Tina Betz’s personal style helps shape the style of all Wilmington.
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Even if you’re not the gambling type, there are two things you can stake house money on: You’ll never find Tina Betz in a navy blue pantsuit, and you won’t find one white wall in her Wilmington home.
“I’m very noncorporate,” says Betz. “I love big, bold, odd. That’s probably why I don’t have any white walls. We have red, salmon, purple—no white.”
To walk through her home of living color is like taking a stroll in her shoes—and no, they’re not plain-Jane black penny loafers.
As cultural affairs director for the city of Wilmington, she’s surrounded by all things vibrant and artsy.
“In addition to coordinating events for the mayor’s office, we do a lot of programs out of our depart-
ment,” Betz says. “We put initiatives into place where we notice voids in arts programming and promote a healthier community.”
Those voids have turned into the city’s gems—the DuPont Jazz Festival, the July Fourth celebration, Theatre N, and Art on the Town and its after party, re:fresh, held at hot spots like OperaDelaware and the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.
“We’ve been doing art loops since the ’80s, but it’s gone through a revitalization and it’s popular again,” Betz says. “We’re creating innovative energy and trying to color outside of the lines.”
The color-outside-of-the-lines thing is somewhat ingrained in Betz. “I do things because I want that look, not because I notice it on anyone else,” she says.
Case in point: Almost 10 years ago, Betz decided to go natural with her hairstyle. “I see it everywhere now,” she says with a laugh. “But I’ve never been one to follow the crowd.”
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