The Links support of the arts can be traced to our cultured co-founder Margaret Rosell 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 The Arts Facet in 1964, at the 14th National Assembly.
The goal of The Arts Facet is to produce and support programs to enrich the quality of life of our youth and communities through educational and engaging art experiences while “Transforming Communities, Fulfilling Our Purpose”. Learn more about the National Arts Facet here.
The Pasadena-Altadena (CA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has sponsored many programs meeting the goals of The Arts Facet. Most recently, the chapter sponsored the following events:
2018 National Poster Art Competition:
My Vision, My Future: Healthy and Happy Communities
The first National Poster Art Competition was created in 1995, in conjunction with The Links, Incorporated’s National Walk-a-Thon. The competition was an artistic exercise focused around a theme of promoting good health – Project Walking Fete: Make Health a Habit. Over the years, students have produced posters depicting themes centered on healthy lifestyle choices and the benefits of walking.
The 2017-18 theme, broadened this focus with the adoption of the theme My Vision, My Future:
Healthy and Happy Communities. The students focused on a myriad of topics including: a healthy and clean environment, a bully-free world, and an inclusive and diverse society as elements related to healthy and happy communities.
Out of 25 local middle and high school students who participated in the competition two entries were chosen to become part of the National Poster Art Exhibition, at The Links Incorporated’s 2018 National Assembly, in Indianapolis, IN.
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. 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 a deeper understanding for problem-solving.
Disneyland Engineering Workshop | Properties of Motion Physics Lab
25 young women participated in an interactive learning experience, where they learned the role of mechanical physics at Disney California Adventure Park.
In addition to programming geared toward our signature mentorship program, we schedule events to not only promote the arts within the community but also for our chapter members and their families.
- Art Workshops for students: partnering with local artists to conduct art projects for students at local schools
- Student Art Exhibition: hosting art exhibits at local schools to showcase student artists
- Art Showcase: increase awareness and appreciation for visual arts by hosting a yearly art showcase that features distinguished artists who display their fine art,
- Sculpture, wearable art and crafts
- Avery Clayton Project: partnering with Avery Clayton. In developing the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum (MCLM) whose mission is to exhibit and celebrate the unique history and cultural heritage of Americans of African descent