Delaware Division of the Arts Announces 2016-17 Mezzanine Gallery Solo Exhibitions



2016-tohangorknottohang-meickWILMINGTON – The Mezzanine Gallery features solo exhibitions of work by Delaware artists in disciplines that include painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, folk and media arts. The opportunity to exhibit is available to emerging and established visual artists who have won Individual Artist Fellowships or have been chosen by the annual Gallery Panel.

Opening receptions are held the First Friday of the month to coincide with the City of Wilmington’s Art Loop from 5–7 p.m. Dates subject to change. Receptions are free and open to the public. Each month, the artist will be in attendance to greet visitors and answer questions about his or her work. Artwork is available for purchase directly from the artist.*

The Mezzanine Gallery is located in the Carvel State Office Building at 820 N. French Street, Wilmington and open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. View past Mezzanine Gallery exhibition photos on our Flickr page, Delaware Division of the Arts or our Meet the Artist video series on YouTube.

Diane Lorio^ Painting September 2–30, 2016
Ron Meick^ Printmaking October 7–28, 2016
Linda Celestian^ Painting November 4–23, 2016
Sarah Yeoman Painting December 2–30, 2016
Joshua Meier^ Photography February 3–24, 2017
Eric Zippe Photography March 3–31, 2017
Marcie Tauber Craft April 7–28, 2017
Nicholas Serratore Painting May 5–26, 2017
Colette Gaiter Craft June 2–30, 2017
Elisabeth Bard Photography July 7–28, 2017
Meinrad Leckie Painting August 4–25, 2017

*Artwork for sale varies by artist. No commission is taken by the Gallery.

^Denotes 2016 Delaware Individual Artist Fellow

Contact: Leeann Wallett, Program Officer, Communications and Marketing


Delaware Health Equity Guide: Changing How we Think About Good Health

WILMINGTON – Good health is more than simply a visit to the doctor. Only about 10 percent of a person’s health status is impacted by traditional medical care. Health is also directly impacted by where people live, work, play, and pray. To empower communities to address these larger environmental issues, the Division of Public Health (DPH) and members of the University of Delaware’s School of Public Policy & Administration released today the Health Equity Guide for Public Health Practitioners and Partners.

Poverty, homelessness, crime, hunger, discrimination, unintended pregnancy, and education attainment can be linked to a risk of elevated rates of disease, disability, injury, and premature death. Since such factors extend far beyond traditional public health efforts, DPH hopes the Health Equity Guide will catalyze strong partnerships between public health, health care, businesses, schools, religious organizations, and lawmakers. The document shares evidence-based and promising strategies, and provides numerous references and web links for additional information.

DPH is working with many community leaders, non-profit organizations, other state agencies, and stakeholders to address health equity within our state and improve overall health for Delawareans. By improving environmental and social conditions, there is less risk of disease, disability, and injury. Many individuals working outside of the traditional health sector may not even realize the impact their work has on health and health equity. By raising awareness of the social determinants of health and sharing strategies and lessons learned for promoting healthier living and working conditions, we can mobilize our collective capacity to foster optimal health for all Delawareans.

“Health inequities are historically entrenched and pervasive, but they are not insurmountable,” Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Rita Landgraf said. “We can be most effective by transforming our health care system’s focus on disease and treatment of the individual to one that focuses on prevention, health, and wellness of the population. And by working with those outside of the health care system to address persistent inequities and encourage them to consider a ‘health in all policies’ approach where the impact on decisions is weighed against potential negatives for human health.”

Research shows that individuals who have low incomes or are of color are more likely to have diabetes, suffer certain kinds of cancers and other serious chronic diseases, life expectancy is often lower, and disability rates are often higher. And Delaware’s black infant mortality rate was as high as 2.8 times that of the white rate for the most recent data available. Hispanic children in Delaware are four times as likely and non-Hispanic black children are nearly twice as likely to be in less than optimal health compared to non-Hispanic white children. The number of Delaware children age birth to 5 years living in poverty (a factor directly linked to poorer health outcomes, climbed from 12,481 (17 percent) in 2008-2010 to 16,417 (24.7 percent) in 2012-2014, according to Kids Count.

“We have a duty to ensure equity in health because health is a public good necessary for a well-functioning society,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Everyone – regardless of race, religion, political belief, ability, sexual orientation and economic or social condition – has the right to a standard of living adequate for health and necessary social services. All sectors can work to dispel persistent health inequities.”

“I can vouch for the importance of teaching Delawareans about the connectivity between place and their health, and especially how to empower them to improve their communities,” added state Senator Margaret Rose Henry. “The guide can help community leaders, policymakers and community residents become familiar with the impact of underlying social and environmental conditions that are detrimental to the health of individuals and groups.”

The Health Equity Guide will be presented to a Wilmington City Council Committee later today. “It is vital that we reach the most vulnerable populations with this important information,” said Wilmington City Council Member Bob Williams, who is also a registered nurse. “The DHSS Health Equity Guide can help improve social and environmental conditions while serving as an excellent blueprint for better health. As Chair of City Council’s Health, Aging and Disabilities Committee, I am pleased to join my City and State colleagues in highlighting the underlying causes of health inequities. This is a great step forward in promoting equal opportunities for health for all Wilmington residents.”

The event was hosted by St. Patrick’s Center in Wilmington at 107 East 14th St. St. Patrick’s Center Executive Director Joseph Hickey said, “The health equity challenges highlighted in the Guide are concentrated in the poorest areas of Delaware, and our center is located in the poorest area of the state. Fresh and healthy foods are not readily available in the neighborhood around St. Patrick’s Center. It is easier to buy liquor then lettuce.”

The Health Equity Guide is available at: For further information, call 302-744-4879.

Other contributors to the Health Equity Guide included, but are not limited to Christiana Care Health System, Delaware Greenways, Medical Society of Delaware, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Nemours Children’s Health System, and United Way of Delaware, among others.

Individuals seeking TTY services should call 7-1-1 or 800-232-5460. A person who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or speech-disabled can use a TTY to type his/her conversation to a relay operator, who then reads the typed conversation to a hearing person at the DPH call center.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary beverages

Attorney General and Wilmington Police to Hold Community Meetings on New Foot Patrols

WILMINGTON, DE – Attorney General Matt Denn announced today that he and leaders of the Wilmington Police Department will be holding community meetings next week in the two high-crime areas where the city’s new foot patrol project has been active for the past month. The purpose of the meetings is to give community residents an opportunity to provide feedback to law enforcement as to how the foot patrol project and law enforcement overall can be improved.

Both meetings will occur on Wednesday, April 8th. The first meeting will be at the Hicks Anderson Community Center (501 North Madison Street) at 6:00 p.m., and the second meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Church (3114 Market Street). These locations are in the areas of Wilmington — West Center City and Northeast — where the foot patrols have been active for the past month because of statistically high violent crime rates in prior months.

The new foot patrols are the result of a grant that the City of Wilmington and Attorney General Denn received from the state’s Neighborhood Building Blocks Fund. Under the grant, six officers patrol high-crime areas of Wilmington on foot from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., seven nights a week. To date, most of the overtime officers have been Wilmington Police Department officers, with New Castle County police officers stepping in on Sunday nights.

“The initial response I have received from residents of Northeast and West Center City on those nights when I have joined the foot patrols has been incredibly positive,” Attorney General Denn said. “But an important part of this process is for us to stay in close touch with the communities that we are trying to protect, and these meetings are designed to help us do that.”

Governor Markell Honors Wilmington Mayor for Decades of Public Service

WILMINGTON – Acknowledging his extensive service to the State of Delaware and unwavering dedication to the City of Wilmington, Governor Markell presented Mayor James Baker with an Order of the First State, the highest honor the governor can grant.

“Mayor Baker’s service to the City of Wilmington and the State of Delaware spans several decades and includes many notable accomplishments,” said Governor Markell. “He has established quite a legacy, not just of service, but of achievement.”

Mayor Baker’s political career began when he was elected to serve on Wilmington’s City Council in 1972 and made history in 1984 as the first African-American elected council President, serving in that capacity until his election as Mayor in 2001. He was the longest serving Council President in the City of Wilmington’s history.

Governor Markell presented the Order to Mayor Baker in a surprise meeting with friends, family and colleagues as he entered his final days of a historic three-term career as Mayor for the City of Wilmington.

A video from the meeting can be seen on the Governor’s YouTube Channel.