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Why are deCordova and The Trustees integrating?
Our missions are aligned.
The two organizations share similar legacies.
Lastly, the integration offers the long-term operational and financial stability that deCordova needs to remain open and strong.
What is the process that has led to integration?
Are The Trustees buying deCordova?
No, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum as an entity is now a Trustees reservation. The bulk of the land and buildings, however, will continue to be owned by the Town of Lincoln. Under The Trustees umbrella, deCordova will continue to operate as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Changes in the governance of deCordova include The Trustees assuming operational management while building support for deCordova’s mission through its statewide membership program, marketing capacity, and donor base.
Will the town maintain the land and buildings?
No, they will be now be maintained by The Trustees, who will also uphold conservation requirements needed to protect the Town’s drinking water.
Is this essentially a merger?
The integration is not officially a merger because The Trustees will assume management of deCordova as one of its affiliates, while deCordova remains its own 501(c)(3) status.
Will deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum change its brand or name?
The appearance and the mission of deCordova are not changing. The Trustees’ goal is to continue providing inspired art and landscape experiences, at deCordova and other Trustees reservations. Trustees branding will begin to appear on the campus over the coming months.
What will the integration mean to current deCordova members?
DeCordova members are now officially Trustees Members. New memberships purchased at deCordova will provide members with all of the benefits that Trustees members receive.
When will Trustees Members be granted Member privileges at deCordova?
Trustees Members may now present their Trustees Member cards at deCordova for free admission and discounts on programs and on purchases in the shop and café. A full list of Trustees Member benefits is available on our website.
Will Town of Lincoln residents still have free access to the property?
Yes, Lincoln residents will continue to have free access to the grounds and museum as well as use of the parking lot for the annual Fourth of July festivities.
I’d like to donate to deCordova. How do I do that?
As of July 1, we kindly ask that donations be made to The Trustees with an indication that you would like your gift to support deCordova. For questions, please call Jennifer Klahn, Associate Director of Philanthropy at email@example.com.
Has The Trustees integrated with other organizations in the past?
Yes. Previous integrations included Boston Natural Areas Network in Boston in 2008, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard in 2016, and The FARM Institute in Edgartown in 2016.
Now that integration is official, how long will implementation take?
As with all past integrations for The Trustees, we anticipate working closely over the next 12-18 months to integrate systems, staff, and stewardship.
What is deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum?
DeCordova was founded in 1948 and has since grown into a nationally and internationally recognized venue for contemporary art with a permanent collection of over 3,400 objects. The sculpture park was inaugurated in 1966 and quickly became a signature feature of the museum that now ranges over twenty-eight acres. Today, deCordova welcomes some 80,000 annual visitors who enjoy outdoor sculpture displays and curated indoor exhibits, enhanced by innovative learning and engagement programs designed for all ages.
What is The Trustees of Reservations?
Founded in 1891 by landscape architect Charles Eliot, The Trustees of Reservations preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. The Trustees protects 118 special places across the state, including iconic places like Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, and World’s End in Hingham.