In the Arts
With a world-class symphony, cutting-edge live theater, classic and contemporary art, and more, Wilmington’s lively arts scene lends undeniable vitality to the community.
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In times of economic hardship, funding for the arts tends to be among the first cuts in corporate and government spending. Perhaps that’s because some people see the arts as merely nice to have. In Wilmington, however, the arts are considered a necessity, an essential element of urban living.
In Wilmington, the arts are seen as enriching people’s lives, fueling the city’s economic engine and energizing its revitalization.
When looking at the diversity of local arts organizations, Wilmington’s true wealth is beyond measure. From musical performances in the iconic 135-year-old Grand Opera House on lively Market Street and the dramatic arts of the Delaware Theatre Company, to the visual arts at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts and Delaware Art Museum, to the classic and modern choreography of the First State Ballet Theatre, the arts make Wilmington rich.
Local arts leaders remain steadfast in providing visual and performing arts—as well as arts education—to the community.
“This is the time when people most understand our compelling argument that without the arts, so much more is lost,” says Steve Bailey, executive director at The Grand Opera House. “When things look dark and grim, we’re the place where the lights are still on and the show will go on. We’re here to give you a little magic and help to reinvent the thing that makes you feel good. For some, it’s the total escape. For others, it’s something much more subtle that comes from the inherent beauty of what you allow yourself to be wowed by.”
The Grand has worked as an advocate for all local arts organizations, which has paid off for groups large and small. Says Bailey, “We’re highlighting the overall experience of The Grand and the wonderful choices available from a menu of arts, from A to Z.”
In residence at The Grand are the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, First State Ballet Theatre and OperaDelaware. That’s all in addition to a slate of nationally known pop and contemporary performers who appear there.
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