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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.

Arts Playlist: Delaware's Poet Laureate

Mar 29, 2015

In April, poetry takes center stage with National Poetry Month. Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.

Delaware’s Poet laureate JoAnn Balingit says its a great opportunity for readers to rediscover the power of this literary form.

Michael Arnold took piano lessons for two years as a boy. 

He stopped playing in the third grade, but often wished he had kept at it.

Three years ago, his wife and kids gave him piano lessons as a birthday gift.

Arts Playlist: DCCA exhibition on its way to NYC

Mar 20, 2015

An exhibition that originated at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts is heading to Wall Street.

On April 1st, the show will open at New York City’s Museum of American Finance.

The solo exhibition by Philadelphia based artist Emily Erb first opened at the DCCA in October 2013.

Schwartz Center for the Arts launches "rebirth"

Mar 18, 2015
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Dover’s Schwartz Center for the Arts is pledging to bring more national acts and community involvement to its downtown Dover performance space.

The 600-person theater will host a 7-show concert series to launch what Schwartz Executive Director Sydney Artz says is a new beginning or “rebirth” of the former Opera House.

Biggs Museum of American Art

Delaware artist William D. White studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and briefly studied with Brandywine School artist Gayle Porter Hoskins, a student of renowned First State illustrator, Howard Pyle.

During the span of his decade’s long career, White created illustrations for magazines and landscape paintings in the regional style of important artists like Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton.

Biggs Museum names new executive director

Mar 15, 2015
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The Biggs Museum of American Art appointed a new executive director Wednesday.

Charles Guerin is a Chicago native who is armed with 25 years of experience as chief executive officer of three nationally prominent museums, including the University of Arizona Museum of Art and University of Wyoming Art Museum. His most recent post was the executive director of The Hyde Collection in Glen Falls, New York.

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The Music School of Delaware in Wilmington employs nearly 100 educators and provides by-audition students a full symphony experience with the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra. The young ensemble will present their annual Spring concert on March 14th when the 70- plus member orchestra will perform among other pieces, selections from “West Side Story.”

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George Thorogood is coming home to Delaware. The 1968 Brandywine High School graduate plays Tuesday at The Grand Opera House in his hometown of Wilmington.

Thorogood has fond memories of growing up in the First State, including playing his first ever gig with his band the Destroyers at the University of Delaware.  The band’s long time drummer Jeff Simon booked their inaugural show at Lane Hall, a dormitory on UD’s Newark campus.

Opera comes to the beach this weekend

Mar 8, 2015

Opera singer Andrea Arena made her professional debut at Opera Delaware shortly after graduating from the University of Delaware.

She has since performed in such productions as “Madame Butterfly,” “La Travita” and “Carmen” for opera companies from New York City to Des Moines.

On Sunday, the Delawarean will display her powerful voice in Rehoboth Beach for a benefit concert for the Italian American service organization, UNICO.  The program will include classical Italian music, opera selections and sacred music followed by a reception.

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235 employees of Delaware state agencies and their families submitted artwork for the fourth annual State Employee Exhibition and Contest.

The participating artists came from across the state and region and 21 were recognized for their excellence and chosen to exhibit at Delaware State University’s Arts Center and Gallery.

Delaware Division of the Arts Deputy Director Kristen Pleasanton, says the event provides state employees an opportunity to share their artistic talent.

Requiem for 9/11, the elegiac work composed by Wilson Gault Somers, evokes the initial despair and ultimate hope that many Americans felt in the aftermath of the tragedy, a transition compressed into less than 60 minutes.

The composition honoring the triumph of the human spirit, which debuts Nov. 25 at the Grand Opera House, was more than 10 years in the making and brings together a chamber orchestra, five solo singers, and the New Ark Chorale.