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Each year, the Biggs Museum of American Art selects works of art from our collection to put “up for adoption” by local schools. Participating schools are given framed reproductions of the work of art they select to display in the school as a tool for the development of curriculum throughout the year. Teachers from these schools attend free training sessions where they learn to create lesson plans related to these objects and aligned to the new Delaware Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts.

To supplement these lessons, free of charge, the Biggs offer participating schools either an on-site field trip to the museum or an “at school” field trip led by Biggs staff and volunteers. This program is run with the support and assistance of the Delaware Department of Education. All hours at the sessions and hours spent working on the lessons will be eligible for clock hours. The lessons created through this program are then attributed to the author(s) and integrated into the museum’s online library of resources available to the public and used in the museum’s school tour program.

View or download the Adopt-an-Artwork Guide to view 2022-2023 adoption options and get more information on how to participate.

Here is an example of some of the fine work created by students at Laurel Middle School who participated in the Adopt-An Art-Work Program in 2020-2021!

The Adopt-An-Artwork program is generously supported by: