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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


September 2022


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Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education
SPOTLIGHT: An Evening of the Arts for DiAE

DiAE will mark its 40th anniversary with a special event, SPOTLIGHT: An Evening of the Arts for DiAE, on September 21, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at the Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington. SPOTLIGHT celebrates 40 years of bringing high quality, multi-disciplinary, and culturally responsive arts programming to schools and early learning centers throughout the state. The event will highlight DiAE’s three areas of arts programming for guests: the K-12 artist residency program, Delaware Wolf Trap early learning center program, and teacher professional development.

The event will inform and delight attendees with key highlights from the past 40 years, hands-on arts activities, and a live performance by Gayle Danley, National and International Slam Poetry Champion. Spotlight attendees will enjoy catered hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. There will be a panel discussion with organizational leaders past and present. All proceeds will be put toward DiAE programs and services. For tickets or to sponsor the event, visit or call 302-660-4783.

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Cancer Support Community Delaware

Cancer Support Community Delaware
Poetry of Wellness

Cancer Support Community Delaware has spent the past 25 years making our mission our tradition, by striving to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. As a statewide nonprofit organization our support groups and programs are professionally led and are provided at no cost to help participants and caregivers cope with the emotional and life changing aspects of cancer.

This class is for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, or is a caregiver for someone with cancer. When the group meets weekly, the instructor leads the group through reading and dissecting the selected poetry for the day. A prompt is then given to inspire a time of free writing, after which participants may share what they’ve written if desired. This class is a well loved part of the Cancer Support Community Delaware’s program offerings, partly because of the inspirational poetry and thoughts that the instructor brings to class each week, and partly because of the opportunity to share hopes, dreams, difficulties and struggles with the group through written expression. Meeting via Zoom has allowed the group to continue to meet safely through the pandemic, and bring together participants from across the state of Delaware and beyond.

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Opening Night at The Grand

Delaware Symphony Orchestra, OperaDelaware, and The Grand Opera House
Opening Night with Brian Stokes Mitchell

The Grand, Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO), and OperaDelaware announce an Opening Season Performance, featuring the talents of their respective musicians and performers alongside Broadway legend and Tony Award-winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell. This opening night performance is one-night-only on September 10, 2022.

This program was originally announced as a New Year’s Eve celebration in 2021 but had to be rescheduled due to the COVID Omicron outbreak. The three organizations decided to re-mount the concert as a joint celebration of the opening of their first full “post-pandemic” seasons. The evening will consist of a two-act program, beginning with Viennese waltzes and polkas. The second act will feature the talents of Mr. Stokes Mitchell and will be a celebration of Broadway standards throughout the years.

Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, two-time Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans Broadway, television, film, and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras. He received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in Kiss Me, Kate. He also gave Tony-nominated performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson‘s King Hedley II, and Ragtime. His other notable Broadway shows include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Shuffle Along. In 2016, he was bestowed his second Tony Award, the prestigious Isabelle Stevenson Tony for his charitable work with The Actors Fund. That same year, Stokes was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

In addition to the talents of Mr. Stokes Mitchell, several stellar soloists (all OperaDelaware audience favorites) will enchant audiences with opera and operetta highlights, as guests of the Delaware Symphony, led by Maestro David Amado. Soprano Vanessa Becerra, tenor William Davenport, and baritone Eric McKeever all return to OperaDelaware for this distinctive celebration at The Grand.

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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.