Freeman Arts local entertainer applications due June 12

May 24, 2023

Over the past several years, Sonia De Los Santos has been a regular presence in Sussex County schools from Seaford to Lewes, performing for children in two languages, English and Spanish.

Bringing the Latina singer/songwriter to Delmarva for school sing-alongs is one way Freeman Arts Pavilion has expanded its commitment to equity and inclusion in a rapidly changing Delaware.

Now in its 10th year, Locals Under the Lights is another way the arts nonprofit hopes to connect with Latinos. This event is an opportunity for local artists to showcase their talent on the main stage. Interested performers can apply by Monday, June 12, at for a main stage show Thursday, July 6.

“We believe there is no better way to highlight our common ties than by bringing performers here who reflect the vibrant cultural and ethnic diversity of Delaware — and by offering a showcase for talented local Latino performers,” said Patti Grimes, Freeman Arts Pavilion executive director. “The Latino community, in particular, is essential to the strength and power of Sussex County, and its continued growth. We look forward to a strong 2023 season with the best diverse, multicultural and multilingual programming to serve the entire area.”

Latino shows at Freeman Arts Pavilion include: Cascading Carlos the Juggler, Saturday, July 1; Locals Under the Lights, July 6; and Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Saturday, July 15.

Freeman Arts Pavilion has honored Latino culture by hosting Latino performers over the years, including Tito Puente Jr. and the Gipsy Kings. The groups and individuals perform on the main stage and through the Arts Access Initiative, which presents programs on-site where children and families can experience the live arts together. More than a third of its programming is free.

Freeman Arts Pavilion is a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation to create experiences that elevate the human spirit. 

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