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.
Learn more about our Arts facet here.
New Orleans (LA) Chapter Arts Programming
The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has sponsored many programs meeting the goals of The Arts facet. Most recently, the chapter sponsored the following programs:
HBCU ARTS SHOWCASE – OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART
Annually, in collaboration with the New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art presents a curated show of works from students attending four Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Louisiana. The schools represented have included Dillard University; Grambling State University; Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (Baton Rouge); and Xavier University of Louisiana. In August 2016, Xavier University Arts students exhibited their work.
Ellen Balkin, Ogden Museum Education Coordinator, has said “We are thrilled to partner with the New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated to present this special exhibition. We look forward to welcoming the artists, members of the New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, and the public to the Museum for the opening on Whitney White Linen Night to celebrate these talented students.”
MUSIC IN THE CLASSROOM
As part of The New Orleans (LA) Chapter’s Music in the Classroom initiative, the art students at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School of Literature and Technology had the opportunity to participate in a special performance and question-and-answer session workshop with cast members from the Broadway Production of Motown The Musical on January 21, 2016. Cast members provided the aspiring performers and artists with an inside look into the life of a professional performer.
NATIONAL POSTER ART COMPETITION AT MARY McLEOD BETHUNE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, in conjunction with Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, participate in The Links, Incorporated National Poster Art Competition.
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 2015-2016 theme, Healthy, Energetic, Active Lifestyles Matter-Make Health a Habit!, stressed building a holistic approach toward healthy lifestyles, and making sure our youth realize that a whole person’s life matters and is affected through the choices they make.
All area entries became part of the National Poster Art Exhibition at the The Links, Incorporated 40th National Assembly in Las Vegas, Nevada in July 2016.
CONGRESSIONAL ARTS COMPETITION
The New Orleans (LA) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, in conjunction with Congressman Cedric Richmond’s office, hosted the Congressional Arts Competition– An Artistic Discovery on May 1, 2013. The Congressional Arts Competition provides Congress and the public the opportunity to encourage and recognize the rich artistic talents of young Americans. Through participating in this program, The New Orleans Chapter was able to impact local youths, ages 12-18, throughout the Louisiana 2nd Congressional district. More than 50 schools participated. Link Courtney Thornton served as a judge for the competition. Tiffany Landry of Fisher High School won the competition for her work entitled, “THE STREETCAR SOCK HOP.” Her artwork was displayed in the U.S. Capitol.
ANTI-BULLYING QUILT INITIATIVE
Students from schools in the New Orleans metropolitan area were invited to take an artistic stand against bullying. The program, hosted by the chapter’s Arts Facet, allowed students to creatively express their thoughts, fears, concerns and ultimately their resolutions concerning the issue, in hopes of putting a stop to bullying. The 2014 theme, “Bullying and Trash Talking: It’s No Joke,” was an opportunity to share with others about this critical issue impacting our youth. The goal of this program is to increase awareness and to effectively create an arts renaissance throughout the city against bullying. The quilts were unveiled and displayed at City Hall.