The Delaplaine is committed to make art increasingly accessible to all, bringing art education and experiences to young and old, regardless of background or economic level. Seniors, preschoolers, adults with disabilities, homeless and at-risk youth, and economically disadvantaged people of all ages are just some of those who are served through our Community Outreach Initiative.

Everyone deserves art!

Our community outreach partners the Delaplaine with other nonprofit organizations and services agencies to create programming specific to the needs of their clients. Through these partnerships, we bring a variety of engaging and educational visual art experiences to enhance the quality of life for thousands of people each year. Our current MOU partners include:

  • Alzheimer’s Association of Frederick County
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP)
  • Daybreak Adult Day Services
  • The Frederick Center
  • Gale Recovery
  • Head Start of Frederick County (YMCA)
  • Housing Authority of the City of Frederick
  • The Judy Center
  • On the Mark (Frederick County Health Department)
  • Unified Community Connections
  • Way Station

In addition, we provide specialized programs for organizations such as the African-American Resources Cultural and Historical Society of Frederick County (AARCH), Linking Youth to New Experiences at Frederick High (LYNX), and the Literacy Council of Frederick County, and provide exhibition space to many other organizations and schools such as Fort Detrick, Kids Like Us, Maryland School for the Deaf, and the Frederick County Senior Centers, among others.

The initiative also includes one-time programs and activities like the Art Kit Project, which provides quality art supplies to youth in crisis and/or experiencing homelessness, distributed through our organizational partners.

The Delaplaine provided art kits to Community Outreach partner Centro Hispano de Frederick in February 2021 to distribute to local youth. Pictured: Maria-Teresa Shuck, Director of Centro Hispano; Damaris Jackson, Èxito STEAM Program Coordinator; and Kristen Butler.


The Delaplaine Art Center’s generous invitation to include our public housing residents in art classes that would otherwise be out of reach, is indeed worth celebrating.  It is a true community art center that invites all community members from all walks of life to have a place in creating art.” –Ann Ryan, Director of Family Services, Housing Authority of the City of Frederick

Thank you, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Maryland, the Frederick Senior Center, and The Delaplaine Arts Center for sponsoring art classes for caregivers and their loved ones. … It has made a big difference in me and my life.” –Partners in the Arts participant

Although formal organizational partners change from year to year, based on circumstance and the needs of our program partners, one thing that does not change is our commitment to realize our vision that “everyone deserves art.” Essential to the success of our programs are the individuals, businesses, and organizations that support the Community Outreach initiative through donations and program sponsorships. We invite you to become an active participant and help us to bring life-changing arts experiences to all. You can sponsor directly through our Donate page.

For more information about supporting our Community Outreach programs or partnering with us, contact our Development Office.


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