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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, and elevate our programs through arts integration and effectively create an arts renaissance within our organization and programmatic efforts.


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.

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Signature Arts Program: Classics Through the Ages

Adopted as the signature program for The Arts at the 2008 National Assembly, Classics Through the Ages focuses on increasing the interest, knowledge and participation of African-American youth in the classical arts. This exciting initiative seeks to afford exemplary student artists opportunities to hone their talents and skills while earning recognition and support for their educational and career pursuits. read more »

Sphinx virtuoso violinist and composer Gareth Johnson works with Ms. Jaqua Pearce, an advanced student musician from Orlando, Fla., during the signature arts workshop at the 2012 National assembly
Classics Through the Ages is an innovative dual mentoring program whereby chapters, in conjunction with artistic partners, mentor promising student artists, who in turn mentor their peers. A key to program success is the development of artistic and community partnerships, which optimizes impact, leverages available chapter resources and enhances the visibility of The Links brand. Through these partnerships, chapters sponsor one or more promising student(s) in a selected arts discipline (e.g. visual arts, performing arts or humanities). Artistic partners provide students with formal training, performance or exhibition opportunities, and an annual master class led by a professional artist. In return, student artists lead an interactive learning session for selected peers less familiar with the chosen arts discipline. Chapter sponsorship of student artists carries over from year to until a student graduates from high school.

Chapters assign a mentor to offer guidance and assist student artists with networking as well as set up opportunities for mentoring and exposure to established, professional artists in the student's artistic discipline. Students are further supported through the funding of advanced training, instruction, classes and workshops as well as the purchasing supplies and/or the updating of equipment. Internships or scholarships are awarded to expand the learning experiences of student artists.

An important element of Classic Through the Ages is the annual master class, conducted by a celebrity or highly accomplished professional in the chosen arts discipline. These inspirational sessions with individual instruction and coaching help the participating student artists develop their talents, skills and self-confidence as well as show observing audiences techniques required to achieve excellence. Community youth seeing student artists perform begin to imagine a possible future in the arts.

National Poster Art Competition

‘Project Walking Fete: Make Health a Habit! Poster Art Competition was created in 1995 in conjunction with The Links, Incorporated’s National Walk-A-Thon. From 1995-2010, the contest themes celebrated walking. The 2012-2014 National Poster Art Competition theme, “Get Smart, Get Healthy... Make Health a Habit!”, serves to broaden our health message, align it with our Health and Human Services facet and expand our health message to include a wider spectrum of healthy lifestyle choices. This allows for a more meaningful; educational experience for the participants and a wider array of ideas to inspire their poster designs. read more »

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. A 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.

2010-2012 Poster Art Contest

The 2010-2012 National Poster Art Exhibition took place at the 38th National Assembly in Orlando, FL. The Links Foundation, Incorporated awarded scholarships totaling $12,000 to 16 talented students.

Congratulations to the 2012 National Poster Art Winners:

Category I:     Emily Eisengrein Bucks County (PA) Chapter
Category II:    Naomi West Renaissance (MI) Chapter
Category III:   Belle LaMontagne North Broward County (FL) Chapter
Category IV:   Alexandra Davidson Commonwealth (VA) Chapter

For more information about The Arts facet, please contact


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