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The Arts

The goal of the Arts facet is to increase and expand art activity throughout black communities. The Links, Incorporated creates and supports art-related educational opportunities for minority youth as well as presents and supports performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in an array of disciplines, including, but not limited to, partnerships with museums and symphonies.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Supporting the Families of the Puget Sound Area collaboration with The Power of Two – November 12, 2022. Art Facet members in collaboration with Health and Human Services, Services to Youth, National Trends and Services, and International Trends and Services provided food, health screenings, and winter items to homeless children. Additionally, Covid-19 booster shots were provided.
  • Women of the Movement Virtual Event, May 20, 2022. The Arts facet hosted a Black Cinema discussion surrounding the Women of the Movement. The series was based on the true story of Emmitt Till and Mamie Till-Mobley, a devoted mother, educator and fearless activist. The mini-series consisted of six well-developed episodes culminating with ongoing discussions surrounding justice being denied.
  • Arts Facet’s Collaboration with Youth Services on September 22, 2022, at Oasis, a safe space and place for homeless youth in the Black community. Social skills development, pizza party with arts and crafts activity (drawing and hand painting) that included 10 homeless youth. Donated book bags and school supplies.
  • Sisterly After 3 November 11, 2022, for Green and White Weekend in conjunction with the Organizational Effectiveness Committee, the Arts Facet participated in a sisterhood gathering at Stanford Steakhouse.
  • The Arts facet donated 1k in seed money to Symphony Tacoma’s education and outreach program in 2023. Monies will be spent to cultivate an organizational partnership with Stanley Elementary, a school that is predominantly African American, to offer music education program and create a musical culture there. The school has not had symphonic music as a part of their offerings there in approximately five years.
  • Members of the Arts facet in conjunction with the Black Collective, attended the Tacoma Urban League’s Empowerment Awards Ceremony on October 6, 2022 where local individuals and social services organizations were recognized for their leadership, activism, and advocacy in the Black community.
  • The Arts facet and other Link Sisters joined facet co-chair, and Symphony Board of Directors member, Christina Abby, at the organization’s 75th Anniversary Gala on October 14, 2022. The Tacoma Links, Inc., was acknowledged for their commitment and support of the arts in general, and orchestral music specifically.
  • The Arts facet and other Link Sisters attended Link Christina’s book launch and signing on April 23, 2022.
  • Co- Chair of the Arts facet, Christina Abby, will accompany Symphony Tacoma in a sold-out crowd as narrator of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf at the University of Puget Sound on May 7. The Mini Maestros is a child’s introduction to the orchestra, with each character in the story representing a different instrument or group of instruments, as well as the full orchestra with the narrator bring the classic tale to life.

Upcoming Event(s)

  • The Arts facet will be working Symphony Tacoma to bring Mini Maestros to the Black community, possibly to Stanley Elementary school.
  • Continue cultivating relationship with Power of Two and expose homeless children to Symphony Tacoma by subsidizing tickets for them to attend.