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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.

Watercolor, pen and ink, graphite on paper board, sheet: 22 3/8 x 22 in.
Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Helen Farr Sloan, 1981 / © Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York© Delaware Art Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Artist John Sloan is best known for his realist urban genre paintings and thanks to a bequest from his widow, the Delaware Art Museum is home to the largest collection of his art. This summer, the Wilmington museum shines a light on a lesser known aspect of the artist’s career.

Clifford Brown Jazz Trumpet Consortium

Some of the nation’s top trumpet players are in Wilmington this week for the inaugural Clifford Brown Jazz Trumpet Consortium.


Named in honor of jazz great and Wilmington native Clifford Brown, the workshop is the brainchild of professional trumpet player Al Hood, who has worked with artists such as Ray Charles and Wynton Marsalis.

Bluegrass and beer is on tap this weekend in Milford

Jun 11, 2015
Chester River Runoff

Delaware’s active festival scene has a new player.

The city of Milford will mix craft beer with bluegrass music at its inaugural Brewgrass Festival on Sunday.  

Beer tasters will receive a souvenir mason jar and can sample offerings from 11 craft breweries from Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore.


Delaware Women's Chorus heads overseas

Jun 6, 2015
Cathy Carter/Delaware Public Media

This month, the Delaware Women's Chorus will take their talents overseas on a trip to Ireland.

The itinerary includes visits to the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, Kilkenny, and Blarney Castle.

Wilmington abstract artist Ellen Priest has painted countless works - including a 17-year ongoing series of her expressions of various jazz recordings.


The Delaware Chamber Music Festival kicks off Friday June 12. It consists of four concerts over two weekends at the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington.

After thirty seasons, the Delaware Chamber Music Festival remains one of the best kept secrets in the First State. To celebrate their three decades long milestone, DCMF Artistic Director Barbara Govatos says she’s curated an anniversary set list that blends traditional and contemporary classical music.

The Grand Opera House

Opera Delaware has won the biggest grant in its history.  

The company has been awarded $450,000 from the Longwood Foundation.

The good news follows a particularly difficult year for the Wilmington arts organization.

Arts Playlist: Jimmy Webb - The Glen Campbell Years

May 29, 2015
Photo credit: © Sandra Gillard/Lightkeepers.

Songwriter Jimmy Webb has had many chart topping hits, spanning a wide variety of musical genres. He received his first gold record at age 18, was the National Songwriter Hall of Fame's youngest ever inductee and the only artist ever to receive Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.


But perhaps Webb's most enduring legacy is his musical partnership with Glen Campbell.

The Grand Opera House

Singer-songwriter Graham Nash will kick off the 2015-16 season at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington.  Nash is a two time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee with Crosby, Stills and Nash and The Hollies.

More than 60 shows have been announced for The Grand’s three venues: Copeland Hall, the baby grand, and the recently added Playhouse on Rodney Square.

Additional concerts and shows are expected to be added as more musical acts announce fall and winter tours.

New Biggs Museum sculpture is for the birds

May 25, 2015
Cathy Carter

Delawareans may have noticed a new addition to the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.

A large sculpture of over 2000 aluminum birds now highlights the museum’s newly reconstructed three- story entrance atrium.