Risk Management: Addicted to Gambling

The Delaware Council on Gambling Problems raises the ante in the fight against a hidden compulsion.


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Illustration by Nicholas Little

When Mark Wahlberg’s gambling-consumed character in the aptly titled movie “The Gambler” seeks help to finance his habit, a loan shark asks him, “What’s wrong with you—you got brain damage?” In a manner of speaking—yes.

Excessive gambling, long considered a vice, is now classified as an addiction, one that derails lives irrespective of age, gender, class or ethnicity. It can be quite stealthy, with victim and family oblivious to the toll until it’s too late. “It is insidious,” says Arlene Simon, executive director of the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems (DCGP), which provides services for both prevention and treatment. “They usually don’t seek help until reaching rock bottom.”

The descent can be breathtaking—401(k)s drained, second mortgages taken out, company funds embezzled, Social Security checks pfft—all to sustain a gambling habit. Federal charges of money laundering brought against heiress and former San Diego mayor Maureen O’Connor two years ago spotlighted gambling addiction. Other high-profile victims such as late Philadelphia Eagles’ owner Leonard Tose also come to mind. But most people gripped by gambling suffer privately, and their numbers are greater than you’d think—according to the National Council on Problem Gambling, between 6 and 8 million adults and a half-million adolescents in the United States alone.

Simon, who took the reins at Wilmington-based DCGP less than a year ago, speaks from experience—her late husband, a respected local businessman, kept his gambling problem hidden but eventually sought help and recovered. Deputy director Susan Edgar’s passion is also born of familiarity—her father’s longtime gambling troubles surfaced only in recent years. “We wondered why he never had any money,” says Edgar.

More often than not, problem gamblers also have other addictions, which share the same neurological patterns. “An addict’s brain reacts differently than that of a normal person,” says Edgar. “There has been a lot of research; MRIs enable us to see what parts of the brain light up.” The brain’s behavior in this instance is driven largely by dopamine, which Edgar calls an “excitatory neurotransmitter.” A chemical that has numerous functions in the body, dopamine is most often associated with the human need for reward and pleasure. “Addicts seem to have fewer dopamine receptor sites in their brains,” says Edgar. “There’s no place to plug in.”

Addiction springs from this overloaded circuitry. “It may lie dormant in the brain and be triggered by physiological or psychological factors,” says Sachin Karnik, DCGP’s director of prevention and criminal justice. Karnik calls problem gambling a “chronic, relapsing disorder.” Even for those who have undergone therapy, he urges continued participation in the support group Gamblers Anonymous to keep the demons at bay.

Until last year, problem gambling had been termed an “impulse control disorder” in the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” the standard reference in the field of mental health. It is now classified as an addictive disorder, the only one among the 11 defined that does not entail the use of a substance. “It is the purest of addictions—it’s triggered internally,” says Steve Gonzer, DCGP’s director of downstate services. 

The new classification followed years of research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Studies revealed that, when a problem gambler sees people gambling, changes in his brain parallel those of, say, a cocaine abuser anticipating his next snort. Dr. Charles O’Brien, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, chaired the American Psychiatric Association committee that reviewed the evidence.

“This will stimulate more research and help us come up with better treatment,” says O’Brien. “We’ve already seen that compulsive gamblers respond to some of the same medications used to treat drug addiction.”

“It gives us more credibility,” says DCGP’s Simon, formerly with the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. Simon’s marketing efforts already have enlarged the nonprofit agency’s visibility among business and political leaders, minority communities, the elderly and women. Fundraising will continue to address new projects. The media strategy is being refined to better connect with young people.

The message is not that gambling should be eradicated, but that problem gambling needs to be controlled. Most people who place a bet or sidle up to a slot machine are not candidates for financial ruin. For those who are, DCGP—with a current budget of just under $1.4 million provided by the state Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH), a staff of 11, and a network of nine gambling counselors—can offer far more help than when it was launched in 1979.

“A holistic treatment approach is needed to attack addiction,” says Marc Richman, DSAMH’s assistant director for community mental health and addiction services. DCGP relies on DSAMH funding that comes—courtesy of 1994 legislation—from the state’s portion of gross receipts from “video lottery terminals” (slots) at Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway. DSAMH’s current budget of about $107 million provides an array of mental health services, including those available at Delaware Psychiatric Center and three community clinics. DCGP bids for its funding via the division’s proposal process.

The money pays for 20 sessions with a nationally certified gambling counselor for the individual plus family members. It pays the salaries of DCGP staffers, all of whom are trained to answer Helpline calls, some of which result in referrals for counseling. Beyond regular working hours, the 24/7 Helpline (1-888-850-8888) is manned by comparably trained call-takers, who receive a stipend for their services. Call-takers are equipped to deal with those in desperate straits, even to the brink of suicide. For all calls, interpreters intervene for the non-English-speaking.
 

 

In 2014, the Helpline fielded just under 5,000 calls, of which about 400 became clients, according to program director Barbara Barr-Lodge. Kicking the gambling habit is not easy money. “Sometimes, they are just not ready to hear about the time and effort it will take to work a recovery program,” says Barr-Lodge.

Problem gamblers may be just as elusive to therapists as they are to family and friends. DCGP follow-up surveys are frequently unreturned. Barr-Lodge says that what begins as a “great escape” inevitably leads to a “chasing phase that becomes like a job.” For those who do not receive therapy, “the best-case scenario is that they find their way to Gamblers Anonymous,” whose 12-step program parallels that of Alcoholics Anonymous. (In like fashion, the organization Gam-Anon focuses on the problem gambler’s family.)

Though DCGP has been extending its reach, the number of Helpline calls dipped last year, as did the number of cases resulting in treatment. A likely explanation is that strengthened counterparts in Pennsylvania and Maryland now handle more calls directly. “Gamblers move from one venue to another,” says Edgar.

And multiple venues, including casinos in Philadelphia and Atlantic City, are not far away for Delawareans. (These properties all promote responsible gaming and typically offer direct help for problem gamblers.) Crisis management is critical, but the greater goal is to connect with potential problem gamblers before they hit that stage. DSAMH funding pays for a range of programs, outreach activities and professional training seminars delivered by DCGP. "Some medical insurers are starting to cover gambling disorders,” says Simon. “We’re on the cusp of broader coverage.”

Educating young people is a priority. “Problem gambling tends to run in families,” says DCGP’s Judy McCormick, whose tabletop presentations, self-tests and Q&A sessions spread the word at health fairs and elementary and middle schools. “We look for teachable moments,” she says. In high-school health classes, McCormick’s entertainment quotient rises—rap videos and instructional dice games demonstrate that, for some, casual gambling is not so casual. Alternative schools are on her itinerary, and she educates teachers and parents at every stop.

To further engage youth and young adults, DCGP has both a Twitter and Facebook presence and online chat availability. The next frontier may be texting. “We need a comprehensive approach to reach different age groups and the different cultures within them,” says IT director Jerry Tiano. “The question is, ‘How do we use our media tools to address these groups?’”

The most effective tools in DCGP’s kit are its people, who have been bringing their message to African-American churches, Latino community centers, businesses and even assisted-living centers. “The elderly are one of the fastest growing populations [in problem gambling], and the most difficult group to handle,” says Barr-Lodge. Often fighting loneliness, many older citizens are drawn to gambling’s bright lights and clamor. For some, it leads to an addiction. Barr-Lodge reports that a proposed DCGP program tailored to seniors awaits approval by funder DSAMH.
 

 

DCGP has done perhaps its most innovative work in the prison system. Gonzer, DCGP’s downstate staffer (with an office in Rehoboth), makes a monthly presentation before dozens of inmates at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown. He emphasizes to them that, when it’s compulsive, gambling is not fun and games.

“Some prisoners have told me about their gambling problem,” says Gonzer, who also speaks at Stevenson House, a youth detention center in Milford. “Some are there due to their gambling problem. When we’ve discussed will power and choice versus addiction, I’ve brought PET scans [of the brain] to show them the difference.”

More than a decade ago, DCGP’s Hector Garcia established a pilot program at Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna and is still providing treatment for prisoners there. “There’s a correlation with crime and gambling just as with crime and substance abuse,” says Garcia. “There is plenty of gambling activity in prison, though it may involve things from the commissary rather than actual money. And you have to pay up.”

As with Gonzer’s talks, Garcia’s treatment aims to equip problem gamblers for the day when they leave the high walls behind. His prison-based program consists of 26 sessions that explore the addiction’s psychological underpinnings in a personalized way—topics include narcissism, belief systems, shame and relationships.

One of Garcia’s standout successes has been an inmate named John, whose out-of-control sports betting turned him into a bank robber, landing him in prison. Still incarcerated, John is enrolled in college courses and helps other inmates get their GEDs. “He has completely transformed himself,” says Garcia, “and will be a force in the gambling treatment field after his release.”

Last March, timed for Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a program at the Wilmington Sheraton considered the value and feasibility of establishing a “gambling court” in Delaware. Judge Mark Farrell, who has held such a court in Amherst, N.Y., since 2001, spoke of this unique enterprise, which consigns offenders to treatment rather than prison.

To pay for this special event, Simon raised money from the legal and business communities. Fund-raising earmarked for specific projects outside of regular DCGP operations is a task she welcomes, and she forecasts more to come. Board member George Meldrum is her political liaison in this regard. “Part of my role is helping her navigate political minefields,” says Meldrum, a lobbyist for Nemours and a former DCGP deputy director. “We need to educate legislators about gambling problems. Arlene creatively uses the board in this process.”

Getting elected officials on board would help DCGP’s mission to treat problem gambling and inform the public. “In some communities, it’s acceptable even to excess,” says Tiano. “When it’s not, no one wants to admit it. And there’s the allure that, the next time, they will strike it rich.” But the payoff’s only value is that it ensures more action. “It’s not about the money,” explains Karnik.

“Money is only the agent of the addiction,” confirms Edgar.

Visit the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems online at www.dcgp.org, or for general information, call the offices at 655-3261 (New Castle County) and 226-5041 (Kent/Sussex counties).  
 

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CoroAllegro will be the guest bartenders this evening at 8th and Union Kitchen. Come out and support this local choral organization, learn about our upcoming concert, and possibly even...

Cost: 0

Where:
8th and Union Kitchen
801 N Union St
Wilmington, DE  19805
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6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 19 Join artists of all skill levels from throughout the community for an uninstructed session with a live figure model. Participants may paint, draw or sculpt, but they...

Cost: $10

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

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  Directed by Sanford Robbins  “It’s not about science versus religion. It is about the right to think.” Inspired by the sensational Scopes “Monkey...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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Faculty Artist Recital. The program includes Volio by Paule Maurice; Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra by Pierre Max Duboi; Suite Hellénique by Pedro Iturrald; Polka Dots and Moonbeams by...

Cost: 5-15

Where:
Gore Recital Hall
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2577
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware’s Yara’s Fund supports the emergency medication program.  Individuals with epilepsy, who struggle to pay for their medication can receive assistance...

Cost: NO COST - SHOE DRIVE

Where:
Bear-Glasgow YMCA
351 George Williams Way
Bear, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Kind Girls Rule The World
Telephone: (302) 219-0718
Contact Name: Valerie Nelson
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To celebrate the arrival of spring, Main Event is rolling out its popular “Spring FUNpass,” good for all-you-can-play activities at the starting price of $14.95.   Spring...

Cost: $14.95

Where:
Main Event Entertainment
2900 Fashion Center Blvd
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Main Event Entertainment

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Jacalyn Beam “A Way of Seeing”  Plein Air landscape paintings from the Brandywine Valley and Delaware beaches. Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, March 1, 5...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19809
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
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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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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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March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

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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TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

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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TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The 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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From End Caste Apartheid to Smash Brahminical Patriarchy: The Art of Equality Labs February 25 – April 12, 2019 Curated by Thenmozhi Soundararajan Featuring: Khushboo Gulati | Maari...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
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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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Slow down, settle your mind, and step into the quietude of the Museum’s Labyrinth.     

Cost: Free; donations are accepted to assist with maintenance.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
Wilmington, DE  19806


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In a continuing effort to prevent losing lives to overdoses, the Division of Public Health (DPH) will distribute free naloxone kits at clinics in March. If you or someone you care about is...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Delaware Tech — Terry Campus
100 Campus Drive
253 N.E. Front St.
Dover, DE  19904
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Sponsor: Division of Public Health
Telephone: 302-424-7140

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Selected Wednesdays | 6 - 8 PM $10 drop-in fee Wings Auditorium Studio artist Jenna Lucente monitors these informal figure drawing sessions starting with quick sketch warm-ups and ending with...

Cost: $10

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: The Delaware Contemporary
Telephone: 302-656-6466
Contact Name: Tatiana Michels
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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  Directed by Sanford Robbins  “It’s not about science versus religion. It is about the right to think.” Inspired by the sensational Scopes “Monkey...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

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Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware’s Yara’s Fund supports the emergency medication program.  Individuals with epilepsy, who struggle to pay for their medication can receive assistance...

Cost: NO COST - SHOE DRIVE

Where:
Bear-Glasgow YMCA
351 George Williams Way
Bear, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Kind Girls Rule The World
Telephone: (302) 219-0718
Contact Name: Valerie Nelson
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Jacalyn Beam “A Way of Seeing”  Plein Air landscape paintings from the Brandywine Valley and Delaware beaches. Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, March 1, 5...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19809
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Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

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To celebrate the arrival of spring, Main Event is rolling out its popular “Spring FUNpass,” good for all-you-can-play activities at the starting price of $14.95.   Spring...

Cost: $14.95

Where:
Main Event Entertainment
2900 Fashion Center Blvd
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Main Event Entertainment

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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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TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

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

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TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

Cost: FREE

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

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From End Caste Apartheid to Smash Brahminical Patriarchy: The Art of Equality Labs February 25 – April 12, 2019 Curated by Thenmozhi Soundararajan Featuring: Khushboo Gulati | Maari...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
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Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

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March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

More information

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
Website »

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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
Website »

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
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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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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  Directed by Sanford Robbins  “It’s not about science versus religion. It is about the right to think.” Inspired by the sensational Scopes “Monkey...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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Lauren Reynolds, director. ​ The program includes: Grainger, Duke of Marlborough Fanfare, Derek Dillman, graduate conductor; Bernstein/Grundman, Overture to Candide; Whitacre, Lux Aurumque,...

Cost: 5-15

Where:
Puglisi Orchestra Hall
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2577
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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To celebrate the arrival of spring, Main Event is rolling out its popular “Spring FUNpass,” good for all-you-can-play activities at the starting price of $14.95.   Spring...

Cost: $14.95

Where:
Main Event Entertainment
2900 Fashion Center Blvd
Newark, DE  19702
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Sponsor: Main Event Entertainment

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Jacalyn Beam “A Way of Seeing”  Plein Air landscape paintings from the Brandywine Valley and Delaware beaches. Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, March 1, 5...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19809
View map »


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 »

More information

TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

More information

From End Caste Apartheid to Smash Brahminical Patriarchy: The Art of Equality Labs February 25 – April 12, 2019 Curated by Thenmozhi Soundararajan Featuring: Khushboo Gulati | Maari...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107
View map »


Sponsor: Asian Arts Initiative
Telephone: 215-557-0455
Contact Name: Melissa
Website »

More information

March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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

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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Every Friday | 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   Read a story fromFairy Tales to Nursery Rhymes, explore art, and create. Ages 2+. Family Friendly.  

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

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


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


Telephone: 130-265-66466

More information

The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Chadds Ford Elementary welcomes over 65 local and regional artists for the 70th Annual Art Sale & Show on March 22-23, 2019. Artists display and sell their art in an array...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chadds Ford Elementary School
3 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
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Sponsor: Chadds Ford Elementary PTO
Contact Name: Kara Hyman
Website »

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By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  Directed by Sanford Robbins  “It’s not about science versus religion. It is about the right to think.” Inspired by the sensational Scopes “Monkey...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

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Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses...

Cost: $10 - $25

Where:
Bootless Stageworks
1301 N. Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 130-288-79300
Contact Name: Box Office
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James Allen Anderson directs the annual Concerto and Composition Competition Winners Concert. The program includes ​Fast Ride in a Short Machine by Daniel Morrison; Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in...

Cost: 5-15

Where:
Puglisi Orchestra Hall
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2577
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
Website »

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To celebrate the arrival of spring, Main Event is rolling out its popular “Spring FUNpass,” good for all-you-can-play activities at the starting price of $14.95.   Spring...

Cost: $14.95

Where:
Main Event Entertainment
2900 Fashion Center Blvd
Newark, DE  19702
View map »


Sponsor: Main Event Entertainment

More information

Jacalyn Beam “A Way of Seeing”  Plein Air landscape paintings from the Brandywine Valley and Delaware beaches. Opening Reception to Meet the Artist - Friday, March 1, 5...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19809
View map »


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 »

More information

TOTALLY MYTHOLOGICAL Henry Bermudez February 28 - April 25, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2019 5 - 9 PM | during first Friday Art loop 5:30 - 6:30 PM | Panel discussion,...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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March 23 – August 4, 2019 Edward Loper, Sr. is one of Delaware’s most celebrated artists, having lived his entire life in the state and taught generations of local artists. His son,...

Cost: Free with admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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March 2 – May 12, 2019 From the Brothers Grimm and Mother Goose to Dinosaur Bob and Bumble-Ardy, engaging stories and captivating images come alive in the art of picture books. We...

Cost: Free with admission.

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

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Delaware & Pennsylvania Home Owners Thinking of selling your home? Whether you're just considering selling or have already started to prepare, our experts will walk you through...

Cost: FREE

Where:
INDEPENDENCE MALL
1601 Concord Pike, Suite 88
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: The Kat Geralis Home Team
Telephone: 302-575-1080
Contact Name: April Griffith
Website »

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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

TIME STILLED, MY HAIR NARRATIVE A Draper Experiment by Tia Santana March 1 - April 28, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, March 1 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop The Delaware...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
Website »

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

Keeper Talks, 11:30am & 1:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Join our keepers for daily talks about the animals here in the Zoo. Topics and animals change daily, so there’s always...

Cost: Adults $ 5, Seniors $4, Kids $3; free for under 3yrs and for members.

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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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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Meet Marilyn A. Bauman, author of Edward L. Loper Sr., The Prophet of Color.     Image:Old Farm,1954. Edward Loper Sr. (1916–2011). Oil on canvas, 18 × 22...

Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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ART & SOUL ART AUCTION AND CONTEMPORARY AFFAIR Saturday, March 23, 2019 7 - 10 PM VIP Pre-Party | 6 - 7 Celebrate our 40th anniversary at this glamorous event inspired by the...

Cost: $80 - $250

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

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The Lighthouse Inc. Church presenta el servicio de la iglesia en espanol.  El servicio de la iglesia en espanol comenzia 14 de merzo de 2019.  Hables espanol?  Entonces este es el...

Cost: free

Where:
The Lighthouse Inc., Church
6 S Railroad Ave
Wyoming, DE  19934-1026
View map »


Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

More information

Chadds Ford Elementary welcomes over 65 local and regional artists for the 70th Annual Art Sale & Show on March 22-23, 2019. Artists display and sell their art in an array...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chadds Ford Elementary School
3 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA  19317
View map »


Sponsor: Chadds Ford Elementary PTO
Contact Name: Kara Hyman
Website »

More information

By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  Directed by Sanford Robbins  “It’s not about science versus religion. It is about the right to think.” Inspired by the sensational Scopes “Monkey...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Thompson Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
View map »


Telephone: 302-831-2204
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Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ’em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the hilarious hit musical that’s anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses...

Cost: $10 - $25

Where:
Bootless Stageworks
1301 N. Broom Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Telephone: 130-288-79300
Contact Name: Box Office
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The concerto grosso, one of the high baroque’s most varied and conversational forms, pivots on dialogue between an orchestra and groups of soloists. We perform masterpieces of the genre by...

Cost: $25-39

Where:
Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral
23 S. 38th St.
Philadelphia, PA  19104
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Sponsor: Tempesta di Mare
Telephone: 215-755-8776
Contact Name: Ulrike Shapiro
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Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti comes to The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 11, and cost $29 to $49.

Cost: $29-49

Where:
SugarHouse Casino
1001 N. Delaware Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19125
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Women in Music is a collaborative event with faculty and students presenting works written by female composers. The program includes Wild Purple by Joan Tower; Try Me, Good King by Libby Larson;...

Cost: 5-15

Where:
Gore Recital Hall
Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Road
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2577
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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