How Delaware's Nursing Schools Are Evolving

The field isn't what it used to be. Local programs are striving to meet 21st-century demands.


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Photo Courtesy of the University of Delaware, Ashley Barnas

 

In the mid-1970s, when unemployment was on the rise, Bob Contino decided to pursue what was then an unconventional career path for a man. He enrolled at the Pilgrim State Hospital School of Nursing in Brentwood, New York. His choice paid off. Today, Contino is the chair of the department of nursing at Wesley College in Dover, which is marking its 50th anniversary.

Angela Steele-Tilton followed a similar path. Steele-Tilton, who also attended a diploma school affiliated with a hospital, is now chair of the RN to BSN program at Wilmington University.

Both educators reflect the dramatic changes in nursing education since the 1970s. They each pursued bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing specialties. Contino also has a doctorate in higher education leadership and innovation.

Such advanced degrees aren’t limited to nursing educators. Due to rising accreditation standards, many healthcare employers now want to hire nurses with a four-year degree. The role of nurses in a variety of fields, including public health, also requires more education than ever before.

Though the need for nurses, especially those with advanced degrees, has increased, the supply is lagging. Most nurses today are 50 and older. By 2025, the shortfall is expected to be twice as large as a shortfall in the 1960s.

It’s easy to see why the profession interests traditional and nontraditional students who, like Contino, want the assurance of a job after graduation. In 2017, the University of Delaware received 1,900 applications for the traditional four-year bachelor of science in nursing program, 193 of which were approved. Wesley College has 200 students enrolled in its program.

“It’s expected that the demand for admission will continue to increase over the next five years,” says Emily J. Hauenstein, senior associate dean for nursing and healthcare innovation and Unidel Katherine L. Esterly Chair of Health Sciences at UD.

As a result, local nursing schools are working to meet employers’ and students’ needs while offering courses relevant to the ever-changing field of healthcare.

 


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The modern nurse

Local nursing schools like UD are working to meet
employers’ and students’ needs while offering courses
relevant to the ever-changing field of healthcare.//Ashley
barnas

At one time, most hospitals in Delaware had a nursing school. Milford Memorial Hospital’s program, for instance, began in 1907. St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington established a school at about the same time. In Lewes, Beebe Hospital Training School for Nurses opened in 1922. In 1960, Beebe built the Jean Ellen duPont McConnell Nurses’ Residence to expand its program. The 1965 merger of Delaware, Memorial and Wilmington General hospitals created one entity, the Nursing School of Wilmington, which graduated its first class in 1967.

With the demand for nurses on the rise, technical and community colleges began offering two-year degrees. But even as early as the 1970s, many educators predicted that registered nurses would eventually need a bachelor’s degree. The University of Delaware graduated its first class in 1966. Wesley College’s first was graduated in 1969.

Between the two- and four-year degrees in nursing, hospital-based programs took it on the chin. The Milford Memorial Hospital School of Nursing closed in 1976, despite graduating its largest class of 28 students that year. The Nursing School of Wilmington closed in 1985, leaving Beebe’s program, now the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, as the only diploma program in the state.

Behind the baccalaureate

Wesley College has 200 students enrolled in its nursing
program.//Jessica Cook, Wesley College

Since the turn of this century, the demand for a bachelor of science in nursing has only increased. From hospitals to nursing homes, healthcare facilities must adhere to high standards to meet accreditation requirements, says A.M. Richardson, chair and associate professor of nursing at Delaware State University.

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine strongly recommended that 80 percent of the nursing workforce have a baccalaureate degree by 2020. According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highly coveted Magnet accreditation program, nurse leaders with a rank between manager and chief nursing officer must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

As the programs at UD, Delaware State and Wesley College demonstrate, some students decide to become nursing majors at the start of a traditional four-year college experience. Some schools do not offer nursing classes until the sophomore or junior year. That’s not the case at Wesley, where students start in the spring semester of their freshman year. According to state requirements, students in a RN program must complete 400 clinical hours. Wesley’s students do 1,040.

But there are still other options, including an associate’s degree, such as the one offered by Delaware Technical Community College. Once they’ve earned their degree, graduates can sit for the licensing exam and get a job. Often, employers will then foot the bill for the new nurses to continue their education. “It’s the perfect segue for our students,” says Justina Sapna, vice president for academic affairs at Delaware Tech.

In 2016, the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing signed an agreement with the University of Delaware. “Students can apply for dual enrollment at Beebe and the University of Delaware,” says Karen Pickard, program administrator. “They can take their general education courses through UD and come to us for nursing classes.”

After finishing the three-year program, graduates can take the licensing exam for registered nurses. They can then work and pursue a bachelor’s degree through UD’s online baccalaureate program for the registered nurse, offered in the College of Health Sciences.

Recognizing a market for nurses who have been in the field but who want a baccalaureate degree, several schools—including Wilmington University and UD— have started RN to BSN programs. UD also has an accelerated program for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in another field but want to switch careers.

In January 2017, Delaware Technical Community College launched its RN to BSN program—the college’s only bachelor’s degree. “As our mission drives us to do, we need to meet the workforce need,” Sapna says.

Delaware State University is expanding its undergraduate offerings in nursing and plans to reactivate its graduate
studies in nursing.//Courtesy of Delaware State University

Exceeding expectations

Steele-Tilton, head of Wilmington University’s RN to BSN program, didn’t stop with a bachelor’s degree. She also has a master’s degree from Wilmington University. She’s not alone. As the field of nursing develops specialties—much like any area of medicine—advanced nursing degree and certificate programs are on the rise in Delaware schools.

Like Steele-Tilton, many nurses who opt for an advanced degree want to better care for their patients. Many also realize the career advantages. “Graduates of our MSN program and the post-master certificate program have a 100 percent employment rate six to nine months after graduation,” says Contino of Wesley College.

Wilmington University offers an accelerated track for the RN to BSN students who plan to pursue a master’s degree. The students can take master’s-level courses as part of their bachelor’s degree requirements. The option requires careful planning with an academic adviser.

Master’s programs, meanwhile, vary, and some are folded into doctorate programs. Wesley College, however, has one master’s degree program for nurses. “You have to find out what you do well and your niche,” Contino says. For Wesley, that is a clinical nurse specialist program in adult-gerontology.

Wilmington University has seen a significant increase in enrollment for a doctor of nursing degree, says Aaron Sebach, the program chair. There is a track for nurse leaders, such as nurse executives or public health experts. There is also a track for nurse practitioners.

UD also has two doctoral programs. The doctor of nursing practice, which began in fall 2016, is a three-year full-time or five-year part-time program for nurses who want to be practice experts. Students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree can take the DNP track.

UD’s doctorate of nursing science is a four-year full-time program focused on scientific research in nursing and health. “Students completing either degree are eligible for a variety of advanced roles in health systems, including faculty positions in academic positions,” Hauenstein says.

UD also offers a post-master’s certificate for nurse practitioners in psychiatric mental health. UD is currently reviewing two master’s programs, including one jointly offered by the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics that will prepare nurses for leadership roles.

Expect more programs in the future. Delaware State University, which is expanding its undergraduate offerings in nursing, plans to reactivate its graduate studies in nursing.

Creating space to increase supply

The number of possible programs and the cap on student enrollment are limited by space. Many schools must expand to thrive. The Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing in Lewes, which opened in 2015, cost $10 million to build. The 18,000-square-foot building has classrooms with high-tech equipment and clinical laboratories.

Before the expansion, the school had two low-technology mannequins. Today there are six high-fidelity simulators that can show the symptoms of chronic disease, acute illness or medical event. One simulates a cardiac arrest, and one simulates the birth of a manikin baby. A two-way mirror allows other students and faculty to watch how the students respond to a crisis.

Since the building opened, the school has managed enrollment to ensure small classroom sizes—a hallmark, Pickard says. In fall, there were 59 students enrolled in the program, the largest number to date.

Similarly, Wesley College in 2016 opened the renovated William and Susan Johnston Hall, a $2.2 million project that boosted enrollment by about 35 percent.

Each Delaware Tech campus has made improvements in its health science facilities. In Stanton, where nursing enrollment has nearly doubled in 10 years, a 40,000-square-foot addition was designed with labs, clinical simulation space and classrooms.

The new classrooms and programs around the state reflect a greater emphasis on technology, critical thinking and decision-making, Contino says. But some things have not changed over the years.

Many nurses are still on the front lines of patient care. They offer the personal touch. “As a critical care nurse, I prefer to eyeball my patients rather than a computer screen,” says Contino, whose master’s degree is in cardiovascular nursing.

Nursing still involves taking a holistic view of each patient, such as talking with families and rec0gnizing other important details about the patient.

Nurses also honor their roots. Without fail, most women in Wesley College’s graduating class elect to wear the traditional white dress and cap at their graduation and pinning ceremony.

“It’s probably the only time they wear the cap,” Contino says. “They still receive the unique pin. We recite the International Council of Nurses’ pledge by candlelight, which represents one of the leaders of nursing, Florence Nightingale. That tradition still holds.”

No doubt, Nightingale would be happy to hear it. 

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Sponsor: DCAD
Telephone: 302-622-8000
Contact Name: Katy Ro

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Paint a still life using methods and techniques taught by Edward Loper, Sr. Register at delart.org. Image:Old Farm,1954. Edward Loper Sr. (1916–2011). Oil on canvas, 18 × 22 inches....

Cost: $220 Members, $245 Non-Members.

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentemere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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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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A faculty recital featuring music by Latino, African-American and women composers. Tickets are $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students. Tickets are available at the door....

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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Painting with Wood, an exhibition of “wood veneer paintings” by Robert Bruce Weston, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from April 5-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
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Contemporary realist paintings inspired by close observations of the natural world. Much of Frank’s recent work focuses on lotuses, leaves, and water lilies from the ponds at Longwood...

Cost: free

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

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  THE FIRE THEFT Group Exhibition Curated by Roderick Hidalgo, RH Gallery April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Formerly...

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 the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
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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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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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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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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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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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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Roderick Hidalgo constructs an experience that places the viewer in a land of textures, objects, and structures. His work shifts between part painting and part sculpture where objects become...

Cost: $12 Suggested Donation

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-598-6607
Contact Name: Rachel Starrett

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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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  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
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
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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Painting with Wood, an exhibition of “wood veneer paintings” by Robert Bruce Weston, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from April 5-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

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Contemporary realist paintings inspired by close observations of the natural world. Much of Frank’s recent work focuses on lotuses, leaves, and water lilies from the ponds at Longwood...

Cost: free

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

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From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
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Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

  THE FIRE THEFT Group Exhibition Curated by Roderick Hidalgo, RH Gallery April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Formerly...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
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 »

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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
View map »

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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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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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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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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

More information

Roderick Hidalgo constructs an experience that places the viewer in a land of textures, objects, and structures. His work shifts between part painting and part sculpture where objects become...

Cost: $12 Suggested Donation

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


Telephone: 302-598-6607
Contact Name: Rachel Starrett

More information

  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
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
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Sponsor: The Lighthouse Inc.Church
Telephone: 302-697-1472
Contact Name: Christopher Gore

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By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Stephen Pelinski A cunningly crafted comedic thriller about deceit, double-crosses…and stamps. A pair of half-sisters, mourning their recently deceased mother,...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio 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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Painting with Wood, an exhibition of “wood veneer paintings” by Robert Bruce Weston, will be on view in the Mezzanine Gallery from April 5-26, 2019. The artist will host a free opening...

Cost: Free

Where:
Mezzanine Gallery
2nd Floor, Carvel Building
820 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: Delaware Division of the Arts
Telephone: 302-577-8278
Contact Name: Roxanne Stanulis
Website »

More information

Contemporary realist paintings inspired by close observations of the natural world. Much of Frank’s recent work focuses on lotuses, leaves, and water lilies from the ponds at Longwood...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

  THE FIRE THEFT Group Exhibition Curated by Roderick Hidalgo, RH Gallery April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Formerly...

Cost: FREE

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


Telephone: 130-265-66466
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

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

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

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 »

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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 Milton Farmers' Market is held each Friday from April 19th until October 4th (except September 27th) at 6 Village Center Boulevard, Milton, DE  19968.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grounds of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
6 Village Center Boulevard
Milton, DE  19968
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Sponsor: Milton Farmers' Market
Contact Name: KA Jordan
Website »

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Roderick Hidalgo constructs an experience that places the viewer in a land of textures, objects, and structures. His work shifts between part painting and part sculpture where objects become...

Cost: $12 Suggested Donation

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


Telephone: 302-598-6607
Contact Name: Rachel Starrett

More information

  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
View map »


Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
Website »

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 Theresa Rebeck Directed by Stephen Pelinski A cunningly crafted comedic thriller about deceit, double-crosses…and stamps. A pair of half-sisters, mourning their recently deceased mother,...

Cost: 15-32

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


Telephone: 302-831-2204
Website »

More information

​A recital of new compositions by members of the Composition Studio/SCI.  There is no charge for this event.

Cost: Free

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
Website »

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Show More...
Show Less...

Contemporary realist paintings inspired by close observations of the natural world. Much of Frank’s recent work focuses on lotuses, leaves, and water lilies from the ponds at Longwood...

Cost: free

Where:
The Station Gallery
3922 Kennett Pike
Greenville, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 302-654-8638
Website »

More information

From the dazzling gold of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation robe to the simple sophistication of Princess Margaret’s wedding dress, from the majesty of royal crowns and tiaras to the comfort...

Cost: $6-$20

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE  19807
View map »


Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information & Tours
Website »

More information

Celebrate the arrival of spring and “hop” on over to Lewes Canalfront Park for the annual Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20th from 10:00 am-noon. In support of one of the most popular...

Cost: $5/single child, $10 two or more children

Where:
Lewes Canalfront Park
211 Front Street
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Friends of Lewes Canalfront Park
Telephone: 302-645-2795
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10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20 Prospective students and parents are invited to tour campus, meet faculty and staff, learn about the application process, have a portfolio review and discover...

Cost: Free

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

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  THE FIRE THEFT Group Exhibition Curated by Roderick Hidalgo, RH Gallery April 5 - 26, 2019 Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 2019 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop Formerly...

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

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

Sat., April 20: Party for the Planet, 10am – 1pm, What can YOU do to help save species? Learn about what you can do to make EVERY DAY Earth Day during this special event. Free with paid...

Cost: $5 - $3

Where:
Brandywine Zoo
1001 North Park Drive
Wilmington, DE  19802
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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
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
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

NANTICOKE WEIGHT LOSS TO HOST FREE WEIGHT LOSS SEMINARS Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery will host free weight loss seminars on Monday, April 8 at 5:30 pm and Saturday, April 20 at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Nanticoke Training Center
121 S. Front St
Seaford, DE  19973
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Sponsor: Nanticoke Weight Loss & General Surgery
Telephone: 302-536-5395
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

Enjoy this unique opportunity to experience BLACKOUT with artist, Roderick Hidalgo. These tours will allow viewers to fully immerse themselves in this body of work, and the thought processes behind...

Cost: FREE

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
Website »

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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
View map »


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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Every Sat. & Sun.: Creature Features, Noon- 12:30pm, www.brandywinezoo.org (302) 571-7747 Stop by our Creature Feature for a close encounter with one of our zoo education animals. Meet a scaled,...

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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April 20, 1:00–2:00pm   Matt Rader, executive director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, will discuss his experiences learning to see the landscape as a young man at Stowe, the...

Cost: $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember.

Where:
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
5105 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Telephone: 800-448-3883
Contact Name: Information and Tours
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Let’s admit it, training an animal can be hard work. Thankfully, Animal Behavior and Conservation Connections Specialist Phung Luu is here to help us out! Join us for this special workshop...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Roderick Hidalgo constructs an experience that places the viewer in a land of textures, objects, and structures. His work shifts between part painting and part sculpture where objects become...

Cost: $12 Suggested Donation

Where:
The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Telephone: 302-598-6607
Contact Name: Rachel Starrett

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Are you suffering from sleepless nights, constant exhaustion, and the discovery of food in new and unpleasant places? You may be a new parent! Compare your parenting skills to that of our avian...

Cost: $3-$10

Where:
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike
Wilmington, DE  19807
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She's back, hun! On April 20th, Delco's favorite aunt returns to Delco's casino - for one night only in the Event Center! Half comedy show, half wild family party (Fireball®, anyone?), one...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Chester, PA
777 Harrah's Blvd
Chester, PA  19013
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Telephone: 484-490-1919
Contact Name: Glenn Cademartori

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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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  HONK!   book & lyrics by Anthony Drewe music by George Stiles directed by Bud Martin   APRIL 17–MAY 12, 2019   This...

Cost: Tickets start at $25

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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Sponsor: PNC
Telephone: 302-594-1100
Contact Name: Lacey Eriksen
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By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Stephen Pelinski A cunningly crafted comedic thriller about deceit, double-crosses…and stamps. A pair of half-sisters, mourning their recently deceased mother,...

Cost: 15-32

Where:
Studio Theatre, Roselle Center for the Arts
110 Orchard Rd.
Newark, DE  19716
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Telephone: 302-831-2204
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show This interactive movie experience combines film and live performers. The cult-classic is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late...

Cost: 9

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