May 13, 15, and 16, 2020

Headshots of participating artists

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

As a museum dedicated to the art of storytelling, the Lucas Museum hosted a series of online “sewing circles” with artists who participated in the museum's #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 Learning and Engagement, Nenette Luarca-Shoaf, about the role of sewing in their work, how they reimagined their artistic practice during COVID, their family histories with sewing, and more.

Wednesday, May 13

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

Friday, May 15

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

Saturday, May 16

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 sewed 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.

Instagram stories of the mask making work