PLAYDATE, a conference
PLAYDATE, a conference
Friday June 10, 2022
9:30 AM - 4:15 PM
FREE | Registration Required
PLAYDATE is a one-day conference looking at the topic of “play” from multiple perspectives (parent, educator, participant, social worker). Experts across the spectrum of science on this field in collaboration with educators and artists will moderate panel discussions and workshops for conference participants. The goal of the conference is to unravel the complexities and significance of play in the mitigation of trauma.
9:30 AM | Registration
Keynote Address by Dr. Jennifer M. Zosh, Ph.D.
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University’s Brandywine campus.
Social Infrastructures that Support Play Panel
Director of Parks and Recreation, Ian Smith
President Emeritus, Please Touch Museum, Nancy Kolb
Metcalfe Architecture and Design, Aaron Goldblatt
12:00 PM | Catered Lunch
1:00 PM | Types of Play
Principal, Director, and Co-Founder of the Tarbiyah Islamic School of Delaware, Dr. Amna Latif
School Counselor, First State Montessori, Dr. Laura Schwait
2:00 PM | Trauma and Play
Education Associate for Trauma-Informed Practices and Social and Emotional Learning at the Delaware Department of Education, Teri Lawler
Trauma Academy Coordinator of Delaware State University, Kim Graham
3:00 PM | Break
3:15 PM | Barriers to Play
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Chief Program Officer for School-Based Initiatives with Children & Families First, Kiera McGillivray
4:15 PM | Free Play Exploration
Interactive installation artwork and networking
Funding has been provided from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Delaware Humanities as part of the 2021 American Rescue Plan (ARP)Act. This project is also supported in part by the Robin Foundation.
Stay for our Summer Exhibition Opening event!
5 - 9 PM
FREE | Cash bar | Food trucks
SUMMER SEASON SPECIAL OPENING: PLAY
Explore the intersection of play and the creative process across a variety of mediums with live music, interactive installations, and community partners. This summer, The Delaware Contemporary is collaborating with the Delaware Children’s Museum to examine the complexities of play. Through exhibitions, programs, and events, we are deeply considering the overarching effects of play, specifically how it pertains to the local Wilmington area. What are the barriers to play? How can we creatively foster the fundamentals of play? In what ways can play be extended beyond the museum walls?