To Ignite Passion and Build Character through Creativity.
WHAT WE DO
ArtLink is a FREE creative arts program for the children and youth of Clarksville, TN and the surrounding areas. We provide a safe environment enabling our young people to learn and explore various mediums of art through an array of creative outlets.
WHO WE ARE
We are a collective group of creatives coming together for one passionate purpose; building character, igniting creativity, and teaching vital problem solving skills that will becoming lifelong tools.
Hi! Im Maria Haycraft I’m the Executive Director and Founder here at ArtLink. I started ArtLink because our young people need a creative environment to call their own so they can develop skills such as problem solving skills and confidence within themselves that is much needed for a healthy future. Among ArtLink I do many other things. I have been a licensed body piercer for over 16 years and have worked my trade at no egrets tattoo studio as well as handle business management. I have my own clothing line called Sacer and Savive where I create hand stenciled clothing. I have a fun pop up shop so you never know when or where you might find me;) I am also a wife to an amazing man Christopher Haycraft and mother to Corbin drawdy. I love my family to the ends of the earth. I want nothing more in life than to show Gods love to to others through all these avenues.
Elizabeth Christmas is a Clarksville native who graduated from Montgomery Central High School in 2008. Elizabeth has a love for any kind of creative outlet including writing, painting, and sewing. She shares her passion for creativity with her four year old daughter, Josie, who enjoys a good coloring session herself.
Misty Lemmons is a wife, mom, student and so much more. She graduated from Montgomery Central High school in 2001 and then got her BA in Visual Arts from Austin Peay in 2006 and is now continuing her education to become a teacher. She has always had a passion for the arts and loves to share that passion not only with her kids but all kids, young and old. She believes that every child should have an outlet to express themselves and it’s just about finding that positive environment to do it in. She has loved seeing the impact that Artlink has on kids and hopes to continue to impact even more as the years go on.
Deborah Johnson is a proud mother of 3 children and has 12 grandchildren. She is also the mother of a grandfather. Graduated from Lansing Business University and attended Austin Peay University. A fighter for women’s rights – which she developed early on joining the workforce while still in high school. Equal pay for equal work has always been a mantra.After a long career in corporate America, usually in male dominated industries, she opened her own business, Whizz Advertising, in 2007 and is one of the few women owners in indoor advertising. She serves on the board of the national Indoor Billboard Advertising Association, and was elected Vice President at the 2018 Conference in March. Beliefs are Faith, Family then Business. Plus “Give back to what feeds you” and feels blessed to support many charities in and around the Clarksville area. Philanthropy is based on children first, then women, hunger and helping those that need a hand up vs a hand out.
A musician, instructor, entrepreneur and more, Richard Page is constantly striving to raise the bar in part by expanding access to life changing services and opportunities. Through impactful programs and non-profits like Art Link, Richard seeks to aid in the development and betterment of Clarksville and areas beyond.