The Renaissance (MI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated understands the importance of keeping the arts alive and well in our communities. To address the decline of arts programs offered in the Detroit Public Schools, the chapter continues an ongoing partnership with The Sphinx Organization, a national non-profit founded in 1996 to identify exemplary African American and Latino student artists and create opportunities to hone their talents.
The chapter worked with The Sphinx Organization to establish the Sphinx-Links Classics Through The Ages Program, designed to recruit young talent and help ambitious students increase their knowledge, awareness, and development in the arts. The program creates an avenue for our youth to be introduced to the world of classical music. Specifically, through the Sphinx Classical Connections, master classes are made available for talented young artists and selected teachers from the Detroit Public School System are being trained to help implement classical music education for designated middle and elementary schools.
“We are honored to play a part in cultivating and inspiring young minds to be the best they can be. The students we support are talented, focused and driven,” said Art Facet Co-chair, Deborah Solomon-Epperson. “They love what they do and we want to continue to support them so their dreams become a reality.”
The Sphinx-Links Fellow, Hadiya Knight, a 15-year-old native Detroiter and violinist, is a shining example the program’s success. Hadiya is a tenth grader at Renaissance High School and was a top African-American female finalist in the17th Annual Sphinx Competition held at Detroit’s famed Orchestra Hall in February. The Sphinx Competition features young black and Latino string players from all over the country.
“The Junior Division finals served to awaken Hadiya’s desire to dream and the private master class the chapter provides has solidified her understanding that big dreams require hard work,” said Hadiya’s mother, Patricia Knight. “The partnership between The Sphinx Organization, The Renaissance Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and our family is providing an inside view of the stuff that dreams are made of.”
Written by Communications Co-chair, Leslie Gordon.