by eila in Accessibility, Announcements, Arts and Culture, City Finances, Civil and Human Rights, Historical, Neighborhoods and Squares
Posted on March 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm
Last Modified on March 19, 2010 at 1:09 pm
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke in the inaccessible Somerville High School auditorium this past Monday March 8, 2010, celebrating the fact that Somerville, MA was named one of the 10 All America Cities, 2009, by the National League of Cities.
A week later, the Somerville Arts Council- which enjoys American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding, State funding, and is also fed by Somerville’s taxpayers ($100,264 General Funds approved in 2009)- will hold its annual picnic at the Somerville Museum, 1 Westwood Road, March 15, 6 – 8 pm.
Although the Somerville Museum underwent a complete renovation in the 1980′s, and was subject to the 1977 MA architectural access regulations to provide an accessible entrance at that time, they didn’t bother to eliminate steps at the entrance, or to create an alternate accessible entrance.
Here’s the Arts Council buzz: “Please join us for free food, beverages, conversation, hobnobbing and a chance to hear what the Arts Council is up to. Everyone is welcome: old volunteers, potential new volunteers or just folks who like art, culture and Redbones pulled pork.”
Nope. Everyone is not welcome.
In fact, a whole group of neighbors and friends are very explicitly NOT WELCOMED.
Above: Somerville Museum’s front entrance, which is not a General Public Entrance, has 2 signs. The large green oval says, “Somerville Museum,” and in smaller letters, “Somerville Historical Society.” The smaller sign says, “ENTRANCE, side door,” and has an arrow pointing to the left. There are 5 steps to this closed entrance, facing Central Street.
Above: Somerville Museum has 2 entrances, but only the side entrance is open to the General Public. There are 7 steps before this Public Entrance, facing Westwood Road.