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.
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.
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.