Photo credit:   Delaware News Journal   (left),   Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc. (center), Chad Cortez Everett (right)

Photo credit: Delaware News Journal (left), Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc. (center), Chad Cortez Everett (right)


The Delaware Contemporary proudly joins the citywide Wilmington 1968 series remembering the occupation and riots in Wilmington with a variety of special curatorial and educational programming.



 Lvon Yoder

Lvon Yoder


April 6 - June 29, 2018, Opening reception: Friday, April 6, 2018  | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop

The Delaware Contemporary presents Guardians of the Image Makers, an exhibition of select Delaware area artists paying tribute to Percy Ricks (1923-2008), founder of Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc. and pioneer of community arts education. This exhibition joins the citywide Wilmington 1968 series remembering the occupation and riots in Wilmington. 

RELATED PROGRAMING: On Art Conversation with Chad Cortez Everett: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 | 5:25 - 6 PM

  Percy Ricks,  Image Credit: Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc.

Percy Ricks, Image Credit: Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc.

1968: Recall and Respond Colloquium

Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 2 - 6 PM

An afternoon addressing multi-generational perspectives on how the arts bring people together to resolve the misunderstandings that divide society. The 1968: Recall & Respond Colloquium is part of the citywide Wilmington 1968 initiative and features local and regional panelists celebrating the major artistic and education contributions of Percy Ricks. The panel will highlight diversity as an asset that provides inspiration for new cultural policies, preserves human dignity in times of unrest, and opens up the possibilities for tolerance, understanding, healing, and transformation.




This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


 Chad Cortez Everett

Chad Cortez Everett


Wednesday, April 25 | 6 - 8 PM

In collaboration with the Christina Cultural Arts Center

Art engages students to experience topics from new perspectives and develop a sense of compassion through the eyes of an artist. Educators are invited to have in depth conversations around the subject of social change and artistic activism in conjunction with the exhibition Guardians of the Image Makers and the citywide Wilmington 1968 series remembering the Occupation and Riots in Wilmington.








PEACE WEEK DELAWARE: September 15 - 23

Moving Forward: A Restorative Place-making Project

FREE FAMILY SUNDAY: Moving Forward, Making Peace: Sunday, September 16 | 1 - 3 PM

ON ART & OPEN STUDIO, Preparing to Move Forward: Wednesday, September 19  | 5:15 - 8 PM   

MOVING FORWARD PROCESSION: Saturday, September 22 | 1 - 5 PM

The Delaware Contemporary invites you to take part in a collaborative and restorative "place-making" procession to ceremoniously move forward toward a more unified city. The procession will march through the city of Wilmington and make strategic stops to recall, respond, and spread creative love and light to the locations affected by the 1968 riots and National Guard occupation. 

If you are an artist, organization, or community organizer interested in becoming involved, contact Jen Polillo, Director of Education: