March for the Arts in Education Month was established by the General Assembly a decade ago to annually recognize the important role that the arts play in educating our youth and providing valuable opportunities for community engagement in and through the arts.
Join the Delaware Division of the Arts in celebrating March for the Arts in Education Month. We invite you to take a few minutes to experience the transforming power of the arts in young people's lives across the state. For more information on the value of arts education, check out our arts education resources and links.
2013 March for Arts in Education Month
Governor Jack Markell
Governor Jack Markell introduces "Empowering Youth through the Arts," this year's video series featuring signature arts education programs in Delaware.
Christina Cultural Arts Center Inc. (CCAC) is a premier community school of the arts with a mission to make affordable arts, education, multicultural, and live performance programs accessible to children, teens, and adults in a safe, family-centered environment. Programs encourage creative expression, lifelong learning, promote healthy lifestyles, build academic/social skills, support artists, and advocate for arts in schools representing lower socio-economic populations.
El Centro Cultural partners with First State Community Action Agency's La Casita after-school program to provide art education, art supplies, and bilingual teachers for a one-week summer arts camp to teach children about traditional music, dance, and art focusing on Mexico and Guatemala, and to prepare the students for presentations at Festival Hispano in Millsboro.
Founded in 1971 by Dover City Councilman Reuben Salters, The Inner City Cultural League, Inc. fulfills a need in the central Delaware community. The mission of the Inner City Cultural League, Inc. is to provide relevant cultural programs that will positively impact and improve the lives of less advantaged families--especially community youth--through the performing and visual arts that will awaken the genius within, ignite the human spirit, and create an awareness of the value of the arts in social, economic, and educational development.
In the early years of the Rehoboth Art League, founder Louise Chambers Corkran arranged for artists to work with disadvantaged children through the Children's Beach House in Lewes. Today, in partnership with many organizations, the Rehoboth Art League sends artists throughout Sussex County to leverage the arts to enhance the quality of life for many. A special focus is working with children and elderly adults who do not have the resources to travel or take RAL classes. For many, this experience opens up a new world of opportunity for creative expression.
In 2003, Senator Dorinda A. Connor authored an Act under Senate Bill No. 116 of the 142nd General Assembly, designating the month of March as
March for the Arts in Education month. Senator Connor envisioned a month devoted to combined and concentrated efforts to celebrate arts education throughout the state-recognizing the critical role that the arts play in providing a well-rounded education for Delaware's youth.
By supporting arts education, the Division believes that Governor Markell's goal can be achieved, "working with Delaware's excellent educators to ensure we have the best possible public schools. Employers want to know that their children will have a great place to learn and that our schools will graduate young people ready to thrive in the work world."