The Delaware Contemporary commits to high quality educational community outreach in support of 21st Century learning skills and art appreciation through various programs. The Delaware Contemporary has partnered in some way with more than 60 community groups and schools and has served over 1000 people just this past year.

Contact the Education Team for more information on how you can help to support these programs and how The Delaware Contemporary can serve your community or school. Director of Education: Jen Polillo (



Art & Community Visual Arts Residency Program

Since 1985, The Delaware Contemporary Art & Community Visual Arts Residency Program has forged relationships between nationally recognized artists and the Wilmington community providing innovative artists with the opportunity to develop professionally and to collaborate with under-served community groups to create unique works of art that are relevant to the participants’ lives. Artists in Residence are selected through a competitive, juried review process. 


Contemporary Connections (K-12)

Since 1992, The Delaware Contemporary has implemented the Contemporary Connections program in Title-one Schools. Contemporary Connections is an arts-based, interdisciplinary curriculum geared to motivate students by creating dynamic, core-connected art projects that are relevant and engaging to both students and teachers.

Professional teaching artists work with 4 classroom teachers per year for a semester long program, inclusive of a field trip and tour of The Delaware Contemporary 7 galleries and 26 artist studios, and a final exhibition and celebratory reception.

The goal of the program is to introduce students and teachers to contemporary art that is core-connected and reflects ideas, attitudes and issues in culture and society to demonstrate the relationship between art, core curriculum, community, and daily life.  

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Freire Charter Art Club

The Freire Art Club is an after-school program funded by the 21st Century Learning Grant in which The Delaware Contemporary brings professional artists together with high school students and teachers from Freire Charter school.  This team designs a curriculum that engages teens with the arts, while loosely integrating projects with their daytime curriculum subjects. The main goal of the Art Club is to engage teens in a yearlong after-school club and expose them to contemporary art and ideas through tours, and working hands-on with various art and digital media, and offers a creative outlet for personal expression. The final art works are presented in a final exhibition and celebrated with a reception during the highly attended, city-wide First Friday Art Loop. June 2018 will mark our 2nd Annual Freire Art Club Student Exhibition.


NCCVT Creative Arts Club

The New Castle County Vo Tech (NCCVT) Creative Arts Club (CAC) is an indispensable partnership that joins Howard High School of Technology and Delcastle Technical High School with The Delaware Contemporary, formerly The Delaware Contemporary. This ongoing collaboration capitalizes on the knowledge that students who are involved in after school activities centered on positive social and creative interplay, specifically in the arts, demonstrate improvement in all other factors that measure a student’s success at school including grades, attendance, discipline, and vocational employability skills. But maybe most importantly, CAC focuses on the four most critical 21st century skills that include collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication to cultivate critical thinkers who are able to consider “outside of the box” solutions through the development of problem solving skills that are necessary for success in any career.


Art Adventures (Pre-K) @ The Latin American Community Center (PNC)

PNC’s “Grow up Great” funding sponsors our “Art Adventures” program at the Latin American Community Center. An artist works with the teachers in the Pre-k 4 year old room to introduce art making processes to enhance their Expeditionary Learning model. Our last program yielded a bi-lingual traffic safety video performance complete with a set, props, and wearables all made by the students.