Delaware's investment into the arts has yielded thousands of jobs and more livable environments, study shows. (Photo from the Delaware Division of Arts)

Study shows Delaware’s art stirs $210 million in economic activity

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Culture

Walking through town and seeing murals, statues and other art isn’t just fun to look at — it also generates a substantial amount of economic and social growth. According to a release by the Delaware Division of the Arts, the First State’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $209.5 million in economic activity in 2022. The data comes from the Arts …

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DelawareLIVE Weekly Review – January 14, 2024

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This Week’s Review Includes: Headlines 20 Delaware artists given 2024 state fellowship awards Educator pay report gets mostly warm welcome from legislators Smyrna deficit smaller than predicted, tax increase still likely DSU President issues statement condemning Elon Musk tweet Riders edge Bucs in Henlopen mat showdown Click on the image below to read the articles and more! Sonja Frey


20 Delaware artists given 2024 state fellowship awards

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

A Wilmington composer was given the Delaware Division of the Arts’ top fellowship award in its 2024 list of state artists. Mark Hagerty was named the 2024 Master Fellow, an honor that somes with a $12,000 stipend for the artist. He was chosen from applications of those who previously had won an Establshed Professional Award and covered the fields of …

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3 Delaware artists chosen for new career development program

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Two young painters and a sculptor have been selected to participate in a new Delaware Division of the Arts  career development program. Stephanie Boateng, a painter in New Castle County; Guy Miller, a sculptor in Kent County; and Hannah Whiddon, a painter in Sussex County, will receive two two years of sustained career support in the Artist Career Development program. …


Arts leaders to gather Wednesday to talk about growing sector

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Arts, business and political leaders will gather Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Milford Public Library Amphitheater to talk about the creative economy. The meeting at 10 a.m. will focus on the “Creative Economy and Cultural Tourism Recovery and Growth Plan” that’s been put together by the Delaware Arts Alliance and is expected to include government agencies at local, state and …

The NEA grant will help the New Castle County Libraries create programming centered on a contemporary memoir.

NCCo. Libraries get fed. grant for reading program

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

New Castle County Libraries will get $20,000 through a federal grant to create programming around a memoir about immigration, assimilation and culture. The 15 branches in the New Castle County library system will use “The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir” by Thi Bui as inspiration for the program. “Thi Bui’s graphic memoir ‘The Best We Could Do’ was …


5 Delaware arts groups split $1M in federal funding

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

5 Delaware arts organizations will receive a total of $1 million from the latest round of National Endowment for the Arts grants. Delaware Division of the Arts will receive $935,000 to support arts programs, services and activities throughout the state associated with carrying out the agency’s strategic plan. “This significant investment is a testament to the immense talent and creative spirit …

Maiss Hussein at the mic. (Jarek Rutz/Delaware LIVE News)

Hodgson’s Maiss Hussein wins 2023 Poetry Out Loud contest

Jarek RutzHeadlines, Education

Maiss Hussein took home this year’s Delaware Poetry Out Loud crown Thursday night with her recitation of Tarfia Faizullah’s “The Poem You’ve Been Waiting For.” “The most exciting part of this night was seeing how everyone expresses their emotions so differently,” she said. “You can look at the same poem and somebody’s looking at it so differently.” It’s important to …

DoMore24 Junior League of Wilmington Stand Up. Period.

DoMore24 starts tonight; help nonprofits you like raise $$$

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Note: A version of this story ran last week If there’s a Delaware nonprofit you like, your donation to it today and tomorrow could help the organization win prize or matching money to stretch budgets. DoMore24 Delaware returns at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 2, and ends at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 3. In those 24 hours, 500 Delaware nonprofits …

Division of the Arts announces 2022 fellowship winners

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

A Kim Klabe work hangs in the Biggs Museum of American Art during the 2021 exhibition of state fellowship winners.   A former Delaware poet laureate is among the winners of this year’s Delaware Division of the Arts fellowship winners. JoAnn Balingit, who was poet laureate from 2008-2015, won a $6,000 established professional award that she will use to help …