Arts Access

Arts Access

The Arts Access Initiative offers year-round, high-quality, diverse arts experiences at no cost to participants/attendees. The initiative includes four distinct programs designed to reach different audiences, including children, their families, and the underserved community-at-large. Those programs include Arts in Education, Young Audiences Series, free programming and the Community Access Program.

Young Audience Series

Between May and September, Freeman Arts Pavilion offers a series of free youth performances open to children and families throughout the Delmarva region. Performance are offered at 10 a.m., once or twice each week. Past programs have included Cascading Carlos, Storyteller Gary Lloyd, and local artist John Donato. The Freeman Arts Pavilion Young Audience Series receives generous support from PNC Foundation.

Free Programming

Throughout the summer months, Freeman Arts Pavilion also offers a variety of (mostly evening) performances to the general public, completely free-of-charge. Performances include dance, music, theater, and a variety of ethnically and racially diverse programming. Some programs include talkbacks or complementary activities designed to deepen the experience for attendees. Past programs include Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, First State Ballet, Resistance Revival Chorus, Tartan Terrors, Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, University of Delaware Music Spectacular and Gina Chavez.

Arts Education

The Arts Education program provides enrichment and engagement for students and teachers throughout the school year. Grounded in the National Core Arts Standards, we work with artist partners who provide both immersive programs and schoolwide assembly performances in music, art, theatre, media arts, poetry, and dance. From engaging students in the elementary grade levels by cultivating an interest in the various art forms, to supporting career pathways for students in high school, we partner with the school community. Our commitment is to provide live arts experiences for every child at least six times while attending pre-K through 12th grade in the schools we serve.

Broadening our engagement with the educational community, we recently formed a 16-member Arts Education Advisory Group. Thanks to these educators and community members, the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is providing teacher enrichment through professional development opportunities. As our Arts Education program grows, we look forward to partnering with arts educators to provide innovative and immersive programs in their schools and beyond.

For more information about our Arts Education program, please email Arts Education Coordinator Paul Tooker at

Community Access

Program Vision

To partner with fellow nonprofit organizations that serve our community and offer them opportunities to experience diverse arts programming.

Program Features

Our partners include child-care and after-school clubs, at-risk youth programs, transitional living programs, organizations that provide hospital and respite housing, community action/empowerment networks, veterans organizations, and diverse faith-based organizations and programs.

During the summer season, we host partner organizations and the people they serve for performances at our venue. In the fall and spring, we work with our partners to broaden arts access by presenting programs on-site where children, families, and the communities of which they are a part can experience the live arts together.

We support and engage our partners year-round with service to organizations and constituencies alike. If you would like to learn more about our community engagement efforts and how we might collaborate with your nonprofit organization, contact Community Engagement Director Lindsay Richard at  



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