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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


May 2023


DE Futures Art and Culture











Delaware Futures
Project Support

Delaware Futures provides comprehensive academic, financial, social, and emotional support for students all across the state of Delaware year-round. For 29 years, Delaware Futures has been carrying out out founders’ mission to provide academic, social motivational support, as well as cultural enrichment and career readiness training, which empowers students to recognize and fulfill their potential and become matriculated college students or enter the workforce. We advance this mission through ongoing tutoring and academic support, experiential learning, weekly group meetings, community service, paid internships, career mentorships, college tours, counseling, and advising.

Thanks to the generosity o the Division of the Arts, the success with arts and culture program enhances our core program by providing middle and high school students with exposure to the arts in New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties through guest speakers, museum tours, musical performances, painting classes, cooking classes, and more. Collaborating with local artists, storytellers, writers, chefs, activists, designers, stylists, and creators, students are given first-hand exposure to the arts in Delaware and beyond.

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Clear Space Theatre Company
Next To Normal
Rehoboth Beach
General Operating Support

The Clear Space Theatre Company, a 501(c)3 cultural organization, founded in 2004, is located at 20 Baltimore Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. The Clear Space Theatre Company is comprised of a remarkable team of full-time, part-time, and volunteer administrators, artists, and educators. The term “clear space” refers to a focus on the process, knowledge, and humanity of arts performance: the idea that we find ourselves in what appears on the stage.

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart. This deeply moving piece of theatre provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

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A young and old pirate at an outside park











Bowers Beach Maritime Museum
Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash
Project Support

The Bowers Beach Maritime Museum was founded in 1975, functioning as an all volunteer, non profit organization. It began as an informal museum, in two small rooms, in an old building, on Main Street. The museum houses local maritime treasures such as artifacts, exhibits, displays, pictures and other curiosities that commemorate the lives of the watermen of the Delaware Bay.

Pirates are once again invading Bowers Beach for the 11th annual Buccaneer Bash, Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, from 10am to 5pm. This family friendly event will bring back some old favorites and add new ones. More pirates and six musical groups will be educating and entertaining the public during the weekend. With them, learn about the Age of Piracy in the 18th century, through exhibits, demonstrations, and hands on experiences. As always there will be activities for children of all ages. This FREE event is the premier pirate festival in the state and is open to all who have an interest in pirates, archaeology, and the Delaware Bay. Visit The Little Farm petting zoo, try your hand at axe throwing, take a cruise on the Captain’s Lady or learn about the horseshoe crabs on the beach. The Bowers Beach Maritime Museum will be open with new and exciting exhibits about the town and the watermen who lived there.

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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.