MAL Education Outreach Program

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The Mispillion Art League (MAL) was created in 2004 by a small group of Milford area residents. Over the next ten years, the League grew in membership, exhibits, classes, and public art programs, all designed to help the League reach its mission: to provide community-wide access to a quality visual arts program.

In 2015, the Mispillion Art League began to collaborate with area non-profits to expand its art classes to reach people in the underserved local population. When the Mispillion Art League Education Outreach Program received financial support through a $3,500 grant from the Eunice S. Reed Fund of the Milford Lions Club, our new programs were underway! Once monthly classes designed specifically for the persons served by each of the non-profits were planned. Thus, the Creative Hearts Program for mentally challenged adults (Salvation Army), single women residing in the local People’s Place shelter, and juveniles incarcerated at Stevenson House Detention Center, began receiving art instruction. Recurring grant funding and lease of additional space in our building have enabled MAL to continue these three programs into their fourth year.

In the summer of 2017, MAL applied for and received a new grant of $1500 from the Kent County Fund for the Arts. With this additional funding, the League was able to add two more non-profits to its Outreach Program. Kent-Sussex Industries (KSI), a vocational rehabilitation organization located in Milford entered the MAL Outreach program in September 2017. Each month KSI brings 5 to 10 of its clients to our Education Annex for an art class.

Residential facilities for honorably discharged, homeless veterans, Home of the Brave I & II are located a short distance from downtown Milford. These veterans are working hard to get their lives back on track and are also learning how to use leisure time creatively through attendance at MAL Outreach Art Classes.

Most recently, an MAL member offered a $1,500 grant to start up Art Outreach for women in the Crest South program at the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown. The women in the Crest program area getting ready to transition to life outside of prison. Art classes offer an opportunity to experience the world in new ways. Art-making can help a person get over sadness while it can relax and soothe. Having a hobby in which to engage may help these women learn to make better choices.

Individuals that you would like more information about any of these programs, is encouraged to contact Education Chairperson Judy Struck at (302) 424-8361 or judystruck@comcast.net.

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