Each month we feature 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
Coastal Concerts is excited to feature Imani Winds as part of its 24th Season. Celebrating over 20 years of music making, the twice Grammy nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and the evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations, and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The ensemble’s playlist embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, and as a 21st century group, Imani Winds is devoutly committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we currently live. There will also be a “Performance Insights” pre-concert presentation by Lani Spahr @ 6:30 pm prior to the concert. The presentation is designed to enhance the performance by sharing information about the artists and insights into the selections being performed. To learn more visit www.coastalconcerts.org.
The Imani Winds is part of the 2022-2023 concert series. Coastal Concerts continues its practice of engaging world-class musicians so that its audiences can experience concerts of exceptional quality here in Sussex County, without having to travel to Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia , or New York. An average of 92% of audience members rate its performances as “very much satisfied”.
Delaware Pacem in Terris
Arts for Peace
What is your vision of a peaceful world? What does peace mean to you? Over 500 students from more than 30 Delaware schools and community organizations answered those questions by submitting inspiring artwork and descriptions for the Pacem in Terris’ 7th Annual Visionary Peace Youth Art Exhibition. This exhibition, on display at Wilmington Public Library on Sunday, January 22nd, showcases a diverse collection of beautiful, original, inspiring visions and messages of peace from young artists, between 5-18 years old, from public, private, and charter schools along with community groups. This annual event fosters dialogue among youth and adults about their visions of peace. After the exhibition, a selection committee, composed of community members, will pick the top 100 messages of peace to travel to different high traffic areas statewide (hospitals, courthouses, libraries, etc) for a rotating exhibition throughout the year.
This program is special in that it reaches across many societal divisions and brings together students who would not normally be participating in an event together; it’s exciting and inspiring for youth to see their work alongside that of their many peers. Particularly during the pandemic, we have continued to hear how much hope it has inspired to see our Delaware youth’s messages of peace displayed in the community. Foot traffic viewing the traveling artwork is well over 100,000 per year, and host sites request their continued presence as they see how well-loved the art is by visitors. The look of pride on a student’s face as they view their artwork on display in a prestigious location is a priceless gift, and you can see it for yourself on January 22nd!
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 DelawareScene.com.
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.