115 Arts Organizations Awarded $3M in Government Grants – Milford LIVE | Candle Made Easy

The $3 million in grants will be used to strengthen and expand Delaware's arts and culture scene.  (Courtesy: Delaware Division of Art)

The $3 million in grants will be used to strengthen and expand Delaware’s arts and culture scene. (Courtesy: Delaware Division of Art)

The Delaware Division of Arts has announced a $3 million grant distribution to 115 community arts organizations.

They range from $1,300 for Wilmington Wintergrass Inc., which is an annual bluegrass festival, to $246,000 for the Delaware Art Museum.

Further funding rounds are expected over the course of the year. This first round of funding is aimed at general operational support, project support, art stabilization, startup and educational resource grants.

“Delaware has a long history of investing in the arts and culture sector,” said Jessica Ball, director of the arts department. “We were founded in 1989 and since then have received funding from the federal and state governments and have invested in art and culture.”

A portion of the money will be used to bring back TranspARTation in August, a program that supports travel expenses for Delaware schools to visit state arts and cultural institutions so students can see performances, visit exhibits and tour historic sites.

Up to $500 in expenses are covered by the program. That’s more than the $200 stipend in previous years. The money can help Delaware schools pay for buses, fuel, parking and tolls.

The department is also increasing support for grants for artistic opportunities. This year’s grants are $1,000.

They are intended to support an artist’s professional development and to help them seize opportunities to exhibit their work.

Application deadlines for Artist Opportunity grants are January 1, April, July and October. Individuals can reapply each quarter.

Breakdown of the $3 million grant

Breakdown of the $3 million grant

What does each grant do?

First off, the lion’s share of grants fall into the category of general operational support.

These grants are designed to support arts and cultural centers and ensure Delaware residents have access to them.

This type of scholarship uses a three-year application cycle with an annual application deadline of March 1st.

project support is the next higher funding area.

The money that flows here will support non-profit organizations that offer arts programs with a focus on the advancement of their students and their teaching.

Over $130,000 was provided as educational resource Grant that strengthened educational programs, projects, and activities in the Delaware arts community and established standards-based criteria used by teaching artists.

money goes artistic stabilization Funded through the department’s involvement in the Arts Consortium of Delaware Foundation, it will help maintain and improve arts studios and other facilities.

The smallest pool of grants awarded this round were the two tarnishing Grants dedicated to emerging arts organizations, providing them with advice, training and financial support as they seek to grow.

The organization must complete the startup program before receiving the funds.

This year, Reed’s refuge ($2,500) and Jester Artspace ($2,000) are the two startups that received funding.

The Project Support, Educational Resource, Arts Stabilization, and Startup Scholarships all have annual application deadlines of March 1st.

Click here for a complete list of grants and applications for individuals and organizations here.

Who gets surgical help?

Here are the organizations that have received general operational support:

organization Crowd
Delaware Museum of Art $249,900
Big Opera House $246,800
Joshua M. Freeman Foundation $197,300
Delaware Theater Company $146,300
Music School of Delaware $136,500
Delaware Symphony Association $105,600
Biggs Museum of American Art $104,000
Christina Cultural Center for Art $98,200
New Candlelight Productions, Inc. $88,300
OperaDelaware, Inc. $86,700
The Delaware Contemporary $84,200
Clear Space Theater Company $73,800
Rehoboth Art League $73,200
The Henry Francis DuPont Winterthur Museum, Inc. $72,500
The Choral School of Delaware, Inc. $58,000
Rehoboth Beach Film Society $52,000
First State Ballet Theater $43,400
Delaware Celebration of Jazz $43,000
Delaware Dance Company $42,300
Creative Arts Center $38,700
The Everett, Inc. $36,700
Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance Inc $32,100
Delaware Shakespeare Festival Inc $30,900
Smyrna-Clayton Heritage Association $30,500
Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education $23,700
Delaware Children’s Theater $19,500
Wilmington Drama League $18,700
Kulturbund Inner City $16,000
Wilmington Children’s Choir Inc $15,400
Brandy wine baroque $13,900
Possum Point player $13,000
Works of art for everyone $11,900
Develop artistic collaboration $10,800
Milford 2nd Street Players Inc. $10,800
Coastal Concerts Inc $10,300
Mispillion Art League $10,300
pieces of a dream $9,500
Art Therapy Express Program, Inc. $9,300
Newark Symphony Orchestra $9,300
Newark Arts Alliance $9,100
Delaware Choral Society $6,600
Market Street Music Corporation $5,900
Kent County Theater Guild Foundation, Inc. $5,500
Municipal Theater Company $5,300
Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre $5,100
Seaford Community Concert Association $4,900
University Drama Group Inc $4,800
Delaware Choral Arts Association $4,500
Arts League of Dover $4,500
Capital Ringers Inc $4,400
Delaware rainbow chorale $4,300
Southern Delaware Chorale $4,300
Bootless Stageworks $3,900
Milton Arts Guild $3,400
CoroAllegro $2,900
The Children’s Theater, Inc. $2,800
New Light Theater Company $2,400
Delaware Photographic Society $2,300
Milford Community Band $2,100
Rehoboth Wind Orchestra $2,100
Wilmington Concert Opera, Inc. $2,000
Wilmington Wintergrass Inc $1,300

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The art division gets its money at the federal level from the National Foundation for the Arts and by the Delaware General Assembly on the state’s art budget.

According to Ball, the group’s annual budget is about $3.9 million.

Why invest in art?

Ball said there are three reasons why investing in art is crucial: economic, social and civic prosperity.

“The return on investment for federal money that goes into the arts is really good,” said Ball, who previously ran the Delaware Arts Alliance. “What ends up happening is that patrons who come to arts and culture events tend to spend a lot of money at surrounding local businesses.”

This can mean going to a bar or restaurant for something to eat and drink, buying a new outfit or fashion clothes for the show, getting rides to and from the venue, hiring babysitters, or attending before or after the show Check out other local businesses.

“Going to an event really benefits the whole local economy,” she said, “and it tends to increase local spending and create local jobs.”

At a societal level, the arts are well suited to meet the social and educational needs in the community, she said.

Art therapy, for example, has become a more popular method, for example to help someone heal from a traumatic brain injury or to comfort veterans who have returned home from war.

The pandemic has forced many art museums and galleries to close, and Ball said people’s sanity is on the brink because of it.

“Now we’re seeing art play this unique role of being the catalyst to get people back out and social and connecting with others.” she said.

The ideal scholarship holder

There are hundreds of applicants who apply to the Department of Arts for grants each year, and the decision on who gets the money depends on several factors.

“Artistic merit is definitely one of the many factors that we look at, but more and more we’re starting to look at our organizations that offer programs that are equitable and accessible,” Ball said, “and organizations and artists that have diversity, equity.” and inclusion in their program.”

Another determinant, Ball said, is whether an organization interacts with its audience and understands what their audience needs and expects from their cultural institutions.

At the end of the day, she said, the arts department is interested in reaching out to as many arts and culture organizations and individuals as possible.

Jarek Rutz can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling (215) 450-9982. Keep following him Twitter @jarekrutz and so on LinkedIn.

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