Connecting with the Community

February 23, 2015

20070711_0004Outreach to the community is an important part of the Education Department’s mission to provide exceptional visual arts education and creative experiences to diverse audiences. Each year, Education staff and volunteers deliver arts education programs offsite to over 1,100 youth and adults at a variety of community organizations throughout the region.

Recently, the Education team visited the Chinese School of Delaware (CSD) in Hockessin and created artwork with students to celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year holiday. The students’ artwork will be prominently displayed throughout public spaces at the Delaware Art Museum during the annual Chinese New Year Celebration which is presented in partnership with Hanlin Chinese Culture Association at the end of February. Since 2010, the Museum has presented this outreach initiative at CSD in an effort to strengthen the Museum’s relationship with the Chinese American community and to make unique cultural connections through the arts.

CSD holds classes weekly on Sunday afternoons throughout the regular school year. 98 students are currently enrolled and are divided by grade, ranging from Pre-K to adults.  In preparation for the Museum visit, the Education team designed lessons that are age appropriate and connect to both traditional and contemporary Chinese arts and culture.  This year, students created Chinese lanterns, paper cut ornaments, zodiac-inspired drawings and collages, and good luck goldfish. Each project used different media and techniques such as patterned origami paper for lanterns and bubble wrap and paint for mixed media sheep collage.

This outreach initiative to the Chinese American community is one of the most rewarding experiences for the Education team. One student shared with their instructor that he comes to the Museum every year with his family for the Chinese New Year Celebration to see his art. Like all successful partnerships, the past five years of collaboration at CSD have produced a harvest of student-artists that now have an ongoing, positive relationship to the Museum and shared experiences rich in cultural values.

The Museum is excited to exhibit CSD’s student artwork. Come see the display for yourself on Saturday, February 28 at the Chinese New Year Celebration from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Admission is free all day.  Click here for more details.

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