Cole-Lacy’s professional activities span over a period of 35 years. She acquired valuable experience as a Teacher in the New York City Public School System, conducting workshops which include district-wide staff professional development, adult education, as well as workshops for people of all age groups, racial and socio-economic backgrounds.
Mrs. Cole-Lacy’s vision for creative personal development and empowerment of youth and families is embodied in the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Your Time For Creative Empowerment, Inc. which she founded in 2012. This was done with the full support of her husband, James Lacy, LCSW who as the organization’s Volunteer Program Director, lent his skills as an experienced psychotherapist and human service program administrator to the organization until his earthly journey came to an end in August 2020. The organization has established a James Alexander Lacy Creative Human Service Memorial Scholarship Fund in his memory for College-bound Students.
With a resolve to provide creative solutions and and enrichment as her contribution to make the world a better place, Madona Cole-Lacy developed the concept, “I connect the dots of creativity.” Through this concept, she creates products, and offers services that take Art beyond the confines of her studio to where it can impact the lives of others. In addition to Mrs. Cole-Lacy’s professional experience, she draws upon the lessons of her personal life to inspire and empower youth and families. This includes the lessons derived from her role as a caregiver to her elderly parents, a mother, a one-time single parent of ‘children of the divorced’, and as one-half of a loving couple who gave a new meaning to the term, “team power”.
Madona Cole-Lacy’s creative expressions have been exhibited at public libraries and art galleries throughout Long Island. Her most recent Coat of Many Cultures™, designed in collaboration with students of Bellport High School is on permanent display at the school. Mrs. Cole-Lacy was a featured artist in the Art League of Long Island’s “Black Voices” Art Exhibit. Her community service activities have 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), Verizon Fios1TV, the Beloit Chronicle, Bellmore Life and Long Island Newsday.
Mrs. Cole-Lacy was born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and studied art and design in England, and the United States. Prior to obtaining an Entrepreneurial Certificate from Hofstra University, she earned a Master of Arts in Education degree from Brooklyn College; where upon graduation, she was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi (Educational Honors Society)
She has served as the New York State representative for the Surface Design Association, an Advisory Board member of the Long Island Arts Alliance, and a Board Member the Childcare Council of Nassau Inc.; a Nassau BOCES Barry Career& Technical Ed. Center Business Partner; among other community volunteer activities. She is a member of the United Federation of Teachers, and several art organizations, including the Art League of Long Island, the Surface Design Association and American for the Arts.
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