who we are
Founded in 1994, the AIGA Link Program is a Seattle-based group of board members, volunteers and three very part-time administrators dedicated to enriching the lives of high school students with a passion for art. Our innovative program provides monthly workshops, portfolio development, gallery show and scholarship awards for higher education. The AIGA Link Program's success has inspired similar programs across the nation.
Mission | Vision | Values | Leadership
The AIGA Link Program connects Seattle area high school students with creative professionals through nine monthly workshops.
Every third Saturday of the month, students complete artwork that demonstrates an understanding of the medium presented by a guest artist. Seniors participate in a portfolio-building workshop to create a professional presentation of their work. Finally, the AIGA Link Program awards scholarships to qualified graduating seniors at an end of year Gallery Show.
Our vision in LINK is to be a place and people that function as mentors to grant students a greater purview and understanding of what is possible in their lives. We seek to foster life-altering experiences and connections, underscoring the fact that they have all the raw talents needed to succeed. This means we:
-engage people in a genuine and helpful manner
-provide new artistic experiences with great role models
-nurture a network of dedicated support entities and resources
-grow in understanding, expertise and commitment
-maintain positive student, volunteer and partner relationships
The LINK value system is simple. Your grandmother could have taught it to you.
Respect: treat others as you would be treated yourself
Effort: there is no subsitute for hard work
Responsibility: it's essential to keep our word and to follow through
Understanding: life has enough challenges, let us do well by one another
Quick statement about the leadership team...
Mom, Artist, Teacher
Link Program Alumni: 2000
Recruiting & Scholarship Program Coordinator
Member Since: 2007
Website & Visual Media Strategist for the Seattle City Council
Member Since: 2008
Sr. UI/UX Designer
Link Program Alumni: 1998
Gallery Show Coordinator Member Since: 2014
Illustrator/ Designer/Maker, DoubleDown Interactive
Portfolio Workshop Coordinator
Marketing Manager, School of Visual Concepts
AIGA Seattle Liasion
Recruiter, Artefact Group
Accounting & Operations
Member Since: 1998
Strategic Consultant, Non Profit Industry
Link Program Alumni: 2013
Social Media Manager Member Since: 2015