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The Arts Facet


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Left to RIght: Eva Pierce, Maxwell Fairman, Matteus Thompson, Erin Pierce, Louis Searcy, Noah Torlop, Lileth Stricklin, Ethan Mugwira
Missing: Mariah-Ann Crawley, Jaida Lumpkin, Dion Thornton

The goal of The Arts facet is to increase and expand art activity. The Signature Arts Program: Classics Through the Ages was adopted as the signature program of The Arts facet at the 2008 National Assembly. Classics Through the Ages focuses on increasing the interest, knowledge and participation of African-American youth in the classical arts and is a partnership of The Queen City (OH) Chapter of the Links Incorporated and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s (CSO) Nouveau Chamber Players ensemble. Nouveau is a string ensemble of middle school and high school African American students who have a passion for classical music.

Nouveau Chamber Players audition each year. In 2016-2017 they participated in eight performances, including two recitals and a guest appearance at the 2017 CSO Classical Roots concert. Queen City (OH) Chapter of the Links Incorporated support includes assistance with: purchasing supplies and music stands for each student; mentoring support and guidance; financial assistance to participate annually in two Master classes with the Cincinnati Symphony; and reward of scholarships to the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Summer Camps.


The 2016-2017 eleven Nouveau Chamber Players include:

VIOLINS: Maxwell Fairman, seventh grade, Bethany School; Jaida Lumpkin, eighth grade, Winton Woods Middle School; Louis Searcy, tenth grade, Anderson High School; Lileth Stricklin, tenth grade, Princeton High School; Matteus Thompson, tenth grade, Walnut Hills High School.

VIOLAS: Eva Pierce, tenth grade, Fairfield High School; Dion Thornton, twelfth grade, Wyoming High School; Noah Torlop, ninth grade, Princeton High School.

CELL0S: Ethan Mugwara, eighth grade, Clark Montessori High School; Erin Pierce, tenth grade, Fairfield High School.

BASS: Mariah-Ann Crawley, tenth grade, School for the Creative and Performing Arts.