WILMINGTON, Del. – On Monday, Sept. 9, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, or NEA, will convene here with members of the arts community to hear about the impact of NEA grants in Delaware. Press is invited to attend.

Senator Coons and Chairman Carter will first visit the Grand Opera House, which received a $15,000 NEA grant in 2018 to support sensory-friendly programs for audiences of all ages and abilities. The Grand Opera House will demonstrate a sensory-friendly performance for the group.

Afterward, Senator Coons and Chairman Carter will visit the Delaware Art Museum, recipient of a $15,000 NEA grant to support artistic presentations on gender equality in the Caribbean. At the museum, they will join Paul Weagraff, director of the Delaware Division of the Arts, for a public discussion about the impact of arts in the community.

WHO: U.S. Senator Chris Coons, Chairman Mary Anne Carter, National Endowment for the Arts, Director Paul Weagraff, Delaware Division of the Arts

WHAT: Visit the Grand Opera House and Delaware Art Museum, meet with local arts leaders, and participate in a public discussion about the impact of the arts in the community

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 9, 2019

WHERE: Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801 (11:00-11:45 a.m.), Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806 (1:00-2:00 p.m.)

CONTACTS: Brendan Mackie at 302-743-8328 (Coons), Allison Hill at 202-682-5037 (Nat'l Arts), Dennis Lawson at 302-743-8927 (Del. Arts)