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DE222 Honoree: James Ray Rhodes

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Title: Executive Director

James Ray Rhodes

Workplace: Christina Cultural Arts Center

Alma Maters: Temple University, Wesley College, Hampton University

Boards: Kingswood Community Center, REACH Riverside, Ebony Tie Affair, Cornerstone Fellowship Baptist Church, MC917 (Monday Club Non-Profit Arm), City of Wilmington Licenses & Inspections Review Board

Q&A: What’s something interesting about you that isn’t on your resume? “I collect miniature owls, pens, and watches.”

James Ray Rhodes leads the Christina Cultural Arts Center, a nearly 80-year-old cultural institution that provides instruction in art, music, dance and theater to underserved populations in Wilmington. Serving more than 2,500 students annually, the CCAC offers one of the only integrated arts and academic programs in Delaware, utilizing the power of arts to promote school success and positive social behavior. Rhodes, who became executive director in 2019, has been a sought-after leader, chairing the Kingswood Community Center board in Wilmington’s Riverside community.

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