Stories from the DCCA

The Thriving Student

The inward significance of art can also been seen in how DCCA affects lives. Former Curator of Education Sarah Ware has seen children blossom over the course of several classes. Along with increasing cognitive development, the programs at DCCA provide a haven for students who have special needs, have been bullied in school, or live in communities where they are unable to play outside while unattended. One young man on the autism spectrum has gone from uncertainty about taking art classes at the DCCA to not only regularly attending classes and Free Family Programs, but also helping younger students participate. His mother has repeatedly remarked on the positive changes in her son. Changes like this are significant and DCCA is gratified to have been the catalyst in many such transformations.


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The Artist 

DCCA’s Former Curator of Education Sarah Ware sat down with Artist Dan Jackson and asked his thoughts on the following:

On having a DCCA studio: It is great to have other artists nearby to ask about things like grants, gallery opportunities, how to ship artwork or even a fresh pair of eyes to help me with my painting.

On DCCA programs:

•   Tours: The main appeal for opening up my studio for tours is knowing I’m having an effect on students from all over. We get kids from Delaware College of Art and Design from West Chester University and all sorts of Elementary,  Junior-High and High Schools in the area. School groups are fun because they are fascinated seeing first-hand how an artist creates artwork and they always have great questions.

•   Art Salad Lectures:  I have really enjoyed hearing other artists talk about their work and it has helped me consider what is important to discuss during my own presentations. I was asked to speak at Art Salad and it was a great experience, the questions and the conversation that followed gave me helpful feedback and some ideas for future presentations.

•   Summer Camp: My son, Emmett, attended two weeks of DCCA summer camp last summer and he really enjoyed himself. It was nice to be in the same building so I could see him during the day and I especially liked carpooling to work together. My wife and I were happy to find that there was financial aid available and Emmett even got a partial scholarship to attend.

•  Art on the Town: Art on the Town is one of the events that convinced me to get studio at the DCCA. I really think it’s a cultural highlight of Wilmington. I visited artist studios back when I was in college and it really helped me to see artists making their way doing fine art, until then it barely seemed possible. I even made several friends that I stay in touch with till this day. 

On the DCCA’s community impact:

“ I’ve found the DCCA to be an important part of the community with a more current conversation about the role of art than bigger museums with permanent collections can hope to have. You can see great shows at the DCCA that you can’t see anywhere else. There is an interaction with a broader type of art audience. During Art on the Town not everyone is a patron or collector, but we get a really diverse audience that come to DCCA just looking for something different and exciting.”

Check out Dan’s artwork:

The Mom

Mother of two LaShanda Wooten feels that “DCCA plays a great role within the community by offering families and children from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn various art forms, experience proper training and attend specialized classes. DCCA has inspired my daughters, whose father is an artist, to develop their craft, sharpen their skills and learn new techniques. They truly love art and the ability to express themselves! DCCA is truly a community player by offering scholarships, great hours, professional staff, and a chance for young artists to shine.”

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More stories to come!


Spring Annual Fund 2013