Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs to sponsor nine special events during June 2019

(DOVER, Del.—May 20, 2019)—During the month of June 2019, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs will be sponsoring nine special programs at sites across the state. A full schedule is included below. Except where noted, all programs are free and open to the public.

The First Delaware Regiment will be conducting demonstrations on the New Castle Green as part of the "Separation—Freedom for Delaware" program on June 9, 2019. The program is a component of New Castle’s annual Separation Day celebration.
The First Delaware Regiment will be conducting demonstrations on the New Castle Green as part of the “Separation—Freedom for Delaware” program on June 9, 2019. The program is a component of New Castle’s annual Separation Day celebration.

Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs special events, June 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019
“Black Music Month Celebration.” In recognition of African-American Music Appreciation Month, guided tours will highlight the contributions African-American artists made to music around the world, accompanied by 78-rpm recordings played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. First Saturday in the First State program. Johnson Victrola Museum, 375 S. New St., Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3262.

Paul Robeson will be one of the artists featured in the “Black Music Month Celebration” at the Johnson Victrola Museum on June 1, 2019.
Paul Robeson will be one of the artists featured in the “Black Music Month Celebration” at the Johnson Victrola Museum on June 1, 2019.

Saturday, June 1, 2019
“Play That Old-Time Country Music.” Program explores Victor Records’ early recordings of country music, accompanied by 78-rpm records played on authentic Victor Talking Machines. First Saturday in the First State program. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Program at 1 p.m. Museum open 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-744-5054.

Sunday, June 9, 2019
“Separation—Freedom for Delaware.” As part of the Separation Day celebration marking the 242nd anniversary of Delaware’s split from Great Britain and Pennsylvania to form the Delaware State, the New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., will offer activities and demonstrations by the First Delaware Regiment from 1:30-4:30 p.m., and “Caesar Rodney in his Own Words,” a historical play by museum historic-site interpreter David Price at 2 p.m. Both activities will take place on the Green adjacent to the museum. Admission free for museum events. 302-323-4453.

Thursdays, June 13, 20 and 27, 2019
Lost Off Lewes: The British Warship DeBraak.” Special tour explores the history, artifacts and surviving hull section of this 18th-century shipwreck. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 9 a.m. Limited seating. Admission $10 (cash or check only). For reservations, e-mail hca_zmevents@state.de.us or call 302-645-1148.

Artistic rendition of the capsizing of the DeBraak by Peggy Kane, 1990
Artistic rendition of the capsizing of the DeBraak by Peggy Kane, 1990

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Historic preservation symposium. Daylong series of programs exploring National Register nominations, disaster preparedness, and issues regarding the elevation of historic properties. The Delaware Room, Delaware Public Archives, 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dover. 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission but, due to space restrictions, reservations are required by calling 302-736-7400 no later than June 19, 2019.

Saturday, June 29, 2019
Lost Off Lewes: The British Warship DeBraak.” Special tour explores the history, artifacts and surviving hull section of this 18th-century shipwreck. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 5 p.m. Limited seating. Admission $10 (cash or check only). For reservations, e-mail hca_zmevents@state.de.us or call 302-645-1148.

Saturday, June 29, 2019
Wilmington Pirate Festival. Event includes pirate-themed ship tours, demonstrations, games, crafts, live music, face painting, food and beverages. Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and Fort Christina National Historic Landmark, 1110 E. Seventh St., Wilmington. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 302-429-7447.

Exhibits and displays, June 2019
In addition to special programming, the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is sponsoring the following exhibits and displays. Admission is free and open to the public:

Ongoing
Delaware Railroads: Elegant Travel and Timely Transport.” Exhibit explores the history of rail travel and transport in the First State emphasizing the New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad (1832), the Delaware Railroad (1852), the Junction and Breakwater Railroad (1857) and the Queen Anne’s Railroad (1896). Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. Nov. 1–March 31: Wed.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. April 1–Oct. 31: Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30–4:30 p.m. 302-645-1148.

Ongoing
Drawing America to Victory: The Persuasive Power of the Arts in World War I.” Online exhibit revolves around 27 World War I posters from the collections of the State of Delaware.

Ongoing
Five Stories.” Display explores the varied lives of people who lived on the plantation including Dickinson family members, tenant farmers, tradesmen, free blacks, indentured servants and enslaved individuals. John Dickinson Plantation Welcome Center, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Oct. 1–March 31: Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. April 1–Sept. 30: Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.

Panel from the “Five Stories” display
Panel from the “Five Stories” display

Ongoing
Letters From a Farmer in Pennsylvania.” Online exhibit explores the life of Founding Father John Dickinson on the 250th anniversary of the publication of his essays that described Colonial American grievances with the British government.

Ongoing
New Castle: Three Forts, One Community.” Exhibit examines the 17th-century struggle for control of New Castle by the Dutch, Swedes and English, and the strongholds that they built to maintain their power. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun., 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-323-4453.

Ongoing
The Old State House: A True Restoration 1976-2016.” Display explores preservation work that has been conducted since Delaware’s first permanent capitol building in Dover was restored to its original appearance in 1976. From the collections of the State of Delaware. The Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover. Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun., 1:30–4:30 p.m. 302-744-5054.

Senate chamber in The Old State House. Photo by Don Pearse Photographers.
Senate chamber in The Old State House. Photo by Don Pearse Photographers.

Ongoing
The Path to Freedom: A History of the Underground Railroad in Delaware.” Exhibit explores Delaware’s role in the clandestine network that transported American slaves to freedom including the true journey of the Hawkins family from bondage in Maryland, through Delaware, to freedom in Pennsylvania. Part II of the display explores some of the challenges faced by Black Delawareans after the Civil War, and showcases Delaware trailblazers who helped break racial and gender barriers. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun., 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Free admission. 302-323-4453.

Ongoing
Sculpture by Charles Parks. Display of works by the noted Wilmington artist featuring historical and political figures including a Minute Man, and presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. New Castle Court House Museum, 211 Delaware St., New Castle. Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Sun., 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-323-4453.

Ongoing
A Seaborne Citizenry: The DeBraak and Its Atlantic World.” Exhibit utilizes artifacts recovered from His Majesty’s Sloop of War DeBraak, a British warship that sank off the Delaware coast on May 25, 1798, to tell the story of the vessel, its crew and the historical context within which it operated in the Atlantic World of the late 18th century. Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. April 1–Oct. 31: Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30–4:30 p.m. Nov. 1–March 31: Wed.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. 302-645-1148.

Ongoing
Simple Machines.” Exhibit demonstrating the six “simple machines”—incline ramp, screw, wedge, pulley, lever and wheel—that constitute the elementary building blocks of which many more-complicated machines are composed. John Dickinson Plantation, 340 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover. Oct. 1–March 31: Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. April 1–Sept. 30: Tue.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Sun., 1:30–4:30 p.m. 302-739-3277.

Ongoing
When Janie Comes Marching Home: Women’s Fight to Serve.” Display explores the participation of women in America’s armed conflicts from the Revolutionary War to the present, and their fight to be allowed to serve their country during wartime. Legislative Hall, 411 Legislative Ave., Dover. Limited visitation hours; call 302-739-9194 before planning a visit.

Administered by the Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, the five museums of the State of Delaware—the John Dickinson Plantation, the Johnson Victrola Museum, the New Castle Court House Museum, The Old State House and the Zwaanendael Museum—tell the story of the First State’s contributions to the history and culture of the United States. Through tours, exhibits, school programs and hands-on activities, the museums shine a spotlight on Delaware’s unique history and the diverse people who came to live there. The museums are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The New Castle Court House Museum and the John Dickinson Plantation are partner sites of the First State National Historical Park. The Old State House is located on the Dover Green, another partner site of the park. Go to the following for a comprehensive, long-term calendar of division-sponsored events.

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is an agency of the State of Delaware. The division enhances Delaware’s quality of life by preserving the state’s unique historical heritage, fostering community stability and economic vitality and providing educational programs and assistance to the general public on Delaware history and heritage. The division’s diverse array of services includes operation of five museums which are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, administration of the State Historic Preservation Office, conservation of the state’s archaeological and historic-objects collections, operation of a conference center and management of historic properties across the state. Primary funding for division programs and services is provided by annual appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly and grants from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, a federal agency. However, the contents and opinions expressed in the division’s programs and services do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Department of the Interior.

Picture of the Logo of the American Alliance of Museums logo

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Contact:
Jim Yurasek
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs
Phone: 302-739-7787
E-mail: Jim.Yurasek@delaware.gov
Web: http://history.delaware.gov


Delaware to Launch First Restaurant Apprenticeship Program

PRESS EVENT

Delaware to Launch First Restaurant Apprenticeship Program

Secretary of Labor to host program launch,

in partnership with the Delaware Restaurant Association

 

Wilmington, DE May 13, 2019 – Delaware will start the state’s first Registered Apprenticeship Program for culinary professionals in the restaurant industry, an important expansion of Registered Apprenticeship programs beyond the traditional trade professions.  

The program officially begins on May 29th with a kick-off party and food prepared by the cook apprentices. Press is invited to attend. The event with Secretary of Labor Cerron Cade, local legislators and restaurant industry leaders, as well as eight new cook apprentices will be held at:

 

Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar

Address: 30115 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
Phone: (302) 278-7395

Date: May 29, 2019

Time: 2 p.m.

One out of 10 Delawareans (nearly 50,000) are currently employed in the 2,000 restaurants and foodservice establishments throughout the state. The Delaware Restaurant Association and the Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Employment and Training, Office of Apprenticeship and Training have developed a pilot program in Sussex County to train cooks in the restaurant industry. The Delaware Cook Apprenticeship Program (DECAP) features on-the-job training and classroom instruction, with apprentices achieving certifications and pay increases with the completion of measurable skills assessments in each section.

 

The Registered Apprenticeship program is no longer just for construction and plumbing etc. but is expanding outside those traditional areas to others just like the cook program and also childcare.

 

Registered Apprenticeship are an effective “earn while you learn” model with a long history of providing career ladders and pathways to the middle class, particularly for the building and construction industry but increasingly in other industries as well. In calendar year 2018, the average starting wage for an apprentice was $14.70/hour ($29,400/year), with wages upon completion averaging at $24.00/hour ($48,000/year). These results demonstrate the advantages a Registered Apprenticeship offers in providing both a significant wage gain and clear career path for entry-level workers as well as ensuring a skilled pipeline of workers for employers.

 

“I’m very excited to announce this new apprenticeship opportunity for Delawareans,” said Secretary of Labor Cerron Cade. “With the strong and steady growth of the food services industry, this is a great example of government and industry working together to ensure that worker and employer needs are met. Apprenticeship is an excellent workforce training tool that is being used more and more by local, regional and global employers.”

 

“Apprenticeship programs are truly beneficial for all parties involved – a win-win for the community, local businesses and those seeking professional career development,” said Carrie Leishman, President & CEO, Delaware Restaurant Association. “Apprenticeship programs have a high success rate in job placement, with 91% of apprentices remaining employed after completing their programs. SoDel Concepts jumped out early and was eager to partner on this pilot program.”

 

The Cook Apprenticeship Program has been designed to model and expand on the training associated with the Delaware Restaurant Association’s highly successful ProStart culinary and management curriculum – currently the leading Pathway in Delaware’s ‘Pathways to Prosperity’ program, reaching over 3,000 students in 18 local high schools. The new Cook Apprenticeship curriculum will expand on the Foundations of Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts, the National Restaurant Association textbook used by ProStart high school students.

 

The Division of Employment and Training provides services enabling employers and job seekers to make informed employment and training choices leading to employment.

The Delaware Restaurant Association is the state trade association dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for Delaware’s foodservice industry.  Delaware’s 2,000 restaurants employ over 49,000 people with an economic impact of over $2 billion in annual sales.  Delaware restaurants are the largest small business employer in the state and the largest component of Delaware’s tourism industry.

 

The Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation is the non-profit, philanthropic arm

of the Delaware Restaurant Association, dedicated to developing training initiatives for

Delaware’s youth and workforce.

 

For Immediate Release                                                         

 

 

 

Contact: Jennifer Zeberkiewicz

Jennifer.zeberkiewicz@state.de.us

302-761-8002


Delaware Recognizes Supervised Visitation Awareness Month through Toy Drive, Wearing Orange

NEW CASTLE (May 15, 2019) – During Supervised Visitation Awareness Month, the Department of Health and Social Services’ Office of Community Services is conducting a toy drive to provide new toys, books and games for use at Delaware’s six Family Visitation Centers (FVCs). Through June 10, drop-off bins will be located at all State Service Centers, as well as the Charles Debnam and DHSS’ Main Administration buildings, both located on the Herman Holloway Campus near New Castle. Physical donation drop-off address locations can be found by visiting the DHSS/Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) website:
https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dssc/ofclocations.html

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Over half of the killings of American women are related to intimate partner violence.” However, despite the availability of programs and resources intended to provide supervised visitation and safe exchange options for families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, child abuse or stalking, awareness of the importance of these services is still lacking.

For more than 20 years, Delaware’s Family Visitation Centers (FVC) program has provided a safe, structured, and nurturing environment where children can maintain or re-establish a relationship with a non-residential parent, and help keep children, adult victims and other parties in cases of intimate partner violence safe during exchanges and visitation. DHSS’ Division of State Service Centers administers this program on a contractual basis with CHILD, Inc. (New Castle), and Turning Point at People’s Place II, Inc. (Kent and Sussex). During State Fiscal Year 2018, 285 families were served statewide by the FVCs. The centers facilitated 1,479 monitored exchanges, 2,137 individual supervised visits, and 1,668 group supervised visits.

Family Visitation Centers are used when Family Court or the Division of Family Services has determined that the use of such a center is appropriate; a family may be experiencing or has a history of intimate partner violence; or the parents have had a history of hostile or violent arguments during the pickup and return of their children. Parents may choose to use the centers voluntarily or be referred by Family Court, the Department of Health and Social Services, attorneys, victim services or other agencies. The centers do not make recommendations about changes in custody or the appropriateness of changing visitation arrangements.

In efforts to prevent or reduce intimate partner violence in Delaware, the Office of Community Services in partnership with the Family Courts and members of the Family Visitation Steering Committee began awareness outreach for Supervised Visitation Awareness (SVA) Month on May 1, 2019 by providing:

• Family Visitation Center Program SVA Information Cards with Orange Pins
• A Statewide Donation Drive
• A “Call to Action,” asking to show support for Supervised Visitation Awareness Month by wearing orange ribbons and/or an orange item on May 17, 2019.

SVA information cards with orange pins can be picked up at all of Delaware’s State Service Centers. Teams and community members wearing orange are encouraged to take pictures and post them on social media platforms using these hashtags: #SafetyFirst #AllLivesMatter #Awareness #SupervisedVisitation.

New children’s toys, books and game donations are being requested to help support families serviced at the six Family Visitation Centers. Location Drop: Donations can be made until June 10 to bins at the State Service Centers, and at the Main Administration and Charles Debnam buildings on the Herman M. Holloway Sr. Campus. Drop-off location addresses and phone numbers can be found on our website at:
https://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dssc/ofclocations.html

Today, there are six Family Visitation Centers open evenings, weekends and holidays. Hours vary by center. Fees are determined by income, and are as low as $4, excluding the Middletown Safe Haven Center. The centers are accessible via public transportation.
For specific items, and or information on referrals, and/or appointments please see agency contact below.

Family Visitation Locations and Contact Information

NEW CASTLE COUNTY
Contact: CHILD, Inc.:
(302) 283-7518
www.childinc.com

Center: Belvedere State Service Center
310 Kiamensi Road
Wilmington, DE 19804

Center: Hudson State Service Center
501 Ogletown Road
Newark, DE 19711

Center: Safe Haven Center
210 Cleaver Farm Road
Middletown, DE 19709

KENT COUNTY
Contact: Turning Point at People’s Place II, Inc.
(302) 424-2420
www.peoplesplace2.com

Center: Dover Center
165 Commerce Way
Dover, DE 19904

Center: Milford State Service Center
13 S.W. Front Street
Milford, DE 19963

SUSSEX COUNTY
Contact: Turning Point at People’s Place II, Inc.
(302) 424-2420
www.peoplesplace2.com

Center: Adams State Service Center
546 South Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947

Funding to operate five of the Family Visitation Centers is provided by the General Assembly and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement, and grants to States Access and Visitation Program. Funding for the sixth Family Visitation Center in Middletown is provided by grant #2012-CW-AX-K025 awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

Note: The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this website/publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Child Support Enforcement, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.

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The Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of life of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.


Governor Carney Announces New Director of Office of Innovation & Improvement

James Simmons III, Brandywine School District’s executive director of secondary education, is a district leader, former principal and teacher

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Wednesday announced that James Simmons III, who has extensive district and school leadership experience in the Brandywine School District, will take over as Director of the Delaware Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement.

Simmons starts June 3.

The Wilmington-based office, created in 2017, supports students and educators in Delaware’s neediest schools with a focus on schools in the City of Wilmington.

“We created the Office of Innovation and Improvement to make sure we are on the ground supporting schools with high percentages of low-income and English learner students, and providing additional resources for educators and students in those schools,” said Governor Carney. “We need to make sure that we’re helping all Delaware students get a world-class education, and I’m confident that Jim has the experience and leadership necessary to make a real difference.”

Governor Carney’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget proposal also includes a three-year, $60 million Opportunity Funding initiative to target resources toward disadvantaged Delaware students.

Learn more about Governor Carney’s Opportunity Funding initiative.

“Jim has an impressive career of leadership in one of the state’s top-performing districts. He has the valuable experience and has built both the trust and relationships needed to lead our Office of Innovation and Improvement,” said Dr. Susan Bunting, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Education. “I am delighted that he will be joining our team at the Delaware Department of Education.”

“Our responsibility is to make sure that all Delaware children have access to a high-quality education – including students who may be struggling,” said Simmons. “I look forward to collaborating with educators, building leaders and staff to support students and educators in Wilmington and across the state.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for Jim,” said Dr. Mark Holodick, Superintendent of the Brandywine School District. “Like his predecessor, Dorrell Green, he will be able to use his skills and knowledge to positively impact even more students – not just in Brandywine School District, but in our neighboring districts and schools as well. While it is hard to lose a dedicated employee with so much history and institutional knowledge, we know that Jim will continue to do great things for students and families in Wilmington. Indeed, he will be an asset to the Department of Education and the Governor’s Office.”

“Jim Simmons is a student-centered, community-minded leader,” said Dorrell Green, Superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District. “He possesses the skill set and collaborative spirit that will help the Department advance the work of the Office of Innovation and Improvement.”

Simmons takes over the role from Dorrell Green, who left the position to become Superintendent of the Red Clay Consolidated School District.

Simmons currently serves as executive director of secondary education in the Brandywine School District. He graduated from Brandywine’s Mt. Pleasant High School before attending West Point Military Academy Prep School. Simmons, who received two appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point, attended the University of Delaware on a full football scholarship, and earned his undergraduate degree in earth science education. He later earned a Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction from Delaware State University.

Simmons has spent his entire career in Delaware schools, first working as a teacher and football coach at St. Mark’s, Milford, Delcastle and Mt. Pleasant high schools. He moved into his first full-time administrative role in 2003, when he became assistant to the principal at PS duPont Intermediate School in Wilmington. He also served as assistant to the principal at Concord and Mt. Pleasant high schools before becoming Mt. Pleasant’s principal in 2008.

In 2013, Simmons took a district leadership role, serving as Brandywine’s climate and culture leader. He later led Brandywine High School’s leadership for a year before moving to his current position in the district office in June 2015. He also serves as president of the Delaware Principal Academy.

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Division of the Arts Announces Call for Nominations for the 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts

Nominations for individuals and organizations in the arts
will be accepted through June 28

Wilmington, Del. (May 15, 2019) – Delaware’s Governor’s Awards for the Arts recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions and a lasting and profound impact on the artistic and cultural life of Delaware.

Nominees should be individuals with legal residence in Delaware or an organization or business based in Delaware. Division staff, Arts Council members, members of their families and previous recipients are not eligible for nomination. Posthumous nominations will not be accepted.

A late afternoon reception and awards ceremony will be held on October 28, 2019, in conjunction with the Delaware Arts Summit. Awardees will be selected by the Governor’s Awards Selection Panel, comprised of arts professionals from across the state.

Nominations are now being accepted until June 28, 2019 for these prestigious awards in the following categories:

Arts Administration – Individual who has shown sustained, impactful, and visionary executive leadership of an arts organization.

Arts Education – Individual or organization that has made significant contributions through leadership and creativity to advance arts education in Delaware’s schools and communities, or in community organizations.

Arts Patron – Individual, foundation or entity that, over time, has sustained and enhanced the arts in their community or the state of Delaware through contributions of their time, effort, or financial resources.

Community Engagement – Individual or organization that works to create or strengthen interactive arts participation among diverse community members while increasing the public awareness about the role of the arts in community life.

Government – An elected or appointed official whose work has resulted in significant support for the arts through local or state government action.

Complete information about the Governor’s Awards for the Arts, nomination form and instructions are available at https://arts.delaware.gov/governors-awards/. The deadline for the submission of the nomination packets is June 28, 2019. 

For more information or assistance, please contact Kristin Pleasanton at Kristin.Pleasanton@delaware.gov

History of the Governor’s Awards for the Arts

Governor Russell W. Peterson began the tradition of honoring Delaware artists in 1970. Since then, Delaware has paid tribute to 40 distinguished individuals and organizations that have had a profound and lasting impact on the state’s artistic and cultural life.

The previous Governor’s Awards for the Arts in 2014 were coordinated by the Division of the Arts in conjunction with the Delaware State Arts Council and the office of the Governor. Award recipients were selected from a pool of candidates solicited during an extensive nominating process.

For a list of the previous award winners, visit our website.

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Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing
302-577-8280, leeann.wallett@delaware.gov


The Delaware Division of the Arts, a branch of the Delaware Department of State, is dedicated to cultivating and supporting the arts to enhance the quality of life for all Delawareans. 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. For more information about the Delaware Division of the Arts, visit arts.delaware.gov or call 302-577-8278.