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Funding for the Arts Division grants is provided by the Delaware General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. To view grants awarded in the past (1999 to present), please visit our Grants Awarded page.
Types of grants: SG – General operational assistance; PS – Project support
Delaware Choir School
Celebrate Women’s History Month with the Choir School of Delaware Concert phenomenal woman, which will take place at Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington on March 26 from 7-9 p.m. The title of the concert is inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem, which in turn inspired composer Reena Esmail to write the piece of the same name. The repertoire amplifies the voices of female composers, including Dr. BE Boykin and Alysia Lee, with choral pieces, such as Boykin’s, “Stardust” and Lee’s, “Say Her Name”, art songs, piano works and poetry readings. “Phenomenal woman, that’s me.”
The Choir School of Delaware has been a lifeline for local students and their families and has inspired audiences for over 25 years. More than an exceptional intergenerational choir, it is a “community center that sings!” and provides superior music education, year-round academic support, opportunities for personal development, and access to community resources, creating a more equitable Wilmington. The award-winning after-school program transforms the lives of young people who benefit from exceptional professional-level choral training. Participants perform in uplifting public concerts that beautifully illustrate how art resonates in the community. The after-school program also fosters a sense of belonging among choristers and addresses the underlying causes of generational poverty. The choir school is affordable for everyone, regardless of income.
Greenbank Mills and Philips Farm
Timeless professions is structured to provide participants with skill levels in historic crafts and arts, often making reference to past craftsmanship practiced at the site or objects created in the collection of Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm. The site has a history of successfully running practical programs and Timeless professions is a new way to strategically target old courses and concepts while introducing new ones. The next session will take place virtually on March 10, 2022 at 6 p.m. While Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm will add new courses regularly, the organization is also developing ‘basic’ courses which can be adapted for a variety of uses. These courses will be self-contained and can be repeated as often as needed and offered to community groups, organizations, schools and youth groups.
Greenbank Mill Associates, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the Greenbank Mill National Historic District and expanding public knowledge of the industrial, agricultural, and social history of Red Clay. Valley through educational programs, recreational rental facilities and community activities. partnerships. It is the only location offering hands-on art and history-based programming within at least an eight-mile radius of the site and is accessible to those unable to travel to the city of Wilmington or further afield by outside the area.
With programming being virtual (with plans to continue virtual aspects), Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm was able to reach new audiences and potentially people with disabilities who have been unable to attend programs in the past. Closed captioning can be provided on virtual programs and for people with physical disabilities, the virtual component allows them to not be restricted in their participation due to certain restrictive parts of the historic site. Greenbank Mills is also looking to expand its Timeless professions program further by connecting with schools, scout troops and home schools. We believe that many of these programs we have created can easily be adapted to fit the local curriculum and relate to local history.
The above projects are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes these and other Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.
The Division offers a variety of grant programs for individual artists; tax-exempt nonprofit organizations licensed and based in Delaware; and schools and government entities that support arts activities. See the full list of Division Grants on the Grants Overview page.
This podcast first appeared on Delaware Division of the Arts – State of Delaware.