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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Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.