"Art has the power to move people."

Hello! My name is Olivia Herdman, and The Delaware Contemporary is a big part of my life!

From the first time I went to the museum as a little kid I thought it was a fun and unique place to be. It moved me. Since then I have participated in the Summer Art Camp program for many years. Ten years later, as a sophomore at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, I can see how important those early experiences were. Art provides a great outlet for me and pushes me to get out of my comfort zone. It also helps me relate to the other kids and form lasting friendships.

The arts matter to me because I feel like it is a great form of expression, and an opportunity to be creative should be made available to everyone. Art brings people together and allows us to learn about each other in new and exciting ways. The world would definitely be a better place if more people participated in the arts. I cannot imagine my life without the arts!

The power of art is very strong. When someone compliments you on your own piece of artwork it is very uplifting and rewarding. For me, it gives me so much more self-confidence and moves me to try things I might not have tried before. And when I see a piece of artwork it moves me to think about things I might not have thought about before. It is important for us to take the time to appreciate the arts.

I am really lucky that I was introduced to the arts at such a young age at The Delaware Contemporary. The older I get the more I appreciate that the museum is a part of Delaware. Please consider giving a donation so that others have an opportunity to be moved by The Delaware Contemporary and the power of the arts. The museum is doing so many great things that need support; from exciting exhibitions, to fun educational programs that inspire creativity, there is something for everyone! I know that no matter what I do in my life, I will always have a place in my heart for The Delaware Contemporary.

Thank you!

Sincerely,

Olivia Herdman
Summer Arts Camp Student
The Delaware Contemporary

P.S. We will recognize donors of $1,000 or more towards our Spring Fund Drive at a privately hosted party in December. Please make a contribution by July 31, 2016 to join in our celebration!