The Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s plan to expand its offerings could soon get a $300,000 boost from the Longwood Foundation.
In February, the DSO adopted a new strategic plan to expand the orchestra’s reach both “geographically and progammatically.” Now the Longwood Foundation is backing that plan with a $300,000 grant to the orchestra. The grant money is contingent on the DSO raising an additional $150,000 from other sources to also support the strategic plan.
“With this endorsement, DSO is well-poised to secure the additional funding required but, more importantly, to begin planning the expanded activities identified in our strategic plan,” said DSO executive director Alan Jordan.
The strategic plan includes a return to family concerts and outdoor DSO performances. The first family concert event is planned for November. The plan would also expand education outreach and create a new chamber ensembles program. The orchestra is also working to establish a partnership with the Ferris School for Boys.
“We believe in the cultural and economic importance of the arts in Delaware and the DSO is an integral member of the arts community,” said Longwood’s grants manager Joanne Reilly.