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Arts Playlist: Delaware College of Art and Design turns 25

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The Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) in Wilmington celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022.

And in this week’s Arts Playlist, DCAD president Jean Dahlgren joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele to look back on its 25 years of work - and detail its plans to mark the anniversary.

Delaware Public Media's Kelli Steele interviews Delaware College of Art and Design president Jean Dahlgren.

The Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) marks its 25th anniversary in 2022.

Jean Dahlgren is president of the mid-Atlantic region’s only two-year professional art and design college.

"We’re very excited about being in downtown Wilmington for 25 years," said Dahkgren. "We were a part of the revitalization plan for downtown Wilmington and we think we’re living that out by bringing people to our downtown and having them participate in activities; they shop, they walk around and it really brings life back to downtown Wilmington. We’re excited about the next 25 and beyond.” 

Dahlgren says they hope to use the anniversary to hit an aggressive fundraising goal.

“We are trying to raise $1 million in new scholarship funds to help our students," Dahlgren said. "Many of our students and families come from working-class backgrounds and so therefore, can be somewhat under prepared for the costs involved in being an art and design student.”                                 

DCAD is planning a full calendar of events to celebrate its anniversary, including its 25th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, April 14.

That’s open to the public and will feature an exhibition of over 125 works of art from DCAD’s alumni.

DCAD was formed in 1997 as a partnership between the Pratt Institute and the Corcoran College of Art and Design

It offers five programs of study—animation, fine arts, graphic design, illustration and photography.

To date DCAD has graduated more than 1,200 students with credentials of an art and design education.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.