Event explores the relationships between Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math


Have you ever seen a rubber ball shatter? Or a bubble freeze? Do you know what it takes to build a motor and make it run? And do you know how artists work with scientists to design things you use every day?

The Delaware Art Museum is excited to announce its first Art+Science Festival on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Through hands-on activities hosted by local museums, scientists, and artists, this free family-friendly event is an opportunity for children and their families to have fun while learning about the similarities between science and art.

Visitors will watch science demonstrations, become art detectives, meet live animals, and more. The Art+Science Festival–sponsored by Wilmington-based pharmaceutical research company Incyte–will also include a special presentation of Travelling Science Show: Hot and Cold by the Franklin Institute, which will explore the three states of matter and challenge our understanding of what is hot and what is cold.

“This event aims to encourage children to think about how art and creativity are critical to science, innovation, design, and technology,” says Amelia Wiggins, Delaware Art Museum’s Manager of Gallery Learning and Interpretation. The festival will give families the opportunity to embrace similarities between art and science through hands-on experimentation and creative play.

All activities are provided free of charge, in partnership with local cultural organizations. The Franklin Institute will host two performances of Travelling Science Show: Hot and Cold, during which attendees will see balloons shrink, bubbles freeze, and a rubber ball shatter with liquid nitrogen (N2). The Delaware Libraries will show what it takes to build a simple motor and make it run. The Delaware Center for Horticulture will host a scavenger hunt of plants in the Copeland Sculpture Garden.

The Delaware Museum of Natural History will have live animals and specimens for families to learn about nature and the environment. Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library will host an art conservation activity. More hands-on STEAM activities will be provided by 4Youth Productions, Longwood Gardens, and Delaware Contemporary. In addition, Delaware Art Museum volunteers will show families how to make rain sticks. Mini Museum tours will take place at noon.

“Our vast collection of patent models showcases the elegant relationship between beauty and function,” says Tanya E. Looney, Hagley Museum & Library’s Science Program Manager. “By collaborating with the Delaware Art Museum, our hope is to inspire the next generation of designers, who will combine art, science, and engineering to make this world a better place.”

“As a vital hub, the Delaware Art Museum brings people together,” explains Wiggins. “We are excited to partner with area institutions to showcase the integration of the arts in STEM education.”

Schedule of Events

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Science and art activities

10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Travelling Science Show: Hot and Cold by the Franklin Institute

12:00 p.m.
Mini museum tours


Delaware Center for Horticulture
Hagley Museum & Library
Delaware Contemporary
Longwood Gardens
Delaware Libraries
Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4Youth Productions


Sponsored by Incyte. Additional support is provided, 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


Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is recognized for its cornerstone collection of works by celebrated American artist and illustrator Howard Pyle, a Wilmington native, complemented by hundreds of works by some of the most talented illustrators.

Also renowned for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most significant Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom, assembled by Samuel Bancroft, Jr., a Wilmington textile mill owner with a taste for Dante Gabriel Rossetti and other contemporaries of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

The Museum is famous for the preeminent collection of urban landscapes by American painter John Sloan and his circle. The Sloan collection lives alongside an esteemed survey of American art–spanning more than 200 years–from early 19th century through the present, including masterworks by Raphaelle Peale, Frederic Church, Thomas Eakins, Edward Hopper, Robert Motherwell, and Dale Chihuly. Visitors also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden, featuring large-scale works by Tom Otterness and George Rickey.

For more than 100 years, the Museum has occupied a vibrant place in the life of the Brandywine Valley. More than a collection of beautiful objects, the Museum is a vital source of experiences and discoveries for visitors from around the world.

The Delaware Art Museum is at 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806. 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. 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 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 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

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For more information, contact:

Molly Giordano
Director of Development & External Affairs