The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is partnering with LA-based artists and artisans to sew 1,500 masks for local organizations in immediate need.

Since we are dedicated to the art of storytelling, we hosted a series of online “sewing circles” with some of the artists who participated in our #ISEWFOR mask-making project for Los Angeles organizations. Sewing circles have long been spaces for free expression, activism, and storytelling across generations—especially for women—with open discussions and community building. Artists/makers spoke with Lucas Museum Managing Director of Education, Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, about the role of sewing in their work, how they have re-imagined their artistic practice during this time, their family histories with sewing, and more.

Sewing Circles

Wednesday, May 13 | 5 pm

Artists  Ginger Alleyne and  Sonia Smith-Kang, and the Lucas Museum’s Director of Collections Management, Alyssa Morasco | Learn more

Friday, May 15 | 12 pm

Artists Carolyn Wilbourn and  Kristina Wong and the Lucas Museum’s Senior Registrar, Alina Campbell | Learn more

Saturday, May 16 | 11 am

Artists  Adrienne DeVine, Phung Huynh, and Jahkonia | Learn more

Mask-Making Project

Through our #ISEWFOR mask-making project, local artists and the museum's staff are sewing masks for organizations in need including  1736 Family Crisis Center,  All Peoples Community Center,  Community Build, Midnight Mission, St John's Well Child and Family Center Health Care Clinic (SLA), and the  WEDC Senior Centers and Transitional Homes.

Interested in learning how to sew a mask? Follow these instructions provided by participating artist Alina Campbell.

Already sewing? Post your mask-making photos to social media and tag them with #ISEWFOR and let us know who you are sewing masks for and we will repost them on our page!

You can also follow our mask-making project on our  Instagram,  Twitter, and  Facebook pages.

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art