Arts Spotlight – October 2021

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Each month we feature a handful of arts and community-based organizations and their programs and projects funded by the Delaware Division of the Arts in our Arts Spotlight which will be included on our monthly e-newsletter, Arts E-News and online. If you haven’t signed up yet for Arts E-News, please do so here.

Funding for Division of the Arts grants is provided by the Delaware General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts. To view past grants awarded (1999 to present), please visit our Grants Awarded page.

Grant Types: GOS – General Operating Support; PS – Project Support


October 2021

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Coastal Concerts
Coastal Concerts’ 23rd Season of Classical Music

Coastal Concerts is delighted to announce its live, in-person, 7-concert season for 2021/22.

Philadelphia-based Tempesta di Mare will lead off this stellar season on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 2 P.M. performing baroque music on baroque instruments with a repertoire that ranges from staged opera to chamber music. The group performs without a conductor, as was the practice when this music was new. This concert, as well as four other concerts during the season, will be preceded by a 30-minute Performance Insights talk by Lani Spahr, professional oboist and internationally acclaimed audio remastering engineer. This pre-concert talk will highlight some of the detail and nuance of the music the audience will hear during the concert.

The second concert of the season will feature star baritone Andrew Garland and acclaimed piano accompanist Warren Jones in recital at 7:30 P.M. on Saturday, November 6, 2021. Mr. Garland is widely recognized as a leader in recital work with dozens of performances around the country. Mr. Jones enjoys a notably eclectic career that has taken him to nearly every corner of the musical world.

The remaining concerts of the season include the following artists:

–Coastal Concerts’ new and innovative “Spotlight on Curtis” series featuring the Curtis On Tour Brass Quintet
–The virtuoso foursome of Michael Brown and Orion Weiss on solo piano and piano-four-hands, Nicholas Canellakis on cello – all of whom have appeared at Coastal Concerts – and Ian David Rosenbaum debuting at Coastal Concerts with his select battery of percussion instruments
–The Harlem Quartet with their diverse programming, collaborative approach to performance, and commitment to educational outreach
–The Sinta Quartet, a saxophone foursome named after their well-known teacher at the University of Michigan, known for their power and virtuosity, the gentlemen perform from memory
–And to wrap up the season, the “Wild Card” concert will feature the star duo of violinist Tessa Lark and double bassist Michael Thurber.

All performances will take place in the Fellowship Hall of Bethel United Methodist Church at 4th & Market Streets in Lewes, DE with strict adherence to health protocols at that time.

For more information on dates, times, and program information or to order tickets visit

Coastal Concerts, established in 1999, is embarking on its 23rd Season in Lewes. Its mission is to enrich its community by presenting live concerts, outreach, and educational activities by renowned musicians, encompassing rich traditions of the past while reflecting cultural diversity in the evolution of classical music with the vision that its community is enriched, inspired, and transformed through music.

Over the years, Coastal Concerts has presented 104 classical music concerts to audiences ranging from 250-300 people. In addition, since its inception, the organization has given over 300 free concert admissions for youth in the southern Delaware area, awarded 48 music scholarships to middle and high school students totaling $48,000, provided 33 free in-school concerts by the presenting artists to over 7,800 students, and donated over 150 gently used instruments to local schools through its “Toot Your Own Horn Program.”

Coastal Concerts, a hidden gem for classical music lovers in Delaware, has made and will continue to make, a cultural impact in the region for years to come. It is committed to “keeping the music playing” in southern Delaware by continuing to make fine music accessible, enjoyable and understandable for the southern Delaware community.

Overhead shot of the West Rehoboth Creative Market with tables set up around the border of a rectangular asphalt lot People milling about on the lot looking at the tables where vendors are set up or sitting at picnic tables eating food being sold from an area in the center of the lot or from food trucks parked at the back the lot is surrounded by buildings and a a grassy area where lawn games are set up
photo credit: Elliot MacGuire Photography

Developing Artist Collaboration
West Rehoboth Creative Market
Rehoboth Beach

The Developing Artist Collaboration’s mission is to develop the careers of artists, as the organization’s name implies. The Developing Artist Collaboration provides its artist members with the resources to elevate and promote their passions and skills and embrace their craft as a career. The West Rehoboth Creative Market is the organization’s way of connecting its artists to the community. A unique arts experience, this event features live entertainment, unique DIY projects, delicious food, creative cocktails, fun games, and—of course—a wide array of wonderful artists.

The Developing Artist Collaboration believes art is so much more than paint on paper. The organization believes that artists of any ability or possible medium are capable of building sustainable meaningful careers. The Developing Artist Collaboration, just call them DAC (DEE-AYE-CEE), is an artist development organization that empowers the careers of individual artists by giving them the space and tools for creation, peer connection, and an understanding of the value of their purpose. The member artists are asked to give back through workforce development that grows the organization’s entrepreneurial model and giving back to the community by spreading culture like wildfire and empowering creativity through community development connections.

The West Rehoboth Creative Market has taken place on 22 Mondays (as of October 4th) serving roughly 500 community members and 23 artists and musicians at every event.


Division logoThe projects above are supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes these and other Delaware arts events on

The Division offers a variety of grant programs for individual artists; nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations chartered and based in Delaware; and schools and government entities that support arts activities. View a full list of Division grants on the Grants Overview page.

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