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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A regular on the Art Loop is the Delaware College of Art and Design. With six exhibitions per year, DCAD participates on the loop every other month. Works by DCAD students are also frequently displayed at the Delaware Theatre Company on the Wilmington Riverfront.
“They’re doing some really interesting work at Delaware Theatre Company, too,” says Avery, who points to the play “No Child” by Nilaja Sun as an example. More than 200 local public school teachers joined audiences to witness two actors playing 16 different roles in the tale of challenges facing an inner city teacher in New York.
DTC, now in its 30th year, presents professional performances of classic, musical, contemporary and new works, and it offers a host of programs for children, such as Summer on Stage, which lets them explore acting techniques, improvisation and stagecraft. Special guests host master classes, and students present a final performance at the theater. While some kids are learning to perform, others are engaged in the Delaware Young Playwright’s Festival and the Young Critics programs, which explore their creativity in writing and critiquing theatrical works.
Through the Totally Awesome Kids and the Arts Across the Curriculum programs, and through cooperative ventures with A.I. duPont Hospital for Children, the Latin American Community Center, Delaware School for the Deaf and other organizations, DTC classes and performances have helped chronically ill, autistic, learning disabled and deaf children, as well as at-risk kids faced with conflict and domestic violence.
“The arts can open doors to children who have trouble with traditional styles of learning,” says executive director Maxine Gaiber of Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts—and that’s often what happens at the DCCA. Children as young as age 3, their parents and other adults find exhibits, classes and programs at the DCCA that explore art and its relationships to other parts of life. The DCCA is a non-collecting museum that presents nearly 30 exhibitions of regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists each year. It is so committed to the community that it has waived admission fees for the year.
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