The CenDel Foundation has distributed $24,000 in grants to organizations fostering the arts in central Delaware. The Kent County Fund for the Arts, a fund administered by CenDel with the help of the Delaware Community Foundation, distributed grants to 12 organizations in July. The grant amounts ranged from $500 to $2,500.
The 2019 recipients included the Biggs Museum of American Art, CERTS, Inc., CoroAllegro, Inc., Delaware Choral Society, Delaware Friends of Folk, Delaware Shakespeare Festival, Delaware Symphony, Diamond Dance Company, Downtown Milford, Inner City Cultural League, Kent Chamber Choir, Mispillion Art League, The Children's Theatre, The Music School of Delaware, The Young Actors Guild and VSA Delaware.
The funding will be used by the recipients to offer diverse performances and shows to the community. Funds will also be used for music education and art therapy. An awards luncheon was held on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at the CenDel Community Building to honor the recipients for their contributions to arts-related programs that enhance, educate and increase awareness in Kent County.
The Young Actors Guild received a $500 grant to offer theatrical opportunities to young Delawareans. According to Audra Littleton of the Guild, "We realized there weren't enough opportunities in this area for children to be part of a theatre group. And, if a child doesn't want to have an on-stage role in a play or is too nervous, they can help us with costume design and lighting and still find a safe space. With so many children suffering from anxiety and depression, the Guild is a nice place to let all of that go and to just be a kid and have fun."
The Kent County Fund for the Arts was established in 2008 through a generous contribution by Rosemary Twilley, in memory of Joshua Twilley, Esq. According to Rosemary, "We received a lot of compelling grant requests this year and we awarded a record number of grants to sixteen deserving organizations. We can't wait to see the impact on the arts in central Delaware."
The Fund is also supported by members of the Greater Kent Committee and art patrons across the State. The Fund is managed by the CenDel Foundation, along with the Kent County Fund for the Arts advisory board.
The CenDel Foundation, in partnership with the Delaware Community Foundation, is committed to helping generous people transform the community through charitable giving. Since 2008, the Foundation has distributed more than $2.7 million in grants and funding to a variety of organizations in Central Delaware, improving the lives of those living in Kent County. For more information, please call 302.724.7538 or visit www.cendelfoundation.org