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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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This is the last week the public can comment on a final draft of the Delaware Division of the Arts’ (DDA) four-year strategic plan.

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The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington is turning to a familiar face to lead it.

The museum’s Board of Trustees recently named Molly Giordano its executive director.

Giordano has served as interim director for just over a year, and in this week’s Arts Playlist, she joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele to lay out where she sees the museum going.

Many arts organizations continue to struggle financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but one serving Kent and Sussex Counties is trying something new to help artists make some money.



The president of Kent County Code Purple is reviving his musical career - at least part time - for now.

Gallery 7 - Sloan Reinstallation 2020

The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington is reimagining its eight main floor galleries.



For the first time in decades, the Brandywine River Museum of Art is undergoing major renovations.


A Delaware native’s new book on Saudi Arabia is out.


Retired diplomat David Rundell, joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele to discuss Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads



Vancouver-based TidalWave Comics has profiled politicians in comic book form for over a decade - and now, it’s featuring President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in its “Political Power” series.

“Political Power: President Joe Biden” and “Political Power: Madam Vice President Kamala Harris” were released on Inauguration Day.

Michael Frizell wrote both and in this week’s Arts Playlist chats with Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele about these comic books.


The Choir School of Delaware is welcoming students back to its after-school program.




A new exhibit is coming to The Sold Firm Art Gallery in Wilmington, featuring the work of an artist currrently incarcerated at Vaughn Correctional Center (JTVCC) in Smyrna.

In this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele speaks with that artist, Sakana Walls, and Sold Firm founder Nataki Oliver about the exhibit.


The First State’s largest day of giving - Do More 24 Delaware - is coming up in just over a month.

And the Delaware Division of the Arts (DDA) is encouraging people to include the arts in their giving during the online campaign this March.


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The Delaware Contemporary - like many art institutions – closed for a good part of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, with a new year comes new life, starting with a Winter/Spring Season Series called “Objectifying the Object.”

In this week’s Arts Playlist, the Delaware Contemporary’s executive director Leslie Schaffer joins us to discuss the series and its efforts to present arts during the pandemic.

President-elect Biden’s two dogs - Champ and Major - are getting a lot of attention as they get ready to move into the White House this week.


And now a new book out about the two German Shepherds.

Photo from Jen Antonik

Award winning journalist and Magnolia resident Jennifer Antonik is taking a stab at writing for children.

Her first effort - The Music Man: Our Rootin’, Tootin’ Hero - was released last month.

She says the book is a biography of her late grandfather “Joe” Lear, Sr., following his path to a new passion as he founded the Milford Community Band 30 years ago.

Antonik joined Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele for this week’s Arts Playlist to discuss that book, and another one, Boops and Goobs Find A Home.



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The Freeman Stage in Selbyville hopes to get a jumpstart in 2021 with a larger venue and a new name.


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Delaware’s arts community was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Museums, galleries and theaters remain shuttered or limited by the virus, leaving many artists, writers and dancers out of work.


Now, Connections Community Support Programs - a state nonprofit behavioral health services support provider - hopes to help that group with affordable housing.


The group's communications director Theresa Buchanan joined Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele on this week’s Arts Playlist to discuss the project.


Salvador Dali's Illustrations for Les Chants de Maldoror and The Divine Comedy

The Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover is closed to the public through Saturday, January 30, 2021, in response to the growing COVID numbers in the First State and the recent stay-at-home advisory issued by Gov. John Carney. 


But there is still plenty to see - virtually.



Sussex Tech High School’s most recent teacher of the year is melding her graphic design skills with art therapy.

Kelli Gehrke teaches digital publishing and print design at Sussex Tech - a job that’s required some extra creativity since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

In Arts Playlist, Gehrke chats with Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele about using art in a therapeutic fashion to help student express themselves and cope with stress and anxiety.

Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington is able to stay open during Gov. Carney’s current stay-at-home advisory. 


And the museum is taking the opportunity this month to salute frontline workers who have helped communities during the pandemic.



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The Grand Opera House’s holiday light show is far exceeding expectations.

Because of huge sales, the light show on the Wilmington Riverfront is adding another six nights to bring in even more people.

Historic Odessa Foundation

The Historic Odessa Foundation (HOF)  is breaking from its holiday tradition of presenting indoor holiday tours featuring yuletide vignettes inspired by classic children’s literature.

But the foundation is still celebrating the season outdoors.

Melomanie CD Covers

A second downtown Wilmington arts organization is providing virtual music offerings this holiday season.

Melomanie’s five-member ensemble is presenting a series of 30-minute streamed concerts.

Cartoon Christmas Trio

Virtual concerts are the new norm as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. And two downtown Wilmington arts organizations are taking to the virtual realm to continue bringing music this holiday season.

Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and the Choir School of Delaware are launching a new partnership.

The Choir School is Winterthur’s Artists-in-Residence for the winter 2020 and spring 2021 seasons.

Beethoven’s upcoming 250th birthday will be recognized locally this month.

Serafin and Friends will celebrate the master pianist and composer Ludwig van Beethoven with a concert at The Music School of Delaware’s Wilmington Concert Hall on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7 p.m.

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There’s a new twist on a traditional event this year. 

The Delaware Art Museum’s Winter Arts Festival is now simply the Winter Festival, and taking an al fresco approach.

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People driving on I-95 through Wilmington may see a flash of lights near Frawley Stadium this holiday season.

In absence of holiday music performances, The Grand in Wilmington is looking to the visual arts for a way to spread cheer this winter season.

Twilight on Rabbit Hill Farm - painting by Nancy R. Thomas

Artists from The Artists Gallery in Chestertown, Maryland are featured in The Historic Odessa Foundation’s final exhibit of the year.

“Oneness in Spirit: Art from the Artists’ Gallery in Chestertown,” is on display through December 30, 2020 at the Foundation’s Visitors Center.

Nicky Wyeth's historic tinplate model train layout.

The wonder of the holiday season is already underway at the Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.

This year’s holiday show is titled Holiday Magic at Brandywine.

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After a pandemic-reduced Delaware State Fair this year, organizers expect more preparation to bring better times in 2021.