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Our Staff

Michele Anstine

Executive Director

 Michele Anstine holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Delaware . A native Delawarean, she began her career as Education Coordinator at the Read House and Gardens and later became Assistant CEO and Chief Program Officer for the Delaware Historical Society. She serves on the boards of The Tri-State Coalition of Historic Places and the Delaware Museum Association.

Ciera Fisher

Deputy Director & Senior Program Officer

Ciera FisherCiera Fisher comes to Delaware Humanities from the museum world. At DH Ciera works with programs including Literature and Medicine, the Annual Lecture, and special initiatives such as Nothing Less.

Erin Samarasinghe

Grant Officer

Erin Samarasinghe is pleased to join the DH staff as the Grant Officer, after years spent working in the museum sector. A passionate arts and humanities advocate and educator, Erin is excited to play a hands-on role with the grant-making process; from inception to implementation, and finally evaluation.

Casira Copes
Communications & Development Officer

Casira Copes is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a background in public relations, design, and English literacy education. An avid traveler and language learner, she values new opportunities for cultural exploration. Casira is a volunteer for YWCA Delaware and provides assistance for the Racial & Social Justice Program, as well as the WAND Program. Having grown up in Delaware, she is excited to continue working with local nonprofits and organizations to foster greater cultural and educational connections within the community.


Karla Leonard
Administrative Assistant

Karla Leonard is excited to join the Delaware Humanities staff as the Administrative Assistant and manages the Speakers program.  She comes from a diverse work background which includes several different areas of the legal field. She has 15 years of non-profit work experience with a trust company. Karla looks forward to her administrative role while helping others within our communities.

Danielle Levredge

Community Programs Officer

Danielle LevredgeDanielle Levredge comes on board with over ten years of experience in community advocacy and environmental conservation. From the Seaford, DE area, Danielle brings with her a firm belief in accessing and empowering statewide assets, organizations, and individuals. Additionally, Danielle is passionate about promoting understanding and awareness of LGBTQ+ identities, prioritizing racial equity, and sustainable environmental ethics. Previous roles include work with Public Allies Delaware, the PeaceCorps, Delaware State Parks, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware.


August 31, 2022 10:00 am
@Newark Senior Center
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August 31, 2022 10:00 am
@Newark Senior Center
September 8, 2022 1:15 pm
@Zwaanendael Museum
September 19, 2022 10:00 am
@Newark Senior Center
September 28, 2022 3:00 pm
@South Coastal Library


  • Black Lives Matter in Delaware

    June 10, 2020

    The killing of George Floyd has brought attention once again to systemic racial inequalities in America, and a lot has already been said. Rather than reiterate what so many in the Black community have been saying for generations, Delaware Humanities would instead like to place a spotlight on those voices in our state.

    There is never a better time to listen to those most affected by the ongoing atrocity of racism and injustice. The humanities help us to understand what it means to be human. With such a wide array of human experiences across cultures and communities, the only way to truly understand is to engage in the learning process both actively and reflectively….


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  • Delaware Humanities COVID-19 Message

    March 16, 2020

    Delaware Humanities believes that public health and safety are top priorities.

    With the growing prevalence of COVID-19, or Coronavirus, in Delaware, we are monitoring on a daily basis both federal and state guidance on how to minimize exposure to and spread of the virus. The health and peace of mind of our staff, board, partners, grantees, and program participants will guide our decision-making in the coming weeks.

    We will post updates on our website. We will also keep our calendar up to date. We recommend that you periodically visit us here at our website and on our calendar of events for the latest information on the status of program and grant-supported events.


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  • Fall Cycle FY21 Vision Grants Awarded!

    January 30, 2020

    Congratulations to all of our newly minted grantees – we awarded 7 Vision Grants, with funds totaling $68,750.00!

    * Bowers Beach Maritime Museum: Bowers Beach Buccaneer Bash
    * Delaware Historical Society: Women, Politics, and Activism Public Program Series
    * Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League: Delaware Main Street Marshall Plan Speaker Series
    * One Village Alliance: Girls Can Do Anything 2020!
    * Choir School of Delaware: Brush Up Your Shakespeare
    * The Colored Conventions Project/University of Delaware: Mary Ann Shadd Cary: Civil and Voting Rights Pioneer from Wilmington to Canada West
    * The Delaware Contemporary: A Contemporary Centennial: Representation Today


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