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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 Delaware Theatre Company has a new hit show on their hands.  Ticket sales for “Because of Winn-Dixie,” have been so strong, the Wilmington playhouse  recently announced it’s extended the musical’s run.

Arts Playlist: Green Day's "American Idiot" at City Theater Co.

Apr 10, 2015

  When Green Day announced that their platinum selling album “American Idiot” would be adapted for the stage, it surprised both the musical theater community and the band’s punk rock fanbase.

But just as the 2004 concept album cemented the band as a stadium filling rock act, the musical went on to become a huge hit on Broadway. “American Idiot” won two Tony Awards, its soundtrack picked up a Grammy and touring versions of the show have seen been launched in cities from London to Tokyo.


And now, the punk rock opera is being staged by Wilmington’s City Theater Company.

Delaware Art Museum receives matching gift funds

Apr 9, 2015
Delaware Art Museum

The Delaware Art Museum announced today that it hit a goal of fundraising over $85,000. That makes the Museum ready to receive a matching gift of $75,000 from the Jessie Ball duPont fund.

Museum officials say the goal of the matching gift challenge was to create a culture of philanthropy by encouraging individual donors to step up their contributions.

Mark Reeve/Delaware Century Farm Portraits

 The history of some of Delaware’s oldest agricultural farms and families are being preserved in paintings.


The Delaware Century Farm Portraits Projects will feature oil paintings of the First State’s oldest Century farms, agricultural properties that have been owned by the same family and farmed continuously for more than 100 years.

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.