Athens, Ga. – “Jeans, Jewels and Jazz,” a fundraiser hosted by the Athens chapter of The Links, will be held in collaboration with the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia on March 23 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 ($12 tax deductible).
The event will feature jazz music, dancing, food, museum tours and a silent auction to raise money for the organization’s mission, “Transformational Programs, Impacting Lives.” These programs help support the arts, women’s issues, health promotion and critical issues affecting people of African descent and education at all levels, from pre-K through college.
Athens Links President Yvonne Studevan and members Loretta Wheatley and Stacy White will serve as chairs of the event. Tickets can be purchased by calling White at 706/549-8779 or contacting any Links member.
“It is our hope this will be a fabulous event,” said Hope Iglehart, who handles public relations for The Links. “The night will be sophisticated as well as comfortable, classy and jazzy.” Guests will wear jeans and jewels and will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of items in the silent auction, she said.
Exhibitions on view during the event include “From Savanna to Savannah: African Art from the Collection of Don Kole,” “Americans in Italy,” “William H. Johnson: An American Modern,” the Master of Fine Arts Degree Candidates’ exhibition, “Defiant Beauty: The Work of Chakaia Booker” and “Remixing History: Manolo Valdes,” many of which address African and African-American themes.
The Links, Incorporated is a national public service organization of women who act as role models, mentors, activists and volunteers in their communities. The Athens chapter, since its inception in 2004, has worked to promote education as well as civic and cultural awareness through educational and service projects.
The community partners for The Links Incorporated include the Athens Housing Authority, Athens Regional Medical Center, Church of the Nations Nicaragua, Clarke-Oconee Genealogical Society: African-American Family History Group, East Athens Community Center, East Athens Dance Center, Fowler Drive Elementary School, GMOA, McDaniel-Tichenor House, Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation and St. Mary’s Healthcare System.
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton St., University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706/542-GMOA (4662).