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

The Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DIAE) provides professional Teaching Artists (TAs)  to lead in-school workshops in music, visual art, drama, and dance. Each residency introduces students to another culture through an art form and integrates core curricula in Language Arts and Math. These hands-on artistic experiences inspire students to discover their own inner-artist, thus having a deeper understanding and connection to the world around them. For the culmination of the residency, students will attend and participate in a performance by professional guest artists at the Queen Theater.

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 two-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.

The call for applications will begin in early 2018, and participants will then be selected for the June 2018 Jazz Residency.

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. Up to two hundred and fifty young students attend each session. 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.

For the latest information and details on upcoming films, please visit our Happenings page!

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