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
Arts Work Apprenticeship Program
Arts Work is a paid apprenticeship opportunity that teaches youth between ages 14-19 artistic, personal, and entrepreneurial skills. During the six-week multi-component arts-based program, the apprentices are encouraged to openly express themselves through their artmaking while immersed in an affirming and nurturing environment. This summer program meets Monday through Friday from 10AM – 3:30PM at the Urban Artists Exchange (UAE), an arts-centric community center located in the City of Wilmington’s Historic East Side neighborhood. Daily workshops and intensive hands-on art classes help apprentices gain vital collaboration, time management, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, and financial responsibility skills. Arts Work concludes with an open-to-the-community exhibition and retailing of the apprentice’s artwork. Arts Work, a program of Cityfest, Inc. with support from the City of Wilmington Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and in partnership with the Department of Parks and Recreation, aims to:
In summer 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Arts Work served 12 youth from all over New Castle County. Arts Work was able to follow the guidelines while meeting in person for the full six weeks. Not only did Arts Work complete the six-week program, but there was a request for it to create and participate in a fall/winter after-school program in partnership with the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. During this 14-week afterschool program, seven youth met four days per week at UAE in early fall and the William Hicks Anderson Community Center during the colder months. Arts Work successfully created a documentary, music video, and self-published a literary book. In Summer 2021, Arts Work anticipates serving 20 youth during the 6-week summer session, and also plans to duplicate last year’s successful after-school effort and to increase the number of youth participating.
Music Night at 7th & West Park
Wilmington Alliance is excited to welcome the community to enjoy live music at 7th & West Community Park! The June Music Night will feature local band, Hoochi Coochi. Hoochi Coochi is a hand-clapping, soul-stirring, funky soul-blues band from Delaware, formed in 2015. Always a crowd favorite, Hoochi Coochi brings the people together with the power of soul and the brilliance of an energetic live performance. They have entertained a wide array of venues and opened for national acts like Low Cut Connie, Robert Randolph, and The Family Band, and Larkin Poe. They are sure to get any crowd young and old rocking, rolling, and singing about love. Come out on June 17th to celebrate the start of summer!
Music Night is the continuation of a series of 25-30 free community concerts and family activities begun as a pilot program in the summer of 2017. Until Wilmington Alliance began to present concerts and gatherings in The Rock Lot (August 2017), there was nothing in West Center City that brought the community together on a regular basis. The success of the 2017 pilot arts activities there made it clear that the community welcomes and values this series. Since the Alliance began to program these events, arts and artists have been made to feel most welcome in the neighborhood. As the Alliance offers arts programs and sees what is embraced, it continues to learn about the community from this urban programming experience. The Alliance is heartened when its arts-centered efforts successfully overcome some of the barriers that previously prevented community participation. Art has always been a value in this community but not always a priority. The Alliance’s programming has made experiencing art a near-weekly event and a bigger part of people’s lives.
Wilmington Alliance, in collaboration with community, civic, and business leaders, prioritizes Wilmington’s highest needs and inequities and strategically addresses them. The Alliance is the convener and connector of neighborhoods, businesses, and nonprofits and local, state, and regional development entities to drive economic opportunity and social vitality. The Alliance’s main initiatives are centered around economic mobility through workforce development, entrepreneurship, small business support, community-engaged revitalization, and creative placemaking.
Center for the Creative Arts
Yorklyn Day (June 6)
Discover one of Delaware’s hidden gems, the humble hamlet of Yorklyn! Nestled along the state’s northern border, hugging the Red Clay Creek, is the small, unassuming (and unincorporated) community dubbed Yorklyn by the railroad about 1872. Home to Auburn Heights, the Marshall Steam Museum, the Center for the Creative Arts and several small businesses, the village has witnessed growth, decline and now a revitalization that is bringing back the creative spirit and communal character that has defined it throughout its 150-year history.
Join the fun on Sunday, June 6, from 12pm to 4pm, for Yorklyn Day, a free family event to celebrate the spirit and heritage of this little-known hamlet. The event will adhere to all current safety guidelines and include live music, a classical Hindu dance performance, an artisan’s market, antique auto and train rides, kids activities and crafts, and vendors and food trucks galore! The community is invited to Auburn Heights & the Marshall Steam Museum (for Steamin’ Day fun), the Center for the Creative Arts (for The Market at CCArts & family art activities), and the Yorklyn Bridge Trail (where exhibitors and food trucks await).
For more than 40 years, the Center for the Creative Arts has been a community arts center devoted to art enrichment through education for people of all ages and abilities. By collaborating with local businesses and other cultural organizations, CCArts serves as a catalyst for accomplishing common community goals and strives to make the arts accessible to as many people as possible. The arts are essential for human development and academic success and for enriching our culture as a whole.
Yorklyn Day brings together hundreds of people from our diverse community and beyond to celebrate the unique and beautiful village of Yorklyn, and it gives over 50 artists the opportunity to sell their products and/or perform.
The Candlelight Theatre
Beehive: the 60’s musical
Following the show Clever Little Lies by Joe DiPetro, the next show in The Candlelight Theatre‘s season is Beehive: The 60’s Musical, written by agent and playwright Larry Gallagher. Running from June 12 to July 18, Beehive is a rollicking musical tribute to the ladies who left their mark on the music of the ’60s, from the Shirelles to Aretha Franklin, Leslie Gore to Janis Joplin, and everyone in between. Told from the perspective of six young women who come of age in this enigmatic decade, Beehive takes us from their first Beehive Dance to the challenges we faced as a nation. With big voices and bigger hairdos, Beehive will have you singing along with many of the iconic songs like “One Fine Day,” “The Name Game,” “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Then He Kissed Me,” “Chain of Fools,” “Natural Woman,” “Bobby McGee,” and so many more. It’s a show full of iconic classics that will have audiences, no matter the age, dancing in the aisles.
The Candlelight Theatre has served the community for over 50 years, providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive place for performers to grow. The mission of The Candlelight Theatre is to continue the tradition of employing and educating artists by encouraging them to explore and hone their craft through the art of live theater. Through the unique interaction of these artists with our audiences, we share a commitment to revitalize, inspire, and enrich the community we serve.
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.