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Light Up the Queen Foundation

500 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Phone: 302.504.9574

E-mail: info@lightupthequeen.org


The Light Up The Que2197_51227407121_6264_nen Foundation, a Delaware non-profit corporation, is dedicated to the revival of the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware, and to assuring that The Queen becomes a catalyst for building community. The Queen Theater re-opened its doors on April 1st, 2011. Originally built in the 1800s, the Queen sat dormant and left to ruin since 1959. With water pouring through her ceilings, her walls caving in and her façade crumbling, this regal thea- ter had become a faded memory of Market’s Street’s vibrant past. The significance of the Queen’s re-opening reaches far beyond its walls, symbolizing the tremendous commitment our community has to ensuring downtown Wilmington becomes a lively city where all arts venues, businesses and restaurants thrive. The goal of the Foundation is simple – to build community through music, the arts and community engagement. With the renovation complete, LUQ is committed to ensuring the Queen Theater is a catalyst that fosters life-long in- terest and appreciation for music and the arts. Through its outreach programs, LUQ provides hands-on high-quality arts enrichment programs to local schools, other non-profit organizations and the public at low or no cost to participate. Music education programs give students an opportunity to discover and express their musical talents. LUQ served 3,000 local students in our first year through its Out- reach Music Education Programs. The Light Up The Queen Foundation’s Arts Education/Enrichment programs are made possible by support from:

  • JP Morgan Chase
  • Bank of America
  • Capital One
  • The Delaware Division of the Arts
  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
  • State of Delaware
  • DuPont
  • Gilliam Foundation
  • M&T Bank
  • and many individual donors.

The Light Up The Queen Team

Tina Betz
Executive Director

Judy Hickman
Office Administrator/Programming Coordinator

Beste Kuru
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

LUQ Board of Directors

Michael J. Hare

Tom Williams

Tracey Roberts

Thomas Abel

Kenneth Briscoe

Chris Buccini

Barb Bullock

Jeff Flynn

Kathleen Ford

Helene Keeley

Ben Leroy

Scott Lugar

Vicky Pettinaro- Martelli

John Rago

Hal Real

Eli Sharp

Clint Walker

Kevin Walsh

Tina Betz
Executive Director