This Local Program Combats Summer Learning Loss. Could It Be Replicated Nationwide?

Summer Learning Collaborative, developed by Catherine Lindroth, currently serves more than 2,000 children in Delaware.


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Catherine Lindroth hopes to have the Summer Learning Collaborative replicated statewide by 2020 and ultimately take the program nationwide.//Photo by Joe del Tufo

 

In 1906, long before the words “data driven” became an essential component of every educator’s vocabulary, a college math professor in New York state conducted a research project with 15 grade-school students, giving them math quizzes with the same questions in June and in September.

The fourth-graders gave 26 percent fewer correct answers in September than they had at the end of the previous school year, and it took them twice as long to come up with the answers. The seventh-graders also lost ground, but not as much.

William F. White had uncovered the phenomenon first called “summer slide,” now more elegantly labeled “summer learning loss.” Repeated studies over the past 100-plus years, most of them far more sophisticated than White’s, have confirmed and elaborated on his rather elementary findings. In sum, kids lose about a month’s worth of learning every summer, especially in math and spelling, and the losses are even greater among low-income children.

The problem, then, may not be new, but for educators, many of whom enjoy their summer breaks as much as students do, finding the solution has remained elusive.

But a steadily growing program that started in Wilmington is demonstrating the potential to halt, or even reverse, summer learning loss, and to do it economically—at a price of about $400 per child per summer.

The project is the brainchild of 31-year-old Catherine Lindroth, who began building the framework for the Summer Learning Collaborative as she sought a solution for a different problem that she encountered in her first year as a manager in the Delaware regional office of Teach For America.

In the fall of 2013, Lindroth was looking for ways to strengthen the community ties of Teach For America corps members while giving them more teaching experience—goals that would improve TFA’s retention rate and enhance classroom performance. While Lindroth was brainstorming, she started getting calls from leaders at community centers around the city—West End Neighborhood House, Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center, the Latin American Community Center, the Walnut Street YMCA and the Boys & Girls Clubs. All were looking for tutors to help get the youngsters enrolled in their after-school programs back up to grade level.

After-school tutoring wouldn’t have worked out—the teachers weren’t available at that time of day—but a souped-up version of summer camp was worth a try. Lindroth and Laurisa Schutt, TFA’s Delaware executive director, convinced Barclaycard US to award a $10,000 grant to launch the project.

“It’s a rather simple idea, but it’s really creative and innovative,” says Jocelyn Stewart, Barclaycard’s director of community investment. “If you believe the research on summer learning loss, how do you change that to give kids a fighting chance to succeed throughout the school year?”

From its modest beginning in 2014—28 teachers at five locations—the Summer Learning Collaborative has blossomed. This summer the program is operating at 12 sites—11 in Wilmington and one at the Western Sussex Boys & Girls Club—and serving more than 2,000 children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

It’s now an independent nonprofit organization, with an annual budget in the high six figures, that has received grants from Barclaycard, Capital One, WSFS Bank, United Way, the Longwood Foundation, Welfare Foundation, Laffey-McHugh Foundation and Good Samaritan Foundation. Its summer staff has more than 80 employees, including 55 teachers.

Lindroth hopes to have the program model refined well enough by next year to have it replicated statewide, and she thinks it can grow to serve as many as 7,000 students across the state by 2020. Her big dream is to take the program nationwide, through funding by a major foundation.

That’s not so far-fetched, says Jim Kelly, a retired Capital One executive vice president who approved the first grant the bank made to the collaborative and last year joined the organization’s board of directors. “We’d like to think this program has legs across America, but our next step will be to build on our success in Delaware by looking at opportunities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.”

“It could easily be a national model, but we’ve got to simplify it a little more and put more of it online,” says Stewart. She notes that Barclaycard gave the collab a $100,000 grant this year.

Delaware doesn’t have any state-specific data that would measure summer learning loss, “but everything we see [in the state’s public schools] tends to correlate with the national studies,” says Michael Watson, chief academic officer at the state Department of Education.

“Most of the data says [low-income] students lose three to six months of learning time because they’re dormant during the summer,” says Merv Daugherty, superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

Using an online reading and math assessment program called Let’s Go Learn, the Summer Collab found that 86 percent of 2016’s 1,500 campers showed learning gains that averaged three to four months during the 12-week programs. A quarter of those students registered gains of a year or more.

This year, Summer Collab participants from Red Clay schools will be tracked (with the permission of their parents or guardians) throughout the coming school year to determine how well they retain what they learned over the summer. “We think the service they’re providing is outstanding,” Daugherty says. “They’re looking at critical thinking skills, at literacy, at encouragement. I think it’s a perfect match for us.”

In general, Lindroth says, the higher a family’s income, the more learning opportunities children will have during the summer. “Parents will purchase experiences for their kids, and often these experiences will put them in an environment where they’re encouraged to see themselves in a new light,” she says.

Lindroth had that experience. As a middle schooler in a public school in Connecticut, she attended a month-long summer STEM camp at the elite Miss Porter’s School. As she developed an interest in science and math, camp officials suggested she consider applying to the school. She did, and she was accepted. “My life changed,” Lindroth says.

Low-income kids, on the other hand, have fewer options. “You stay home and take care of siblings. If you’re lucky, you’re getting daycare. There can be a lack of supervision, of role models, of safety and nutrition,” she says.

Summer Collab programs look a lot like summer camp. Kids get time to play in the gym, swim in the pool, join clubs and do arts and crafts. Embedded in many of these activities is a learning component, created by young teachers who work part time at the collaborative in winter and spring creating curriculum modules and who then oversee the camp counselors as they integrate the programming into the daily schedule.

“There’s very little pencil on paper. When kids see that, they shut down,” says Tasia Wright, summer camp and education coordinator at Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center. “Movement is involved in every aspect of the lesson. If we’re teaching about rocket ships, they’re building [a model]. They’re constantly moving, not sitting in a chair.”

“It feels like a camp. Everything is hands-on,” says Kristina Woznicki, associate executive director at the Walnut Street YMCA. “We don’t say, ‘This is important because you’ll learn it in fourth-grade science,’ but if we’re making pancakes, you learn how to use a measuring cup, and you learn that in a cup there are 8 ounces.”

“They’re learning without knowing they’re learning,” says Elizabeth Schaff, who directs the Boys & Girls Clubs summer programs at Shortlidge Elementary School and East Side Charter School. Schaff says she gets a kick out of watching kids working on a project, then suddenly making a connection with something they had already learned in school. It’s a validation of the importance of education.

The framework Summer Collab provides has given the community centers the strength to up their summer-camp games.

That’s also the beauty of the program—it’s a fresh approach that is built on the foundation of existing community organizations.

“Our camp wasn’t a bad camp before, but the change has been like night and day,” Woznicki says.

A typical summer camp is likely to have a director overseeing operations and a group of counselors, often college students, working with the youngsters.

As it has grown, Summer Collab has created an organizational structure and transformed itself into a year-round operation. As its name implies, the effort is truly collaborative, with Collab and community center staff members working together throughout a cycle that begins with planning in October and ends in September with a review of how well the camp program was executed.

Starting in November, the centers’ camp directors participate in a six-month “learning lab” offered by the Collab. The lab covers topics such as behavior management, culture building, and staff accountability. In December, camp directors choose a curriculum director from a group of teachers screened by the Collab. December through May, the camp director and curriculum director plan the site’s summer offerings, develop plans for behavior management and staff training, and take care of other details essential to running a successful camp. In February, camp directors and curriculum directors choose instructional coaches from another group of teachers. Through the spring, these instructional coaches will spend 10 hours a month training camp counselors and will work full time at the site over the summer overseeing the counselors’ work. In March, the Collab hosts a hiring fair for prospective counselors. In May it arranges for the camp sites to hire high school students who are trained to serve as supply managers.

Thanks to the combination of a layered structure and ongoing communications between the Collab and the camp directors, “our staff is better trained and we have a plan and a structure ready to go” before camp starts in late June, Schaff says.

Though the partnership produces consistency in organization and curriculum, it doesn’t mean that all 12 summer camps are alike. “Each of us has different needs, different interests,” Woznicki says. “They work with each location, and they make it work at each location.”

Community center officials say the partnership with the Collab is paying off for them year-round. At many centers, summer camp counselors also work in after-school programs from September through June, so they’re able to apply the training Collab provides to their work with kids throughout the school year.

“It’s made me better,” says 23-year-old Malachi Seney, a Lincoln University senior who is now in his third year as a summer camp counselor and year-round after-school aide at Hilltop. “They give you the [lesson] plan, what you need to do, all the directions and the background information. You follow the plan, and it makes the process easier.”

Besides building his instructional skills, training by the Collab team has helped him to relate better with the youngsters. “You have to connect,” he says. “Once the kids feel connected and engaged, they’re enthusiastic.”

Summer camp counselors aren’t the only ones who see a career benefit in working with Collab.

Anthony Bonaddio, a student support specialist at Gateway Lab School who spent more than four years teaching in Wilmington-area schools, is spending his third summer with Collab, moving up the ranks from instructional coach to curriculum director to learning lab leader. Through the winter and spring, he worked with camp leaders to review and revise their behavior plans—the positive expectations they set for campers and the consequences for not following the rules.

The work “has given me confidence,” Bonaddio says. “It has pushed me to be better than I was before.”

Overseeing the counselors he has trained has permitted him to step back and observe his ideas in action. “It has given me self-confidence when I see the ideas I’ve given someone actually working,” he says.

After teaching for five years, Nancy Aragbaye worked as a curriculum director last summer at the Latin American Community Center, then was hired to work full time as the Collab’s program director. One of her duties through the winter and spring was overseeing the writing of the summer curriculum—a package of 36 courses, each one consisting of four one-hour sessions—for the camps to use. Each course is designed for groups of 25 to 30 children, and must include both individual and group activities.

Last summer, Aragbaye felt that the courses taught at the LACC “didn’t have a consistent voice,” so the curriculum update focused on refining the ones that were kept and better structuring the new ones.

“Every lesson has a hook, a challenge each student has to learn,” she says, “and it’s camp, so it has to be fun.”

Schaff, the Boys & Girls Clubs manager, has worked with the Collab team for five years, and she is pleased with the progress it has made. “Every year, they bring more to the table—more staff, more experience. They really help us organize our day.”

Over the years, the public education establishment has taken many stabs at the summer learning loss conundrum, but no single approach has won broad approval.

Watson, from the state Department of Education, points out that those who consider the traditional September-to-June calendar “a relic of America’s agrarian past” are not entirely correct. He cites the “vacation schools” offered primarily in urban areas more than a century ago that served to help immigrant children assimilate into American culture. By the 1920s and 1930s, these programs morphed into the more familiar summer schools, which gave students a chance to repeat classes they might have failed the previous year.

More recently, some school systems, including a few in Delaware, have implemented variations of year-round calendars at the elementary level—offering the standard 180 days of instruction with a series of shorter breaks throughout the year instead of taking the entire summer off.

The Red Clay and Brandywine districts, among others, are running STEM camps this summer, giving interested students a chance to deepen their interest in science, technology, engineering and math topics. Red Clay also offers a performing arts camp at its Cab Calloway School of the Arts and hosts a summer engineering program at A.I. du Pont High School organized by the Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering. (There is a charge for some of these programs.)

Both Watson and Daugherty note that running a large summer program is expensive—too much for state and local school budgets to absorb. In addition to opening the schools and paying the staff, “You’ve got to get the students there,” Daugherty says, and that means running the buses, too.

That’s another reason educators and funders alike are impressed with the Collab approach. It creates a curriculum, develops a staffing model and takes it to community centers where the kids are already expecting to spend most of their summer.

“For 10 years or so, there’s been an enormous push [toward more summer learning opportunities], and the research makes a case for it,” Daugherty says. “You want to do everything you can, get more bang for the buck. Summer Collab is a perfect opportunity. It’s a partnership and they’re covering the costs.”

Collab itself has borrowed some of its programming schemes from other summer camp concepts, including some that take inner-city kids to private school or college campuses for a month or two. Those programs cost about $4,000 a child to run, Lindroth says. That’s about 10 times the cost of Collab’s operation.

“I believe we saw something that’s needed in every community in the country. It meets the needs of students. It meets the needs of teachers. It meets the needs of educators and community leaders,” Lindroth says. “It’s an intersectional strategy that optimizes, and I believe it can be scaled.”

If Lindroth is right, and the Collab can scale itself outward into other states and show itself worthy of the big foundation grant that is her long-term goal, then maybe she’ll see the headline of her dreams: Educational Equity Achieved by Summer Intervention for Low-Income Children.

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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
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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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 »

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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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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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NANTICOKE HEALTH SERVICES TO HOLD STROKE SUPPORT GROUP Nanticoke Health Services will host a stroke support group on Tuesday, March 19 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm in the Allen Cancer Care...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nanticoke Cancer Center
701 Middleford Rd
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Health Services
Telephone: 3026296611 ext. 2799
Contact Name: Amber Brown
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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
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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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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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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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 »

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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
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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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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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

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
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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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
View map »


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

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
Website »

More information

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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
View map »


Sponsor: Kind Girls Rule The World
Telephone: (302) 219-0718
Contact Name: Valerie Nelson
Website »

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

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
View map »


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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

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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
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

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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
Website »

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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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Website »

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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 »

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

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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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 »

More information

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
Website »

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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
View map »


Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 302-831-2577
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
Website »

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Show More...
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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 »

More information

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
View map »

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

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