Mispillion Art League Receives National Recognition

Students show off journals they created during Mispillion Art League's Children's Nature Journaling Camp, a five-day summer camp that includes lessons in photography and watercolor journaling. Photo courtesy of Mispillion Art League

Last week the Mispillion Art League was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and spotlighted during their National Arts and Humanities Month. On Thursday, October 13 the Mispillion Art League received notice that they had been nominated by local artist Anne Jenkins as an organization that “plays a critical role in the culture of America”.

In Anne’s letter to the National Endowment for the Arts she told Pauleete Beete, Senior Write/Editor of the Office of Public Affairs, that the Mispillion Art League has “spearheaded the revitalization of the arts in the Milford community especially with the opening of their downtown gallery and workshop space.”

Anne was working online when she discovered that the Delaware Division of the Arts were looking for individuals to nominate local art organizations to be spotlighted during NEA’s National Arts and Humanities Month. She contacted the National Endowment for the Arts immediately with the nomination.
Anne’s nomination mentioned the various monthly workshops conducted by the Mispillion Art League, their ever-changing exhibits and the downtown murals that were completed last week. When asked what five words best describe Mispillion Art League, during the nomination process, Anne stated “dedicated, active, supportive, talented and relaxed”.

President of the Mispillion Art League (MAL), Sharon Hepford, was very excited as she heard the news directly before the October MAL monthly Board meeting.

“We will savor this honor going forward, knowing that for a moment in time, a member of this community saw and appreciated our endeavors,” commented Mrs. Hepford. “National recognition will help the community be more aware of the possibilities available to them. Thank you Anne and thank you National Endowment for the Arts.”

The picture that was chosen to accompany the NEA spotlight was of Rosemary and Bob Connelly and their Nature Journaling Camp students. This program, which was held through the Mispillion Art League,was a week-long summer camp for children between the ages of 8-12 that encouraged the use of watercoloring, photography and writing.

The Mispillion Art League continues to provide the experience of visual arts to the local community, create opportunities for local artists to showcase their talents and offer education for art enthusiasts. The Gallery is located at 5 N. Walnut Street and is open Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 6pm, Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday 10am – 4pm and by appointment. To find out more information about the Mispillion Art League visit www.mispillionarts.org.