Stuart B. Young, arts advocate
As an enduring, effective arts advocate, Stuart B. Young is called relentless, indefatigable and enlightening. Enlightened, too, for recognizing how the arts boost economic development as well as cultural enrichment. As Delaware College of Art and Design board chair (2002-2010), the Wilmington attorney developed its first capital campaign, raising $4.8 million that funded a state-of-the-art library and technology center and spurred significant continuing growth. He was key in raising $21.5 million in the 1990s to establish the Delaware Arts Stabilization Fund and its nonprofit umbrella, Artco. It assists arts institutions with expenses related to physical facilities. Young initiated and facilitated a commission for a colorful triptych by nationally known artist Robert Goodenough for the New Castle County Courthouse atrium. He’s served as president of the Delaware Art Museum’s board and chair of the Delaware State Arts Council for eight years throughout Gov. Mike Castle’s administration.