BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - As the Adirondack Museum hopes to become accessible to all who wish to take advantage of their programming, they will conduct renovations to their auditorium including handicap access. The museum received a challenge grant in the amount of $20,000 from the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust for the project.
"With the gratifying news of the award comes the hard work of raising a matching $20,000 by Dec. 15, 2010," said director of institutional advancement Sarah Lewin.
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.
The museum is now accepting donations towards to project in an effort to match the grant money.
"Every dollar toward meeting the challenge will help; no contribution is too small," said Lewin.
For further information or to make a donation, contact Lewin at 352-7311, ext. 125 or via e-mail 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.
The Memorial Trust responds to the ever-changing needs of various segments of the population, especially to the needs of young people and people who are disadvantaged either physically or economically.