Media Advisory: 2017 Delaware Arts Summit – Arts for All: Transforming Individuals & Communities

2017 delaware arts summit

2017 Delaware Arts Summit:
Arts for All: Transforming Individuals & Communities

WHAT: The Arts Summit brings together Delaware’s arts community to connect, learn, and get inspired. The speakers and sessions will illuminate ways to create value and increase the impact of the arts to purposefully enhance well-being, understanding, learning, and creativity for all. Sessions include:

  • Activism and Advocacy
  • Intentional Practice
  • Breaking Stereotypes
  • Effective Marketing
  • Sensitivity and Accessibility
  • The Power of Volunteers

WHEN: Monday, October 30 2017 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Full Summit schedule available online.

WHERE: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino: Click here for directions.

WHO: Featured speakers and workshop leaders will be:

  • Speakers:
    • First Lady Tracey Quillen Carney, State of Delaware
    • The Honorable Bethany Hall-Long, Lt. Governor
    • The Honorable Jeffrey W. Bullock, Secretary of State
    • Paul Weagraff, Director, Delaware Division of the Arts
    • J. Mack Wathen, Chair, Delaware State Arts Council
    • Dan Cruce, Board President, Delaware Arts Alliance
  • Keynote Speaker:
    • Liz Lerman, Choreographer, Performer, Writer, Educator, Speaker
  • Workshop Leaders:
    • Carol Barnett, Planner, DE Division of Services for the Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, New Castle, DE
    • Kelly Barsdate, Chief Program and Planning Officer, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Washington, D.C.
    • Randi Korn, Founding Director, Randi Korn & Associates, Inc., Alexandria, VA
    • Chris McLeod, Principal, CLM Marketing, Washington, D.C.
    • Jennie Smith-Peers, Executive Director, National Center for Creative Aging, Washington, D.C.
    • Sheri Wilensky Burke, Sheri Wilensky Burke Consulting LLC, Philadelphia, PA
  • Artist Performers:
    • Fearless Improv, City Theater Company, featuring cast members Jana Savini, Mary Catherine Kelley, Dave Duszak, and George Tietze, uses listening, support, and yes-anding to create a show, on the spot, that magnifies the absurdity of the human experience.
    • Outreach Ensemble, Delaware Choral Society: Formed in 2014, the Delaware Choral Society (DCS) Outreach Ensemble is a subset of DCS. The group, directed by James Byrne and accompanied by Bryan Roscoe, performs for business and civic events as well as in hospital and residential facilities.

OTHER: Tickets are still available: $55 walk-in registration – check or exact cash only at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. For more information on Summit speakers, artists, events and location, please visit:

We will be live tweeting throughout the day using #DEArtsSummit. Tag us on Twitter and Facebook at: @ArtsDelaware.

The lunchtime performance and keynote presentation starting at 11:45 will be livestreamed on Facebook. Check our page for more details:


Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing

Lt. Governor Hall-Long Releases Agenda for First Behavioral Health Consortium Meeting

Behavioral Health Consortium

Friday, October 27th

10:30A-12:00P, Buena Vista

Call to Order, 10:30A:


  • Welcome from Lt. Governor Hall-Long and Dr. Rattay
    1. Senate Bill 111 Overview and Origin


  • Introduction of Consortium Members


  • Objectives and Overview of the Consortium


  • General Guidelines and Framework of the Consortium


  • Behavioral and Mental Health Task Force Report


  • Proposed Plan of Action for Statewide Community Forums


  • Public Comment


  • Conclusion and Next Meeting




Lt. Governor Hall-Long’s Statement on President Trump’s Executive Order Ending Health Care Cost-Sharing Reductions

DOVER, Del- Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long released the following statement in light of President Trump’s Executive Order ending health care cost-sharing reductions, ending affordable healthcare for thousands of Delawareans:

“I am deeply disappointed by President Trump’s decision to limit coverage options and increase premiums for millions of Americans receiving affordable health care. His executive order will increase premiums and limit coverage options, ultimately creating an unfair burden for working Delaware families who need coverage the most. We must work together to fight against these policies, and work together to improve upon and expand affordable healthcare options for all Delawareans.”



Delaware Marks Completion of POW/MIA Parkway in Dover

New West Dover Connector to improve multi-modal travel in Kent County

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday was joined by U.S. Senator Thomas Carper, U.S. Senator Christopher Coons, U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, Transportation Secretary Jennifer Cohan and a gathering of local officials, veterans and families to dedicate the completion of the POW/MIA Parkway in Dover.

The POW/MIA Parkway, also known as the West Dover Connector, provides direct connections for multiple recreational facilities, residential areas, commercial centers, and medical facilities. In addition, non-motorized recreational connections were created between Breck Nock Park, Schutte Park, Kent County Parks and Recreational Center, and the Greater Dover Boys and Girls Club. This project consists of approximately 3.2 miles of newly constructed roadway that runs from North Street to U.S. 13.

Construction on the $67.9 million project began in February 2015. Over the next six years, DelDOT will invest more than $3.4 billion on infrastructure across Delaware.

“With the opening of the POW/MIA Parkway today, we honor those who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Governor Carney. “This project also represents a significant investment in transportation infrastructure in Kent County that will alleviate congestion, and improve travel throughout the Dover area. Importantly, these types of investments create jobs and spur economic development in communities up and down our state. Thank you to members of the General Assembly and members of Delaware’s federal delegation for their support and leadership on this issue.”

“As a local resident, I am so excited for the long-awaited opening of the POW/MIA Parkway, and the convenience it will provide to thousands of residents. I’m also proud that in Kent County with such a proud military history, we are honoring those who were Prisoners Of War, as well as those who are Missing In Action, and their families,” said Secretary of Transportation Jennifer Cohan.

“Our veterans deserve to be remembered and honored every day, and this is such a special way to remind Delawareans of the men and women who sacrificed so much for our country,” said U.S. Senator Tom Carper, a 23-year veteran of the Navy. “This investment is also a great example of how the federal government can work with state governments to complete projects that improve our communities while also creating good jobs.”

“Today’s dedication of the POW/MIA Parkway was fitting being that it is POW/MIA Remembrance Day,” said U.S. Senator Coons. “This completion of road will greatly improve the quality of life easing traffic in Kent County. Congratulations to Governor Carney, Secretary Cohan, and everyone who helped complete the project.”

U.S. Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester said, “I can think of no more appropriate occasion to open the POW/MIA connector. The POW/MIA logo is among the most powerful in our country’s history. This connector will serve as a daily reminder to Delawareans of the heroes who have sacrificed for our freedom and will help us fulfill our pledge to Prisoners Of War and those still Missing In Action; that we will never forget.”

After the ribbon cutting ceremony, World War II Brigadier General Reynolds and Mrs. Reynolds were the first officials to travel across the roadway.  They were followed by additional veterans and members of local veterans organizations.

DelDOT will allow non-motorized use of the POW/MIA Parkway Friday through 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 16. The remaining road barriers will be removed and the POW/MIA Parkway will be open to motorists after 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Improvements were made at the US 13 intersection with signal upgrades and additional turn lanes. Auxiliary connections to New Burton Road and Wyoming Mill Road will accommodate access to the new roadway with improvements to those existing roadways to facilitate turning movements. The existing intersection of North Street and Saulsbury Road was upgraded to accommodate additional through and turning lanes for projected traffic volumes.

Multi-modal facilities are provided on the POW/MIA Parkway shoulders and an offset multi-use path. DART facilities were also installed at key locations to facilitate new bus routes along the roadway.

Additional infrastructure projects either in design or under construction include the new U.S. 301, I-95 viaduct rehabilitation, the Camden Bypass, a new Christina River Bridge, improvements to the Claymont Train Station, improvements to the Newark Regional Transportation Center, improvements to the Wilmington Transit Center, and the widening of Route 1 from Route 273 to the Roth Bridge.



Governor Carney Signs Legislation Forming a Behavioral Health Consortium and Addiction Action Committee in Delaware

Georgetown, Del. – On Wednesday, at the site of the future SUN Behavioral Health Hospital, Governor John Carney signed into law Senate Bill 111 and House Bill 220 – bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing the addiction epidemic Delaware faces and improving resources for those struggling with mental illness. Senate Bill 111 creates the Behavioral Health Consortium; an advisory body comprised of community advocates, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and state leaders that will assess and outline an integrated plan for action to address prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. House Bill 220 creates the Addiction Action Committee and has the specific charge of making recommendations on a strategic approach to address and monitor the addiction crisis.

The two pieces of legislation were sponsored by Senator Bryan Townsend and Representative David Bentz and passed the General Assembly with unanimous support. Lt. Governor Hall-Long has been the leading force behind the two pieces of legislation and has been tapped by Governor Carney to Chair the Consortium and lead Delaware’s efforts on improving behavioral health services. The creation of the consortium and coordinated plan is a recommendation of Governor Carney’s Action Plan For Delaware.

“Every day I receive phone calls from families with loved ones who are struggling with addiction, mental illness, and sometimes both. They often don’t know where to turn.” said Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long. “With the creation of the Behavioral Health Consortium and the Addiction Action Committee we are going to reduce barriers, improve services, and ultimately save lives. We believe Delaware can one day be a national model for other states to follow.”

“Delaware families are affected every day by the disease of addiction,” said Governor Carney. “These new laws will help us develop short-term and long-term strategies to combat our addiction crisis, and more effectively coordinate treatment and prevention services. The Lieutenant Governor has the experience lead these efforts, and help us make a real difference in the lives of Delawareans and Delaware families across our state. Thank you to Lt. Governor Hall-Long, members of the General Assembly, and all those across Delaware who are working to reduce the toll of addiction, for their leadership on this important issue.”

“Mental health is one of the great public health challenges facing Delaware and our nation today,” said Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, prime sponsor of Senate Bill 111. “Each year, the public is reminded of the growing scale and gravity of the problem, often because they or someone they know is affected by conditions ranging from clinical depression to substance abuse disorder. About 29,000 Delawarean adults—a population nearly the size of Newark—suffer from a serious mental health problem. While our scientific understanding of mental health is still evolving, the public and private sectors alike need to be a part of the solution. The Behavioral Health Consortium will pay a critical role in a collective, collaborative approach to this challenge, and I’m glad to have played a part in its formation.”

“By expanding and formalizing the Addiction Action Committee, policymakers will be doing much more than monitoring and addressing prescription drug use. This new committee will be focused on attacking the disease of addiction head-on,” said Rep. David Bentz, chair of the House Health Committee.

“Under this committee, the best minds in the state will have the opportunity to join forces and share their knowledge in the hopes of formulating better strategies in the fight against addiction. Families in Delaware depend on our efforts and it is my hope we can help in any possible way.”

In 2016, Delaware had over 300 opioid deaths, which is a 35 percent increase from the previous year. This year, Delaware has experienced 133 overdose deaths. Many from the service provider community recognize the need for swift action.

“Addiction is a chronic disease and no person or demographic group is immune to its devastating impact.  We must take it as seriously as diabetes, cancer, or heart disease,” said Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.  “Public Health is pleased to join with the Lt. Governor in this effort as we work to develop and implement a broader strategy to combat addiction in the First State as the Prescription Drug Action Committee evolves into the Addiction Action Committee.”

Not only do families and communities face the addiction epidemic, but many across the State struggle with finding critical behavioral health services, specifically those in Kent and Sussex County. SUN Behavioral Health, the host of the bill signing, will be offering nearly 100 psychiatric beds.

“We are honored that the Governor and Lt. Governor chose the Sun Behavioral Health site to have todays bill signing” said Jonathan Silver, Vice President of the ONIX Group, the developer of the hospital. “Having them here shows that at the highest level, our leaders recognize the magnitude of the shortage of mental health services in the State. Governor Carney and Lt. Governor Hall-Long are rolling up their sleeves to help people in need. Having the Psychiatric Hospital, the very first in Sussex County, as a backdrop sends a powerful message about Delaware’s determination to combat addiction and mental health issues in all geographic regions of the State”.

The Consortium and Committee will bring together a diverse group of stakeholders, including provider, advocates, and critical governmental agencies to conduct the work. The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services have already launched resources to help individuals struggling with addiction. Please visit the newly updated Help is Here website at Individuals who are suffering from addiction can also call DHSS’ 24/7 Crisis Hotline to be connected to treatment options. In New Castle County, call 800-652-2929, or Kent and Sussex Counties, call 800-345-6785.