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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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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.


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Delaware State University is offering a virtual exhibition of the works of alumnus Guy Miller.

The exhibition is called Subversion:  Not A Bird, Not A Plane.

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The Schwartz Center in downtown Dover hosted a rare performance last week as officials continue to look to bring the venue back in a more permanent way.

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Dover officials dedicated recently finished murals in the city’s downtown Friday.

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A new exhibition telling the stories of essential workers during a pandemic is coming to the Delaware Art Museum.


“Seeing Essential Workers Through A New Lens” opens November 11 and focuses on essential workers in the City of Wilmington. 


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A former ILC Dover employee’s new book examines the company and its work on the space suit that astronauts wore for the first walk on the moon.



Delmarva’s community handbell ensemble, the Capital Ringers, is producing a virtual holiday performance.


In this week’s Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele chats with group’s founder and artistic director Linda Simms about the show - Tidings of Comfort and Joy Holidays 20-20.



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The Delaware Division of the Arts is gearing up to take public input on its new strategic plan for Fiscal Years 2022 through 2026. Here's how you can get involved.

There’s a new book out that highlights Delaware’s must-dos, must-sees and must-eats.


“100 Things to Do in Delaware Before You Die,” comes from Rachel Kipp and her husband Dan Shortridge.

The coronavirus pandemic won’t prevent an annual jazz event from happening in Rehoboth Beach this week.



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Delaware Pacem in Terris is showcasing the opening of a virtual art museum. 


The 53-year-old peace and justice nonprofit created the museum for its 5th annual Visionary Peace Youth Art Exhibition.


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The 2020 Big Draw Festival is underway with events planned throughout October.


And in this week’s Arts Playlist, the festival’s chair Rosemary Connelly joins Delaware Public Media's Kelli Steele to discuss this year’s largely virtual event.


Delaware Shakespeare is moving its annual fundraiser event next month online - due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Delaware Symphony Orchestra plans to go ahead with its new season, but it will be conducted virtually.

The COVID-19 pandemic is prompting the orchestra to offer a fully digital 2020-2021 season, with no in-person audience shows.


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A new photography exhibit is on display at the Historic Odessa Foundation.


It’s called “A Wealth of Nature:  Photographs by Jane Mruk.”


And in this week’s Arts Playlist, Mruk speaks with Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele about her career and what she hopes this exhibit will inspire.


The first live chamber music performance of the season happens this weekend at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington.



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The latest book from Townsend-based author Dante Brizill is out.

“Red Ball Express:” is the second in Dante Brizill's “Greatness Under Fire” series.

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Imagine being 24-years-old and being hired to work as the official White House photographer. That’s what happened to New Mexico author and photographer David Lienemann. 


And in this week's Arts Playlist, he discusses his book on his work chronicling Joe Biden's time as Vice President.



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Delaware Shakespeare gets a boost from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Capernaum by Frank Williams (RAL Photo)

The Rehoboth Art League (RAL) hosts three new exhibitions starting this Friday on its historic Henlopen Acres Campus.



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The city of Milford is providing funding for an arts festival in the city.


But it’s going against its own regulations to do so.

A new book detailing the history of a popular Delmarva Scout Camp in Sharptown, Maryland is now on sale.



The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many events to postpone or cancel over the past five months. But one Rehoboth organization is determined to bring live music to the area:


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The Grand Opera House and the Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC) partnered this summer to offer a drive-in concert series on the Wilmington Riverfront.



Art by John Mavroudis, courtesy of Moonalice

A former Delaware governor is trying his hand at a new skill — songwriting.  The first of his songs to be produced was released this week.

Lynden Prosser (Photo courtesy of Leanne Silacato Prosser)

A rising 7th grader from Lewes makes his big screen debut this weekend.


Lynden Prosser voices the main character in a Japanese anime film called “Children of the Sea."