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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.

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The Brandywine River Museum of Art re-opened this month after its forced coronavirus closure. 


And two exhibits planned earlier for this year are finally on display.



The Grand announced Monday it's laying off nearly 60 percent of their full time staff as COVID-19 cripples the arts industry.

Courtesy of the Delaware Historical Society. © Hank Willis Thomas. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

The Delaware Art Museum is open to visitors again, with an exhibit that resonates with the recent Black Lives Matter protests.

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An award-winning, best-selling author headlines this week’s Virtual Writers Conference - hosted by the Delaware Art Museum.


A new and improved website encompassing a studio art program targeting young people 7 to 13-years-old - is now live.


Image by DCAD photography student Adriana Dumphrey

A Black-owned gallery in Wilmington - The Sold Firm - is seeking works from Black artists for a new exhibition opening August 1, 2020.



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Another concert series recently became a coronavirus casualty.


The Riverfront Development Corporation recently canceled its Summer Concert Series.

But there is good news - something is coming to replace it.

Another major summer festival is not happening this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.



The Ladybug Music Festival is doing something different this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It’s going virtual.


Gable Music Ventures is taking the all-female festival, which started in Wilmington in 2012 and then added a second event in Milford in 2018, completely online.



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As Phase II of Delaware’s reopening offers more opportunities for people to find entertainment options outside of their homes, The Grand Opera House and the Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC) are partnering to offer a drive-in concert series in Wilmington.


The Delaware Tourism Office (DTO) is conducting a nationwide art contest, in an effort to find an artist to create a piece for the Cape May Lewes Ferry terminal entrance in Lewes.



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The Delaware Division of the Arts distributed its share of CARES Act relief funds to help organizations and artists in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Museums, theaters and other arts institutions across Delaware have been closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.


But as Delaware moves from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of its reopening plan - a number of them are starting to welcome visitors back through their doors.

That includes the Milton Theatre.



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The Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington is one of many art institutions and museums closed since March by coronavirus pandemic.



Delaware’s Poets Laureate, Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha,are among the 2020 Poets Laureate Fellows.


And the honor is giving them the chance to launch a new project.



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Museums across Delaware are getting creative during the Coronavirus pandemic.


While it’s been shut down, staff at The Delaware Contemporary in Wilmington worked on the launch of a public art initiative. And now that project is about to come to fruition.



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Like many arts and performance venues, the Freeman Stage in Selbyville is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. 


It's 2020 concert season this summer is currently on hold.



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The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington is ramping up its virtual programming as it remains closed during the coronavirus crisis.



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A woman instrumental in creating the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania has passed away.


Betsy James Wyeth died Tuesday; she was 98-years-old.


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Parents seeking a creative, engaging outlet for kids as they spend days learning at home could find a Wilmington artist’s online studio art program useful.


In this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele chats with Ellen Priest about her "Eyeball It" website and her own work.

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The City of Wilmington is rescinding all permits for public gatherings through at least the end of June in response to the coronavirus. 

The coronavirus pandemic forced arts organizations and museums across the First State to close, but for some that doesn’t mean being completely cut off from their audiences.

A number of them are getting creative as they seek ways to stay engaged with people who would normally stroll through their doors.

In this week’s Arts Playlist,Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele takes a “virtual” road trip to see what some these places are doing.


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Arts organizations and venues, museums, theatres and more stand to lose big as the Coronavirus pandemic rages on.

In this week’s Arts Playlist - Delaware Division of the Arts director Paul Weagraff discusses the impact Delaware’s arts’ community is feeling.

A viral video is making Wilmington resident Jason Berger a sensation.


Jason Berger became known as Delaware’s singing barista after a customer caught him serenading her husband while serving coffee at a Starbucks in Wilmington.

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Changes are coming to the Delaware Art Museum over the next several months.


The museum is significantly changing the way it presents its collections.



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A Delaware designer and artist has earned a bronze medal in the display gardens category at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show.

Delaware’s Twin Poets - Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Al Mills - are the subject of a new documentary.


Art for Life from the Wilmington-based production team Teleduction -premieres this week in Wilmington.



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Wilmington’s only arthouse cinema is undergoing changes. 

Art and basketball come together next month at a Delaware Blue Coats game in Wilmington.


The Philadelphia 76ers G League affiliate is teaming up with The Sold Firm for a pop-up art gallery and basketball-themed art competition featuring local visual artists duiring the team's March 21st game against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 76ers Fieldhouse.

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A New York City organist is coming to Delaware next weekend to play a concert dedicated to female composers.


Gail Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist and choral conductor and lecturer.