DE Division of the Arts - Arts Learning
The Delaware Division of the Arts is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Take a whirlwind tour of the thriving arts learning scene in Delaware, with behind-the-scenes visits to the Christina Cultural Arts Center, VSA Delaware and Rehoboth Writers Guild.
DE Division of the Arts - Visual Arts
The Delaware Division of the Arts is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Take a whirlwind tour of the thriving visual arts scene in Delaware, with behind-the-scenes visits to the Millsboro Art League, Newark Arts Alliance and Mispillion Art League.
DE Division of the Arts - Community Dance
The Delaware Division of the Arts is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Take a whirlwind tour of the thriving community dance scene in Delaware, with behind-the-scenes visits to the Mid-Atlantic Ballet, Sankofa African Dance Company, and ecarte dance theatre.
DE Division of the Arts - Community Chorale
The Delaware Division of the Arts is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Take a whirlwind tour of the thriving community chorale scene in all three counties in Delaware, with behind-the-scenes visits to the Delaware Choral Society, Rainbow Chorale, and the Southern Delaware Chorale.
DE Division of the Arts - Community Theater
The Delaware Division of the Arts is dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. Take a whirlwind tour of the thriving community theater scene in all three counties in Delaware, with behind-the-scenes visits to The Children’s Theatre Inc., Possum Point Players, and the Wilmington Drama League.
Beyond the Stage
Executive Director Bud Martin shares how the Delaware Theatre Company's nationally recognized education programs reach out to all sectors of the community. From at-risk-youth to individuals with developmental disabilities, from school children and young playwrights to seniors, the DTC enjoys giving back to and being inspired by the community.
Bud Martin, Executive Director of the Delaware Theatre Company shares his thoughts about theater creating connections between people by sharing stories.
Still The One!
The historic Grand Opera House has been a regional landmark for more than 135 years. "The Grand Lady of Market Street" has played host to thousands of renowned entertainers and performing artists. As beautiful new wide-angle shots display this historic venue in all its glory, Executive Director Steve Bailey tells how and why so many top performing artists continue to come home to the Grand.
Summer Reading and So Much More!
The Appoquinimink Community Library makes summer reading fun! See how the staff finds creative ways to supplement their annual Summer Library Reading Program with the arts.
Mispillion Art League
The Mispillion Art League is a non-profit visual arts organization located in downtown Milford. Mark Schanne sits down with Paul Weagraff to discuss how the Art League has been at the center of downtown Milford's revitalization.
The Delaware Art Museum's Glory of Stories
The Delaware Art Museum is best known for its collection of British
Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators. The Museum also offers many educational and community programs as well, including the popular weekly family program Glory of Stories.
Totally Awesome Players (TAP)
The Totally Awesome Players (TAP) Program, established in 1992, has become the cornerstone of the Delaware Theatre Company's Youth-At-Risk Program. TAP employs acting skills and the creation of a play to increase the social skills and creativity of young people with intellectual disabilities.
Art Therapy Express
Art Therapy Express uses the unique power of the arts to allow children, teenagers and adults with physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges to express themselves.
For the Love of Music
The Newark Symphony Orchestra has performed as a community orchestra since its founding in 1966. The orchestra currently includes about 80 performing musicians of all backgrounds, who share a love of classical music. www.newarksymphony.org
The Story of a Lifetime
Seniors have stories - lots of stories. And the Delaware Theatre Company believes they're worthy of the stage. Delaware Theatre Company's education department, led by Director of Education and Community Engagement Charles Conway, has been conducting a playwriting residency at Ingleside Retirement Apartments in Wilmington. In an effort to promote productive aging, and based on the successful structure of DTC's own Delaware Young Playwrights Festival, Conway met with the residents to write, edit and perform original short plays.
Arts for All!
Christina Cultural Arts Center is a premier community school of the arts with a mission to make affordable arts education and multicultural programs accessible to children, teens and adults in a family environment. CCAC's leading edge programs promote self-development, healthy lifestyles, social change, educational success and economic empowerment.
Boeing Boeing: A Retro Romp
Fasten your seat belts for high-flying hijinks when Boeing Boeing comes in for a landing on DTC's stage! In this first-class 1960s French farce, Parisian playboy Bernard juggles the arrivals and departures of his three flight attendant fiancées, each unaware of the other…until an old friend's surprise visit causes turbulence. Laughter takes off in the 2008 Tony Award® winner The New York Times calls "pure pleasure."
Smyrna Opera House
The Smyrna Opera House is located in one of the fastest growing sections of Delaware. Executive Director David Keller talks to Paul Weagraff about how the Opera House is involved with the community, including partnering with area businesses and schools.
Meet Bud Martin
As Executive Director of the Delaware Theatre Company, and the director of many of its shows, Bud Martin isn't usually the man on the stage. Get to know a little bit more about Bud, how he caught the theater bug, and how he approaches his role as director.
The Biggs Museum of American Art
Since 1993, the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, has preserved, cultivated and exhibited the artworks and ideas contained in its collection. Curator, Ryan Grover, talks to Paul Weagraff about the Biggs serves as a resource to artists in the community, and to the community itself.
The Freeman Stage at Bayside
The Freeman Stage at Bayside, an outdoor performing arts venue located near Fenwick Island, provides unique arts experiences to almost 40,000 visitors annually. Patti Grimes, Executive Director of The Freeman Stage sits with Paul Weagraff to discuss the cultural and economic impact the Freeman Stage brings to Sussex County.
Have Art, Will Travel
In the early years of the Rehoboth Art League, founder Louise Chambers Corkran arranged for artists to work with disadvantaged children through the Children’s Beach House in Lewes. Today, in partnership with many organizations, the Rehoboth Art League sends artists throughout Sussex County to leverage the arts to enhance the quality of life for many. A special focus is working with children and elderly adults who do not have the resources to travel or take RAL classes. For many, this experience opens up a new world of opportunity for creative expression.
Art Therapy Express
Art Therapy Express is dedicated to introducing adaptive technology and providing programs that support all individuals to communicate through the arts. Lisa Bartoli, Executive Director of Art Therapy Express sits down with Paul Weagraff to discuss Art Therapy's commitment to making the Arts accessible to everyone.
An Island Getaway
Join the Delaware Theatre Company for their first production of a major musical! Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war. This deeply-felt drama remains as relevant today as it was in 1949, featuring such timeless favorites as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair,” “This Nearly Was Mine,” and “There is Nothin’ Like a Dame.”
The Grand Opera House
The iconic Grand Opera House has anchored the City of Wilmington and provided exceptionally diverse entertainment for over 135 years. Host Paul Weagraff sits down with The Grand's Steve Bailey to discuss the historic theater's continued cultural and economic impact on the community.
The Music School of Delaware
The Music School of Delaware was founded in 1924 and offers programs for people of all ages and all levels. President and CEO Kate Ransom sits down with Paul Weagraff to discuss The Music School's commitment to cultural diversity and community engagement.
Dancing and Dreaming
Founded in 1971 by Dover City Councilman Reuben Salters, The Inner City Cultural League, Inc. fulfills a need in the central Delaware community. The mission of the Inner City Cultural League, Inc. is to provide relevant cultural programs that will positively impact and improve the lives of less advantaged families--especially community youth--through the performing and visual arts that will awaken the genius within, ignite the human spirit, and create an awareness of the value of the arts in social, economic, and educational development.
Mélomanie, meaning the love of music, connects audiences, composers and performers through concerts that pair early and contemporary music. Tracy Richardson sits down with Paul Weagraff to discuss Mélomanie's music and connection to the community.
The Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education
Danny Peak of The Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education sits down with Paul Weagraff to discuss how the DIAE is committed to providing unique Arts experiences and programs to Delawareans of all ages.
The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, founded in 1979, explores topical issues in contemporary art and society. DCCA presents a variety of educational and outreach programs, gallery tours of ever-changing exhibits, and programs that integrate contemporary arts into the public school curriculum, featuring collaboration with underserved community groups. Executive Director Maxine Gaiber discusses the organizations impact with Paul Weagraff.
First State Ballet Theatre
Whether they are on a stage or in a schoolroom, First State Ballet Theatre serves the community with its stunning performances and educational outreach programs.
The Delaware Theatre Company invites you to see a holiday classic like you've never seen it before. Charles Dickens' timeless tale gets a merry retelling in this WORLD PREMIERE adaptation of A Christmas Carol. Five actors portray over 20 characters, exploring new facets of this canonical classic, in an adaptation by Patrick Barlow.
Pegasus ArtWorks, the Arts Program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Delaware, enhances, builds and supports the arts programming in all 42 club sites throughout the state. Pegasus strives to inspire and enable young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens and to prepare youth for successful adulthood through the arts
Charles Parks: Working Artist
The essence of sculpture is its ability to capture the structural harmony that pervades all forms of life. It creates symbols that have spiritual meaning for both the sculptor and the observer. Such is the vision that governs the work of Charles Parks, a Delaware artist who has created more than 500 figurative sculptures during the last half century.
DTC: The Outgoing Tide
The Delaware Theatre Company presents "The Outgoing Tide", featuring actors Peter Strauss, Ian Lithgow and Michael Learned. This drama by Barrymore Award-winning playwright Bruce Graham, and directed by Executive Director Bud Martin, runs from Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, October 28 at DTC before a six-week run in New York City.
There’s a LOT to do this Summer!
This summer, the Arts are everywhere in Delaware! Be informed about the most interesting, entertaining, and compelling arts and cultural events happening throughout the state! Festivals, concerts, theater and hands-on learning opportunities are all available on one, very cool calendar:
Delaware Scene.com. Sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts.
Mary Page Evans: Force of Nature
Glimpse into the life and work of one of Delaware's most beloved artists and citizen activists, Mary Page Evans. Her love of nature, light and above all, color, exudes from her brushes and even her hands as she creates each canvas.
(From the documentary film Mary Page Evans: Force of Nature.)
Delaware’s Off-Broadway Experience
For 18 years, the City Theater Company has entertained people from the area with a unique way of presenting theater. Paul Weagraff speaks with Producing Artistic Director Michael Gray about the group's mission to create a body of work for the stage that is consistently high-quality, provocative, and new.
Market Street Music
Market Street Music creates inspiring musical experiences of the highest artistic standards for audiences and performing musicians in the Delaware Valley. Artistic Director David Schelat talks with Paul Weagraff about Market Street Music's committment to remaining accessible to all audiences and to supporting artists of all ages and abilities.
Wilmington Drama League
For over 75 years, the Wilmington Drama League has invited audiences to experience quality theatre – tales of comedy, beloved musicals, and classic drama. Kathy Buterbaugh, VP Production chats with Paul Weagraff about the Drama League's quality performances, educational programs, volunteer opportunities and their Chrysalis children’s wing.
The Biggs Museum and the Campus Community School bring the magic of the arts to young students through the Junior Docent program. Students explore the museum collection and learn to interpret and lead discussions about the works they discover there.
CoroAllegro is an ensemble of dedicated avocational singers (professional and experienced amateur) devoted to the accomplished performance of a wide variety of fine choral literature, with particular emphasis on less frequently performed works. Paul Weagraff speaks with Music Director Jack Burnam about the singers and the wide variety of venues in which they perform.
Developing Community Through the Arts
The Newark Arts Alliance strives to provide the citizens of greater Newark with the opportunity to explore and display their creativity, as well as participate in cultural events that build community. Executive Director Terry Foreman talks with Paul Weagraff about the roots of the organization and what keeps them busy now.
Lewes Public Library
The mission of the Lewes Public Library is to provide a wide variety of educational, informational and recreational materials to members. Director Ed Goyda talks with Paul Weagraff about how the mission serves to showcase the arts in addition to providing traditional library services.
Milford Community Band
Originally created as an outlet for musicians looking for a place to play, the Milford Community Band now entertains people up and down the state of Delaware. General Manager Joe Lear tells Paul Weagraff how a small number of dedicated music makers has grown into five different groups.
The Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild was established in November 2004, and is dedicated to the fostering of the literary arts in Southern Coastal Delaware. Executive Director, Maribeth Fischer talks to Paul Weagraff about the series of programs through which the group strives to educate, encourage and nurture writing of all kinds at all skill levels.
The Arts for Everyone
The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is a nonprofit organization that focuses on honoring the legacy and spirit of its namesake by creating opportunities to lift the human spirit. Executive Director Patti Grimes discusses the group’s mission to present memorable performances & provide inspired arts education for all, with Paul Weagraff.
The mission of Capital Ringers is to educate and entertain the community through the unique and innovative performance and instruction of English Handbells. Artistic Director Linda Simms talks about the group and its work with Paul Weagraff.
Delaware Charitable Music
Delaware Charitable Music is an organization designed to honor two American music forms, jazz and blues, through a variety of musical events in the areas of cultural programming and in-school educational experiences. Delaware Charitable Music President Joe Baione speaks with Paul Weagraff about the group.
Delaware Choral Society
Formed in 1957, the Delaware Choral Society features works by composers from the Renaissance to the present, as well as renditions of spirituals and folk music, performed in concerts held at least twice every year. In a celebration of its origins, the group also performs Handel’s Messiah every five years. Paul Weagraff speaks with Artistic Director Dr. James Wilson.
Dover Symphony Orchestra
Since 1968, the Dover Symphony Orchestra has brought live performances of classical and orchestral music to the Dover and Central Delaware area, providing an outlet for musicians, and fostering the interest of local students in orchestral music. Music Director Donald Buxton speaks with Paul Weagraff.
The Smyrna Opera House
The Smyrna Opera House was originally built in 1870 and was restored as a community cultural arts center promoting access to the arts in central Delaware. Operated by the non-profit Smyrna-Clayton Heritage Association, it is dedicated to showcasing and developing local creative, visual and performing artists while offering affordable access to the arts and varied cultural and artistic experiences to people of all ages and backgrounds. Paul Weagraff visits with SOH Executive Director David Keller.
Warner Arts Alliance
The Warner Arts Alliance is a coalition of organizations that work with the Warner School to infuse the arts into the curriculum. Each organization works with a different grade level, from pre-school to fifth grade, to enrich the lives of underserved students. This program is made possible, in part, by a project award from the Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies, in cooperation with 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.
Rehoboth Art League
The Rehoboth Art League, with the people of Delaware and its visitors, encourages artists and arts education, and sponsors exhibits and programs that reflect the diversity of the community in an historic setting and in partnership with other organizations.www.rehobothartleague.org
Delaware By Hand
Delaware by Hand works to bring events and opportunities to view and purchase its members work and to meet the artists. These opportunities include exhibits and shows throughout the state and well as via the internet. The work of the member artists and artisans is of professional quality and embraces Delaware's traditions originating from our colonial, nautical and agriculture past as well as the State's multi-cultural present.
Delaware Shakespeare Festival
The Delaware Shakespeare Festival creates professional theatre and educational programs for residents and friends of the State of Delaware. Now in its ninth season, DSF is proud to be in residence at historic Rockwood Mansion Park in Wilmington, Delaware. DSF produces professional, affordable, and enjoyable Shakespeare for all! No matter how young or old, everyone can understand and be entertained by the Bard.
Music for Everyone
For 86 years, The Music School of Delaware has served thousands of Delawareans who wish to explore the art of music. It is the only statewide, accredited, community music school in the nation, serving residents of four states. A community resource that is open to the public, the Music School offers expert instruction for people of all ages and levels.
Rehoboth Art League
The Rehoboth Art League was founded in 1938 to encourage artists and arts education in this seaside community. Today, the RAL sponsors exhibits and programs, still in this historic setting, that reflect the diversity of the greater Sussex County community. Paul Weagraff talks with Executive Director Sheila Bravo.
Center for the Creative Arts
For 30 years, the Center for the Creative Arts has been a community art center devoted to art enrichment through education for people of all ages and abilities. Paul Weagraff talks with the center's Executive Director, Carla Pastore.
The DCCA, a non-collecting art museum founded in 1979, presents between 20 - 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society.
Established in 1993, the Sewell C. Biggs Museum of American Art houses one of the finest collections of American fine and decorative arts. Executive Director Linda Danko speaks with Paul Weagraff about the museum's offerings.
Possum Point Players
Possum Point Players is a volunteer community theatre committed to contributing to the cultural diversity and vitality of Sussex County, Delaware, by bringing the experience of live theater for education and enjoyment to residents and visitors alike. Executive Administrator Mary Cahill speaks with Paul Weagraff.
The Dover Art League
The Dover Art League boardmember Reneta Green Street talks with Paul Weagraff about how this non-profit organization is dedicated to providing opportunities for local artists of all ages and skill levels to explore, develop, and market their creations.
Coastal Concerts promotes classical music appreciation in Southern Delaware and surrounding areas through live concerts, outreach and educational activities. President David Cristy talks with Paul Weagraff.
When they relocated to Delaware and created Clear Space Theatre, founders Doug Yetter and Ken Skrzesz, each brought more than 30 years of training in music, dance and theatre education, musical direction, stage direction, and choreography. Working now with a dedicated team of full and part-time, administrators, artists, educators and volunteers, the Clear Space offering includes a rousing program for kids who are Broadway Bound!
Rehoboth Beach Film Society
The mission of the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is to promote the art of film and, through outreach initiatives, to entertain, educate, and enrich the cultural life of local and extended communities. Board President Eric Kafka shares information about the film society's annual festival as well as their year round activities with Paul Weagraff.
Delaware Theatre Company
Now in its 32nd Season, the Delaware Theatre Company, Delaware's premier non-profit theatre, presents diverse performances and outreach programs to serve audiences of all ages. Executive Director Mary Ann Ehlshlager shares the theatre's current activities with Paul Weagraff.
OperaDelaware is a professional non-profit opera company with a reputation for excellence in both opera and arts education. Our mission is to enrich the cultural lives of adults, families and students within the Mid-Atlantic region through meaningful arts education and the production of grand opera and intimate opera concerts, featuring professional and emerging talent. Executive Director Lee Kimball speaks with Paul Weagraff.
Delaware Symphony Orchestra
For more than 100 years, your Delaware Symphony Orchestra has entertained and educated listeners of all ages in the Delaware Valley. Executive Director Lucinda Williams shares the DSO's past, present and future with Paul Weagraff.
The Children’s Theatre of Dover and Kent County, Inc.
"The Children's Theatre" is a volunteer, non-profit, tax-exempt, community theatre operated for the entertainment and enjoyment of the families of Delaware and, in particular, of Dover and Kent County. Paul Weagraff talks with President Diane Radnich.
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
The DCCA presents between 20 - 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society. Paul Weagraff speaks with Executive Director Maxine Gaiber.
Mispillion Art League
The Mispillion Art League is a non-profit visual arts organization, committed to providing exhibition and education opportunities for artists, patrons, and the public. The League serves not only the city of Milford but is proud to have members from all over Delaware and beyond. Paul Weagraff talks to MAL President Sharon Hepford.
Inner City Cultural League
Founded in 1971 by Dover City Councilman Reuben Salters, The Inner City Cultural League, Inc. identified a need and introduced programs to enhance understanding of the arts and culture among Dover's inner city citizens - especially the youth. Paul Weagraff talks with the League’s Betty Garrett.
El Centro Cultural, Inc. (“El Centro Cultural”) encourages cultural stability, artistic expression, promotion of the arts and leadership empowerment in the Sussex County Latino community. It engages culturally diverse residents in artistic experiences as both participants and audiences. Paul Weagraff talks to Allison Burris Castellanos.
Delaware Art Museum
Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum holds a renowned collection of American art and illustration, and British Pre-Raphaelites. Changing exhibits and an ambitious education program contribute to the DAM’s standing
as one of Delaware’s premier arts offerings. Paul Weagraff talks with Executive Director Danielle Rice.
Music Played By Folks
Louis Armstrong said that folk music is music played by folks. Jim McGiffin of the Delaware Friends of Folks sits down with Paul Weagraff to discuss how the Friends of Folk have been promoting folk and acoustic music in the First State for the past 20 years.
Opera Delaware - Wilmington Youth Opera Program
Engaging young students isn’t always easy, but Opera Delaware’s Wilmington Youth Opera Program has combined story, song and study into an exciting educational opportunity at the Warner School.
Powerful Education Tool
For over 23 years, Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education has provided specialized training for more than 2,400 teachers and provided programming to more than 65,000 students. Executive Director Danny Peak talks to Paul Weagraff about the power of the arts in the educational process.
On a Mission
Christina Cultural Arts Center is a premier community school of the arts with a mission to make affordable arts education and multicultural programs accessible to all, in a family environment. Executive Director Raye Jones Avery talks to Paul Weagraff about the Center’s multifaceted offering and goals.
The Southern Delaware Choral Society was created to bring quality choral music to southern Delaware and to provide singers with the opportunity to enhance their musical knowledge and skills. Paul Weagraff talks with Executive Director, Gail Launay.
The Schwartz Center
Constructed in 1904 as the Dover Opera House, and restored to its original splendor in 2001, this historic treasure in Delaware’s capital city is central Delaware’s performing arts center. Executive Director Sandra Conner talks with Paul Weagraff about the rich array of programming presented at the Schwartz Center.
A Grand Experience
Executive Director Steve Bailey gives a lesson in “Grand 101” on one of Delaware’s most unique cultural resources, the Grand Opera House in Wilmington.
Delaware Sculptor Charles Allmond
Charles Allmond is a sculptor who finds inspiration in the natural world. Working as a direct carver in stone and wood, he also produces limited editions of many of his works in bronze.
Delaware Children’s Theater
For some 30 years, Director Marie Swajeski and her talented troop of volunteers have been delighting young Delaware audiences with intriguing performances of children’s classics.
VSA Arts of Delaware
Executive Director Jennifer Gunther explains how VSA Delaware creates and supports arts education opportunities for individuals with disabilities across Delaware. The letters stand for Vision of an inclusive community, Strength in shared resources, and Artistic Expression that unites us all.
Artist Edward Loper
Delaware painter Edward Loper has been called the Prophet of Color for his distinctive style and use of “pieces of color” in the vibrant, acclaimed canvasses he continues to create at age 94.