The National Endowment for the Arts has announced another round of grants to support the Arts in Delaware.
This latest round of grants is sending $54,000 in federal funding to the First State.
Delaware Division of the Arts director Paul Weagraff says three Delaware organizations will benefit.
“One is Delaware Shakespeare and they received a grant to support their community outreach program. Opera Delaware is receiving a grant for an upcoming production, which is a new production. And the third one is SEADAE (the State Education Agency Directors of Education); and it has to do with the art educators at the State level across the Country,” said Weagraff.
Weagraff says Delaware will serve as the conduit for $30,000 the State Education Agency Directors of Education is receiving, and that money will support professional development of arts educators throughout the country through State directors.
Delaware Shakespeare is receiving a $10,000 grant to support a touring production of Romeo and Juliet and related outreach activities.
Opera Delaware is getting $14,000 to support new productions of Derrick Wang’s Scalia/Ginsburg and Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury as part of its 2018-2019 festival.
Weagraff calls the funding crucial.
“The arts are an important component of the economic life of Delaware as well as the cultural life - obviously,” Weagraff said.
Weagraff adds that public support of the arts by attending events and talking to lawmakers about the value of the arts in your life is also extremely helpful to the Delaware arts community.
The National Endowment for the Arts supports arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions.