MUSEUM LAUNCHES STORYTELLING PROGRAM MY AMERICA, MY JOURNEY

WILMINGTON, DE

In celebration of the exhibition Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, the Delaware Art Museum is hosting My America, My Journey. This powerful storytelling performance on Thursday, March 31, 2016 will feature seven Delawareans with roots in Latin America–including Wilmington City Councilwoman Maria Cabrera–who will share their experiences and personal stories of migration, family, community, identity, and culture. My America, My Journey is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the event will begin at 6:15 p.m.

“In working with each storyteller to develop their narrative, I’m amazed by each person’s varied background and perspective,” says director Danny Peak. “Each person has roots in a different country or a different career; some are first generation immigrants while others have families who emigrated to the states to provide them with opportunity. No matter how dire their circumstance, they are resilient and positively driven to succeed. It’s incredible how their journeys have opened them up to other people.”

Storytelling is an emotionally powerful tool for connecting people to art and is a fundamental theme throughout the Museum’s collection and Our America. Using themes within the exhibition as inspiration, the storytellers will present various stories ranging from bicultural experiences and identity to civil rights, displacement, hope, and migration.

“This project could not come at a better time. Stereotypes about Latinos are being propagated in the media and in the political arena,” says storyteller Laura Adarve. “But if you want to hear the truth about Latinos, hear it from us. We live it, we know it, and we want to share our stories. We are all different, but are somehow the same.”

My America, My Journey featured storytellers include Laura Adarve, Iz Balleto, Maria Cabrera, LaLo, India Saria Colon, Mario Corea, and Vanesa Simon. The program is moderated and directed by Danny Peak with music by Jonathan Whitney from the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education. The Museum hopes to continue sharing the stories, histories, and voices of the community with story-based programs like My America, My Journey.

The Museum is open late every Thursday evening from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with free general admission. Special events and programs for all ages are offered on select nights throughout the year. For a full schedule of events and programs, visit delart.org.

About the Exhibition

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art–on view through May 29, 2016–features the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-20th century. The show highlights the collection of modern and contemporary Latino art from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and presents a picture of an evolving national culture that challenges expectations of what is meant by “American” and “Latino.” The artists created new images of their communities, examined bicultural experiences, and many critically probed American history and popular culture, revealing the possibilities and tensions of expansionism, migration, and settlement.

SPONSORS

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

ABOUT THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM

Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of works by Wilmington native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, a major collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is located at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. Open Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Friday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday: Closed. Admission fees are charged as follows: Adults (19-59) $12, Seniors (60+) $10, Students (with valid ID) $6, Youth (7-18) $6, and Children (6 and under) free. Admission fees are waived Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. thanks to support from generous individuals. For more information, call 302-571-9590 or 866-232-3714 (toll free), or visit the website at delart.org.

 

For more information, contact:

Jessica Jenkins
Manager of Marketing & Public Relations
jjenkins@delart.org
302.351.8558