Free Family Day at Delaware Art Museum

November Event Activities Draw Inspiration from Afro-American Images Exhibition

The Delaware Art Museum’s November Family 2nd Sunday turns its attention to “Afro-American Images 1971: The Vision of Percy Ricks” with free art activities, performances, and family tours on November 14, 2021, 12-3:30 p.m. The November event is presented by PNC Arts Alive.

This monthly series allows children up to 12 years of age and their families to experience an activity that explores a new medium or technique from a professional teaching artist. Guests create a work of art inspired by that month’s theme.

The November Family 2nd Sunday features art activities inspired by the vibrant and dynamic artwork featured in “Afro-American Images 1971.” Guests will enjoy an African dance and drumming performance by Kamau O. Ngom at 1:30 p.m. and a magic show with Gregory Graham at 2:15 p.m., both members of artist collective Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc. All performances will be livestreamed on the Museum’s social media pages.

Rayna DeReus, the Museum’s Studio and Youth Programs Coordinator, says, “We hope families will be inspired by pieces in the exhibition. We cannot wait to see the works of art the children create through colorful mixed media collage.”

The mixed media collage activity will focus on the art of Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold and Alma Thomas, three of the artists from the exhibition.

Percy Ricks was the founder of Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc., which, in 1971 presented its first major undertaking: the exhibition of over 130 works of art—drawings, prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture—by 66 African American artists. Numerous factors led to artist Ricks’ founding of Aesthetic Dynamics and the organization’s ambitious inaugural exhibition, most notably the trauma suffered from the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the subsequent nine-month National Guard occupation of Wilmington. Ricks set out to emphasize the influence of African American artists in Wilmington.

For its 50th anniversary, Aesthetic Dynamics, Inc. and the Delaware Art Museum revisit this momentous historic exhibition with a new exhibition, which opened October 23 and runs through January 23, 2022.

Registration for each attendee (including adults) is encouraged as seating is limited in the auditorium and studio. Register at

Adults will be asked to provide proof of vaccination to be indoors; all persons ages 2 and older are required to wear masks indoors for this event. The Museum’s COVID-19 policies are listed here.

This Family 2nd Sunday is presented by PNC Arts Alive. This program was made possible by the Delaware Community Foundation. This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

About the Delaware Art Museum

For over 100 years, the Museum has served as a primary arts and cultural institution in Delaware. It is alive with experiences, discoveries, and activities to connect people with art and with each other. Originally created in 1912 to honor the renowned illustrator and Wilmington-native, Howard Pyle, the Museum’s collection has grown to over 12,000 works of art in our building and sculpture garden. Also recognized for British Pre-Raphaelite art, the Museum is home to the most comprehensive Pre-Raphaelite collection on display outside of the United Kingdom, and a growing collection of significant contemporary art.

Under the leadership of our Board of Trustees, the Delaware Art Museum is implementing a comprehensive approach to community and civic engagement. This exciting new strategic direction requires that we increase our value and relevance to all audiences. Visit to for the latest exhibitions, programs, and performances or connect with us via social media.

WHAT: Afro-American Images 1971 Family Day, presented by PNC Arts Alive
WHEN: Sunday, November 14, 2021, 12-3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806
COST: Free