Arts Spotlight: January 2021


Each month we feature a handful of arts and community-based organizations and their programs and projects funded by the Delaware Division of the Arts in our Arts Spotlight which will be included on our monthly e-newsletter, Arts E-News and online. If you haven’t signed up yet for Arts E-News, please do so here.

Funding for Division of the Arts grants is provided by the Delaware General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. To view past grants awarded (1999 to present), please visit our Grants Awarded page.

Grant Types: GOS – General Operating Support; PS – Project Support

January 2021

Wesley College
Visual Artist Aaron Keith Hoffer

Born in Delaware in 1989, Aaron completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on painting in 2013. His largely abstract and sometimes representational paintings are created through experimental application of often incongruent materials that repel, interact, and converge on the surface. This exploration of balance and wholeness,  achieved through sheer sensory overload, has spilled over into adjacent disciplines including digital images, motion graphics, animation, and sound art. His paintings been shown at the Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery, and his audio/visual work has been included in the installations and activities of the 181 Collective.

Sunday Artist Spotlight
Virtual (Wilmington/Baltimore)

The Sunday Artist Spotlight series is one of several digital content channels that OperaDelaware will offer in the coming months. A collaboration with the Baltimore Concert Opera, these artist recitals will be recorded in OperaDelaware’s “Presser Black Box Theater” which has been outfitted (thanks, in part to a generous grant from the Delaware Community Foundation) to accommodate recording/live-streamed events, with protective screens and air treatment systems. Although we anticipate that the audience will come from all across the country, we expect the majority of ticket sales to come from patrons of OperaDelaware and Baltimore Concert Opera. Both companies are offering an opportunity for patrons to purchase tickets for others who may not be able to afford them due to the challenging economic times. One of the primary communities that we endeavor to serve in this series is our community of artists. Each artist appearing on this series has significant personal or professional connection to the Mid-Atlantic region—and we’re honored to have found a way during these challenging times to compensate them for their talents. These programs are sure to thrill fans of classical voice and newcomers alike.

The Music School of Delaware
M.E.L.O.D.Y. (Music Enriching the Lives of Delaware Youth)

The Music School of Delaware has partnered with EDGE for Tomorrow and St. Peter Cathedral After School to provide M.E.L.O.D.Y. (Music Enriching the Lives of Delaware Youth). The program includes violin instruction, creative movement, rhythm games, and other musical activities beginning in Fall 2020. Currently, this program is available after school to students in Kindergarten to either First (EDGE for Tomorrow) or Second Grade (St. Peter Cathedral). There is no cost for the program or any materials. Homework help, transportation (EDGE for Tomorrow), and a meal are also provided. Regular attendance is required. For more information about becoming a partner school, program sponsor, or starting your child in music classes, contact Jennifer Stomberg, MELODY Coordinator, at

The projects above 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

The Division offers a variety of grant programs for individual artists; nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations chartered and based in Delaware; and schools and government entities that support arts activities. View a full list of Division grants on the Grants Overview page.

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