DE222 Honoree: Tina Betz
Title: Director of Cultural Affairs
Workplace: City of Wilmington Office of Cultural Affairs
Alma Maters: Boston University, Merrimack College
Boards: Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau, Delaware Futures, Kalmar Nyckel Foundation, National Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Association, Cityfest, Inc.
Q&A: Best advice to your younger self? “There is nothing wrong with saying you don’t know something.”
As the director of cultural affairs for Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki, Tina Betz is in the middle of the music, performance and art that flows through Delaware’s largest city. Now more than 20 years into her second stint in the role, the classically trained singer and dancer keeps Wilmington on its feet, perhaps foremost through the annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. For one weekend a year, the festival makes Delaware the highlight of the jazz world, bringing in stars like Herbie Hancock, Chuck Mangione and Kamasi Washington over its 36-year history. Her office also manages the city’s arthouse film theater Theatre N, the Wilmington Children’s Chorus and the monthly city Art Loop.