The Next Generation North of the Delaware Community Foundation awarded $31,128 in grants to help fund arts-related programs that affect social change.

During a ceremony Oct. 4 at the Hagley Soda House, Next Generation North awarded its 2017 grants to:

— $3,628 to 4youth Productions for traveling student photography studio. 4youth Productions is an educational nonprofit that implements project-based learning by combining photography with science, engineering and culinary art to help students excel academically and artistically. Funds granted by Next Gen North will be used to create a traveling photography studio. The student photographers, 90 percent of whom come from low-income backgrounds, will travel to four area community centers and take family portraits that celebrate family: adoptive parents, extended family, step-families and tight-knit friends.

— $5,000 to Christina Cultural Arts Center. The Christina Cultural Arts Center’s mission is to make affordable arts and education accessible to low-income youth and their families in a safe environment. Next Gen North’s funds will be used for CCAC’s HeArt Under Hoodie 27-week Urban Improv program, which teaches elementary and middle school students decision-making, conflict negotiation and leadership skills through improvisational drama, yoga and mindfulness.

— $10,000 to Delaware Shakespeare. Delaware Shakespeare is inspired by Shakespeare’s vision and the broad societal mix of audiences of his era. Delaware Shakespeare brings together the Delaware community for vibrant theater and learning experiences. Next Gen North’s funds will go towards the community tour, which provides free, professional Shakespeare performances to homeless shelters, detention facilities and community centers to give the least able the opportunity to attend professional theater.

— $5,000 to The Grand Opera House. The Grand Opera House’s mission is to engage, entertain and enrich the community with diverse live performances and educational programs. Next Gen North’s grant will help fund sensory-friendly performances that will provide a safe, comfortable and accessible experience for patrons with sensory-related disabilities and their families.

— $7,500 to OperaDelaware. OperaDelaware’s mission is to enrich the cultural lives of adults, families and students within the mid-Atlantic region through the production of grand opera, intimate opera performances and meaningful arts education. Next Gen North’s grant will help fund OperaDelaware’s neighborhood choir initiative, an afterschool program that address the problem of getting children in underserved communities to choir rehearsal by bringing the rehearsal to the child. The initiative is a 22-week music training program serving kindergarten through fifth-grade students.

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