From the Director
Four years ago, I penned a congratulatory letter to Dr. Jane Chu, the newly appointed Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. Four years later, our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts remains strong.

In 2016, we had the great fortune, under Senator Chris Coons' leadership, to have Jane visit Delaware, meet with representatives from the arts community, and see the arts at work. Following her visit, Jane shared two sketches of places she visited while here, a practice she has faithfully executed on her trips around the country.
 Both images: NEA chairman, Dr. Jane Chu, 2016, 9" x 12", pen and ink
Jane's visit made such an impression that Senator Coons went on to recount this visit on the floor of the Senate during his remarks in support of federal funding for the arts and humanities.

We recently received an announcement that Jane will be concluding her term as NEA Chair in June. In her notification to us, she, too, recounted her visit to Delaware, citing how impressed she was over the ways in which the arts are thriving: a tribute to the great work that you do in Delaware.

We owe much of our success to the support we receive from the National Endowment for the Arts and its leadership. Our best wishes go out to Jane as she pursues the next adventure in her professional life. 
The Award Winners XVIII reception and award ceremony will be held at the Biggs Museum of American Art, Dover on Wednesday, June 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Attendees can experience the work of the 2018 fellows in the Award Winners XVIII display throughout the Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

New this year! The Award Winners XVIII exhibition will travel to two new venues including CAMP Rehoboth, Rehoboth Beach, and Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington. Learn more
Cross-Sector Arts Partnership
Congratulations to Delaware Theatre Company for receiving a Cross-Sector Arts Partnership (CSAP), a one-time grantmaking opportunity made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts to support exceptional cross-sector partnership projects.

Delaware Theatre Company will work with non-arts partner Ingleside Homes, Inc. on a project entitled "Delaware Theatre Company Senior Playwriting Program," a 12-16 week program that offers senior participants opportunities in writing and developing plays, as well as seeing them performed by professional actors.
Ari Brand, Matthew James Thomas, Derek Klena, Ethan Slater, and Noah Weisberg in DINER. Photo by Matt Urban, Mobius New Media.
Community-Wide Reflection
Wilmington 1968 is a community-wide reflection 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout 2018, we invite the community to learn about local civil rights history, engage in dialogue, and become active participants in shaping Wilmington’s future.

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Meet the Artist Fellows
Joan Warburton-Phibbs
Established Professional, Dance: Choreography
In creating her works, Joan Warburton-Phibbs has always been a collaborative choreographer. She engages her dancers in a group process that often ranges across other art forms. She will begin with a concept, image or event. But she then talks to her dancers, including them in the creative process with brainstorming sessions.

Leah Beach
Emerging Professional, Visual Arts: Photography
Leah Beach is passionate about human rights and is determined to effect social change – and people’s perspectives – through photography. Her Artist Fellow submission was a series of photos from five years of work documenting global dementia, malnutrition and women’s empowerment in developing countries. She will exhibit work in the Division’s Mezzanine Gallery in early 2019.

It's a Wrap!
Thank you to our six Delaware poets for sharing what poetry means to each of them. And though the month is over, you can still visit our National Poetry Month feature to see their poems and statements.

On the Mezzanine
Alexi Natchev:
Prints & Drawings
Tarot Card II , 2012, watercolor, acrylic and collage, 15” x 22”
Alexi Natchev: Prints and Drawings will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from May 4-25, 2018. A free opening reception to meet the artist will be held on Friday, May 4 from 5-7 p.m.

Alexi Natchev, an internationally renowned artist, will show works that are a departure from his celebrated book illustrations. Some of the works were created in his native Bulgaria and are being exhibited for the first time in the U.S. The works in this show are a reflection of his experiments with various printmaking, drawing, painting and collage approaches, mixing media, materials and surfaces. 

Natchev is the recipient of a 2001 Delaware Established Fellowship in Works on Paper and is on the faculty of the Delaware College of Art and Design in Wilmington. Learn more about Natchev with our YouTube Meet the Artist video series.
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
The Delaware Division of the Arts is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2018 Delaware Seashore Poetry and Prose Writers' Retreat. The retreat will be held from November 1-4, 2018 at the Cottages at Indian River Marina, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Applicants must be Delaware residents over the age of 18, and not enrolled in a degree or certificate granting educational program. If selected, the 2018 participation fee is $325, which includes room and board. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Workshops leaders are Sandra Beasley, award-winning author of four books of poetry and nonfiction, and Leslie Pietryzk, novelist and prize-winning short story writer. The workshops are designed for participants to enhance existing work, generate new work, explore craft, and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment.
Save the Date: "Fundamental Not Ornamental 4" Teacher Summer Institute
Sponsored jointly by the Delaware Department of Education and the Division of the Arts, this statewide summer professional development opportunity convenes arts educators from schools and organizations as well as, teaching artists for two days of engagement in how to implement the new national arts standards. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Activities will include an overview of the role of the teaching artist in the classroom, instructional strategies, and other related topics of interest. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.

To register, complete the following form by June 22, 2018. For question, contact Sheila Dean Ross.
Kent/Sussex Counties
Milford Central Academy
1021 N. Walnut Street, Milford, DE 19963
July 11 & 12
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. both days
New Castle County
Wilbur Elementary School
4050 Wrangle Hill Road, Bear, DE 19701
July 18 & 19
8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. both days
Becoming an Arts Advocate
Are you interested in being an advocate for Delaware’s arts sector? The Delaware Arts Alliance has opportunities for organizations and individuals to become empowered, engaged, and organized as arts advocates through its Institutional Supporter and Individual Advocate programs.

DAA Institutional Supporters are made up of 47 arts, cultural, civic, and media organizations with an arts mission and/or programming.  DAA provides Institutional Supporters with legislative and policy updates, advocacy tool kits, training, action alerts, and resources to advocate for the arts sector. Arts organizations can learn more about DAA’s Institutional Supporter program and become a partner in arts advocacy here.

Becoming an Individual Advocate with DAA is free by taking a pledge to carry out two Acts of Advocacy. DAA advocates receive arts advocacy alerts and information on DAA programs and arts advocacy activities, along with advocacy tools and resources.
On-Site Evaluators Needed
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 forms (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
The Division has embarked on a year-long digital advertising campaign to increase reach and engagement on We remind and recommend that organizations, businesses and individual artists, submit their 2018 events as soon as they are scheduled, and no later than the recommended deadlines below. Submit now
Event Date
May & June
July & August
September & October
November & December
January & February, 2019
Submission Deadline
As soon as possible
May 15
July 15
September 15
November 15
Ongoing Division Grant Deadlines
Artist Opportunity: deadline 7/1/18, for activities happening between 8/15/18-11/15/18

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 2017/18 school year. Please check back next fall for funding.
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.