National Arts & Humanities Month 2022

National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is an annual coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. It's a chance for communities across the United States to come together in a unified celebration of the power of the arts to make a difference and change our lives for the better.

  • Attend an art or cultural event in your community or participate in an arts-related class or workshop. You can find arts and cultural events and workshops, both in-person and virtual, happening across the state at

  • Send an email through VoterVoice to your public officials in support of one or more of the arts and culture campaigns listed.

  • Become a member of or volunteer for your favorite arts organization. You could also consider making a donation to support them financially as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Try something new and take a class in creative writing, dance, painting, or whatever strikes your fancy. Search the internet for in-person or online arts classes in your community.

The 2022 National Arts & Humanities Month poster design competition was open to artists for a chance to win a cash prize and have their artwork represent NAHM throughout the month of October. The theme is Championing the Creative Spirit and two artists from Delaware were chosen as finalists for the competition.  See their work below!

Michael Fleishman

(Milford, DE)

Theresa Angela Taylor

(Dover, DE)

2022-2023 MLK Voice 4 Youth Registration Open

MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH is a statewide, spoken word contest for Delaware students, grades 7 – 12. Contestants have creative freedom to express their views on issues important to them and share how Dr. King’s legacy speaks to their dreams today. In 2023, MLK VOICE 4 YOUTH will celebrate its 8th year encouraging youth to SPEAK UP for social change through respect, understanding, and compassion.  Students are eligible for prize money up to $2,000! 


DDOA Award Winners Exhibit

The works by the Delaware Division of the Arts Award Winners are appearing at Cab Calloway School of the Arts from October 7 to November 4, 2022, with a reception on Friday, October 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. Special readings from literary fellows will begin at 7pm, and performances from students will be held before and after.

Reminder: Registration for Poetry Out Loud is Open

The 2022-2023 Delaware Poetry Out Loud program and state finals will be implemented IN-PERSON. The Division will provide guidance in running your Poetry Out Loud program and is happy to answer any questions or concerns. The registration deadline for schools and eligible organizations is October 31, 2022.


Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 Surveys

Thank you to organizations who have begun surveying for AEP6! Our local nonprofit arts and culture organizations have been, and will continue to be, critical to our economic recovery. 

We need your help to collect this data for AEP6. The results of this research will be used to understand the conditions of the nonprofit arts sector, for lawmakers to best understand the importance of the arts, for nonprofit leadership to better know the outcomes of their missions, and for arts advocates to best tell the story of the importance of the arts.

Organization leaders: You can find the materials for your use at the link below. Any questions, please reach out to Andy Truscott at

Arts Patrons: When approached to take one of these surveys PLEASE TAKE THEM! Your information is critical to ensure Delaware's arts funding.  Reminder: you can take a survey at every event you attend! 


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upcoming events!

DelawareScene is a comprehensive, up-to-date website calendar featuring Delaware’s arts and cultural events and attractions in and around Delaware. Acquaint yourself with one of Delaware’s many artists, get carried away by the magic of a theater performance, frequent one of Delaware’s world-renowned museums, experience one of Delaware’s many unique festivals.

REMINDER: All grantees MUST list all events on as soon as they are announced. 

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Request an interview!

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. 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.

Click below to request an interview for your organization this upcoming year.

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On the Mezzanine - Joseph Barbaccia

The Delaware Division of the Arts’ Mezzanine Gallery presents Joseph Barbaccia's Polymer Painting, on view October 7-28, 2022.  

Guests are invited to attend a Meet-the-Artist Reception on Friday, October 7, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. as part of Art Loop Wilmington


Meet the Fellows

The prestigious Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts recognize a variety of disciplines and outstanding quality of work. From writers to visual artists to musicians, these award-winning creatives have unique stories and talents. View all 25 Fellow profiles on the Division’s website.

Tad Sare

Established, Media Arts: Video/Film

Animator Tad Sare began his career with traditional figurative painting studies at Indiana University and Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. But he was always curious about art in motion. As a boy, Sare created Phenakistascopes (a 19th century animation device) “out of Cool Whip containers for my 6th grade science fair.” It was at PAFA – in his MFA program – that he was given the opportunity to experiment with video and animation, and he began to think differently about his drawing. “I loved the idea of generating movement out of these quiet moments I was representing on paper.”



Emerging, Music: Contemporary Performance

Singer, composer, and writer TANKSLEY wakes up each morning “awaiting soul, a story or chord that perfectly imitates an emotional premise.” Inspiration can be fleeting: “The drive that turns lights on may not keep them,” and the multi-instrumentalist says that “nearly every day I fail, but accept this with joy,” awaiting the moment when he receives those “strikes of lightning” that ignite his work. Growing up in a family of four in central New York, in high school TANKSLEY “became disillusioned with societal norms” and began to gravitate toward music, his “most freeing space.”


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Each month we feature arts and community-based organizations and their programs and projects funded by the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Plastic Free Delaware

Wild and Scenic Film Fest School Program

Wilmington, Project Support

Mispillion Art League

The 2022 Big Draw Festival Delaware

Milford, General Operating Support

Wilmington Drama League

Sunday in the Park with George

Wilmington, General Operating Support


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.

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