Mt. Cuba Center is the latest arts and cultural organization to partner with nonprofit Art-Reach to create more accessible programming. Mt. Cuba is excited to be added to the list of ACCESS participating sites, an initiative launched by Art-Reach in 2014. ACCESS is a public initiative that empowers those individuals and families who come from a low-income household, or those with disabilities, to engage with arts and culture in Delaware at a rate they can afford.
For the low cost of $2 per person, individuals with an ACCESS Card can attend various arts and cultural organizations including the Brandywine Zoo, Nemours Estate, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, and more. Thousands of ACCESS Cardholders engage with the program every month, and Cardholders can bring up to four people with them for their visit. In 2021, Art-Reach expanded the program to include the state of Delaware, serving low-income and individuals with disabilities outside of the Philadelphia Region for the first time. ACCESS provides opportunities by removing the financial barrier to access for many in the area. One ACCESS Cardholder, when asked about the program, said, “I love the arts but can rarely afford to attend events. Since I’m not eligible for Medicaid etc., but on a fixed disability income this is a great opportunity.”
Art-Reach creates, advocates for, and expands accessible opportunities in the arts so the full spectrum of society is served. The organization was founded in 1986, four years prior to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, with a mission to connect individuals with disabilities to the arts. Since then, we’ve created groundbreaking programs that remove barriers to access and innovative accessible programming. Programs serve over 200,000 people a year in Greater Philadelphia. We educate and provide professional development opportunities to cultural professionals. We believe that Art is a Human Right and we are here to make the arts accessible to everyone.