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Delaware Public Media's coverage of stories involving the arts in Delaware.

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.

Freeman Arts Pavilion officials say the 2021 season at Selbyville venue has been a huge success, despite seating people in pods because of the COVID pandemic.


But, pod seating is undergoing some changes:


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Delaware Shakespeare’s Summer Festival is back after a year of lockdown. 

And one of the performances at Rockwood Park delivers multiple interpretations of Shakespeare’s play “As You Like It.”

Delaware Public Media’s Delaware Community Foundation intern Kayla Williams recently checked out a performance to meet those behind it.

Gilberto Rodriguez photo

An Ellendale artist looking to give back to the community he’s called home since the 1990’s with a public mural.


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The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival returns live and in person this year.

Jacalyn Beam / Historic Odessa Foundation

There’s a new exhibit at the Historic Odessa Foundation.

It’s called American Impressions: Plein Air Paintings. And the artist is Jacalyn Beam from Centerville

On this week’s Arts Playlist, Beam joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele to discuss her background, her art, and this latest exhibit of her plein air oil paintings.

Home No. 9 - Ocean Drive in North Shores

This year’s 71st annual Rehoboth Art League (RAL) Cottage Tour has been held virtually but that's about to change.


Biggs Museum of American Art

With pandemic restrictions lifted, venues like the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover are ramping back up.  And this summer, the Biggs is offering plenty of reasons to visit.

In addition to its events and exhibits, the Biggs is working to create a more robust experience.

And in this week’s Arts Playlist, Biggs curator Ryan Grover joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele to explain their efforts and some of the summer programs they’re offering.

The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington premieres a new dance performance Thursday night.


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The Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC) is bringing back its summer concert series after the pandemic forced a hiatus last year.


A Philadelphia program that allows EBT card holders to visit arts institutions at a discounted rate expands to Delaware.

Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House in Wilmington announces its first wave of indoor shows since the coronavirus started over a year ago. 


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The Grand Opera House in Wilmington is preparing to resume indoor shows after being closed by the pandemic for over a year.


But before that, The Grand is offering some summer lawn concerts at Rockwood Park. 


Craig and Fred on the Maine coast near their home

A service dog training program in Maine State Prison is the setting for a new book from author and former Marine Craig Grossi.

Grossi’s second book is called Second Chances:  A Marine, His Dog, and Finding Redemption.

In this week’s Arts Playlist, Grossi chats with Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele about his latest work.


Delmarva’s community handbell ensemble, the Capital Ringers, is releasing a new virtual show this summer.


There’s a new exhibition coming to the Brandywine River Museum of Art this summer.

Ralston Crawford:  Air + Space + War  features the work of the modernist artist best known for his abstract representations of urban life and industry.

Brandywine River Museum of Art curator Amanda Burdan joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele on this week’s Arts Playlist to preview this exhibit.


Serafin Summer Music returns live next week with a three- week Chamber Music Festival.


The schedule offers seven concerts open to the public, live and live streamed from the Concert Hall at The Music School of Delaware in Wilmington.

And in this week’s Arts Playlist Serafin Summer Music’s artistic director Kate Ransom chats with our Kelli Steele about these concerts and their themes.

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There’s a new book out from the chef on Delaware’s tall ship - the Kalmar Nyckel.




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The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover is gearing up for a series of summer and fall exhibits.



Delaware Shakespeare brings back its Summer Festival with three outdoor events at Rockwood Park in Wilmington.



State of Delaware/Division of the Arts

Paul Weagraff took over as director of the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2006

But that 15 year run ends July 31st when Weagraff leaves to explore new opportunities.

Weagraff is no stranger to Delaware Public Media. He’s spoken to us many times over the years about all things arts-related in the First State.

And in this week’s Arts Playlist, he returns one more time to chat with Kelli Steele about his career with the Division of the Arts and what’s next for him and the Division.

A new collaboration is combining academics with music this summer.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra

The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns to live, in-person concerts this fall for its 2021-2022 season.



Velocipede Time Machine and designer Bruce Rosenbaum (Hagley Photo)


A unique piece of art recently arrived at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington.

Starting June 1, a thousand-pound Steampunk sculpture called the Velocipede Time Machine will greet visitors in the lobby of Hagley’s Nation of Inventors exhibition.

And in this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele chats with its designer, Bruce Rosenbaum.


The Swamp Joker (Figure of Consumption), David Smith, stoneware

The Rehoboth Art League (RAL) hosts a series of five new exhibitions, debuting at its galleries Friday.


Millsboro author David Salner’s latest book - A Place to Hide - is out.

In this week’s Arts Playlist, Salner joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele to discuss the book, how it connects to his life, and the themes of cultural engagement it touches on.


Rebecca Wisniewski

Milford High School senior Rebecca Wisniewski represents Delaware this weekend in the annual Poetry Out Loud competition.


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The Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DiAE) is bringing back its signature event this week.

Spotlight - an Evening of the Arts is this Friday and will be livestreamed from The Delaware Contemporary.

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Art Museum’s resident classical ensemble, the Pyxis Piano Quartet, says good-bye to the galleries where they debuted more than 10 years ago.



A public poetry project is coming to Wilmington this weekend.


Write Outside Your Window: A Public Poetry Project to Uplift All Voices” takes place at Wilmington’s 7th and West Streets Park this Sunday, April 25.

Biggs Museum of American Art

Two new exhibitions are up and running at The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.

In this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele chats with Biggs curator Ryan Grover