The Arts was accepted as a facet in 1966. The establishment of The Arts facet completed the comprehensive program through which The Links has unified its efforts and services for more than twenty-five years. The Links have a proud tradition of taking the lead in finding innovative ways to integrate the African American arts into the general art culture.
Women in the organization are enthusiastic and dedicated to continue their support for the arts. The Buckhead/Cascade City Chapter’s signature Arts facet program is “Musical Cascades: Linking Heart and Soul.” The mission of “Musical Cascades: Linking Heart & Soul,” founded in May 2002, is to provide a performance opportunity, scholarships, and mentoring to deserving music students from middle school to the collegiate level. This program was an extension of the national program – “Classics Through the Ages” (CTTA), a Signature Arts Program of The Links, Incorporated, whose mission continues to discover, educate, celebrate, advocate, promote, and showcase both artistic and cultural programs that highlight the importance of the Arts (visual, literary, performing and cinematography), in particular the contributions of persons of African ancestry. Working within the CTTA framework since 2009, “Musical Cascades: Linking Heart & Soul,” honors collegiate students and encourages middle school and high school musicians to continue perfecting their talents through music mentoring, education, and performances.
In addition to providing performance opportunities for students from Atlanta HBCUs, “Musical Cascades” links and mentors students at various stages in their musical career development, supports music education through scholarships, and continually fosters excellence by providing enrichment opportunities in music and arts education to augment the music curriculum of public school programs. The “Musical Cascades: Linking Heart and Soul” concert and collegiate scholarship presentation serves as the program’s event for scholarship award presentations, and engages participants in an interactive Q & A between the attending audience and the performers. The community benefits from the preservation, inclusion, and study of classical African-American music in music education with each student BCCC impacts.
The Musical Cascades concert is held in December of each year.