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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.

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."

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The upcoming 2020 Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artist Virtual Retreat brings arts educators together from across the region to build a network of qualified teaching artists.



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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.