The Light Up The Queen Foundation’s current Outreach Music Education programs include:

Light Up The Queen Foundation’s Smart Arts!

New in 2015, professional artists, using music, drama, and interactive fun, give Pre-K to 4th grade children insights into the importance of reading, appreciating nature, understanding their emotions, staying healthy, handling bullying, and many other topics of importance. Two Hundred and fifty young students attend each weekday session. Seven Smart Arts! sessions are scheduled for 2015- 2016. A minimum of 12 sessions are planned for 2016-2017. Smart Arts! Is presented in the Queen Theater.


LiveConnections Bridge Sessions at the Queen

Interactive educational cross-genre experiences for youth & special needs populations that explore diverse musical styles and cultures. For students in grades 2-12, the sessions feature professional musicians and hands-on activities.

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On Screen In Person Film Series Tour Host

A six-film annual series of socially relevant, engaging and provocative films presented in partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, On Screen In Person tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region.

Light Up The Queen Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts FoundationPresent On screen/In person


In School Arts Residencies

In collaboration with the Delaware Institute for the Arts In Education and the Warner Arts Alliance, international guest artists and local teaching artists conduct a series of curriculum-based in-school sessions and workshops that introduce and directly connect approximately 360 4th – 6th grade students to the music, art and culture of other countries. Three schools are participating in the 2016 Residencies: Kuumba Academy, Pulaski Elementary and Warner Elementary.


The 2016 residency session is being taught around storytelling and how accompanying stories with music can help expand the understanding of the story. Working with each school’s teachers and administrators, and Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education teaching artists, students learn the art of storytelling and the choices to be made when putting a story to music, for example: How do I draw the audience into the story? How can the music enhance the telling of the story? What makes a good story? Working with their teachers, teaching artists, and guest artists, students address and solve these issues creatively.

A select group of students who are selected by their teachers and peers (10-15 from each school) will perform with the guest artist during three school concerts and one public concert on April 7, 2016. All concerts are held on the main stage at the Queen Theater. The 2016 guest artist is David Gonzalez with his “City of Dreams” concert. The concert is donate-what-you-can admission. For more information about the public concert, CLICK HERE.

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