On July 1, 2021 Art-Reach, an innovative arts service organization in Philadelphia focused on making the arts accessible to people with disabilities and low-income communities will launch ACCESS Delaware.
ACCESS Delaware allows anyone with an EBT card issued to them from the state of Delaware to attend 11 cultural sites for just $2 per person, up to 4 people per visit. The program will be overseen by Art-Reach with initial financial support from the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Humanities Council.
“Art-Reach is always looking for ways to create more access for more people”, shared John Orr, Art-Reach’s Executive Director, adding “we want to take the lessons we’ve learned from the ACCESS Program in Philadelphia and find out if we can replicate them in new areas. Luckily in Delaware, we found a lot of committed organizations who wanted to join us. Without the support of the museums, the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Delaware Humanities Council this would not be possible.”
On July 1, 2021 the $2 admission rate will be available for Delaware EBT cardholders at Brandywine Zoo, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Contemporary, Delaware History Museum, Hagley Museum and Library, Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights, Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours Estate, Read House and Gardens and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. Additionally, anyone who has a disability but does not receive an EBT card from the state of Delaware can still receive the discount by purchasing the Art-Reach ACCESS Card.
Delaware Division of the Arts added, “We are proud to partner with Art-Reach on the ACCESS Delaware Program. This opportunity greatly enhances the Division’s commitment to inclusivity and access to the arts. We are pleased that Delaware organizations are embracing this program to better connect the magnificent resources they have with the communities they serve.”
Delaware Humanities Executive Director Michele Anstine shared, “In line with our commitment to reaching communities in every corner of the state, Delaware Humanities is thrilled to support Art-Reach and the ACCESS Delaware Program” adding, “We’re excited about the new opportunities this will bring to Delawareans and the greater impact it will have on the arts and culture in our state.
About the Delaware Division of the Arts
The Delaware Division of the Arts is an agency of the State of Delaware. Together with its advisory body, the Delaware State Arts Council, the Division administers grants and programs that support arts programming, educate the public, increase awareness of the arts, and integrate the arts into all facets of Delaware life. Funding for Division programs is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.
About Delaware Humanities
Delaware Humanities is Delaware’s independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Founded in 1973, Delaware Humanities strengthens our communities by encouraging all Delawareans to be inspired, informed, and engaged through exploring the diversity of the human experience. Delaware Humanities helps Delawareans gain a deeper understanding of human identity, intellectual achievement, diverse cultures, and our shared heritage. To learn more visit http://www.dehumanities.org