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.
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.
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 Contest 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 Contest 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 firstname.lastname@example.org