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Town of Lincoln Approves Trustees of Reservations and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Integration Plans at Annual Town Meeting

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Trustees contact
Kristi Perry
Director of Public Relations
kperry@thetrustees.org

DeCordova contact
Emily Kowalski
Head of Marketing and Communications
ekowalski@decordova.org


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Boston and Lincoln, MAMarch 23, 2019 – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum are pleased to announce the two organizations received approval at The Town of Lincoln’s Annual Town Meeting on Saturday, March 23, 2019 to move forward with plans for integration. The nonprofit institutions have been collaborating and working closely together to pursue a permanent relationship that would bring deCordova under the umbrella of The Trustees. The positive vote is an important next step in the integration process, including the completion of a fundraising campaign by both organizations to secure the deCordova’s endowment, in order to ensure operational stability.

“We are so pleased to receive this vote of approval from The Town of Lincoln today and thank everyone from the community who came out to offer their support,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President & CEO. “Today’s vote brings us another step closer to realizing this important partnership between two organizations who believe in the power of connecting people to nature and culture through engaging art experiences. We look forward to the prospect of welcoming the deCordova into The Trustees family.”

“It has been gratifying to see the town leaders and so many residents stand behind our effort to join forces with The Trustees,” adds John Ravenal, deCordova’s Executive Director. “The partnership will be instrumental in securing and sustaining the future of this nationally recognized sculpture park and museum while also expanding its reach in joining with the Trustees. We deeply appreciate everyone who has played a role in helping us achieve this important milestone as we work toward completing the integration process.”

“The Town of Lincoln takes its responsibility as steward and landowner of the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum very seriously and town officials have worked diligently to ensure transparency, public involvement, community input, and strong collaboration with The Trustees throughout this process,” said Tim Higgins, Town Manager. “We are pleased that our residents had the opportunity to understand the issue before their positive vote and the Town is thrilled to have found a partner that shares our core values,” he added.

DeCordova’s decision to pursue a permanent relationship with The Trustees came after a comprehensive strategic and financial planning process by its board and staff. An integration agreement was approved by both organizations’ boards and presented at the October 20, 2018 State of the Town meeting in Lincoln. It was then added to the agenda for a final vote by Lincoln residents at the March 23, 2019 Annual Town Meeting. The agreement was contingent upon the town’s vote to approve changes to the bylaws that govern the structure of deCordova’s Board, as well as the completion of a $15 million fundraising campaign which has a remaining gap of $3.5 million. Those who wish to donate may do so through deCordova’s website at www.decordova.org/give or by calling 781.259.3628.

Upon completion of the remaining integration contingencies, deCordova would continue to operate as a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit under The Trustees umbrella and would continue to deliver its mission of contemporary exhibitions, art in the landscape, and innovative learning and engagement programs. In keeping with the wishes and will of Julian de Cordova who donated the property to the Town of Lincoln in 1948, the land and buildings would continue to be owned by the Town but maintained by The Trustees. Lincoln residents would continue to have free access to the grounds and museum. Check thetrustees.org/decordova for more or decordova.org/integration for more information.

The Trustees is one of the Commonwealth’s largest nonprofits, with a membership of 140,000 people and a 128-year legacy of caring for iconic cultural and natural sites for the public’s use and enjoyment, currently including 117 special places across Massachusetts, such as Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, and World’s End in Hingham.

DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing nearly 30 conserved acres, with a mission to inspire, educate, and delight with contemporary art from New England and beyond through sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions.

About The Trustees
Founded in the City of Boston by landscape architect and open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the nation’s first and the Commonwealth’s largest preservation and conservation nonprofit.. For more than 125 years, we have worked to preserve and protect dynamic natural and cultural sites--from beaches and community gardens, to farms, historic homesteads, designed landscapes, and hiking trails—for public use and enjoyment. Today we are working to engage a larger constituency of Massachusetts residents, members, visitors, and public and private partners in our work to help protect our beloved and fragile natural, ecological, cultural, and coastal sites for current and future generations. To learn more, visit www.thetrustees.org.

About deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Established in 1950 and located just twenty miles west of Boston, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is dedicated to fostering the creation and exploration of contemporary sculpture and art through a dynamic slate of rotating exhibitions, innovative learning opportunities, a constantly changing thirty-acre landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture, and site-specific installations. To learn more, visit www.decordova.org.



The Trustees and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Announce Plans for Integration

Boston and Lincoln, MAOctober 25, 2018 DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) announce that they have signed an agreement intended to lead to the integration of the two organizations.

The decision to pursue a permanent relationship with The Trustees came after a comprehensive strategic and financial planning process by the deCordova board and staff. The integration would bring deCordova under the umbrella of The Trustees. This new structure would provide long-term financial sustainability for the Sculpture Park and Museum and would further The Trustees’ mission to connect people to inspiring places through art and the outdoors. The two organizations are working closely with the Town of Lincoln including the Town Manager and a special task force formed to review the proposal.

“The Trustees are excited about the prospect of welcoming deCordova into our network of dynamic cultural and natural sites located around the Commonwealth,” says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President & CEO. “It is a beloved institution with an incredible legacy of engagement around contemporary art and conservation, areas that are both an important part of our mission to connect more people to the land, history, culture, and art experiences.”

“DeCordova and The Trustees share overlapping missions to connect people to special places of cultural and natural importance and inspire unique experiences that improve quality of life,” adds John Ravenal, deCordova’s Executive Director. “We look forward to working closely with The Trustees, the Town of Lincoln, and our many supporters to move this integration forward and secure an even more successful and sustainable future for this treasured institution.”

“The Town of Lincoln regards deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum as one of our most treasured community resources. Town officials and our special task force intend to lead an integration process which is transparent and provides Lincoln residents with ample opportunity to be part of the discussion,” says Town Manager Tim Higgins.

The agreement, which has been approved by both organization’s boards, was recently presented at the October 20, 2018 State of the Town meeting in Lincoln and will be added to the agenda for a final vote by residents in March 2019. It is contingent upon a town vote and the completion of a fundraising campaign by both organizations of $15,000,000 to secure the deCordova’s endowment and operational stability.

Upon integration, deCordova would continue to operate as a separate 501(c)3 non-profit under The Trustees umbrella and the bulk of the land and buildings would continue to be owned by the Town of Lincoln. The path to integration includes a process focused on public discourse, in which Lincoln residents and supporters of deCordova and The Trustees are invited to participate. Further details on community sessions where those who are interested can learn more will be forthcoming. Click here for details and FAQs.

The Trustees is one of the Commonwealth’s largest non-profits, with a membership of 140,000 people and a 127-year track record of caring for iconic cultural and nature sites for public use and enjoyment, including Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, and World’s End in Hingham.

Founded in 1948 to fulfill the terms of a gift from Julian de Cordova to the Town of Lincoln, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England encompassing nearly 30 conserved acres, with a mission to inspire, educate, and delight with contemporary art from New England and beyond through sculptures in the landscape and museum exhibitions.

About The Trustees
Founded in the City of Boston by landscape architect and open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891, The Trustees is the nation’s first and the Commonwealth’s largest preservation and conservation nonprofit. We are the largest private landowner of coastal land in the state, with more than 120 miles of coastline in our care. For more than 125 years, we have worked to preserve and protect dynamic natural and cultural sites--from beaches and community gardens, to farms, historic homesteads, designed landscapes, and hiking trails—for public use and enjoyment. Today we are working to engage a larger constituency of Massachusetts residents, members, visitors, and public and private partners in our work to help protect our fragile natural, ecological, cultural, and coastal sites for current and future generations as they face increased impacts and risks from our changing climate. To learn more, visit www.thetrustees.org.

About deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Established in 1950 and located just twenty miles west of Boston, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is dedicated to fostering the creation and exploration of contemporary sculpture and art through a dynamic slate of rotating exhibitions, innovative learning opportunities, a constantly changing thirty-acre landscape of large-scale, outdoor, modern and contemporary sculpture, and site-specific installations. To learn more, visit decordova.org.

Contact Information

Trustees contact
Kristi Perry
Director of Public Relations
kperry@thetrustees.org

DeCordova contact
Emily Kowalski
Head of Marketing and Communications
ekowalski@decordova.org


deCordova Agreement FAQs

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