REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- A new event and art is coming to Rehoboth Beach…hopefully. DAC, Developing Artist Collaboration, is working on opening a weekly creative market.
The Creative Market is held in a lot in West Rehoboth Beach on Central Street. In order to keep this permanent venue and the creative marketplace a permanent event, DAC must show community support at the upcoming planning and zoning hearing with Sussex County Council. So they’re asking for your help to get 2500 signatures on a petition.
“It’s so important. Last year when all events were closed due to COVID-19, DAC, Developing Artist Collaboration, was a lifeline for a lot of artists because there was no source of income for most of us,” said Kerry Stewart, co-owner of Tall Oak Trading Company.
In addition to live music and food, the Creative Market showcases artists and gives them the opportunity to share their passions.
“Supporting local, you’re inspiring someone’s dream. You’re helping make someone’s dream come true. It’s what it is. It’s my dream job,” said Lisa Chambers, Founder of Delaware Bay Clay.
DAC launched the market last year as a way to help artists show and sell their work in an open environment coming out of the lockdown. Now the goal is to have one every Monday night.
“It was awesome. The area is amazing compared to last year’s event, it felt even bigger and more permanent here,” Macy Beach said with DAC.
In order to create a weekly event like this, groups must obtain approval from Sussex County Council. The county says the process can be much easier if groups show the community is behind them.
“We’re cultivating careers. It’s not just about releasing artwork, it’s about establishing a professional development program for artists. Helping them with marketing, helping with social media Our goal here is to grow artist jobs because this is an organization founded by working artists, everyone here is a working artist so we’re in the trenches with them,” said Leah Beach, founder of DAC.
It only takes a minute to help. The petition shows that Sussex County wants and would use the Creative Marketplace. Many local artists do not have a showcase and depend on these events.
DAC hopes to secure 2,500 signatures by July 27. You can Sign the petition here.