JMFF to bring mural project to Milford Central Academy


Selbyville, DE The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, a fundraising nonprofit arts organization based in Selbyville, Delaware, has selected Milford Central Academy as the next Sussex County middle school to participate in its mural project, as a way to bolster confidence and inspiration within the student body. Starting February 29th, students at the school will participate in a week-long exercise that will produce large personalized murals to hang throughout the school. All 1,100 students at Milford Central Academy, which is the seventh school in Sussex County to take part in this project, will be painting along with members of the faculty.

“As one of the few arts organizations in the area, we wanted to find a way to impact and inspire Sussex County students in an immediate way, while providing visual stimulation for future students in the years to come,” said Joshua M. Freeman Foundation Executive Director Patti Grimes. “Studies have shown that students with an active participation in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, lower drop-out rates, and even improve attitudes about community service.”

Leading the way with paint brushes will be local artist John Donato. Mr. Donato will lend his artistic and leadership skills throughout the process as he assists the students develop ideas for their artwork and later paint them onto the mural pieces. The overall theme for the mural at Milford Central Academy will consist of personalized book spines that are painted by each student. Once complete, the school will host a public reveal of their students’ artistic creations on March 7th.

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was established in 2007 to honor Josh Freeman, the former Chair of the Carl M. Freeman Foundation, after his untimely death in December of 2006. The current focus of the Foundation is The Freeman Stage at Bayside, an outdoor performing arts venue located near Fenwick Island, DE, which attracts an average of 50,000 visitors a year, including over 10,000 outreach guests. For more information on either, please visit or call 302-436-3015.