Who Will Save Us?

Our institutions aren't what they used to be. The political system has changed, too—and not for the better. Solving our problems will require new leaders who can win new commitments from vested partners.


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Courtesy of the Delaware Historical Society

Also by John Sweeney: "After the Riots: 50 Years Later, Have We Learned Anything?"

Politicians aren't going to save us.

Then again, neither will big business.

One of the harshest lessons of the 50 years since the Wilmington riots is that the institutions that used to guide the city and the state—the leaders we turned to or trusted to keep our best interests at heart—have either left town, faded away or gone bonkers.

Look at the elections. If we are willing to concede that our national political system has gone crazy, why shouldn't we say the same thing about local politics?

If you tend to be forgiving about the way we do things in the First State, remember this: Eight people sought the Democratic Party’s nomination for mayor in 2016. All they had to do was hear the dog-whistle "call" of the people, collect a few signatures and pay a fee. Seven of them essentially were running to keep the incumbent, Dennis Williams, from being re-elected. Yet none of them dropped out or threw their support to a more winnable candidate. It was as if each of the candidates had bought a ticket in a lottery believing Lady Luck was on his or her side.

Considering how the system works, it wasn't a bad strategy. The eventual winner, Mike Purzycki, won with 2,968 votes, or 23.59 percent of the total. Wilmington, of course, is solidly Democratic. That makes the primary the real battle. The general election does not matter. Therefore, Mike Purzycki became mayor of a city of 71,000 by winning 2,968 votes. That was 234 votes more than his closest rival had.

This is not to knock the new mayor or any of the candidates. However, it does raise a question about our political system.

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People in office do matter. Back in 1968, the agony of the post-riot occupation was in the hands of the then-governor, Charles Terry. If a different person had been governor, it is possible that the National Guard would have been withdrawn much earlier and that blot on Delaware history would disappear. Certainly, today's political leaders are more sensitive to all of their constituents, and their intelligence-gathering systems are more professional. The selection of candidates, however, is more problematic today. Terry was chief justice of the state Supreme Court and a fixture in Kent County politics when he was given the nomination. In other words, the party establishment bestowed the job to him. He won a close race against his Republican challenger. Ironically, he got a big boost from the primarily black voting districts in Wilmington.

That is not necessary anymore. Party establishments have no pull. The primary is all.

This year's primaries for state Senate and attorney general promise more of what we got in 2016. Get used to it. Primary free-for-alls are here to stay. They are another gift from the troublesome year of 1968. The Chicago street riots at the Democratic Convention led to a series of reforms in both parties that eventually stripped power from the political bosses. Reformers banished the kingmakers from the smoke-filled rooms and opened the doors to the people—and the political action committees, the one-issue zealots and, of course, the self-nominated candidates.

At the national level, this has given us the Tea Party, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump. These changes may be good or bad, according to your point of view. However, the new system has also intensified polarization and gridlock.

Democrats have controlled Wilmington since 1973. The Republican Party is practically nonexistent in the city and disappearing in the state. That means all of the political debates—such as they are—are Democratic debates. The primary is more important than the general election.

Once, political professionals like the late Leo Marshall ruled Wilmington politics. Now we have eight candidates for mayor.

Other than personality, how much difference was there between 2016’s eight candidates for mayor? Farmers have a word for this sort of thing: monoculture. If you keep growing beans over and over in the same patch of dirt, pretty soon the beans fail and the dirt is exhausted. The same is true of the political system. A little variety can be healthy. Forty-five straight years of a Democratic monoculture in Wilmington has produced—what?

No one asks today's candidates to run for office. They don't have to earn any points working their way up through the system. They don't have to be leaders of a sizable faction of voters. They just have to nominate themselves.

That makes legislators the equivalent of owner-operators of their own franchise. The concept of "rank-and-file" legislators has vanished from the political landscape. The legislators no longer owe allegiance to their party leaders. They listen to their own consciences—and their special-interest contributors.

Legislators are thus free to back their constituents' favored programs, then to back away from paying for them. That makes lawmaking even tougher. One former state House leader said the legislators are so independent that leadership cannot even control its own caucus.

Theo Gregory, former president of Wilmington's City Council, says he has seen many changes in the way council works. Gregory served on City Council for 32 years, four as president. When he started, the new council member worked with the leadership. Members didn't go their own way and then complained afterwards. "Today, there's no respect for leadership," he says. "It's like herding cats."

"Politics like this is endemic to local government," author Aaron Renn explains. Renn is a student of municipal government. He is the author of "The Urban State of Mind: Reflections on the City" and a frequent contributor to Governing Magazine and City Journal. He has visited cities across the country and has written extensively about the struggles of once-thriving regions.

"Until 40 years ago, cities were run by semi-machines. Now local government is one-party rule. Many people have never known great local governance. But hoping for great competitive politics isn't the answer. That won't happen."

On the other hand, Renn says, it can't be all that bad. "Every state thinks it has the country's worst legislature, every city thinks it has the worst council."

The bottom line is that the political system—as it exists—won't save us.

In politics, there is little thinking beyond the next election cycle. In business, once a source of civic leadership, there is little thinking beyond the next quarter.

It wasn't always that way.

One thing that did exist in 1968 Wilmington was the power of the DuPont Company. A number of observers of the riot's aftermath have said that DuPont's recommitment to downtown Wilmington kept the city from going the way of Chester, Pa., and Camden, N.J., the two troubled cities further up the Delaware River.

The one thing a 1968 Wilmingtonian would not have a guessed, however, was that someday there would be no DuPont presence in the city. Being the nation's "corporate capital" had its benefits. Longtime Wilmington residents look back fondly on the days of working for "the duPonts," or when getting Irv Shapiro of DuPont and Al Giacco of Hercules in the same room meant a guaranteed solution to whatever civic problem ailed the city.

No more.

Nostalgia may cloud the actual facts, but the businesses in town did come to the city's aid often. There were always DuPont or Hercules or Wilmington Trust employees on boards, on loan to nonprofits or in leadership positions in charities and civic organizations. After DuPont came Charles Cawley and the generous bankers at MBNA. But the corporate world has changed since those days. DuPont is now DowDuPont Inc., and headquartered outside the city. MBNA doesn't exist anymore. And, according to the heads of several nonprofits, the whole corporate world has changed. Now, says one nonprofit leader, when you go to one of the big banks for help on a project, you are told, "Corporate only gives us so much."

The key word in that sentence is "corporate," and it means someplace other than Wilmington.

Aaron Renn thinks that makes a crucial difference. "Many post-industrial places once had strong local leadership that was committed to city. Grand Rapids, Mich., for example, is doing very well now because of the Amway Corporation. The Van Andel and DeVos families started Amway and have pumped a log of money into the city."

Rick DeVos started an arts festival called ArtPrize, which is flourishing and engages the public by letting them pick the winner. It is a large tourist attraction.

"Having local leaders who remain committed to your city and who invest back into the city, I think, is always positive." 

"The loss of local banks is huge, in my view," Renn says. "Local banks were once confined to their hometowns. Local bankers, along with local utilities, were the movers and shakers. All their money was local. If the local economy didn't grow, they didn't grow."

For the companies that don't have local roots, the local action is merely part of a bigger, far-off game that could be played anywhere.

"You can't ride DuPont for 500 years," Renn says. "GE is breaking up. There is no more iconic American company than GE. The lesson is that you have to be constantly creating new businesses and growing them over time."

Remember, even the fabled Financial Center Development Act from the early 1980s came about not just because of leadership from Gov. Pete du Pont and his administration, but also from united civic leaders, business executives committed to Delaware, and a disciplined corps of Democrats and Republicans in the state House and Senate.

Where would we find leaders like that today?

That's a good question. They are probably out there somewhere.

"The fact of the matter is, there is tremendous inertia in cities and states," Renn says. "We just have to find new ways to mobilize leadership."

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Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
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LEGALLY BLONDE JR. Tickets: $10 All Seats Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
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Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
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Winter Group Show  A rotating group show featuring an eclectic mix of artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Custom Framing and Gift Certificates are always...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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Bernard Jackson Felch, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 83, was an accomplished water-colorist, sculptor, ceramicist and teacher whose work has been seen in museums, schools, universities,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design’s Toni & Stuart
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Susan Couby

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Wilmington Coin Show January 17, 18, 19 2019 10 AM to 6 PM Thursday and Friday 10 AM to 5 PM Saturday   Nur Shrine Temple 198 South DuPont Highway New Castle, DE 19720   Sponsor is the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nur Shrine Temple
198 South DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE  19720
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Sponsor: Wilmington Coin Club
Telephone: 610-675-6186
Contact Name: Ken Sammut

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Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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THE FAR IS NEAR Graham Dougherty & Ruth Ansel January 5 - 31, 2019 Opening reception: January 11  | 7 - 9 PM Graham Dougherty  ”We give shape...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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HALF : HALF A Draper Experiment by Willie Yao January 4 -  February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Featuring designer solutions for small interior spaces and backyards, hands-on DIY project workshops and a Succulent Bar, more than 300 exhibitors, and home design celebrities Clint Harp and Matt...

Cost: $10

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Exhibition Hall F
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Philly Home Show
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Adults learn a craft technique and make a work of art to take home. Wine and refreshments will be available in the café while you create. $15 Members, $20 Non-Members.  Jan 17 Embroidery...

Cost: $15 Members, $20 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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LEGALLY BLONDE JR. Tickets: $10 All Seats Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
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Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
Website »

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Winter Group Show  A rotating group show featuring an eclectic mix of artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Custom Framing and Gift Certificates are always...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466
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IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Bernard Jackson Felch, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 83, was an accomplished water-colorist, sculptor, ceramicist and teacher whose work has been seen in museums, schools, universities,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design’s Toni & Stuart
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington , DE  19801
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Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Susan Couby

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Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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THE FAR IS NEAR Graham Dougherty & Ruth Ansel January 5 - 31, 2019 Opening reception: January 11  | 7 - 9 PM Graham Dougherty  ”We give shape...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences.Ages 2 and up. Visit delart.org for list of books. ...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages...

Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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HALF : HALF A Draper Experiment by Willie Yao January 4 -  February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
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Featuring designer solutions for small interior spaces and backyards, hands-on DIY project workshops and a Succulent Bar, more than 300 exhibitors, and home design celebrities Clint Harp and Matt...

Cost: $10

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Exhibition Hall F
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Philly Home Show
Website »

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ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 130-265-66466

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CASA of Camden County Presents a Benefit Show with Renowned Illusionist Jason Bishop. Enjoy a night of incredible entertainment with the whole family while supporting the efforts of CASA throughout...

Cost: $25

Where:
Pfleeger Concert Hall, Rowan University
North Campus Drive
Glassboro, NJ  08028
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Sponsor: CASA of Camden County
Telephone: 856-361-7180
Contact Name: Jonathan Cummings
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LEGALLY BLONDE JR. Tickets: $10 All Seats Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
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“An engaging exploration of what can be achieved by bringing ancient and modern into creative fusion.” – Jazzwise   Experience new sounds from the ancient...

Cost: $30 Members, $35 Non-members, $25 Students

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Winter Group Show  A rotating group show featuring an eclectic mix of artwork including paintings, drawings, ceramics, art glass and jewelry. Custom Framing and Gift Certificates are always...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

CCArts Winter class registrations are open   The Center for the Creative Arts presents its Winter 2019 class and workshop offerings. With over 50 classes and workshops there is...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
410 Upper Snuff Mill Row
Hockessin, DE  19736
View map »


Telephone: 302-239-2434
Contact Name: Nicole Schmid
Website »

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Sharpen your pencils for the 15th DCAD Drawing Marathon! This full-day festival of figure drawing will feature models in a variety of poses and vignettes.

Cost: $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware College of Art and Design
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Randle Reed

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NEW HEIGHTS Erica Loustau  January 11 - December 11, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  7 - 9 PM Seeking to engage the unused space of our atrium lobby, artist...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

A SENSE OF PLACE 47°-80° N Bethany Springer January 16 - May 12, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop A Sense of Place 47° - 80°...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

IN BETWEEN THEREShelley Thorstensen November 24, 2018 - March 17, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, December 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop For her first solo exhibition in Delaware,...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Bernard Jackson Felch, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 83, was an accomplished water-colorist, sculptor, ceramicist and teacher whose work has been seen in museums, schools, universities,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design’s Toni & Stuart
600 N. Market St.
Wilmington , DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Susan Couby

More information

Pre-Raphaelite painter and women’s rights campaigner Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon (1827–1891) was an early female participant in the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Landscape was Bodichon’s...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »

More information

THE FAR IS NEAR Graham Dougherty & Ruth Ansel January 5 - 31, 2019 Opening reception: January 11  | 7 - 9 PM Graham Dougherty  ”We give shape...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

For more than 90 years, the Delaware Art Museum has showcased contemporary craft by artists working locally and throughout the region. The Museum’s first juried Contemporary Crafts Show was...

Cost: Free for members. Included in Museum admission fee for non-members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »

More information

Schedule a private group tour followed by lunch or dinner with a historic, revolutionary war era presentation.* Ideal for conferences, corporate meetings, special interest groups. $25 per...

Cost: $25–$45

Where:
The University and Whist Club
805 N Broom St
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Sponsor: The University and Whist Club
Telephone: 302-658-5125
Contact Name: Stacey Inglis
Website »

More information

HALF : HALF A Draper Experiment by Willie Yao January 4 -  February 24, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, February 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Featuring designer solutions for small interior spaces and backyards, hands-on DIY project workshops and a Succulent Bar, more than 300 exhibitors, and home design celebrities Clint Harp and Matt...

Cost: $10

Where:
Pennsylvania Convention Center
1101 Arch Street
Exhibition Hall F
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Philly Home Show
Website »

More information

ORIGINS Rick Rothrock & Stan Smokler January 8 - April 22, 2019 Special Reception: Friday, January 11, 2019  5:30 - 7:30 PM Artist Talk | 6:30 PM The Delaware Contemporary...

Cost: FREE

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

Sharpen your pencils for the 15th DCAD Drawing Marathon! This full-day festival of figure drawing will feature models in a variety of poses and vignettes.

Cost: $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

Where:
Delaware College of Art and Design
600 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 19801
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware College of Art and Design
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Randle Reed

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Nancy Viau - Afternoon With The Author Join the Hockessin Book Shelf and Children's Book Author Nancy Viau on Saturday, January 19th for a Book Reading, Craft, Discussion, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hockessin BookShelf
7179 Lancaster Pike
hockessin, DE  19707
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Telephone: 302-235-7665

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LEGALLY BLONDE JR. Tickets: $10 All Seats Based on the award-winning Broadway musical and the smash hit motion picture, Legally BlondeThe Musical JR. is a fabulously fun journey of...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Everett Theatre
47 W. Main Street
Middletown, DE  19709
View map »

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show This interactive movie experience combines film and live performers. The cult-classic is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late...

Cost: 9

Where:
Theatre N
235 W. 10th St
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Frankie's Midnight Runners
Telephone: 302-571-4075
Contact Name: Richard
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