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Jobs in the Arts

Below are select art and job opportunities from Delaware and neighboring states. For more jobs in the arts visit our Tools and Resources page. The information provided in these opportunity categories is gathered from a variety of sources and is not comprehensive. Please check with the listing organization before applying.

Please note: All submitted listings will be reviewed for approval by Division staff and may be edited for consistency before being published to the site within 5-7 business days. The Delaware Division of the Arts reserves the right to revise, reject or cancel, in whole or in part, any listing for any reason.

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Southern Delaware Chorale

The Southern Delaware Chorale (SDC) is seeking a Conductor to assume leadership of a 60+ member, adult volunteer chorus beginning January 1, 2018.

The Conductor will be versed in major choral works, have successfully collaborated with soloists and musicians, and exhibited skills in creative programming. Strong leadership and interpersonal skills are required.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Planning, development, and execution of diverse and challenging choral concert seasons (typically, September – December and January – April/May)
  2. Conducting two hour weekly rehearsals September through April/May in Georgetown, Delaware
  3. Directing the Ensemble, an auditioned subset of the full chorus. The Ensemble occasionally performs at various events throughout the year
  4. Overseeing a vocal scholarship program for area high school students
  5. Promoting SDC to the community and acting as a spokesperson to media or to other arts organizations
  6. Reports to the SDC Board of Directors. Compensation commensurate with skills and time devoted

Interested candidates, please submit your resume with a letter of personal interest to:

Clement Edgar
302 Garfield Ext
Bethany Beach, DE 19930

Please provide names and contact information for at least three professional references.

Application deadline is September 15, 2017.

Executive Director

Ethos, Inc. is a vibrant nonprofit, located in Portland, OR, dedicated to making music education accessible for kids, regardless of their socioeconomic status or geographic location. Founded in 1998, Ethos’ offerings reach both inner city and rural youth, empowering communities with high quality music education. For more information about Ethos, please visit:

Ethos has had two executive directors since the inception of the organization.  Positioned for a continued track record of success, Ethos is searching for a visionary leader with strong fundraising and financial management acumen to guide the strategic vision and management of the organization.

Ethos, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to the advancement of equity within our organization and programs. We encourage applicants from diverse and underrepresented communities and backgrounds to apply, including those with disabilities and veteran status.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, Ethos’ Executive Director provides management of Ethos’ personnel and annual budget of $1.3 million.  Ethos’ Executive Director has three direct reports including the Director of Programs, Executive Assistant and Rural Outreach Director.

In particular, we are searching for:

  • A fundraising professional with demonstrated success leading significant fundraising efforts for a respected not-for-profit institution. Approximately 53% of Ethos’ annual budget is comprised of contributed revenue from regional and government grants, major gifts, annual events and legacy giving.  Experience with capital campaigns highly desired.
  • A candidate with an understanding of GAAP and an annual auditing process. Demonstrated experience in financial oversight of a nonprofit organization including business operations, cash flow management, budgeting, audit preparation and financial controls.  Ethos is the recipient of two government contracts, knowledge and understanding of federal grants management highly desired.
  • A leader with an understanding of arts education programming and programmatic best practices. This could include experience as a teacher, musician, artist, or previous experience as a leader of an arts education organization.
  • An adept verbal communicator that can motivate groups through public speaking as effectively as a one-on-one conversation.
  • An entrepreneur with experience managing and creating opportunities for earned income. Approximately 47% of Ethos’ budget is earned income from class registration fees and community / school partnerships.
  • A conductor that can motivate, inspire and lead a staff of 62 and a Board of Directors comprised of 14 community professionals. Preference given to applications with previous experience managing teaching artists and creative professionals.
  • A change agent with demonstrated experience furthering diversity, equity and inclusion.

Salary Range: $65,000 – $75,000.  Benefits include 100% medical benefits, professional development, 13 paid holidays, and PTO accrual at 8 hours a month (12 after three years of employment).

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for 4 professional references.  Submit email applications to: This search is being conducted by Ethos’ Board of Directors.  We anticipate that a candidate will be hired by Fall 2017.

More information about Ethos may be found online:

Freeman Stage – Seasonal Positions

All interested applicants should send their resume and an employment application to the appropriate hiring manager as indicated in each job description.  No unsolicited phone calls or office visits, please. Read more

Delaware Art Museum

The Delaware Art Museum has a strong and diverse volunteer group. These individuals provide a valuable service by offering their time and talent to support, strengthen and improve the Museum, which ultimately strengthens and improves our Community. Duties and time commitment vary according to Museum needs. The majority of volunteers work on an on-call basis. Learn more.

Delaware State Parks  – First State Heritage Park

Protecting, conserving, managing and interpreting Delaware’s natural lands, waters, and wildlife is no small task.

Delaware’s Division of Parks and Recreation employees’ work hard to provide a wide range of recreational opportunities, but their efforts alone are not enough. Delaware State Parks needs your help to ensure that Diamond State Parks “sparkle” with activity from sunrise to sunset. Learn more

Hagley Museum and Library

A strong tradition of dedicated volunteers has been significant to the success of the mission of Hagley Museum and Library. You will join more than 550 volunteers who donate more than 20,000 hours of their time, making important and valued contributions to our programs, events, and development. Volunteers work with our professional staff both behind the scenes and with the public to bring to life the families who lived and worked here and the technologies they used. Learn more

Mt. Cuba Center

Mt. Cuba Center seeks enthusiastic volunteers to support our programs across the organization. Whether planting ferns, archiving the history of our institution, or engaging with our visitors, volunteers are essential to our mission. Volunteers receive a Friends and Family Season Pass and the opportunity to take free classes at Mt. Cuba Center. Questions? Call us at 302.239.8883 or email us.

Rehoboth Art League

The Rehoboth Art League is able to provide quality art programming because of the many volunteers who help each year. It is a great way to support the community and we have many different volunteer opportunities. Contact Rose Murray at the Art League if you are interesting in volunteering at The Art League does offer learning opportunities for High School and College Students to support their education. Learn more

Rehoboth Beach Film Society

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society welcomes Volunteers and Interns. As a not-for-profit organization with limited operating funds, the Film Society needs your help! If you have time and skills that you would like to offer the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, we are interested to hear from you. Although we can use your help year around, volunteers are the key to the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s amazing success. Since the Film Society operates on a year-round basis, the assistance of volunteers is needed and appreciated at any time. Our most critical needs occur during the months of August through November.

The Film Society has a catalogue listing over 50 volunteer opportunities. Feel free to call (302)-645-9095, visit our office, or contact to see how we can match your skills and interests with our needs.

Schwartz Center for the Arts

Through collaborative partnerships, the Schwartz Center for the Arts presents meaningful and diverse programming to educate, entertain and foster an appreciation and involvement in the arts. Learn more

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

The goal of the Volunteer Program is to encourage participation from the community to meet Winterthur’s mission of preserving and enhancing the legacy of its founder, H.F. du Pont, for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. Volunteers, as nonpaid staff, are integral to running the Museum, Library, and Garden. They serve in many departments, supporting paid staff in such areas as Academic Programs, Conservation, Garden, Library, Membership, House and Gallery Tours, Museum Collections, Registration, Visitor Service and School and Community Programs. Learn more


Auditions for the performing arts

Music School of Delaware: Auditions

This accomplished amateur ensemble performs music from the standard symphonic and concerto repertoire. Featured soloists include Music School faculty members, acclaimed guest artists and winners of the orchestra’s annual Delaware Concerto Competition for Young Musicians.

A placement audition is required for Woodwinds & Brass sections; call 302.762.1132 to schedule. Woodwinds & Brass sections are currently auditioning for substitutes. At least one solo work and all scales should be prepared. String players who can play comfortably in 5th position, who are comfortable with fairly complex rhythms and who can play all scales in two or three octaves are welcome to join. Please call the Wilmington front desk so that the orchestra can welcome you at 302.762.1132.

MILFORD STRING ENSEMBLE (6 years to adult) based in Milford
Led by Michelle Peters, this beginning string ensemble welcomes students of violin, viola, cello and bass. Beginning adult students welcome, as well! A great first reading experience, this ensemble prepares students for First State Youth Orchestra. Performance opportunities occur throughout the year. Call 302.422.2043 to register today – no audition necessary.

DELAWARE WOMEN’S CHORUS based in Wilmington
An artistic and nurturing experience for women who love to sing and have some choral background. Explore and perform a rich choral repertoire with a focus on choral and vocal technique, and develop your music literacy. Singers should have some previous choral experience.

A placement interview is required; call 302.762.1132 to schedule. Interview requirements: scales & vocal exercise; holding part against a harmony part; understanding of choral octavo; basic tonal memory and reading; and singing a short prepared solo or “Happy Birthday” unaccompanied.

ADULT JAZZ CHOIR based in Wilmington
The Adult Jazz Choir is a wonderful opportunity to sing jazz/pop music in a smaller group setting while making friends from young professional to newly retired. Music ranges from Duke Ellington to The Pentatonix. Experienced singers welcome! Call 302.762.1132 to obtain more information about this ensemble — no audition necessary.

Please visit their website for more information.

Tuition Free Boys Scholarship Dance Program

The Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance(est. 1956) is offering a Tuition-Free Boys Scholarship Dance Program to boys age 7 – 18 years old. It is designed to enhance the participants athletic skills, strength, self-discipline, flexibility, mental focus, musicality, teamwork and creativity. The program currently offers classes from beginners to intermediate levels of Ballet, Jazz and Modern Dance. Participants in the program will have performance opportunities in the Wilmington Ballet’s annual performance of The Nutcracker at the historic DuPont Theatre with live orchestra and chorus, at the end of the year Spring Performance and at other productions throughout the year.

Students accepted into the program will be trained by faculty members of the academy led by Artistic Director Jorge Laico, who danced professionally with Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, Eugene Ballet, Philippine Ballet Theatre, and Oakland Ballet. Some of his students have continued to join with San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Acceptance into the program is by audition. No prior dance experience is required.

Wilmington Ballet Academy of the Dance is conveniently located near Trolley Square.
1709 Gilpin Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806

Please visit, email or call (302) 655-1004 to learn more.

Entries for the visual and literary arts

The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts JAPAN (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year. This program is designed to provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada with an aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences.

Deadline for applications is October 31, 2017. 

The touring Grants supports the presentation of Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the U.S. and/or Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas, where there is little exposure to the Japanese performing arts.

The collaboration Grants facilitates the collaboration of Japanese and American/Canadian artists to create new works through research, residencies, artists’ discussions etc., with the potential to develop into a touring project and further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to audiences in the United States and Canada.

To be eligible for an award, project must be to present Japanese performing arts and/or to conduct performing arts collaboration between Japanese and American/Canadian artists.  Grants are awarded only to U.S.-based or Canada-based nonprofit organizations. The proposed project must commence between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.  For tours, the project must tour to at least two locations outside New York and Los Angeles.  For collaborations, the project must be a new work jointly explored and created by Japanese artists and American/Canadian artists.

For information on eligibility, grant coverage, review criteria and the application form, please visit:

The Hockessin Art & Book Fair is seeking independent and self-published authors and artists.

The Hockessin Art & Book Fair (HABF) is an event where independent/self-published authors and artists can exhibit and sell their works to the public. The family-friendly event also includes readings, cos-play opportunities, and more. The 2017 Honorary Chairs are author Sharon Huss Roat, author of the Young Adult novels Between the Notes and How to Disappear, and Puppeteer Lee Zimmerman. This event will take place on November 4 at the Hockessin Community Recreation Center located at the Hockessin Community Recreation Center in Hockessin. Admission to this event is free to the public.

The 2017 HABF Exhibitor Kick-Off is Sunday, August 6 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Hockessin Bookshelf. Learn what makes an ideal HABF exhibitor and watch a short demo on good exhibit table design. Exhibitors who register for a table during the kick-off event will receive $5 off their $55 table fee.

The Hockessin Art & Book Fair a collaboration between New Castle County (Hockessin Community Recreation Center, the Art Studio, Hockessin Library), Hockessin Bookshelf, Center for the Creative Arts, The Written Remains Writers Guild, and All Out Monster Revolt.

Online Registration for the Hockessin Art & Book Fair will be available on August 7!

Hockessin Bookshelf
7179 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin


Gallery Underground’s next national juried show, “This is America,” runs during the month of December. Juried by Torpedo Factory artist and instructor Marsha Staiger. Up to 2 images, $35, enter online at

Deadline for entry is midnight October 20.

What is America to you? A beautiful, colorful landscape? A sweeping vista? Small town life? Or perhaps an artistic statement on the political or cultural landscape? Submit works depicting what you love – or don’t love – about America today. Works should be a reflection upon or expression about some aspect of America and how you see it.

Sandi Parker and Jessica Mickey, Curators
Gallery Underground voted “Best Art Gallery” by Arlington Magazine readers 2015
Mailing Address:
2120-A Crystal Plaza Arcade
Arlington, VA 22202
GPS address: 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
located next to Au Bon Pain in the Crystal City Shops

The Chelsea International
Photography Competition

The Chelsea International Photography Competition is organized by Agora Gallery in New York City. This competition provides a great opportunity for the exposure of work by amateur as well as professional photographers alike. With a distinguished panel of jurors and prizes valued at more than $55,000, the Chelsea International Photography Competition is an excellent opportunity for photographers seeking the possibility of national and international acclaim.

Entry Deadline: September 13th, 2017
Results Announced: October 24th, 2017
Exhibition: January 27-February 7, 2018

JURORSMeet this year’s jurors, a group of established and influential individuals in the field of photography.

AWARDS – The work of selected artists will be presented at Agora Gallery, located in the heart of the Chelsea arts district in New York City. The Chelsea International Photography Competition exhibition will be open in late January 2018.

GUIDELINES – Please read the guidelines to learn about submission criteria.

FAQs – For quick and direct answers to frequently asked questions.

Local Art Leagues

Funding opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally

Delaware Division of the Arts Grant Application Deadlines

For details on each deadline and requirements, please refer to the grants pages for arts organizations, community based organizations, schools, and artists.

The Delaware Community Foundation

The Delaware Community Foundation manages charitable funds for individuals, families, businesses and organizations, and distributes income from the funds as grants to humanitarian, educational, health and cultural entities throughout the First State.

For specific grant requirements, please see individual grant guidelines and applications. For more information about the DCF grantmaking process, contact Beth Bouchelle, Director of Grants, at 302.504.5239.

The Delaware Humanities Forum

The Delaware Humanities Forum provides financial support for two levels of grants – Regular, for requests of $3,000-$15,000, for projects in any topic and format; and Opportunity, for up to $3,000, to be used to fund smaller projects or to assist with long-range planning for larger projects. Parties interested in applying must make a formal application using forms provided on its website.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)

The NEH offers a wide variety of grants for humanities-related projects and cultural institutions.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The NEA offers grants for organizations and individuals, as well as partnership agreements with state arts agencies.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

MAAF invests in bringing artist from other countries to the U.S. to further its work in cultural exchange. It provides a variety of grants for artists, organizations, and other programs to further its mission.


The GRAMMY Museum is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for their 2018 grant cycle. With funding generously provided by The Recording Academy®, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program awards grants each year to organizations and individuals for audio preservation projects, as well as scientific research efforts. The program’s aim is to advance the archiving of the recorded sound heritage of the Americas and to explore the impact of music on the human condition.

Grant funds have been utilized to preserve private collections as well as materials at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and numerous colleges and universities. Research projects have studied the links between music and early childhood education, treatments for illnesses and injuries common to musicians, and the impact of music therapy. To date, more than $7 million in grants have been awarded to nearly 400 recipients.


A letter of inquiry is required before submission of a full application. To read the guidelines and to submit a letter of inquiry for the 2018 GRAMMY Museum grant cycle, please visit

The deadline each year for submitting letters of inquiry is Oct. 1.

$5000 Grants for Writers & Artists with Children: Applications Open until 31 August

The Sustainable Arts Foundation is offering $5000 awards to writers and artists with children. The money can be used for costs such as child care, workspaces, new equipment, research and travel.

The Sustainable Arts Foundation was founded in 2010 with the aim of encouraging parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide.

In 2017 the foundation has increased its funding and will make its $5000 awards to twenty artists and writers. The awards are offered as unrestricted cash, and recipients can use the funds as they see fit.

To be eligible to apply for a grant you must have at least one child under the age of 18.  Applicants can be based anywhere in the world and there are no citizenship restrictions.

Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Fiction
  • Graphic Novel
  • Long Form Journalism
  • Picture Books
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Young Adult Fiction

Visual artists are also eligible able to apply.

Since 2016 the organizers have committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of color. Further information about this initiative is available on the Foundation’s website.

Applications for the Fall 2017 round close on Thursday 31 August. For further information visit the Sustainable Arts Foundation website.

2018 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards

The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation announces an exciting grant opportunity serving small to mid-sized towns and cities across the country. Up to 15 grantees will be awarded $25K each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series­—an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse line up of high caliber entertainment for people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Online public voting determines the Top 25 finalists. Grant applications open on June 26 and are due by October 2, 2017. For more information, visit

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Barbara Deming Memorial Fund
Grants for Women Artists

The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund gives encouragement and grants to individual feminists in the arts, specifically writers and visual artists, in the United States and Canada. Grants of up $1,500 will be awarded to women poets, fiction and nonfiction writers, visual artists, and mixed-genre (illustration and text) artists whose work in some way focuses on women. Priority will be given to projects that have been initiated or are well under way and for which the artist has substantial work to show.

January 1 – January 31, 2018  for Visual Art, Fiction and Mixed Genre via Submittable. These applications have a $25 fee, payable by credit card or PayPal

Professional development for organizations and individuals

Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA)

DANA’s mission is to strengthen, enhance, and advance nonprofits and the sector in Delaware through advocacy, training, capacity building, and research. Please visit DANA’s calendar of events for upcoming classes and workshops.

Center for Nonprofit Advancement

The Center for Nonprofit Advancement promotes professional development for all staff members, board members and volunteers of an organization. We offer over 100 education classes a year covering topic areas such as board governance, finance, fundraising, HR support, leadership development, marketing, communications, technology and more. All classes are led by expert faculty members with experience working in the nonprofit sector. Please visit The Center for Nonprofit Advancement for more details.

New York Foundation for the Arts

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) invites all artists and cultural institutions to join #ArtistHotline, an Artist’s Professional Development Day on Twitter, every third Wednesday of the month from 9:30AM – 5:30PM EST.

10th Annual Lewes Creative Writers’ Conference
Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Lewes Public Library

Nationally and internationally known writers, including nature writer Lisa Couturier and poet Gerry LaFemina, will lead open sessions and small workshops in poetry, novel, short stories, flash fiction, memoir, and personal essay. Lunchtime Chats will include readings by 2017 Delaware Division of the Arts Fellows in Literature. The evening before the Conference on Friday, August 18 at 5 p.m., the library will host readings by workshop leaders. For more information and to register for free, please contact Kristen Gramer.

Posted June 7, 2017


Residency opportunities in all artistic disciplines


Additional resources and arts opportunities

Delaware State Arts Council Seeks New Members

Four members of the Delaware State Arts Council are concluding their second three-year terms.  Since they are ineligible to serve a third term, the Governor’s Boards and Commissions office is now accepting nominations to fill the open seats.

The Delaware State Arts Council is the advisory body to the Delaware Division of the Arts. The Council advises the Division of the Arts on matters of arts policy, funding for the arts, and other issues relevant to support for the arts in Delaware. The Council, according to its enabling legislation, “shall be composed of not more than 15 members” appointed by the Governor, who represent the state geographically and politically and are appointed on the basis of their interest and experience in the arts.

If you are interested in being considered for appointment to the Delaware State Arts Council, complete the Board and Commission Application, found on the Governor’s site, and return it to the Governor’s office. Please indicate Board #0014: Delaware State Arts Council on the application.

CenDel Foundation
Office Space Available!

The office space is located in the  CenDel Community Building (101 W. Loockerman Street, Dover, DE 19904) comes furnished (optional). The rent is $792.06 a month inclusive of all utilities and two parking spaces. Phone service not included. Must have an active 501(C)3 status.

Suite 1B
409.0 +/- usable Square Feet
913.0 +/- rentable Square Feet

For more information call the CenDel office 302.724.7538.

The Performing Arts Exchange (PAE)

The Performing Arts Exchange (PAE) is an annual performing arts booking, showcasing and professional development conference, hosted by a different eastern city each year. The conference also includes a multitude of artist showcases, professional development workshops, an exhibit hall where presenters and artists/agents meet, and networking opportunities.

CodaWorx RFP Listings

CODAworx is the hub of the commissioned art economy. We connect all members of the industry, matching creative talent with creative opportunities, and providing digital tools that streamline the commission workflow process. Our network connects artists and creative teams to architects, design and art professionals, and the universe of companies that provide services and products for commission projects.

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