Arts E-News

May 8, 2017
Paul Weagraff, Director
Senator Carper, Cecilia Ergueta, Petra Ergueta
Poetry Out Loud: Congratulations Cecilia Ergueta!
Cecilia Ergueta, Delaware's 2017 Statewide Poetry Out Loud Champion, competed in the National Poetry Out Loud Competition on Tuesday, April 25, in Washington DC. With solid performances during her round one and two poems, Cecilia was selected to compete in the third round of the regional semi-finals where she represented Delaware with poise and grace while reciting her third poem. We commend Cecelia for making it that far, being only the second Delawarean to attain this level in the national competition. Congratulations to the 2017 National Poetry Out Loud Champion, Samara Elán Huggins from Georgia!
Love the Arts? Serve as an On-Site Evaluator!
If you love the arts and actively participate in programs or attend events, you may be a candidate to serve as an on-site evaluator for the Division. We are currently seeking to expand our list of potential evaluators who are dependable, articulate observers with knowledge in one or more art form (you do not need to be professionally trained in the arts). Evaluators generally attend and produce a written review of two or more programs each year, including performances, exhibits, workshops or classes, and more. Experience new art forms and see more of Delaware's treasures while serving a vital role in the review of grant-funded programs. If interested, please complete the On-Site Evaluator Self-Nomination Form   and return it to
Second-Annual Delaware Arts Advocacy Day
Thank you to Debra Heffernan, State Representative 6th District for sponsoring the second-annual Delaware Arts Advocacy Day, hosted by the Delaware Arts Alliance. The 2017 program was well attended and notable attendees included: Lt. Governor, Bethany Hall-Long, Senators Brian Bushweller and Rose Henry, Rep. Kim Williams, Secretary of State, Jeffrey Bullock, Secretary of Education, Dr. Susan Bunting, Arts Education Program Manager at the Americans for the Arts, Jeff Poulin. Special musical performers included: Elbert-Palmer Elementary School Drumline and Eric Coyne, cellist. 
Meet the 2017 Artist Fellows
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. Join us each month as we present Fellows from this year's cohort.

Kathryn Canavan
Established Professional, Literature: Creative Nonfiction

Canavan, a career journalist, brings her reporter's skills and an interest in storytelling to her creative nonfiction work. She is the author of Lincoln's Final Hours, and is currently researching six women who played important roles in Lincoln's assassination or its aftermath but are little known to the general public. Read more

Aaron Wright
Emerging Professional, Literature: Playwriting

Wright is the author of several "teen stage plays." His plays include plots and characters that are relevant to urban African American teens, and outcomes that show positive and negative consequences. He is the owner and executive director of The Wright Decision Production Company and Stage 302. Read more

Learn more about the 2017 Artist Fellows
Economic Data Tracks Arts & Cultural Jobs per State
For the first time, state leaders will have authoritative federal data on arts and cultural employment and compensation in their state with the latest findings from the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA).  Read More
On the Mezzanine
The Rite of Spring, 2017, pastel,
46" x 38", framed dimensions
Pastel Progressions , an exhibition of pastel paintings by Nick Serratore, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from now through May 26, 2017. 

Nick Serratore has been working in the pastel medium for over 25 years. During this time his technique and style have evolved from when he first started, "The more you work at it, the more you grow as an artist. The paintings are a direct result of that growth." For his exhibition titled "Pastel Progressions," Serratore harnesses representations of the land to demonstrate the effects of sunlight and spatial depth upon a scene.  His use of color and blending techniques create moody, atmospheric landscapes that frame almost-abstracted fields of saturated light and color. Several works showcased will reflect a new exploration of the artist's evolution.  To learn more, watch the Meet the Artist   video with Serratore.

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. 

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Opportunities (selected)
For more opportunities including grants, residencies, auditions, calls for artists, and jobs in the arts, visit the Division's  website .

Arts advocacy works! The US Congress recently approved the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, which funds the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $149.8 million, an increase over the agency's current funding level of $148 million. The spending directives accompanying the bill affirm the federal-state partnership allocating 40% of e NEA's grant funding to state and regional arts agencies. This is good news for Delaware.

But advocacy never ends. Here are links to a few advocacy documents, prepared by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, that provide important information that you can use to help spread the word about the value of public funding for the arts:
International/National/Regional Grant Deadlines
Division Grant Deadlines
Calls for Artists
Professional Development & Networking Opportunities
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  or call 302-577-8278 .