The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art has been awarded a $1.5 million state grant to make major improvements to its facility, according to Senator Tom Killion and Representative Steven Barrar, who strongly supported funding for the project.
Killion said the grant will be used to fulfill their $13 million dollar capital improvement project, Transforming the Wyeth Experience. This wide ranging effort, which extends beyond their main campus into adjacent historic properties, will expand the Museum’s café, address ADA accessibility issues, and reconfigure the facility’s floorplan to improve visitors’ experience. Additional investment in the building’s systems will include HVAC, plumbing, electrical, and fire suppression improvements to ensure that the Museum is able to carry out its mission.
“In addition to creating additional jobs, this project will help to promote tourism and economic growth in Delaware County and bring new visitors to our area,” Killion said. “This will have a ripple effect for other businesses and help preserve and improve a local treasure that highlight the extraordinary beauty of the Brandywine region in Pennsylvania.”
“The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum is an integral part of our community and rich with our area’s cultural heritage,” Barrar said. “This project will undoubtedly increase tourism to the community benefiting local restaurants, hotels, businesses and residents. I am thrilled to support this project.”
Funding was provided by the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) program, which supports critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development.