First, let me start with a big “thank you.” Over the past two years, we have heard from supporters like you in community forums, focus groups, during our popular Members Preview Parties, and sometimes just by pulling me aside for a quick chat. Thank you for telling us why you’re proud of the Museum, what you don’t like, and what kind of museum you hope we can become. You’ve told us that this is your Museum and it is a resource you want everyone to feel part of.
Your advice is helping the Delaware Art Museum become a vibrant community hub where people of all ages and backgrounds can meaningfully engage with art. In just one year, our hope to make this a lively, dynamic space has taken hold. And people are recognizing that our Museum is changing for the better. With your help, we:
- Expanded our school partnerships to include more schools, more grade levels, and more visits. The Museum’s sustained presence in the lives of students of all backgrounds fills the gap in school-based arts education with enriching gallery tours, art-making activities, and opportunities for creative expression.
- Launched a cutting-edge performance series that challenges perceptions by pushing creative boundaries and raises awareness by taking on current issues.
- Hosted Wilmington 1968, a citywide partnership in which we mounted a trio of exhibitions that helped our community reflect on and respond to the 50th anniversary of the National Guard’s nine-month occupation of Wilmington.
- Amped up our programming to blend art and social connections—such as the Backyard Bash, summer happy hours, our farm-to-table dinner, and the DelArt Readers Book Club.
- Finished adding our entire collection to an online, searchable database so that the works you cherish can now be shared with viewers around the world.
Our community is responding to the changes at your Delaware Art Museum. Attendance and Membership are on the rise. People frequently stop our staff and volunteers to comment on the positive energy they’re sensing. We hear, time and time again, that it just feels different here. It is different. You’ve helped make us better than ever.
We can’t maintain this forward momentum without you. You’re an integral part of our ability to make this a Museum that everyone can feel part of—and feel proud of. Will you help us raise $100,000 for the Annual Fund this year with a gift of $100, $500, $1,000, or more?
This is your Museum. We were founded by the community, for the community. You, your neighbors, and Greater Wilmington have always been our biggest champions. In turn, we are committed to preserving our world-class collection, hosting thought-provoking exhibitions, and offering robust programming, but we are met with a very real hurdle: funding.
Grants and admissions do not come close to supporting a museum of our quality. That’s why we turn to people like you who care about the work we do, the art we share, and the difference we make by bringing creativity into people’s lives. With your help, we can overcome our funding hurdles and thrive.
Although we don’t control our challenges, we choose how to respond to them. Our $100,000 goal is ambitious, and the reason is clear: this region deserves access to our extraordinary collection and unique programs only found at the Delaware Art Museum.
Our ability to serve as a cultural resource rests with you. Your giving this fall will ensure we finish 2018 strong and can serve you better in 2019. Won’t you give a donation of $100, $500, $1,000, or more today?
Your support today will have a tangible impact. For example, gifts from donors like you are helping us develop the next generation of museum-goers. We recently replicated our 10-year partnership with Kuumba Academy to serve Academia Antonia Alonso (AAA)—a Wilmington-based bilingual charter school. Children from Kuumba Academy and AAA now visit the Delaware Art Museum several times throughout the school year to develop important social and educational skills in a setting that makes space for their natural creativity to flourish. A gift to the Delaware Art Museum will enable us to continue these important partnerships.
Your values are also changing how we work. We stepped up our breadth and depth to uphold the highest standards for collections care and increase our relevance to a broader community. This includes providing a platform for more women artists and artists of color. In this year alone, we:
- Commissioned renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas to create an installation of 14 original artworks that recorded and revealed the story of the 1968 occupation of Wilmington.
- Purchased and installed Chakaia Booker’s One Way—the first sculpture by an African American artist to be added to the Copeland Sculpture Garden.
- Will open a special exhibition of stunning watercolors by Barbara Bodichon, a Pre-Raphaelite artist and 19th century women’s rights activist.
Thank you for all you do to make this work possible. For as little as $100, you can ensure that the Delaware Art Museum meets its 2018 Annual Fund goal. It only takes a minute. Simply click the donate button below. When you give your gift today, you will not receive another letter from us this year.
Thank you for being a strong supporter and friend. And thank you for continuing to push us to achieve.
Executive Director and CEO
P.S. This is your Museum. Thank you for considering a tax-deductible contribution to our Annual Fund so that we can be a better Museum for everyone in our community. Please rush your gift of $100, $500, $1,000 today. For your convenience, secure online giving is available here. You can also donate stock, make a gift in your will, or—if you are 70.5 or older—contribute through an IRA charitable rollover. However you give—and however much you give—we are truly grateful for your support.
You may mail your gift to:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806
Special recognition opportunities
Sculpture Garden Tree
Select trees in the Museum’s Copeland Sculpture Garden are still available for sponsorship. Your thoughtful gift will be honored with a plaque in front of your chosen tree. Sponsoring a tree is a meaningful tribute to your friends and family. Magnolia trees along the lovely walk from the parking lot to the Museum’s main entrance may be sponsored with a gift of $1,500, and the stunning Pin Oak trees which create a graceful allée on the Museum’s drive can be sponsored with a gift of $10,000 or more.
The Museum’s Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives is asking supporters to sponsor books for adoption. Donors who pay the cost of a book will be identified with a bookplate. The following titles are available for adoption:
Painting (Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art): $15.00
The First Pop Age: Painting and Subjectivity in the Art of Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol, Richter, and Ruscha: $20.00
Realism, Writing, Disfiguration: On Thomas Eakins and Stephen Crane: $30.00
Playing It Straight: Art and Humor in the Gilded Age: $45.00
John Singer Sargent: The Early Portraits (The Complete Paintings, Volume I): $50.00
The Oxford Companion to the Book: $300.00
To sponsor a book and make a contribution to the Helen Farr Sloan Library & Archives, please call Heather Morrissey at 302.351.8526 or send a check, made payable to the Delaware Art Museum, along with the book’s title to:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806
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