LINK Workshop Orientation @ 10 AM
Design in the community.
It’s 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. When most teens are still asleep, a dedicated few gather for AIGA San Diego LINK at Space4Art, a studio in downtown’s East Village.
LINK is an AIGA San Diego program that connects teens in need with artists and creative professionals, encouraging expression, creativity and self-esteem through innovative workshops and educational scholarships. Every year, students are recruited who will benefit from the artistic, motivational, and financial assistance to establish career and life goals.
Working professionals in the design, photography, illustration, and other creative fields teach ten workshops a year for the students. Workshops have included comic books with Eric J, photography with Nick Nacca, and shoe painting with Chris Toombs.
“It’s so fun. The kids are so inspiring and so are the mentors. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning,” says LINK Director Karen Morrison of Karen Morrison Photography.
Expanding horizons for students.
At a time when funding for arts education is being cut, LINK helps expose kids to new things.
“LINK offers a lot of opportunities you can’t get anywhere else,” said Jorge, a student.
“LINK is able to give you more opportunities and variety to test out different types of art that you wouldn’t be able to do on your own,” says Anna, a student.
“It inspired us to do more art outside the workshops,” reports Erin.