This facet focuses on the performing, visual and creative arts with an emphasis on the preservation of our African-American cultural heritage. Over the past 26 years The Arts has been a passion for the Missouri City (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. The Arts program for 2013-2014 combines an interest in art with a focus on S.T.E.M. through interactive presentations done with youth from Yellowstone Academy in Houston and Health and Human Services facet participants “Sassy Ladies.” The Missouri City (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated members presented classic art pieces and provided exposure to the different artistic styles by utilizing materials from the Museum of Arts Lending Library. The goal of the program is to provide students with a basic knowledge of classic art by engaging them in art workshops such as those listed below:
-Display of Masks (explores geometric shapes, proportions, symmetry, etc)
-Identifying Classics Through The Ages (Picasso inspired self-portraits)
-Exploring Our Heritage: John Biggers (includes excursion to view Biggers Collection at Texas Southern University Museum)
The Arts collaborated with the “Sassy Ladies” over the Christmas holiday by presenting a display of masks at their fashion show and dinner. The fashion show featured African attire and ornate African masks.
Yellowstone students participated in several art projects presented throughout the year, coordinated by art committee members. Students were exposed to many classic artists including 20th Century Spanish painter and sculptor, Pablo Picasso. They were also given background information about Picasso’s diverse style and influences. Examples of his some of his famous self-portraits were also displayed for students to view. The students traced each others profiles on paper and then used paint, fabric and decorative paper to create their own self-portraits.
The final Missouri City (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated art project for the 2014 school year at Yellowstone, highlighted some of the works of modern day African-American muralist/artist John Biggers. The students explored the motifs of Biggers’ works, geometric shapes and designs that often depicted the African American experience and struggles. Students were encouraged to duplicate his unique quilting style on paper. These students also took a field trip and visited the Texas Southern University Art Museum where John Biggers’ renown murals are prominently displayed as well as in other locations on the campus.