Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary to Host Governor, Other Officials for July 17 Cultural Grants Announcement

Release Date:
July 13, 2012

LINCOLN, MA—Governor Deval Patrick will announce more than $5 million in new grants for cultural organizations Tuesday, July 17 at Mass Audubon’s Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, including $185,000 for the Natick sanctuary’s Saltonstall Nature Center.

Broadmoor’s nature center was touted as one of state’s pioneering “green” buildings when architects transformed the property’s iconic barn 30 years ago. The state funding will support a $1.6 renovation/expansion project that features dramatic interior improvements as well as new construction designed to make the nature center more welcoming and engaging.

Broadmoor is just one of 56 arts, heritage, and science organizations statewide that are being awarded grants by the Cultural Facilities Fund of the Massachusetts Cultural Council at the July 17 event.

“Governor Patrick’s commitment to the Commonwealth’s cultural resources has been unwavering, and we are honored he has chosen Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary to announce these grants,” Mass Audubon President Laura Johnson said. “And we are especially proud of our strong and continuing partnership with the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

In addition to the Governor and Mass Audubon's President, other speakers and officials expected to participate include Mass Cultural Council Executive Director Anita Walker, State Representative David Linsky of Natick, MassDevelopment CEO Marty Jones, and Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary Director Elissa Landre.

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