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Arts Playlist: Delaware Art Museum's new executive director

Delaware Public Media

The Delaware Art Museum in Wilmington is turning to a familiar face to lead it.

The museum’s Board of Trustees recently named Molly Giordano its executive director.

Giordano has served as interim director for just over a year, and in this week’s Arts Playlist, she joins Delaware Public Media’s Kelli Steele to lay out where she sees the museum going.

Giordano served as interim director for the past 13 months, replacing Sam Sweet who stepped down in Jan. 2020 to pursue other opportunities. 

She’s been working at the Museum for 10 years and says she her immediate focus is on emerging from the coronavirus pandemic.


"Reconnecting Delawareans with art. We’ve been open to the public - our galleries have been open sin July 2020. But of course most people have not been comfortable and have not been ready to be out and about. So primarily we want to welcome people back,” Goiordano said.


But Giordano adds reintroducing the museum to the public is just the first step.



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Molly Giordano

"After that, we are going to continue down a vision that we’ve been working on for approximately 5 years - becoming a deeply relevant community-centered space where all people have access to art - where all people are connecting over art,”she said.


Giordano says the Museum is working on a variety of really big innovative projects to make that happen, including upcoming exhibitions.

For more information about the Delaware Art Museum, click here.

Delaware Public Media' s arts coverage is made possible, in part, by support from 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.

Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.