Linking Art Through Transformative Programming
The Links support of the arts can be traced to our cultured co-founder Margaret Roselle Hawkins. Her innate artistic talent, discovered at a young age, earned her a four-year scholarship to the Women's School of Design, later known as the Moore Institute of Art. Her passion for creative expression later led to her appointment as an art teacher, and helped give root to the establishment of The Arts facet in 1964 at the 14th National Assembly.
Throughout the nation today, Links chapters partner with museums, symphonies, arts councils, educational institutes and corporations in order to support art programs, especially where there is a focus on artists of color. Links are creating and supporting opportunities for educating minority youth in the arts and presenting and supporting performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in a diversity of disciplines.
The GOAL of The Arts facet is to increase and expand art activity. We recognize how art is an important foundation to good mental health and can foster healthy connections by Building A Healthy Legacy: Our Prescription for the Future. Our programming includes arts integration within our chapters and partnerships with likeminded organizations, sowing the seed of creativity deeper in our community. The following are the programmatic interests for The Arts.
The Links, Incorporated is proud to salute Dr. Dorothy I. Height and sponsor the Benjamin Banneker Memorial. This flyer was created by Link K. Joy Peters.
(To learn more about Ms. Anderson read the article on KHOU.com)
Chapters provide further support by funding advanced training classes and workshops, donating supplies, updating equipment, and more. Internships or scholarships can be awarded to expand the student artists' learning experiences. Chapter sponsorship of student artists carries over from year to year until they graduate from high school.
The contest is divided into four grade categories:
|Category I:||Grades 1-3|
|Category II:||Grades 4-6|
|Category III:||Grades 7-9|
|Category IV:||Grades 10-12|
The National Poster Art Competition runs biennially from October through June, commencing in uneven years. Chapters conduct local competitions between October and March. In April and May, chapters submit their first place winners from each grade category for the selection of area winners. The National Poster Art Competition judging event takes place in May or June and national winners are selected from the winning area entries. All area entries become part of the National Poster Art Exhibition at the National Assembly.
Congratulations to the 2014 National Poster Art Winners:
The fifth National Poster Art Exhibition during the 39th National Assembly, July 1-5, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland, exhibited 280 posters from 89 chapters, reaching 3,337 students and partnering with more than 100 organizations using the theme "Get Smart, Get Healthy-Make Health A Habit!"
|Category I: Manuel Villa||Bakersfield (CA) Chapter|
|Category II: Collin Shaw||Fort Wayne (IN) Chapter|
|Category III: Amirah Rashed||North Broward County (FL) Chapter|
|Category IV: Wanda Badila||Bucks County (PA) Chapter|
Taking STEM into STEAM
Chapters of The Links, Incorporated are integrating art into their STEM programming, taking STEM into STEAM. By bringing art into the educational mix, students are learning to think beyond the borders of STEM and expand their scholastic experience. The Links believes that spending time creating is equally as important to spending time measuring. Dedicating time for art in school, be it performance, visual or written, gives students a chance to express their creativity and encourages the development of their talents. Through art The Links are helping students learn that there are multiple ways to come to a conclusion, garner greater flexibility in the way they learn, and gain deeper understanding for problem solving.
For more information about The Arts facet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org