Ingleside Downs Cultural Center



OUR MISSION


To present superior quality artistic programming serving the interests of diverse and broad audiences by showcasing local and national artists and educators.

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Now in its third decade, the renowned Alletta Laird and Robert N. Downs III, Cultural Enrichment Center celebrated its Grand Opening in October 1991. Located adjacent to Ingleside Retirement Apartments, we provide educational and cultural programs for senior citizens, along with expanded programming of contemporary artists appealing to audiences of all ages.


The Downs Cultural Enrichment Center is a beautiful 166-seat theater named by Alletta Laird in honor of her husband Robert N. Downs III, who led the campaign to build the Center. Our theater boasts a full stage and room-sized theatre screen with surround sound. It is an easily accessible, centrally located venue where residents of Ingleside and surrounding communities meet to enjoy special cultural, musical, social, and educational events. The public is invited to attend these programs FREE OF CHARGE.

We provide an ideal platform for a remarkable variety of performing arts, the entertainment includes singers and musicians from diverse genres such as jazz, opera, gospel, classical, and oldies. Additionally, local area school performances, dance ensembles, choirs, religious services, live plays, cultural events and more are all part of the superb programming offered by the Downs Cultural Center.

Please contact Debbie Coates, Director of Downs Cultural Center and Activities, at (302)-575-0250 x2244 or dcoates@inglesidehomes.org for more information or to register for events.

RECENT PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:

  • First State Symphonic Band
  • Brandywiners Chorale
  • Singer Sean Reilly’s Sounds of Sinatra
  • Starliters Dance Studio
  • McAleer School of Irish Dancing
  • Kicks Academy of Dance 
  • Tower Hill School Intergenerational Program
  • Jazz pianist Michael Hunter
  • Educator Ed Okonowicz
  • Docudrama “Distant Voices”
  • Uupbeats Dixieland Band
  • Impersonator Dame Edna

The goals and objectives of Downs Cultural Center programs make art and culture a part of each senior’s daily lives by:

  1. Creating a broader definition of arts and culture including informal, non-traditional modes that represent diverse cultures
  2. Highlighting local, regional, and national artists, including resident talent
  3. Subsidizing programs through sponsorship and providing free programming to the greater Wilmington community
  4. Creating senior friendly, multi-generational opportunities to be involved in the arts

The Downs Cultural Center provides a welcoming environment where residents of Ingleside can be creative, laugh, sing, and enjoy their own performances and those of others.  They can express their creativity through specialized programming such as the Delaware Theatre Company’s Playwriting Workshop where on stage residents present their own written monologues and short plays, and our annual Variety Show, featuring the originality and talent of our residents and staff.

Creative expression is important for seniors from every cultural and ethnic background regardless of age, economic status, or level of physical, emotional, or cognitive function.  Studies show that active minds improve quality of life and promote independence, better mental and physical health, and overall well-being.

Downs Cultural Center Programs

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Ingleside Homes
302-575-0250
1005 N Franklin St
Wilmington, DE 19806


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