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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Speaking of contemporary art, one of the largest and most ambitious exhibitions of contemporary marine art will be mounted May 16-June 6 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. The 30th Anniversary Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists will present art from more than 100 of the best marine artists working today.
Learning to enjoy or be part of a performance is the mission of the Delaware Children’s Theatre on Delaware Avenue, which presents such classics as “Babes in Toyland,” “Pinocchio,” “Aladdin” and other childhood favorites. The Wilmington Drama League has provided quality community theater for more than 75 years, giving opportunities for community members to write, act and design sets for plays. And the Victorian DuPont Theatre—the oldest continuously operating theater in the country—presents Tony Award-winning shows that have brought beloved Broadway stars to its stage. Mandy Patinkin and Patti LuPone are two of the most recent stars.
Moving from stage to screen, audiences at Theatre N at Nemours find their tickets provide passage to the intellectually and artistically stimulating world of independent and foreign films. The intimate 221-seat theater is operated by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, and independent films for screening are obtained through Emerging Cinemas in New York City. Each month, Theatre N hosts Icebox Talks, lively after-film chats among theater-goers.
Keeping the conversation going long after the film, ballet or exhibit has ended is important for audience development and the continued success of Wilmington’s arts institutions.
“We have to do a better job of making people aware of what we have in the arts scene,” says Avery. And, as arts leaders ride out the storm of the recession, “We have to be resilient, and I’m confident that we can be.”
For more about these organizations, shows, performances and exhibits, visit www.delawaretoday.com.