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SERVICES TO YOUTH FACET

The goal of The Arts Facet is to produce and support programs to enrich the quality of life of our youth and communities through educational and engaging art experiences. Our programming includes arts integration and partnerships with like-minded organizations, sowing the seed of creativity deeper in our community.

The Arts Facet partnered with the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) early on. To support
young people's academic and cultural development, we provided scholarships for gifted artists to attend
art workshops at JCAL.


Greater Queens Chapter successfully implements The Links, Incorporated Young Masters 2.0
Competition. High school students (grades 9-12) submit their original and unpublished works of poetry
and prose, dance, music, and drama for competition and recognition on the national level of The Links,
Incorporated. We also participate in The Links, Incorporated National Poster Art Competition.
Since 2014, in partnership with Joe’s Music Center & Performing Arts, the Arts Facet has provided a
musical instructor for a cohort of students at P.S./I.S. 116Q. In addition to providing the instructor, we
have provided each student with the woodwind instrument and the recorder, accompanied by sheet
music for their musical instruction.

Violinist

Arts Facet

During the 2020 pandemic, The Arts Facet conducted various virtual programming, including our Annual African American Read-In, with our partner CUNY/York College. The featured author was the CNN political commentator, politician, and attorney Bakari Sellers. Additional virtual programming included JCAL Reading and Discussion: American Politics and Community Today; The Queens Historical Society; Jay Jaxon: 40 Years of Fashion Design Brilliance Exhibit and the James Baldwin Series; and an exercise dance program.

Taking Notes during a Virtual Meeting
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In 2023, the Arts Facet spearheaded programming for Women’s History Month, which recognized the contributions of African American women to the genre of gospel music and honored leading women in the Borough of Queens and NYC. A luncheon program featuring Grammy, NAACP Image & Stellar Gospel Award Winner Yolanda Adams was the featured artist. Honored were Principal Dancer American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland & Honorary Member of The Links, Incorporated; Speaker, New York City Council, The Hon. Adrienne E. Adams; Group Vice President Government Affairs Charter Communications, Camille Joseph-Goldman; NAACP National Board Member & President New York State Conference, Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, and Sr. Pastor, The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of NY, Rev. Dr. Elaine M. Flake, D. Min, both legacy members of The Links, Incorporated.

Recorder Program

As part of the chapter’s Umbrella program, the Arts Facet partners with P.S./I.S. 116 providing
students with educational resources and experiences that increases their academic awareness
through music. To date, the Recorder Program has been for 3, 4, and 5th graders. The students
participate in year-round recorder instruction once a week. There is a culmination performance
of the students for the faculty, parents, and members of the Greater Queens Chapter of The
Links, Incorporated.

Annual African American Read-In

The chapter has a long-standing tradition of hosting the Annual African American Read-In,
celebrated in February where we celebrate the voices of African American writers. In the past,
we have featured writers such as the Honorable Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 24 th President of Liberia,
Frank Savage, and our very own, Cheryl Wills, news anchor and reporter of Spectrum News.

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National Signature Arts Programs

Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Incorporated has also adopted several signature arts programs of The Links, Incorporated such as the National Poster Arts Contest, Young Masters 2.0 Competition, and Classic Through the Ages. Students come from different schools and arts organizations within the borough of Queens.


The National Poster Art Competition is a competition incorporated sub-themes including,but not limited to, a healthy and clean environment, a bully-free world, and an inclusive and diverse society as elements related to healthy and happy communities.


Classics Through the Ages is an innovative dual mentoring program where chapters, in conjunction with artistic partners, mentor promising student artists, who in turn mentor their peers. Chapters provide further support by funding advanced training classes and workshops to expand the student artists’ learning experiences.

Community Partners

Greater Queens Chapter of The Links, Incorporated often partners with arts institutions in Queens. We have worked with Jamaica Center for Arts Learning to offer a book discussion series highlighting the works of James Baldwin. In addition, we work with Joe’s Academy of Music to offer music instruction to students.

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