FY2021 Grants Now Available
All Division grant applications with a March 2, 2020 application deadline are now open in smARTDE. This includes the following grant programs for Delaware-based organizations:

  • Arts Stabilization Fund – for eligible arts organization with facilities renovation projects
  • Education Resource – for arts organizations and public schools or school districts collaborating with professional arts organizations or artists to enhance school-based arts education programs
  • General Operating Support – for eligible arts organizations
  • Project Support – for non-arts, community-based organizations offering arts activities
  • StartUp – for emerging arts organizations

Log in to smARTDE, and click on “Opportunities” to access applications for which your organization is eligible.

For Grant Program Guidelines, instructions for smARTDE, and a 30-minute video demonstration, please visit our Grant Overview page. Be sure to read through the appropriate program guidelines carefully prior to application and contact Division staff members if you have questions.
50th Anniversary Report
2019 has been a year of celebrations for the Delaware Division of the Arts. Not only did we present the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and the 2019 Delaware Arts Summit, we also marked the following milestones: 

  • 50th Anniversary of the Delaware State Arts Council
  • 30th Anniversary of the Delaware Division of the Arts
  • 10th Anniversary of the Delaware Arts Alliance

As part of the celebration, the Division of the Arts published a 50th Anniversary Report this fall. Click here to view the report. Print copies are also available upon request.
From the Director
The holiday season is upon us. That means the days shorten, the busy-ness of the season becomes more hectic, and time becomes more valuable. In the midst of all the cleaning, cooking, shopping, and decorating, we invite you to take time to visit an outdoor holiday display, an indoor concert, or a one of your favorite holiday performances or museums.  

As I get older, spending time with family and sharing common experiences together has become so much more valuable to me. May you find those opportunities for yourself and your loved ones this holiday season.

In the bustle of the season, I invite you to take time to revel in the endless discoveries that await you in Delaware. And remember, when you’re looking for that perfect gift, don’t forget the gift of art, theater, dance, film, and music. 
Did you contribute to the puzzle art at the Summit? Print a copy of your poster here.
Delaware Arts Summit - Presentations & Photos
Thank you again to everyone who attended the 2019 Delaware Arts Summit!

Some of the workshop leaders have made their presentations available for viewing and downloading on the Division website.

Click here to access PDF versions of their presentations. 

Photos from Governor's Awards
Photos from Arts Summit
2020 DE State Employee Art Exhibition
The Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Arts Program® present the 9th Annual Delaware State Employee Art Exhibition. This program is designed to give Delaware state employees and their families at any skill level a unique opportunity to exhibit their artwork and to compete for cash prizes and special awards.

The exhibit is judged by professional artists and visual art professionals in Amateur, Intermediate, Professional, Teen, and Youth categories, and it is free to all.

Registration opens December 9, 2019 and ends January 24, 2020.

Meet the Artist Fellows
Established Fellow, Music: Solo Recital
Known professionally as IVA, Emily Samson Tepe is no stranger to working hard, digging deep, and crossing boundaries. She was trained as a classical soprano at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, but she has truly found her voice in writing and singing her own songs. Read more
G.W. Thompson
Emerging Fellow, Visual Arts: Painting
Thompson works in a range of mediums that are as varied as the natural world he is exploring as he attempts to “examine the relationship that humanity has with the environments we live in.” His recent paintings reflect “the current state of environmentalism and the impacts of environmental skepticism.” Read more
2019 Individual Artist Fellowship
Ceremony & Reception
Each year, the Biggs Museum of American Art, in partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts, exhibits the work of Delaware’s Artist Fellows at the Award Winners exhibition. This year, Award Winners XIX began at the Biggs Museum and traveled to CAMP Rehoboth, Rehoboth Beach and Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington.

The artist reception and award ceremony was held in June. Photos from the event are available at Flickr. View the full list of 2019 Artist Fellows on our website.
On the Mezzanine
Curiosity and Flux
 by Shawn Faust
Image: Heartland , 2018, acrylic, 40” x 30"
The Gallery will be closed on
December 25, 2019 and January 1, 2020
Curiosity and Flux, an exhibition of abstract paintings by Shawn Faust, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from December 6, 2019 – January 10, 2020. The artist will host a free opening reception on Friday, December 6 from 5-7 p.m. Faust, a resident of Bear, received a 2019 Established Fellowship in Painting from the Delaware Division of the Arts.

The work in this exhibition represents a shift for Faust, who is best known for his award-winning representational equestrian paintings. For his new abstract works, he merges pictorial elements of representation with non-objective forms as a response to memories and the ephemeral qualities of life. Faust compares himself to a chef who is changing the menu by using the same ingredients, tools, and techniques but with differing results.

He explains, “I grant myself permission to diverge and pivot from one medium to another, experimenting with process and mark-making in search of my unknown. As a result, I am in a constant state of flux and possibility.”
The Mezzanine Gallery, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is located in the
Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington. 
Featured Opportunities
Delaware State of the Arts is a weekly podcast that presents interviews with arts organizations and leaders who contribute to the cultural vibrancy of communities throughout Delaware.
Interested in being interviewed, either to promote an upcoming event, your work in the arts, or an issue relevant to Delaware's arts and entertainment sector?
Delaware State of the Arts is provided as a service of the Division of the Arts, in partnership with NEWSRADIO 1450 WILM and 1410 WDOV.
Artist Roster Seeks Teaching Artists
The Division’s Artist Roster is a resource for anyone looking for artistic talent in Delaware. You can find visual, literary, and performing artists available to create, exhibit, perform, or present programs in venues across the state and throughout the region. 
We are currently seeking more artists to register or update their profile to include “Teaching Artist” under the Arts Services category. School administrators, teachers, and organizers of events and programs regularly seek artists to lead art projects and workshops in a variety of disciplines and media. If you like to help people create, let us know!
NEA Big Read Grants Due January 29
Are you a nonprofit organization interested in increasing community engagement, creating new partnerships, and celebrating great books? The 2020-2021 guidelines for National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grants are now available. This National Endowment for the Arts initiative, in partnership with Arts Midwest, supports community reading programs across the country, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, the 2020-21 list of NEA Big Read books will include classic literature by four female authors: Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, Zora Neale Hurston, and Carson McCullers. 
The application deadline is Wednesday, January 29, 2020. In addition to libraries, eligible applicants include colleges and universities, arts organizations, museums, humanities councils, school districts, historical societies, and more—read the guidelines for complete eligibility information.
The Division has embarked on a year-long digital advertising campaign to increase reach and engagement on DelawareScene.com . We remind and recommend that organizations, businesses and individual artists, submit their 2020 events as soon as they are scheduled, and no later than the recommended deadlines below. Submit now
Event Date
December, January & February 2020
March & April 2020
Submission Deadline
As soon as possible
January 15
Ongoing Division Grant Deadlines
Artist Opportunity: deadline 1/1/20, for activities happening between 2/15/20 - 5/15/20

Artist Residency: rolling deadline, submitted at least 6 weeks prior to start of scheduled residency

Artist Roster : rolling deadline
Arts Access Grants: rolling deadline, submitted at least 6 weeks prior to project start date

TranspARTation Grant: Closed for 2018/19 school year. Please check back this fall for 2019-2020 funding.
Please note: All applications for grants must be submitted through smARTDE.
The Delaware Division of the Arts is an agency of the State of Delaware. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. Funding for Division programs is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit  arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.