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NOVEMBER 6, 2009 – FEBRUARY 21, 2010

Arts ConnectEd features the young talent of students in Delaware schools. The exhibition consists of four month-long installations, each featuring the artwork of a different school in the state of Delaware. Arts ConnectEd reflects the quality and diversity of art education in Delaware schools. The Biggs Museum is dedicated to promoting and supporting the role arts play in youth development. In addition to the four school installations, Arts ConnectEd will also feature Sewell’s Studio, an interactive creativity center, providing young museum visitors the opportunity to create works of art similar to those currently on display. The Biggs Museum is honored to foster this commitment to learning and community. Delaware Schools showcasing in Arts ConnectEd include, Holy Cross Elementary, Campus Community School, William Henry Middle School and Ursuline Academy. Each month-long exhibition will open on the November 2009, December 2009, January 2010, and February 2010 First Friday programs. The Arts ConnectED First Look! pARTies are sponsored by Chick-fil-A of Camden, DE.

The art projects to be displayed from each of the four school participants are as follows:

November 2009: Holy Cross SchoolArt Instructor: Sharon BeniniOp Art created with colored pencil in the style of Victor Vasarely and Bridget Riley.

December 2009: William Henry Middle SchoolArt Instructor : Valerie ConnaghanGreeting cards decorated with collage by 5th and 6th grade students.

January 2010: Campus Community SchoolArt Instructor: Jennifer BolandRecycled art, 3-dimensional gargoyles by 6th and 7th grade students and self-portrait paintings by1st through 7th grade students.

February 2010: Ursuline AcademyArt Instructor: Erin McNicholSculpture along with a hands-on activity center by 7th through 12th grade students.

In addition to the school displays to be featured in Arts ConnectED, the Biggs Museum is proud to present two month-long exhibitions featuring artwork created through VSA (Very Special Arts of Delaware). VSA Arts of Delaware is a state-wide nonprofit arts organization dedicated to providing children and adults with disabilities opportunities to participate and achieve in the area of performing and visual arts. This admirable organization develops programs and resources to help people with disabilities develop artistic skills and enhance confidence while promotion access, inclusion and diversity.

Celebration of Creativity,will be on display in Gallery 7 from November 6, 2009 to January 3, 2010. Celebration of Creativity showcases the visual artwork produced by participants in VSA arts of Delaware’s various artist-in-residency projects during the 2008-2009 program cycle. The second VSA exhibition, A View Through My Window, will be on display in Gallery 7 from January 8, 2010 to February 28, 2010. A View Through My Window features a selection of works created through a domestic violence art project that served nearly 75 adults and children in the state of Delaware. This exhibit features canvas windows representing the messages of individuals who have experienced domestic violence first hand. Artwork included in this exhibit was created in shelters & support groups in all three counties of Delaware and poignant works of art by children who have been affected by domestic violence will also be on display. The messages conveyed by the participants make this a powerful and moving experience.

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