About

Mission:

To shift and heal the mindset of our youth through unity and community bridge-building, one sewing stitch at a time.

Curriculum:

At LSAC we teach many forms of art to youth - sewing, yoga, dance, public speaking, entrepreneurship, poetry and so many life skills. We use these skills as tools to teach patience, focus, leadership, financial literacy and accountability of actions at home, school and everywhere else. 

 

Yoga is a meditational component used to help focus, ground, and heal past and current trauma. Yoga is used as a tool to teach youth how to deal with life circumstances in a safe and welcoming atmosphere.

Keiona Cook, Founder:

Lovey's Sewing & Arts Collective (LSAC) was established in June of 2009. The Founder, Keiona Cook, had a vision to bring back the abandoned essential skill of sewing and other educational life tools she wished she was taught as a child.

 

Keiona learned that in the late 1980's home economics was taken out of the public schools due to a lack of funding. After graduating North High School, Keiona decided to get her Bachelors degree in fine arts from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). With this formal training in Fashion Design, she came back to the Northside of Minneapolis to teach sewing. Keiona has over 18 years experience designing couture garments and over 15 years of experience teaching youth sewing and other tangible life skills. 

 

Our goal of LSAC is to connect all communities through unity, using sewing as the foundation to control future narratives about how youth and people connect and view the Northside.

Board of Directors:

Keiona Cook

Executive Director & Treasurer Represents the organization in public by giving speeches, writing articles, newsletters and attending functions on behalf of the organization. Keeps copies of the main financial records, signs checks, approves purchases and invoices and otherwise oversees and keeps an eye on the organization’s finances. The treasurer also prepares and delivers a report at each of the board’s official meetings and approves the organization’s annual

April Bryant

Serves as the board’s leader when the chair is not present, such as during official board meetings

Janet Donaldson

Assists in grant-writing, attends meetings, receives updates and votes on board matters. Connections to elders in the community with skills to help the organization thrive.

Tamara Woodland

Attends meetings, receive updates and votes on board matters. Volunteers as needed.

Alice Taylor

Takes notes (minutes) at board meetings and submits for amendment or approval by the board. Keeps records and non-financial legal documents, including bylaws, articles of incorporation and minutes of historical meetings.