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Press Release
Contact:
Sara Monserrat Teixido
Director of Marketing & Communications
steixido@thedcca.org
302-656-6466 x7110
Contemporary Connections brings DCCA teaching artists
into the classroom


Wilmington, Del. - 29 October 2010 - The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts announces its Fall 2010 partnership with Bancroft Elementary School.  The DCCA is in its fourth year of partnership with Bancroft, and this year each participating class will enjoy ten hands-on, in-class art-making sessions with professionally trained teaching artists Ben Volta and Lisa Volta of Philadelphia, PA.  Each project will culminate in a visit to the DCCA for a docent-led tour of the galleries and artist studios as well as a final reception and exhibition held at Bancroft Elementary School.  Please read below for final reception dates.  The press is invited to visit the school during this program, please contact Jane Chesson, Curator of Education at 302-656-6466 ext. 7101 to arrange a visit.


About DCCA's Contemporary Connections Program

Bancroft School 2009


For more than fifteen years, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts has implemented the Contemporary Connections interdisciplinary arts program in Delaware public schools as a vehicle to expose students to the connections between art and other core subjects such as math, science, and the humanities. For more information about Contemporary Connections, please call our education department at 302-656-6466 ext. 7106. 

 



The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts is in its fourth year of collaboration with Bancroft Elementary School on Wilmington's East Side.  To date the DCCA has completed a total of twelve interdisciplinary visual arts and core curricular projects with Bancroft students and teachers through the Contemporary Connections program.  Contemporary Connections is DCCA's school-based outreach program during which classroom teachers are paired with professional artists to integrate standards-aligned art activities with core curricular lessons.  The DCCA is continuing its outreach with two unique projects this fall.


About the Teaching Artists and Curriculum 


DCCA teaching artist Lisa Volta of Philadelphia began working with seventeen third graders in Ms. Pat Holland's class at Bancroft Elementary School on October 21.  The students will combine their class unit on Algebraic Reasoning, Patterns, and Functions with visual arts over the course of eight weeks.  The students will work together to create a curtain made from an assemblage of acrylic squares. Each individual square will explore pattern through experimental drawing techniques.  The completed work will hang in the large southern facing windows located on the second floor of the school. The final reception and exhibition for this project with be held at Bancroft School on Wednesday, December 14 from 2 - 3 pm; press are invited to attend.

DCCA teaching artist Ben Volta of Philadelphia began working with Ms. Brandie Stasney's fifth grade class at Bancroft Elementary School on October 27, 2010.  The fifth graders will create an interdisciplinary window installation centered on a recent geography unit.  Ben Volta explains, "Our project at Bancroft Elementary will be begin with an exploration of our geographic boundaries and the cultural symbols that have come to represent political regions (ie. Flags). We will then set out to dynamically re-map the world through a filter of friendship." The students' finished drawings will be printed onto vinyl window stickers that will be installed in the third floor southern facing windows of Bancroft Elementary.  The final reception and exhibition for this project will be held at Bancroft School on Thursday, December 15 from 1 - 2 pm; press are invited to attend.

Bancroft students tour the DCCA Galleries



Each class will participate in ten hands-on, in-class art-making sessions with professionally trained teaching artists.  Each project will culminate in a visit to the DCCA for a docent-led tour of the galleries and artist studios as well as a final reception and exhibition held at Bancroft Elementary School.

If the press would like to visit the school during this program, please contact Jane Chesson, Curator of Education at 302-656-6466 ext. 7101.

                                                                          
Docent-led Tours
To arrange docent-led tours for DCCA exhibitions, contact the Education Department at 302-656-6466 x7101.

About the DCCA
The DCCA, a non-collecting art museum founded in 1979, presents between 20 - 30 exhibitions annually of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized artists that explore topical issues in contemporary art and society, as well as symposia, lectures and tours. The DCCA provides individual studios to more than 25 artists, who also exhibit regularly within its galleries and throughout the region. The DCCA presents a variety of educational and outreach programs, including programs that integrate contemporary arts into the public school curriculum, and artists' residencies that feature collaboration with underserved community groups. The center is housed in a renovated industrial building at 200 South Madison St. in the heart of the rejuvenated Wilmington Riverfront.

DCCA gallery hours are:
10 am - 5 pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Noon - 5 pm Wednesday and Sunday
Admission is FREE

302-656-6466
www.thedcca.org

The DCCA is wheelchair-accessible.  Visitors with special needs are encouraged to call in advance.

DCCA exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, through individual contributions; membersʼ support; major grants from AstraZeneca, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts; and by Amtrak - Official Transportation Provider for the DCCA.

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CONTACT

Sara Monserrat Teixido
Director of Marketing and Communications
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

302-656-6466 x7110
steixido@thedcca.org

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