The Delaware Division of the Arts is working with Maren Brown Associates to develop a new strategic plan for FY2016-FY2020 that identifies and incorporates the ideas, issues, and initiatives of Delaware's arts community: artists, organizations, audiences, and educators.

Public Input


The public input process includes:

Two surveys:

Individuals were invited to complete one of two surveys, one representing individual artists, and one representing organizations. The surveys were open from October 20, 2014 through November 10, 2014.

Three community meetings:

Meetings were held across the state this fall, during which all Delaware constituents had an opportunity to provide input. Meetings were held on:

Monday, October 27, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Milton
at the Milton Theatre (hosted by Premier Center for the Arts)

Tuesday, October 28, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., Dover
at Delaware State University (hosted by VSA Delaware)

Tuesday, October 28, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Wilmington
at OperaDelaware Studios (hosted by Delaware Arts Alliance)

Six focus groups (by invitation only):

To gather feedback from key stakeholders , comprised of individual artists, arts organizations – large, arts organizations – small/medium, K-12 education, lifelong learning, and community-based organizations.

Thirty in-depth one-on-one telephone interviews:

With individuals including national and state leaders whose work exemplifies areas of interest to the Division of the Arts, reveals important trends that can shape the Division’s future work, or offers visionary ideas that provide inspiration for the plan.

Background Data Review


The consultants are also conducting a thorough examination of background information about the Delaware Division of the Arts to understand the current environment in which the Division operates, its significant historical milestones, and other relevant information. These materials will be used to contextualize findings. Background materials include:

  • mission and vision statement
  • current programs and services offered
  • current marketing strategies and tools
  • financial and staffing history
  • previous strategic plans
  • demographic data and economic indicators on regional and statewide trends
  • research reports commissioned by the agency
  • evaluation data and program analysis conducted by staff and/or consultants
  • grants data, financial statements, and reports
  • research studies conducted by foundations and other credible third parties that offer insight into field trends

Plan Completion


In February 2015, a draft of the new Design Delaware 2.0 Strategic Plan for FY2016-FY2020 will be released for public comment, and in March 2015, the final plan will be formally approved by the Delaware State Arts Council and published.

For information on the Design Delaware Strategic Plan for FY2011-FY2015, please click here.