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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 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.



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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.


DiAE Photo

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.

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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


A full slate of big-name performers are coming to the Freeman Arts Pavilion this summer.

Rehoboth Art League

The Rehoboth Art League (RAL) welcomes spring with a new exhibition series.



Photo from Delaware's Tourism Office

A new interactive piece of artwork is on display at the Delaware Botanic Gardens in Sussex County.

April is National Poetry Month and a Sussex County arts nonprofit plans to celebrate with a poetry series.


Rehoboth Art League

A sculpture by an award-winning artist now sits in the atrium at City Hall in Rehoboth Beach.

Hagley Museum and Library

One of the most comprehensive industrial film company collections now lives in Delaware.


And in this week’s Arts Playlist, Hagley curator Kevin Martin joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele discuss the Cinecraft Productions collection.


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Some performance venues in Delaware may qualify for a chunk of the latest round of federal COVID relief.

Staff members at the Historic Odessa Foundation are providing a peek at their personal art collections.



A new exhibition called opens this weekend at the Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington.


Collecting and Connecting: Recent Acquisitions, 2010-2020 samples the last 10 years’ worth of  additions to the museum’s collection while offering a behind-the-scenes look of how it builds that collection.



"Sunset Grid #1," 2018, gouache on paper

The latest exhibition at the Mezzanine Gallery in Wilmington is up this month - featuring 18 paintings from Silver Spring, Maryland resident Connie Simon.



Delaware Division of the Arts

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.