Delaware art Museum’s Backyard Bash Kicks Off Summer

Family-friendly food and music fest returns on May 31

WILMINGTON, DE (May 14, 2019) – The Delaware Art Museum’s annual outdoor food and music festival, the Backyard Bash, returns on Friday, May 31 from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. in its Copeland Sculpture Garden. In partnership with People’s Festival organizers, the Backyard Bash kicks off the summer with local musicians, food trucks, family-friendly art activities, face painting, arts vendors, lawn games, and bar service. Tickets are $10 for adult Museum members and $15 for non-members. Entrance is free for youth members and $5 for youth non-members.

This year’s performers include the Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble, local up-and-coming musician Missy Belgré, sister duo Nalani and Sarina, and recent The Voice contender Nadjah Nicole. Local community organizer and motivational speaker, India Colon, will act as the event emcee. See below for more information about this year’s performers, or visit the Museum’s website for video samples.

“My favorite thing about the Backyard Bash is seeing community members from across the city dancing, relaxing, and connecting all while listening to the region’s top artists in the Museum’s beautiful sculpture garden,” says organizer Jonathan Whitney, the Museum’s Manger of Performance Programs and Community Engagement.

The Backyard Bash is part of the Museum’s vision to become a vital hub in Wilmington where artists, educators, and community groups come together on equal terms to engage in cultural and civic discourse around art. Attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at to avoid lines at the door. Tickets, which include admission to the Museum’s first-floor galleries, will be available for cash or charge the day of the event.  Please follow the Museum’s Facebook page to for updates.

About the Performers:

  • Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble is a multi-generational dance ensemble from Camden, NJ, who specialize in authentic African dance and drum performances that include West African drums, dancers, and a Chakaba stilt walker/dancer.
  • Missy Belgré is a local up-and-coming singer/songwriter who also plays the piano.
  • Sisters Nalani and Sarina, accompanied by their band, put on high energy live shows that have made them favorites along the Northeastern club circuit, including Wilmington’s Lady Bug Festival.
  • Soul singer Nadjah Nicole is the first Delawarean to appear on The Voice, making it through the first round and being called back by Blake Shelton as his Live Round pick. She will perform a mix of soul and R&B alongside a full band.

Sponsors: The Backyard Bash is sponsored by Capital and Worth, a local tax, accounting, payroll, and financial planning services company. Additional partners and sponsors include 302GunsDown, Guerilla Republic, County Lines Magazine, Out & About Magazine, and Gable Music Ventures. Additional support was provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency in partnership with 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

About the Delaware Art Museum

For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the largest and most important Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom and a growing collection of significant contemporary art.

Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. Visit to for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.