December 22, 2011— Heritage Museums & Gardens is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a major grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund. The $157,000 grant will be used by Heritage to achieve more sound energy efficiency, as well as improve the current ADA compliancy and handicap accessibility to Heritage’s buildings and public spaces.
Heritage’s American Art & Carousel Gallery’s roof will be renovated using design specs and materials that will prepare the building for the installation of a solar array in the future. In addition, energy efficient windows with a UV control system will be installed to protect Heritage’s Folk Art collection, as well as improve the building’s overall energy performance. With the new roof, windows, and planned installation of solar, Heritage will move closer towards their goal of installing non-fossil fuel energy sources to reduce overall expenditures on energy and have a positive influence on the environment.
Also under this grant, new doors to the American Art Gallery will be installed, and restrooms will be remodeled with energy-efficient LED lighting and high-efficiency hand dryers, eliminating the need for paper towels. These changes will afford more energy efficiency and greatly improve the ease of handicap accessibility and ADA compliance at Heritage Museums & Gardens.
“We are so proud to have been awarded this grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Cultural Facilities Fund,” said Museum Executive Director, Ellen Spear. “With this funding, we will be able to keep our buildings accessible for all visitors who come to Heritage, and recommit ourselves to taking small steps towards a cleaner planet through our improvements in energy efficiency and sustainability,” added Spear.
The grant was officially announced by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in November at an event in Boylston, MA, where the MCC’s Cultural Facilities Fund awarded a total of $7.4 million in grants to nonprofit arts, heritage, and science organizations across the Commonwealth. Heritage Trustee Alyce Morrissey was in attendance to accept the grant award on behalf of Heritage Museums & Gardens. A regional announcement will take place January 11, 2012 at Heritage’s Heald Center.
“Heritage Museums and Gardens is a perfect example of why the Cultural Facilities Fund is a sound public investment. By supporting some basic upgrades to its historic buildings, we will ensure that Heritage can pursue its mission of bringing America’s past to life for local audiences and visitors from around the world.” Commented Anita Walker, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.