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Delaware Art Museum
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      Impermanence: Mystery, Transformation, Light
    • Sunday, June 17, 2018
    • This exhibition centers on impermanence, an essential tenet of Buddhism. Using drawings as symbols or metaphors for transitory life experiences, the eleven artists tell stories about lost innocence, fading memory, mortality, and the drawing process itself. Using traditional media, each artist offers insights into life's fleeting nature.
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      Happy Hours
    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum's popular Happy Hour series. Enjoy live music on the terrace with friends or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights will be scheduled throughout the summer. Cocktails and specialty drinks available for purchase. Dogs are welcome outside on the Terrace and in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. For the month of September, Happy Hours will conclude at 7:00 p.m. Happy Hours will take place inside the Museum during inclement weather.
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      Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walk
    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • Slow down, settle your mind, and step into the tranquility of the Museum's Labyrinth in the Anthony N. Fusco Reservoir. Visitors can enjoy a variety of seasonal walks throughout the year. Labyrinth programs are free, but donations are accepted to help maintain the Museum's Labyrinth. Family friendly.
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      Summer Happy Hours
    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • Relax and unwind after a long day with the Museum's popular Happy Hour series. Mingle with friends and enjoy live music on the terrace or tour the galleries indoors. Special themed nights will be scheduled throughout the summer. Bar and light fare will be available from Toscana at the Thronson Cafe. Dogs on leashes are welcome outside on the Terrace and in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. Happy Hours will take place inside the Museum during inclement weather. Museum galleries are open with free admission every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. May 24, June 7, July 19, Aug 16, Sept 13: Destination Unknown May 31, June 28, July 26, Aug 23, Sept 27: Ed Dwornik June 14, July 5, Aug 2, Sept 6: Seth Tillman June 21, Aug 9, Aug 30, Sept 20: Joseph Whitney Street Band July 12: Edgewater Avenue
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      Glory of Stories
    • Friday, June 22, 2018
    • Glory of Stories introduces young visitors to art and the Museum through a story reading followed by an interactive tour of relevant works of art and a studio art project. This program encourages learning through discovery, exploration, and hands-on experiences.
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      Spotlight Tours: Local Pride
    • Saturday, June 23, 2018
    • Enjoy a tour of the Museum's Collection focused on an intriguing theme. Saturdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23: Local Pride: Art and Artists From Greater Wilmington.
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      Reportage Illustration & Documentary Drawing
    • Saturday, June 23, 2018
    • This 2 day workshop explores drawing on location, infusing the subject with both fact and feeling. Students will learn how to identify stories to document focusing on time, emotions and passion. As visual journalists, students will be sketching with a loose and bold style. (All levels) Travel between the Museum and sketching locations will be required. Register at delart.org. Instructor: Luis E. Aparicio.
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      Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement
    • Saturday, June 30, 2018
    • A giant of post-war documentary photography and film, Danny Lyon helped define a mode of photojournalism in which the picture-maker is deeply and personally embedded in his subject matter. A self-taught photographer and a graduate of the University of Chicago, Lyon began his photographic career in the early 1960s as the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, a national group of college students who joined together after the first sit-in by four African American college students at a North Carolina lunch counter. From 1963 to 1964, Lyon traveled the South and Mid-Atlantic regions documenting the civil rights movement. The photographs were published in The Movement, a documentary book about the southern civil rights movement, and later in Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement (1993), Lyon's own memoir of his years working for the SNCC. This exhibition includes 57 photographs and is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.
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      The Montgomery Bus Boycott: Drawings by Harvey Dinnerstein & Burton Silverman
    • Saturday, June 30, 2018
    • Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman were observers of an event in American history that began with the arrest of Rosa Parks on December 1, 1955, when she refused to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. As a result, the African American community was galvanized to action and the Montgomery Improvement Association was founded with the 26-year-old Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as president. The Association filed suit in federal court on behalf of those discriminated against by the bus service. This exhibition features Dinnerstein's and Silverman's drawings from the Museum's collection. From expressive portraits to impassioned courtroom drama, the artists captured the spectrum of actions and emotions that marked the boycott as a turning point in the struggle for civil rights. This exhibition of approximately 30 drawings is organized by and drawn from the collection of the Delaware Art Museum. Support provided by the Edgar A. Thronson Foundation Illustration Exhibition Fund.
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      Art Is Tasty
    • Friday, July 6, 2018
    • This noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. Café lunch voucher included in price. June 1In the Park by Bernie Felch July 6March on Washington by Danny Lyon Aug 3The Mermaid by Howard Pyle
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      Yoga in the Garden
    • Saturday, July 7, 2018
    • Join us again this spring and summer for yoga in the beautiful Copeland Sculpture Garden. Beginners, casual attendees, and families are welcome. Bring your own mat or borrow one of ours! Participants receive a complimentary admission to the Museum. Healthy fare available in the caf? following class. Family Friendly. June 2, July 7, August 4: Family Yoga led by Petite Yogi June 16, July 21, August 18: All-level class led by rotating instructors.
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      Sunday Studio
    • Sunday, July 8, 2018
    • Each month, adults and children can create art together and experiment with new materials, techniques, and themes in the Bank of America Education Wing Studios. No reservations required! Recommended for ages 6+ and adults. Family Friendly. June 10: Stained Glass July 8: Watercolor Wonder Aug 12: Artist Activist
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      Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot
    • Saturday, July 14, 2018
    • The Delaware Art Museum commissioned a project by New York-based artist Hank Willis Thomas which explores identity, history, and the actions motivating contemporary society. Thomas will interpret and employ archival materials from the Delaware Historical Society and photographs of the 1968 demonstrations and National Guard occupation in Wilmington taken by News Journal staff for the creation of a new work of art. Thomas' work will engage the viewer in analyzing hidden histories from Wilmington's challenging past.
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      Share Your Story
    • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    • Your story matters. Your personal experiences add to our collective understanding of Wilmington's history. Were you living, working, or attending school in the city during the occupation? Are you learning about these events for the first time? In partnership with University of Delaware's Creative Writing Students, we invite you to share your response to the Wilmington occupation of 1968 on select Thursdays this summer.
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      Wilmington Writers Conference: Reflection & Voice
    • Friday, July 20, 2018
    • Join us for the second annual Wilmington Writers Conference as we investigate how communities can be strengthened through activism in the arts. On Friday night, the Museum welcomes the general public for a gathering showcasing local writers, youth, and performance poetry.
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      Wilmington Writers Conference: Reflection & Voice
    • Saturday, July 21, 2018
    • Join us for the second annual Wilmington Writers Conference as we investigate how communities can be strengthened through activism in the arts. On Friday night, the Museum welcomes the general public for a gathering showcasing local writers, youth, and performance poetry. Saturday, registered conference attendees will choose from exciting genre-specific workshops on craft and publishing in addition to workshops exploring the politics of race, gender, and class. The conference keynote speaker is Yolanda Wisher, Poet, Educator, and Third Poet Laureate of Philadelphia (2016-2017). Register at delart.org. Registration opens May 15.
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      Community Forums
    • Thursday, July 26, 2018
    • This summer, community organizations will host a series of public forums focused on racial and social justice, civil rights, and education. For participating organizations, visit delart.org.
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      Jaamil Kosoko: Wilmington 1968 Commissioned Performances
    • Thursday, August 9, 2018
    • Throughout the series of summer exhibition focused on the civil rights movement, three original performances by local and regional performing artists will respond to the disturbances and subsequent occupation in Wilmington. These interdisciplinary performances and unique collaborations will combine music, visual arts, dance, and storytelling to interpret, give context, and call us to action around the events that shaped our city and nation. Two performances pair together artists who work in different disciplines. Collaborations include musician Jea P. Street Jr. with storyteller TAHIRA, and dancer Ashley S. K. Davis with visual artist Terrance Vann. A third performance will include an 11-day residency by performance artist Jaamil Kosoko.
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      Evening for Educators
    • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    • Enjoy light appetizers and drinks as you browse the galleries and learn about upcoming events and exhibits that can enhance your classroom. For an eye-opening look at the real Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., stay for the YWCA's Beyond I Have a Dream gallery presentation at 6:00 p.m. One free drink per educator.
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      Beyond I Have a Dream
    • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    • We know "I Have a Dream," but how well do we really know Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s story? As we mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination, learn more about his political views, organizing, and collaboration with other activists in this public program. Register at delart.org. Presented by YWCA Delaware
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      Camping in the Sculpture Garden
    • Saturday, August 18, 2018
    • Join us for art making at twilight, moonlit sculpture tours, and camping out under the stars during the Museum's first campout. Register at delart.org.