ARTS & COMMUNITY

As a community activist, Del'Shawn is also the youngest recipient of the South Bend Hometown Hero Award for his work as a music educator. As an advocate for the arts in public schools, Del’Shawn recently created a curriculum for middle school music classes with the goal of bridging the gap between music educators and today's inner-city students. The curriculum tied together the history of classical music and hip hop, the stories of the students, professional symphony musicians, professional singers, and community composers. It culminated with a recording session of original music by the students with professional musicians. In addition to teaching music at every level, Del'Shawn has also created music programs for the Boys & Girls Club. He has served as the music director for Sacred Heart Parish, Zior United Church of Christ, Hillcrest United Methodist, and guest directed at several other churches. He served as the musical director for Musical Mission Tour for 6 years and served as a Board Member. He has served as the musical director for several musical productions such as Caroline or Change, Annie, the Little Mermaid, Peter Pan, Shrek Jr., Into the Woods Jr. and many more. Del’Shawn currently serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the South Bend Symphony and is working with community leaders, musicians, and elected officials to create the city's first arts council. This council will work to ensure equity and accessibility within the arts community in South Bend. Equally passionate about equity within the arts and working with arts organizations to develop meaningful and long lasting relationships with underrepresented communities. He works as an Associate Manger of Student Operations at Guild Education in Denver, Colorado. This October, Del'Shawn released first children's book titled "Do You Know What Makes a Man". This will be the first book in his Believe It Achieve It series for Black youth. He is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, the National Association for Music Education, the National Black MBA Association, and Americans for the Arts. He also serves on the DEI committee of the Thompson St. Opera Company.