Links chapters partner with museums, symphonies, art councils, educational institutions and corporations 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 as well as accomplished professional artists in a diversity of disciplines.
The continued goal of The Arts facet in the Tacoma (WA) Chapter is to increase and expand activity, elevate our programs through arts integration. Also, this facet endeavors to effectively create an arts renaissance within our organization.
2018 – 2020 Facet Chair: Jorge-Ayn Riley
The Arts Facet of the Tacoma, Washington Chapter of The Links, Inc. has had several years of busy and exciting work supporting children in the arts. Our focus has been and continues to create and support opportunities for educating children of color in the performing arts. We are also presenting and supporting performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in a variety of disciplines.
Health: In the fall of October 2018, our chapter provided a mental health forum for community members in the eastside neighborhood in Tacoma. The focus of The Arts Facet was to identity obstacles that impact children of color’s opportunity to excel in the arts. Our facet had a professional actor and psychologist led a discussion on self-esteem issues and children of color. Our facet was able to watch a beautiful ballerina of color perform during this event. After her performance, the middle school student spoke about some of the microaggressions she had experienced as a dancer. This mature young lady also shared how the support of her dance instructor had helped her to overcome these issues. (Picture)
Dance/Music: The Arts Facet also supported the TUPAC center financially while it was busy preparing for several performances of the “Urban Nutcracker”. Links sisters and their families attended the evening performance of an updated version on the classic “Nutcracker”. This year, The Arts Facet changed its focus and began an exciting partnership with Symphony Tacoma. For the past two years, members of the Links attended the symphony’s annual gala to raise money for their education program. During the current year, The Arts Facet helped to sponsor “Peter and the Wolf” for their mini maestro education program. Children and their families were able to attend different concerts that included a “petting zoo” for children. This “zoo” experience gave children and their families a chance to play an instrument. Each concert focused on a different section of the symphony from strings to percussions. Our chapter president and members of The Arts Facet attended a special concert with 4th and 5th grade students district-wide symphony program, Simply Symphonic. The Arts Facet also sponsored several programs for orchestra students in elementary and middle schools. These music programs provided professional musicians on a weekly basis to coach students who played string instruments.
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