LUQ Programs

The Light Up the Queen Foundation is committed to ensuring the Queen Theater stays a community “clubhouse” that inspires and engages the entire community in music. We have solicited the input of dozens of musicians, teachers, school administrators and others within our community to ensure our programs are built around the greatest need. Ultimately, we hope to provide a foundation of music that fosters long term interest, appreciation, and learning in the arts.

In School Arts Residency

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 participated in the 2016 Residencies: Kuumba Academy, Pulaski Elementary and Warner Elementary.

The 2016 residency session was 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 learned 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 addressed and solved these issues creatively.

A select group of students who were selected by their teachers and peers (10-15 from each school) performed with the guest artist during three school concerts and one public concert on April 7, 2016. All concerts were held on the main stage at the Queen Theater. The 2016 guest artist was David Gonzalez with his “City of Dreams” concert. 

Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency

In 2015, the Light Up The Queen Foundation successfully implemented one of its most ambitious arts education programs: The Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency. This is a 2-week intensive composition and performance residency, held every year in June, for the next generation of jazz composers/performers, who, with their talent and passion, are keeping jazz alive. 

Fourteen young artists, ages 17-25, are selected by a competitive application process to participate. These students are found all over the country and come together in Wilmington, Delaware to grow their intensifying talent.

The residency participants present mini public concerts in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties throughout the two weeks and showcase their musicianship and performance skills at a final concert on the main stage of the Queen Theater. The final concert premiers each participant’s jazz composition and is performed by residency participants’ ensembles.

Participants will be selected for the June 2017 Jazz Residency, and applications are being accepted through March 31, 2017.

Smart Arts! Program

Created 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 were scheduled for 2015- 2016. A minimum of 12 sessions are planned for 2016-2017. Smart Arts! Is presented in the Queen Theater.

On Screen|In Person

On Screen|In Person is designed to bring some of the best new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the nation.

Six socially relevant, engaging and provocative films are screened each year, with the respective filmmakers in attendance. The screenings are open to the public and are followed by open discussions on the core issues in the film.

On Screen|In Person is a program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Participating Schools

We are proud to include the following schools that have participated in Light Up The Queen Foundation Music Education Programs at the Queen:

  • 1st State Montessori Charter
  • A P Mote Elem
  • Bancroft Elem
  • Bayard
  • Chester Charter School for the Arts
  • East Side Charter
  • Harlan Elem
  • Harvest Christian Academy
  • Kuumba Academy
  • Leasure Elem
  • MOT Charter
  • Mt Pleasant Elem
  • Nativity Prep
  • New Castle Co Head Start
  • Odyssey Charter
  • Prestige Academy
  • Pulaski Elem
  • Richardson Park Learning Center
  • Serviam Girls Academy
  • Shortlidge Academy
  • St Elizabeth Elem
  • St Peter Cathedral
  • Thomas Edison Charter
  • Urban Promise Elem
  • Urban Promise High School
  • Warner Elem

Thank You for Donating Today

The Light Up The Queen Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, is dedicated to the preservation of the Queen Theater in Wilmington, DE. Donations from Community Partners ensure that the Light Up The Queen Foundation can continue providing quality Music & Arts Education programming in the historic Queen Theater.