2021 Individual Artist Fellowships Awardees
The prestigious Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts recognize artists in a variety of disciplines for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards.
This year 121 artists applied and 25 were awarded fellowships in the following categories - one Masters; fourteen Established; and ten Emerging. Because of limited programing due to COVID in some of the Division’s regular grant categories, the Division was able to allocate additional funds to the Fellowship categories, thereby enabling the Division to recognize more artists this year. 
Masters Award ($10,000)
Jennifer Margaret Barker, Newark, Music: Composition
Established Award ($6,000)
Fostina Dixon, Bear, Jazz: Performance
Howard Eberle, Lewes, Visual Arts: Painting
Knicoma Frederick, Wilmington, Folk Art: Visual Arts
Mara Gorman, Newark, Literature: Fiction
Eliezer Gutman, Wilmington, Music: Solo Recital
Harold Kalmus, Arden, Visual Arts: Crafts
Kim Klabe, Rehoboth Beach, Visual Arts: Works on Paper
Jack Knight, Long Neck, Visual Arts: Sculpture
Cassandra Lewis, Wilmington, Literature: Playwriting
Jame McCray, Smyrna, Dance: Choreography
Terry Miller, Milton, Literature: Creative Nonfiction
Jane C. Miller, Wilmington, Literature: Poetry
Richard Raw, Wilmington, Folk Art: Music
Eric Zippe, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Photography
Emerging Professional Award ($3,000)
Ann Marie Brzozowski, Wilmington, Literature: Fiction
Shari Dierkes, Clayton, Visual Arts: Crafts
Siobhan Duggan, Lewes, Visual Arts: Works on Paper
Denise Eno Ernest, Newark, Visual Arts: Painting
Jason Jellick, Wilmington, Visual Arts: Photography
Carrie Sz. Keane, Milton, Literature: Creative Nonfiction
Todd Kilgoe, Bear, Jazz: Composition
Jack Mackey, Rehoboth Beach, Literature: Poetry
Theresa Taylor, Dover, Folk Art: Visual Arts
Njideka Wiggins, Wilmington, Literature: Playwriting
Job Openings at the Division of the Arts
Community Engagement Program Officer

The Delaware Division of the Arts seeks a Community Engagement Program Officer (Arts Planner). Responsibilities include identifying and/or developing grants, programs, and services that expand access to arts programming and resources aligning with the Division’s strategic goals and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with specific focus on Delaware’s historically underserved, BIPOC, and socio-economically disadvantaged populations. Read more...

Marketing & Communications Program Officer 

The Delaware Division of the Arts seeks a Marketing & Communications Program Officer (Arts Planner). Responsibilities include coordinating all agency communications through social media, news releases, and publications; and planning and implementing all public relations campaigns and marketing/branding initiatives. Read more...

Both jobs are posted on the Delaware Employment Site. Applications must be submitted though that site. The deadline to apply for both positions is January 17, 2021.
From the Director
To paraphrase Queen Elizabeth II, “[2020] is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure.” The economy has suffered, lives have been disrupted, and decades old social inequities have been brought to the fore. That being said, 2020 is over, finished, behind us. It is history.

But in its wake, we are called upon to redress the devastation that 2020 has wrought. We stand ready to acknowledge and tackle the challenges before us: economic revitalization, social healing, and civic reconciliation.

The arts have not come through the past year unscathed. But I know from conversations with artists and leaders across the state that the arts community will emerge from the past year more committed to employ the arts in rekindling economic activity, addressing decades-old social tensions, and striving for equitable access to economic and educational opportunities. Vaccines and COVID-safe practices will help bring the pandemic under control, but the arts will play a vital role in dealing with the psychological, social, and emotional hurt we’ve all experienced.

Like the president-elect, I am hopeful for the future. Many artists and organizations are already implementing innovative ways to provide services and meet the needs of their communities. As we move forward in the new year, the Division of the Arts stands ready to support artists and organizations alike to restore a sense of wholeness, recuperate from our losses, and rejuvenate our communities.
All Division grant applications with a March 1, 2021 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 instruction through the arts
  • General Operating Support – for eligible arts organizations
  • Project Support – for non-arts, community-based organizations offering arts activities
  • StartUp – for emerging arts organizations to strengthen their management capacity prior to applying for general operating support

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.

For those new to the Division's grant programs or online applications, Division staff will be leading one-hour Zoom sessions to review each of the following applications in smARTDE.com. Pre-registration is required. Click on the corresponding link(s) below to register, and you will receive a second link for joining the orientation session.

Coming Soon: Public Comment Period
In December, the Delaware Division of the Arts completed the preliminary data-gathering phase of its strategic planning process. Throughout November and December 2020, facilitators from the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) conducted 30 individual interviews of arts stakeholder, 10 focus groups, 3 town halls, and 4 online surveys.

That extensive process resulted in a wealth of information from widely diverse sources to inform DDOA’s strategic plan. Since compiling the data, Division staff and members of the Delaware State Arts Council have been reviewing the input and drafting a strategic plan, with the guidance of our DANA facilitators.

In late February 2021, the Division will solicit public comment on its draft of the new Strategic Plan for FY2022-FY2026. In March 2021, the final plan will be formally approved by the Delaware State Arts Council and printed and published on the Division’s website below.
On the Mezzanine: Bronwen Hazlett
Anamnesis, an exhibition of photography by Bronwen Hazlett, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from January 20, 2021 through February 26, 2021. Hazlett, a fine art photographer based in Clayton, is fluent in digital as well as analog photographic processes. Inspired by an early nomadic journey in life, Hazlett explores concepts of home, place, memory, and self-healing.

This series, “Anamnesis, is an exploration of past, present, and potential memories. Hazlett is composing images directly to film with a 120mm Diana F+ camera to replicate the experience of memory. Memories are stored in disparate parts of our brain and when recalled, the experience is reassembled like a puzzle. Anamnesis is the act of remembrance of the past or recollected ideas which the soul had known in a previous existence.

“The many layers of memory are reassembled and become vulnerable to change,” Hazlett said. “Our present experiences and emotions perpetually recompose, overlap, and shift our memories as time passes.” Similarly, her photographs are constructed by shifting and overlapping multiple views of the same image.

Image: It’s the Journey, 2019, in-camera film photomontage, 26 x 6.6 inches
The Mezzanine Gallery, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is located on the second floor of the
Carvel State Office Building, 820 N. French Street, Wilmington. The Gallery is closed on state holidays.

Visitors must wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet distance
from other individuals not in their household.
Each month we feature a handful of arts and community-based organizations and their programs and projects funded by the Delaware Division of the Arts. Funding for Division of the Arts grants is provided by the Delaware General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. To view past grants awarded (2000 to present), please visit our Grants Awarded page.
Wesley College
Visual Artist Aaron Keith Hoffer
OperaDelaware Sunday Spotlight
Sunday Artist Spotlight
The Music School of Delaware
M.E.L.O.D.Y. (Music Enriching the Lives of Delaware Youth)
Writers Retreat 2020
Writers Retreat 2020
The Biennial Writers Retreat was held virtually November 12-15, 2020. Eleven prose writers participated in workshops led by Lise Funderburg in non-fiction and Lauren Grodstein in fiction. Writers critiqued each other’s work and generated new writing. Lise and Lauren gave craft talks on conceiving plot, removing obstacles to productivity, and the business of writing.

While acknowledging the challenges of the virtual format, one participant noted, “This retreat was excellent and the teachers were amazing. I enjoyed everything and feel that I learned a lot.”
Featured Opportunities
Call for Applicants: Residency and Fellowship Opportunities
Are you an author, visual artist, or composer in need of some space away from home for your creative practice?

The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts will be welcoming back residents for in-person residencies at their Mt. San Angelo location in Amherst, Virginia, starting in the summer of 2021. Apply now and be considered for a Creative Fellowship, supported by Mid Atlantic Arts. Creative Fellowships funding at VCCA is available for artists from Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia.

Residencies at VCCA offer private studios, room, and board for intensive, self-guided creative exploration and development in a tranquil setting at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Creative Fellows also receive a travel subsidy.  

How do I apply? 
Artists should apply directly to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts through their regular application process. A limited number of applicants selected for residencies will be recommended for Creative Fellowships support. For more information and to access the application, visit the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts' website.   
The next deadline for applications is January 15, 2021.
Delaware Remains in Phase 2 of the Economic Reopening
Delaware entered Phase 2 of the economic reopening on June 15, 2020 and remains there until further notice. The most recent update was initiated on December 10, 2020. Governor Carney's Phase 2 reopening plan builds on the Phase 1 plan and provides additional general and sector-specific guidance for Delawareans and Delaware businesses. Learn more

View the most recent edition of active COVID-19 restrictions under the Twenty-Seventh Modification to the State of Emergency.
We remind and recommend that organizations, businesses and individual artists, submit their 2021 events as soon as they are scheduled, and no later than the recommended deadlines below:
Event Date
January & February 2021
March & April 2021
May & June 2021
July & August 2021
September & October 2021
November & December 2021
Submit before
As soon as possible
January 15, 2021
March 15, 2021
May 15, 2021
July 15, 2021
November 15, 2021
Ongoing Division Grant Deadlines
Artist Opportunity: deadline 4/1/2021, for activities happening between 5/15/2021 - 8/15/2021

Artist Residency: rolling deadline, submitted at least 6 weeks prior to start of scheduled residency
Arts Access Grants: rolling deadline, submitted at least 6 weeks prior to project start date

Artist Roster: rolling deadline
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.