The Arts


The Austin Chapter of the Links, Inc. is creating and supporting opportunities that educate minority youth in the arts. Our chapter also presents and supports performances by youth and accomplished professional artists in a diversity of disciplines. In the greater Austin Area, the Austin Links Chapter supports two signature arts programs: Classics through the Ages and the National Poster Arts Contest.
Denise Davis
Facet ChairDenise Davis

Classics Through the Ages

Adopted as the signature program for The Arts at the 2008 National Assembly, Classics Through the Ages focuses on increasing the interest, knowledge and participation of African-American youth in the classical arts. This exciting initiative seeks to afford exemplary student artists opportunities to hone their talents and skills while earning recognition and support for their educational and career pursuits.
Classics Through the Ages is an innovative dual mentoring program whereby chapters, in conjunction with artistic partners, mentor promising student artists, who in turn mentor their peers. A key to program success is the development of artistic and community partnerships, which optimizes impact, leverages available chapter resources and enhances the visibility of The Links, Incorporated brand. Through these partnerships, the Chapter sponsors one or more promising student(s) in a selected arts discipline (e.g. visual arts, performing arts or humanities). Artistic partners provide students with formal training, performance or exhibition opportunities, and an annual master class led by a professional artist. In return, student artists lead an interactive learning session for selected peers less familiar with the chosen arts discipline. Chapter sponsorship of student artists carries over from year to until a student graduates from high school.

Key Initiatives

  • Securing of artist Joseph Bydee to go to local Austin public schools to work with students on an art project relating to health. The culminating event was a reception at the artists’ studio.
  • Funding support for the Texas Empowerment Academy in Austin, TX dance with a reception for the students.
  • Collaboration with “Keys of Life” director, Daphne McDole, to fund the student’s trip to see “The Nutcracker” ballet at the Long Center. It was followed a recital where the students performed excerpts from the ballet.

National Poster Art Contest

The National Poster Art Contest runs biennially from October through June, commencing in uneven years. Chapters conduct local competitions between October and March. In April and May, chapters submit their first place winners from each grade category for the selection of area winners. A National Poster Art Contest judging event takes place in May or June and national winners are selected from the winning area entries. All area entries become part of the National Poster Art Exhibition.

Key Initiatives

  • Participation in the National Poster Art Contest in collaboration with local Austin Elementary School.


Health and Human Services
The Links, Incorporated established the Health and Human Services facet in response to the chronic health disparities that persist in our communities and result in the decreased life expectancy of African-Americans. This new facet brings greater focus, resources, and coordination to The Links, Incorporated’s health initiatives already in existence.
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