About LUQ

The Light Up The Queen 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 theater 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.  With the renovation complete, LUQ is committed to ensuring the Queen Theater is a catalyst that fosters life-long interest and appreciation for music and the arts.  Through its outreach programs, it provides hands-on music programs to local schools and other non-profit organizations with limited arts-education funding. These programs give students an opportunity to discover and express their musical talents.  LUQ served 3,000 local students in our first year through its Outreach Music Education Programs.

Our Mission

The Light Up The Queen Foundation is dedicated to the revival of the Queen Theater in Wilmington, DE, and to assuring that the Queen becomes a catalyst for building community through high-quality programs in arts, music, education, workforce development and mentoring.

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Thank you to our generous donors for helping us Light Up The Queen

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City of Wilmington        Longwood Foundation        State of Delaware        Tatiana and Gerret Copeland        The Buccini / Pollin Group        The DuPont Company        Bank of America        Delmarva Power        JP Morgan Chase        The Pettinaro Family        AAA Mid Atlantic        Astra Zeneca        Barclays        Blue Cross Blue Shield of DE        Delmarva Broadcasting        ING Direct        Laffey-McHugh Foundation        Marmot Foundation        Welfare Foundation        Wells Fargo        Amtrak        Cephalon        Christiana Care        Consortium Investments, INC        Delaware Community Foundation        Homsey Architects, LLC        Mannington Mills        My Sherpa, LLC        PNC        Poores Propane        Standard Distributing        Wilmington Trust Company        WSFS        The Erskine Family        Mr. Michael Hare        The Hobbs Family        Ms. Jackie Ivy and Ms. Sally Spatafora        Mr. Rich Jones        The Koppes Family        Randy Kunkle        Ben & Betsy LeRoy        Frank Levy        The Martelli Family        Ms. Karen Poore and Dan Nestor        Hal Real and Anne Sheppard        Maureen and Michael Rhodes        H. Rodney and Lynn Sharp III        John and Carin Rollins        Bret Snyder and Anna Quisel        The Taylor Family        Mr & Mrs Clinton Walker        The Wellons Family        Toni & Stuart B. Young        The Zahralddin-Aravena Family