Delaware Division of the Arts

Delaware Division of the Arts

Dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans.

Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life.

Creative Aging Profile

The female older adults singing with bright flower hats and ornate necklaces.

The Modern Maturity Center has a long history of serving the needs of all senior citizens in Kent County, Delaware. Incorporated in 1969, the services provided have grown exponentially to include an on-campus medical facility, fitness and swimming, social and theatrical events, and a home to the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In 2011 they introduced their  Early Memory Loss program, Front Porch, the first of its kind in Delaware, providing support for those dealing with the early stages of Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders.

 

Agency Initiative

Delaware Creative Aging Workshop

The Delaware Division of the Arts presented the 2016 Delaware Creative Aging Workshop in partnership with the Delaware Division of Services for the Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) and the Modern Maturity Center (MMC). It was designed to cultivate the development of meaningful arts engagement programming to benefit Delaware’s rapidly growing aging population.

The MMC hosted the event that brought together more than 75 participants from across the state representing arts organizations, artists, and the senior care industry. All involved had an interest in stimulating healthy aging and learning more about the creative aging field.  Led by the National Center for Creative Aging, the workshop culminated with the participants developing unique action plans for creative impact in their particular settings.

Delaware Creative Aging Funding

Arts organizations receive support for creative aging activities as part of their General Operating Support (GOS) grants.

For other organizations, arts programming designed to engage teaching artists with seniors qualifies for funding consideration in the Division’s Arts Access grant category.

Additional Creative Aging Resources

Modern Maturity Center, Dover, DE

Delaware Theatre Company – Senior Playwriting, Wilmington, DE

Rehoboth Art League – Adult Outreach Programs, Rehoboth, DE

 

Demographics

Over the past 10 years, Delaware has experienced a 24% growth in population by those over the age of 60.

The high rate of growth is due to the fact that Delaware is an attractive place to live and retire.

By 2035, it is estimated that more than 30% of the overall population will be 60 or over.

 

Photo of Paul Weagraff

Creative Aging Point Person

Paul Weagraff, Director

Paul Weagraff came to the Delaware Division of the Arts in 1997 as the Arts in Education Coordinator, after a 17-year teaching career in public and private schools. Beginning in August 2001, Mr. Weagraff assumed the position of Deputy Director, assisting in the management of the agency’s internal projects and programs. Since October 2006, Mr. Weagraff has served as the Division Director.

Mr. Weagraff holds a Bachelor of Science from The Pennsylvania State University in Secondary Education (History) and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Temple University (History & Religion). Mr. Weagraff remains active as an actor in neighboring New Jersey and Pennsylvania, having performed with many theaters throughout the area.