5 Delaware arts groups split $1M in federal funding

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The Delaware Art Museum, OperaDelaware, Delaware Shakespeare, the Grand Opera House and the Delaware Division of the Arts will receive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

5 Delaware arts organizations will receive a total of $1 million from the latest round of National Endowment for the Arts grants.

Delaware Division of the Arts will receive $935,000 to support arts programs, services and activities throughout the state associated with carrying out the agency’s strategic plan.

“This significant investment is a testament to the immense talent and creative spirit that thrives in our vibrant arts community,” said Jessica Ball, director of the Delaware Division of the Arts. “Together, we will continue to celebrate and support the arts, recognizing their profound impact on our society and the boundless opportunities they create for artistic expression and community engagement.”

Also receiving funding are:

The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington, $40,000 to support an exhibition featuring work by members of the Rossetti family, active in both the Pre-Raphaelite and Aesthetic Movements of the 19th century. The exhibit will move to Wilmington in October from the Tate Museum in London and be the only place it can be seen in the United States. A collection of Pre-Raph paintings forms one of the museum’s core collections.

Related story: Tate Museum exhibit will travel to Delaware in October

OperaDelaware in Wilmington will receive $25,000 to support the premiere of “Fearless: the Story of Hazel Ying Lee and the Women Airforce Service Pilots” by composer and librettist Derrick Wang. Wang also wrote the acclaimed opera “Scalia/Ginsburg.” Lee was a trailblazing aviator. OperaDelaware had a workshop presentation of it in April.

The Grand Opera House in Wiilmington will receive $20,000 to support sensory-friendly performances for youth and their families. The shows, started a few years ago by now Grand Executive Director Pam Manocchio, allow children who may be sensitive to the dark, for example, to attend performances with lights on left on for the audience.

Delaware Shakespeare in Wilmington will receive $10,000 to support the community tour of a contemporary work adapted from William Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline.” It will travel around Delaware Oct. 4-22, visiting prisons, schools, libraries and more.




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