Special Thanks to Our Partners!!
Delaware College of Art and Design
(Housing and Venue Partner)
The Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
The Grand Opera House entertains and engages its communities through exceptional, diverse live performances and educational outreach. As home to the Arts Academy at The Grand, we provide individual and group instruction in voice, piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, clarinet, drums, and more. The Arts Academy offers a friendly environment, diverse programming, convenient location, and affordable rates – all within the beautiful setting of the historic Grand Opera House. Students of all ages and skill levels have access to some of the area’s best musicians, and participate in unique learning and performance opportunities. Financial aid is available to qualified applicants.
In the summer of 2017, Live Nation moved into The Queen Theatre under their House of Blues division. Keeping the beloved Wilmington staple’s name, The Queen received a fresh, updated, and more engaging personality. Live Nation brings big names, independent acts, and local faces to the stage year-round, and supports LUQ and Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency programs. In true city charm, the company has been committed to preserving the history and legacy of The Queen Theatre.
“The Delaware Contemporary is a dynamic gathering place for the exploration of new ideas at the intersection of art, design, and technology. The museum’s compelling exhibitions, innovative educational experiences, and access to the artistic process inspire us to infuse creativity into our daily lives. Founded in 1979 by a small volunteer group of artists and arts patrons, The Delaware Contemporary made its focus the promotion of growth and understanding of the contemporary arts in Delaware. The museum commits to educational and community outreach working with more than 60 community groups and schools.”
John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Betty Carter Jazz Ahead
(Program Development Muse)
The John F. Kennedy Center’s Jazz Ahead program is named for the late Betty Carter, who possessed one of this era’s most extraordinary voices. Ms Carter was devoted to jazz education and often recruited young accompanists for performances and recordings, insisting that she “learned a lot from these young players, because they’re raw and they come up with things that I would never think about doing.” In 1993 Ms. Carter created a program called Jazz Ahead, which took 20 students who were given the opportunity to spend an entire week training and composing with Carter. Ms Carter brought her Jazz Ahead program, which is still ongoing, to the Kennedy Center in 1998.
The Kenny Family Foundation unites the power of philanthropy and partnerships with innovative strategies to create greater equity, opportunity and prosperity in New Castle County, Delaware. Our emphasis on promoting social welfare, providing assistance to those in need and contributing to humanitarian endeavors is carried out through the support we provide to our community’s non-profit organizations.