The Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake, New York is the recipient of a challenge grant in the amount of $20,000 from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust. The funds will be used in support of a major renovation that will make the museum’s Auditorium universally accessible.
Director of Institutional Advancement Sarah Lewin says that with the gratifying news of the award comes the hard work of raising a matching $20,000 by December 15, 2010.
The accessibility project will provide a wheel-chair entrance to the Auditorium – the site of lectures, films, and special programs such as the museum’s popular Cabin Fever Sunday series — from the campus side of the building.
By re-designing one of the doors at the rear of the Auditorium and creating an attractive, covered, ramped entrance, the museum will eliminate the need for those with a disability to leave the grounds and enter the program space from the parking lot.
The renovation will allow the interior of the Auditorium to be easily accessed by wheelchair, enabling everyone, regardless of mobility, to present or enjoy museum programs.
Lewin says that every dollar toward meeting the challenge will help; no contribution is too small. For further information or to make a donation, contact Sarah Lewin at (518) 352-7311, ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Syracuse-based John Ben Snow Memorial Trust is to make grants within specific focus areas to enhance the quality of life in many geographic regions.
Historically, the Memorial Trust has made grants in the program areas of arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, historic preservation, and journalism.
Illustration: Proposed renovation of the Adirondack Museum Auditorium.