Programs & Partnerships

Did you know?
  • Young people who participate in arts education are more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math or science fair, to win an award for school attendance and to graduate high school.
  • 73% of students have been actively involved with Christina for 5 years or more.
  • 90% of Christina alumni graduate high school and attend college or post-secondary training preparing for careers in specialized fields.
Christina offers year-round classes in music, dance, drama, media technology and the visual arts for students of all ages (age 3-adults) and abilities. Programs encourage life-long learning, stimulate creativity, and celebrate world culture. Arts learning builds knowledge, technical skill and self-confidence through creative expression. Fall and Winter/Spring enrollment annually. View schedule or register today!
Christina Cultural Arts Center Inc. founded Kuumba Academy in 1998 to build upon our exceptional early learning pre-school model. Kuumba demonstrates that with the right set of conditions, all children can indeed soar in school and life. Kuumba Academy is a school with a heart that excels at student personalization.

Located in the new Community Education Building donated by Bank of America, Kuumba offers a creative integration between academics and the arts, professional educators who care, passionate leadership, the latest technology and active family and community engagement. Kuumba reflects a tradition of excellence and is one of the highest performing public schools in Delaware.
Over the last three years, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) has been working with partners — the City of Wilmington, Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware, Christina Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington Housing Partnership, Quaker Hill Neighborhood Association, the United Way of Delaware and others — to develop a Creative District in the Downtown/Quaker Hill/West Center City neighborhood.

The goal of Wilmington’s Creative District is to be the city’s Creative Center focused on both Creative Production and Consumption, where local creative entrepreneurs (artists, musicians, designers, makers, manufacturers) and residents thrive and locally designed goods and original works are made and sold.


Artists trip to South Africa Inspires and Unites

In February 2017, a group of 26 artists led by Dr. Lynnette Overby, Professor of Theater and Deputy Director of Community Engagement Initiative at the University of Delaware (UD), stood atop Table Mountain -- one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. The racially diverse group was winding down a dream tour to Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town in South Africa.

Pictured Above: A.T. Moffett, Associate Artistic Director & Dr. Lynnette Overby, Artistic Director. Photo by Nicodemus Williams-Snow.

Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou, Steven Biko, Nelson Mandela and many others, the ensemble brought a message of racial reconciliation and love through the power of art to over 2,000 people as part of the project, Same Story Different Countries: From Oppression to Resilience & Liberation. The multi-genre arts production was developed in 2014 by Overby and Colin Miller, UD's Director of Global Arts, and premiered at Wilmington's Grand Opera House. More than a year after the premiere the trip materialized, funded in part by support from UD, the Doris Duke Foundation, a Go Fund Me campaign, church and private donations.