In its efforts to promote and advocate on behalf of the arts in Delaware, the Division of the Arts periodically commissions studies and issues reports related to the arts and their impact on all Delawareans.

Design Delaware 2.0

The Delaware Division of the Arts' strategic plan for FY2016–FY2020.

Design Delaware

The Delaware Division of the Arts' strategic plan for FY2011–FY2015.

Arts in Crisis

As part of a nation-wide tour in 2010, Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser visited Wilmington to share his insights on the challenges facing the arts today.

AFDF Marketing Study

This study, conducted by Slover-Linett Strategies, was commissioned by Arts for Delaware's Future (AFDF) in 2008 and funded by the Longwood Foundation to:

  • Learn how Wilmington arts organizations can best attract new patrons and increase engagement among current patrons

  • Understand the needs, values, and opportunities among Delaware’s arts audiences: both those engaged and those with the potential to participate

  • Uncover the current perceptions of the Wilmington arts “brand” and identify areas of opportunity for strengthening that brand

  • Identify the geographic “catchment area” in which these arts organizations should focus

Phase 1: Situation Assessment

Phase 2: Audience Research

Phase 3: Summary of Findings

Phase 4: Focus Group Findings



State of the Arts Study: 2008

This longitudinal study, completed in 2007 by the Nonprofit Finance Fund, analyzes 33 Delaware arts organizations, revealing ongoing hardships and a financially precarious position. One conclusion is that with little opportunity to set aside reserves for crucial needs (such as facility repairs, growth, or "rainy days"), organizations risk their very existence in the long-term.

Arts & Economic Prosperity IV (2012) |  Arts & Economic Prosperity: 2006

These studies, completed in 2012 and 2006, identify the impact of the arts on cultural tourism, economic growth, and quality of life in Delaware. Conducted by Americans for the Arts, they complement the research being conducted around the country to demonstrate the importance of the arts to a vibrant economy.

Fellowship Winners

Current-year individual artist fellowship recipients.

Grant Award History

A five-year history of state funding for the arts, through Division grants, is presented in this report.