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= O0 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7 - MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Cape Gazette New strategic plan calls for local contribution By Maddy Lauria maddy@capegazette.com The Delaware Division of the Arts is hoping a new strategic plan can disseminate more re- sources to help starving artists reach success. Sussex County artists and arts organization leaders gathered at the Milton Theatre Oct. 27 to explore the issues, ideas and challenges surrounding the prof- itability and sustainability of the arts in Delaware. Just like the individual art- ists they support, local arts organizations also need a little boost, participants said. Sussex County's growing population, expansive geography and in- creasing volunteer and donor bases were all challenges dis- cussed at the first of three MADDY LAURIA PHOTO PREMIER CENTRE FOR THE ARTS owner Fred Munzert, right, talks about arts in Sussex County during a Delaware Division of the Arts public workshop at the Milton Theatre Oct. 27. statewide meetings to gather input for the division's latest five- year strategic plan. Sheila Bravo, execUtive direc- tor of the Rehoboth Art League, said it's clear that local commu- nities value and support the arts, but that Delawareans are only beginning to emerge from the harsh economic climate of the past few years. "I think we're actually in a great time to be operating a cul- tural art institution in the state of Delaware," Bravo said. "The community has been very sup- portive." She said the recent reopening of the Milton Theatre is a perfect example of a local community rallying together to support the arts. Lee Nelson, executive director of Downtown Milford Inc., said community members as well as arts organizations throughout Delmarva need to come together to cross-promote the arts. He said a new level of collaboration should be considered in order for the arts to flourish, not only downstate, but throughout Dela- ware and surrounding states. "The whole idea of collabora- tion is critical to the world of the arts," he said. Nelson and other audience members suggested that the di- vision consider bridging the gap between the arts and the business world to help both individuals and organizations. He said there needs to be more business train- ing for artists. Other suggestions included assistance in growing downstate donor bases, gather- Clear Space Amalia supported by an excel- direction by Melanie Bradley. lent cast of local performers "She Loves Me" opens Friday, including Max Dick, Sarah Joy Nov. 28 with a special curtain Continued from page 89 Kane, Dan Carney, Matt Lewis, time of 7:30 p.m. to allow patrons Peyton Lynch, Abby Chesney, to attend the Rehoboth Beach ble Christmas romance between Marian Sunnergren, Mitchel Christmas Tree Lighting. The Georg and Amalia. What better Troescher, Devon Lynch, Kyle production continues through time of year to fall in love with Atkinson-Steele, Meghan Hay- Sunday, Dec. 14 with shows at 7 someone or to be reminded that ward, Kimberly Herrera, Carolyn p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays romance can still bloom in the Robinson and Dara Parsons. and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. midst of winter?" The show is directed by Clear with an extra weekday matinee at The Clear Space production Space Company Manager David 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 4. Call 302- features Peter Kane as Georg Button, with choreography by 227-2270 or buy tickets at www. and Laura Whittenberger as Shondelle Graulich and music ClearSpaceTheatre.org. Happy Hour and Nighlly specials AVENUE INN ANNUAL ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE ARTS IN DELAWARE Total expenditures of arts organizations: $103 million Total expenditures of art audiences (excluding admission): $38.9 million ,Total industry expenditures: $142 million Full time jobs supported: 3,868 Income paid to residents (direct and indirect): $112.3 million Revenue generated to local government: $1.7 million Revenue generated to state government: $8.2 million Attendance at arts and culture events: 1,306,650 Average event-related spending per person (excluding admission): $29.80 Source: "Arts & Economic Prosperity IV: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and their Audiences in the State of Delaware," a project of Americans for the Arts; based on fiscal year 2010 data; released in 2012; available atwww.artsdel.org/advocacy. ing resources to retain and train held in Dover and Wilmington volunteers and help enhancing Oct. 28, for consideration in its local marketing efforts, new strategic plan. The planning The division will take the process also includes online sur- public comments gained from veys and focus groups. For more the Milton workshop, as well information, visit artsdel.org/ as those gathered at meetings DesignDelaware. Join Us On November 8, 2014 Second Saturday SCARBOROUGH AVE. Year-Round 6-9pm