17th National Conference (April 4-7)

Our 17th National Conference, April 4-7, 2019, in Detroit was held at the historic Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. Members explored, dined and learned about the rich history and culture of the Motor City!!

2019 Scholarship Submissions

The National Executive Board 2019 National Scholarship Program for talented youth in visual, literary and performing arts application period has ended.

Our scholarships are designed to provide opportunities and support for deserving high school seniors who will enroll in a four-year college, university or accredited institution with a focus on the arts.

Look for the 2020 Scholarship application to be announced soon.

Welcoming Our New Honorary Members

We’re proud to salute our Honorary Members – Virginia Johnson – Artistic Director of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Prof. David C. Driskell, one of the world’s leading authorities on African American Art.

We’re also graced to have the renown actress and producer, Daphne Reid. She’s  known for (among other things) The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), and Frank’s Place (1987). We are honored to be able to have them as members!

Click here to check their bios and you’ll see why…..

Helping Today’s Youth Turn Their Creative Talents into Artistic Opportunities for their Futures.

Gwen Lee, National President

Message From the President — Lady Gwendolyn B. Lee

As the 8th National President (2019-Present) of The Society, Incorporated, a preeminent women’s organization focused on developing and advancing talented youth in the arts, I am humbled to lead such a dynamic group of committed women. My Theme for the biennium is Helping Today’s Youth Turn Their Creative Talents into Artistic Opportunities for their Futures. Implementation of this theme will include:

My Mission — to transform the lives and social conditions of children who live in underserved communities through involvement in the Arts. Participation in our programs will lead to awareness, appreciation, and will elevate and empower the human spirit.

My Vision — to help students to connect and integrate artistic concepts across multiple Art forms and to encourage students to explore their inherent abilities in the Arts to illuminate aspects of themselves.

My Goals —

  • to make the Society a household name in the world of the creative arts by producing sustainable and substantive Arts programming nationwide that will fill critical gaps in traditional access points to artistic pathways.
  • to increase student engagement in the Arts Through exposure to different genre
  • to raise young people’s self-esteem and confidence necessary to succeed through support of their artistic endeavors.
  • to explore Artistic Partnerships with likeminded organizations to help support our efforts.
  • to increase the number of Chapters and Members to help do the work and reach our goals.

I make this journey with the following Elected Officers:
Carol Francis – National Vice President
Kelly Whiting – National Recording Secretary
Brenda Belsito – National Corresponding Secretary
Alfreda Mayes – National Treasurer
Keysa Rogers – National Financial Secretary
Eileen Kennedy – National Nominating Committee Chair
Lynette Murphy – Chapter Establishment Chair
Phyllis Robinson – Membership Committee Chair

...Our membership consists of hundreds of dynamic, altruistic and professional women of color. Founded 35 years ago in Washington, D.C., we now have 25 Chapters in 15 states across the US...

Let's Make A Difference – Together!

Our mission is to educate, support, give scholarships and showcase youth who live in un- and underserved schools and communities. We fund master classes, purchase and rent instruments, pair young artists with professionals in their area of interest, and tutor on stage presence. We also give scholarships to graduating seniors who desire to continue their education in the art field of choice.

To continue– and actually increase our efforts, we are asking for your help. Your material support will assist us in increasing our services to these talented young people who might otherwise “fall through the cracks”.

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