Delaware Valley (PA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated


THE ARTS

The Links Incorporated has a strong record of support for the performing and visual arts, especially where it is focused on the presentation of artists of color. We want to expand art activity and elevate our programs, effectively creating an art's renaissance within our organization’s programmatic efforts.

Throughout our fifty-year history, Delaware Valley Chapter has also provided a plethora of impressive programming in the arts. We’ve partnered with museums, symphonies, accomplished professional artists in diverse disciplines and art councils to support performances for and by youth. One of our programs includes, “Classics through the Ages,” that focuses on increasing the interest, knowledge and participation of African-American youth in classical arts. These activities encourage youth to develop and refine their artistic talents.

Our passion for the arts is revealed throughout our 50 plus year history where we have:

  • Sponsored students from West Chester Elementary School in the National Arts Poster Contest
  • Sent students from Philadelphia area middle schools to a Youth Jazz Fest
  • Transported 80 children from Philadelphia Public Schools to Cheyney University’s art exhibit
  • Sponsored art shows at the Yeadon Public Library to display students’ art from high schools in Delaware County and donated a painting to the library
  • Sponsored several art shows in our homes to recognize the work of young amateur and professional artists
  • Made cash awards to area high school artists and providing four-year scholarships to the Curtis Institute
  • Sponsored an art auction with work from the Heisman Galley in Ardmore
  • Hosted community meetings featuring information on the difficulties of life in Haiti and displaying the work produced by Haitian artists

The past couple of years, our chapter introduced and exposed young people of our communities to programs at area museums and in theatre arts and the dance. Today, we support and exhibit the work of the local artist, Susan Ragland and salute the professional and volunteer service of Jeri Lynn Johnson, conductor of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Arts

Our chapter executed a program called, Opera at the Wissahickon Boys and Girls Club, where students learned about different types of Opera and famous African American Opera singers.  Our chapter also sponsored a trip for WBGC students to view the Designs for Different Futures exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Museum.

The Links, Incorporated

For More information on The Links, Incorporated visit our national website at linksinc.org or our Eastern Area Website at ealinks.org

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