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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The partnership went well beyond the performance through a series of classes offered to area dancers, as well as a workshop for owners of small performing arts companies, led by Philadanco founder and director Joan Myers Brown.
Other relationships go beyond partnering for a single show by providing support for each other, out of care and respect for another organization’s work. When the Academy of the Dance closed the doors to its original location after more than half a century, Christina Cultural Arts Center took it in. The Academy now operates as a new business at the CCAC, where the two organizations share their resources and talents. When the Delaware Music School was about to fold, the Wilmington Music School joined with it to create The Music School of Delaware, which now has branches in Wilmington and Milford.
“What’s so special for audiences in Wilmington is that we have world-class art that’s much more accessible than in a bigger, more congested city,” Avery says. “Ticket prices are comparable, but there’s an intimacy here and more opportunities to connect with the artist whose work you are enjoying. We don’t present anyone who is not willing to meet with the audience. The experience here is more personal, and I think audiences are looking for that.”
When CCAC partnered with the Delaware Art Museum to present “Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks,” for example, one of Parks’ closest friends, LIFE Magazine photo editor Bobbi Brown Burrows, gave an informal gallery tour and chat.
Not only does the museum contain what the Guardian newspaper in London called “one of the finest Pre-Raphaelite collections outside Britain,” but it also has an extensive collection of American art that spans more than 200 years. It includes the works of artists such Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper and Raphaelle Peale, as well as the illustrators of The Brandywine School.
The Delaware Art Museum also participates regularly in Art on the Town, called “The Art Loop,” which is facilitated by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The Art Loop is a great way to see what’s happening on the Wilmington scene and meet the people who drive it. On the first Friday of each month (except January, July and August), people can explore art of many disciplines by local and national artists—and chat with them—at establishments all over town. Admission and shuttle service between venues is free.
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