Arts and Letters
From the time of its founding in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has maintained a commitment to Literature and the Creative and Performing Arts. One of our Founders, Osceola McCarthy Adams, a distinguished actress, was directress of the Harlem School of the Arts, during the Depression. From Dorothy Maynard to Leontyne Price, from Nikki Giovanni to Judith Jamieson and many others, Deltas have been leaders in the Arts.
The Arts and Letters Commission serves to develop and utilize the resources of both Monmouth County Alumnae Chapter and the community to support and advance Creative and Performing Arts that reflect the African-American experience. The Commission coordinates the annual Music! Music! Music! Program which serves as a platform for the presentation of scholarships by Educational Development. Additionally, in 2006, the committee addressed the need for increased emphasis on Arts in the Middle Schools. From this, DREAMS (Deltas Reinforcing the Existence of Art in the Middle Schools) was born.
For nearly 26 years, MCAC's Arts and Letters Commission has sponsored an annual activity which showcases talented youth and recognizes area High School graduating seniors. Focusing on students from elementary through high school, the Chapter encourages their success in the Arts by expanding their opportunity for exposure. This cultural activity builds self-esteem for its participants while providing family-centered entertainment for the community. MCAC's Music! Music! Music! Program was initially titled by our late beloved Soror, Ivery O. Wilson. In addition, the Arts and Letters Commission recently launched "Delta's Bookmark". The "Bookmark" consists of monthly book club meetings where MCAC and members of the community are encouraged to gather and enjoy intellectual, cultural, and exciting discussions with a spirit of fun, gratitude, and generosity.
The Arts and Letters Commission continues to stimulate interests and serves as an educational strategy in areas of Arts and Letters; offering the opportunity to expand interests in and appreciation for the Visual and Performing Arts.
Arts and Letters Programs