Opening Reception Sunday, March 12


The Museum’s Family-in-Residence program invites an artistic family to conceptualize, design, and create an interactive art installation in Kids’ Corner each year. During the residency, the family collaborates with each other, Museum staff, and family visitors to construct the installation. The 2017 project introduces Daniel, Elin, Lilly (age 17), Ida (age 13), and Lukas (age 8) Smith, a creative and musical family from southern New Jersey for its second year of the program in the space and an interactive three-dimensional story titled “Lenny the Ice Cream Man.” Kids’ Corner reopened to the public in February 2017 and will be on view until July 30, 2017.

“Lenny the Ice Cream Man” unfolds throughout Kids’ Corner and visiting families are invited to play a part. Kids and their families will explore a play ice cream truck set within a Wilmington neighborhood; contribute drawings to an ever-growing art gallery in exchange for real (real ice cream will be available at the opening reception) and imagined ice cream; recline on a pile of plush ice-cream-shaped pillows while looking up at clouds; and read the tale aloud from text written along the walls. “The story teaches children that creative ideas and art are valuable, empowering, and inspiring,” says the Smith family.

“Visitors of all ages will enjoy the playful and childlike style of the Smiths’ installation. It feels like being inside a child’s drawing and imagination,” says Saralyn Rosenfield, the Delaware Art Museum’s Director of Education.

Families are invited to attend the opening reception and meet the Smith family on Sunday, March 12 from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. There will be free ice cream and art activities. RSVP here.

“We had such a wonderful time collaborating together as a family and with the Delaware Art Museum. Our hope is that the interactive story of “Lenny the Ice Cream Man” will bring joy, wonder, and an inspiration to create to all those who visit Kids’ Corner,” says Daniel Smith.

Additional artmaking activities will take place during Creativity Hours on Sundays, March through June from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Visitors will make art to add to Lenny’s gallery and create ice cream magnets to take home. Families contributing artwork throughout the new installation will be invited back for the Museum’s Members Ice Cream Social in July.

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Sponsors and Organizers

The new look of Kids’ Corner is made possible by Phyllis and Buddy Aerenson, The Pollyanna Foundation, and individual donors. Additional sponsorship provided by Woodside Farm Creamery. Support was 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

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, urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle, and a survey of American art from early 19th century through the present. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Copeland Sculpture Garden and a number of special exhibitions throughout the year.

The Delaware Art Museum is 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 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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