Harbor City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Harbor City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated
Friendship and Service with a Purpose
Alicia Wilson, Chair
Linked in Friendship, Connected in Service
Underground Railroad Quilt Unveiling
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KIPP Ujima Village Academy's 8th grade class created their own Underground Railroad Quilt in conjunction with their lesson on slavery in Maryland after reading the James McBride novel, "Song Yet Sung". The completion of the project required countless hours of sewing and designing. The quilt was unveiled in May 2011 at City Hall in Baltimore.
The quilt depicts symbols utilized by African American slaves as they navigated through the Underground Railroad. The symbols provided direction to the slaves in a coded language.
The project, woven in Ms. Perno's Art Class, was complimented by a reading curriculum in Ms. McCarty's English Class and inspired by the instruction and content learned in Ms. Mumby's Social Studies Class. This interdisciplinary study connected three classrooms!
KIPP Baltimore would like to thank the Harbor City Chapter of the Links Inc., Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and City Hall curator, Jeanne Davis for supporting this project.
The Arts 2012
The Harbor City Chapter,The Links, Incorporated collaborated with Art with a Heart, a nonprofit community organization to integrate art into the first Dreamers & Achievers workshop of the S.T.E.M. program at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Aligning with the S.T.E.M. program’s goals of creating a new workforce of problem solvers, innovators and inventors, Art with a Heart had students visually create their goals and future career aspirations on ceramic tiles using pieces of glass, wood, beads, keys and other recycled and found objects. The completed tiles will become part of a permanent “S.T.E.A.M.” mosaic that will be installed in the entrance of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
As the students problem solved with the found objects to design their vision tiles, they opened up to each other about their goals and aspirations, enhanced their creative competencies, and expressed their excitement about participating in this artistic component of the program. The participants included over 85 current students, as well as parents, teachers, the president of the alumni association, the principal and members of the Links.
Another highlight of the day included a visit from the President of UMBC, Freeman Hrabowski, who challenged, motivated and inspired the students around the S.T.E.M. careers and encouraged the students to focus and excel.
The Harbor City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated worked with Art with a Heart to complete a mosaic. Art with a Heart’s mission is to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art. Art with a Heart provides consistent, interactive visual arts classes to underserved Baltimore area children, youth and adults in schools, community centers, group homes, shelters, permanent housing facilities and hospitals. With over 7,100 classes a year and many community wide initiatives, Art with a Heart works to harness the benefits of art to cultivate positive, long lasting changes in the lives and communities of its participants (www.artwithaheart.net).
The Arts 2013
The mosaic mural collaboration between Art with a Heart and The Links, Incorporated is nearly complete! Members of the Harbor City Chapter, the Links, Incorporated. recently grouted the first panel, painstakingly sealing the seams between the "career" tiles created by students attending Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.
Since 2000, Art with a Heart has provided Baltimore's underserved children, youth, and adults with access to positive and productive programming, caring and nurturing adults on a consistent basis, and the chance to embrace new ideas and skills in a safe and structured environment.
The Arts 2013-14
Celebrating 2013 Friendship and Founders' Day
with the Arts Facet
Jacob Lawrence's Genesis Series at the Walters Art Museum
Painter Jacob Lawrence is known for using a series format to render in colorful expressive imagery and text the narrative stories of historical African American figures like Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Each of the eight works on view in Jacob Lawrence’s Genesis Series (1990) describes a passage from the book of Genesis in the King James version of the Bible. The series reflects Lawrence’s youthful memories of passionate sermons about the Creation given by ministers at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem where he was baptized in 1932. The Genesis Series, loaned from Eddie and Sylvia Brown’s Baltimore collection, features the same unity and visual eloquence of his earlier series and has a powerful, expressive impact.