MEDFIELD, MA—Lowell Mason House President Thomas Reynolds and Treasurer Thomas Scotti announced today that the non-profit received a $25,000 challenge grant from an anonymous donor that will match dollar-for-dollar all donations made from Nov. 15, 2016 to Feb. 1, 2017, doubling the impact of contributions.
“The Lowell Mason House has been making tremendous progress with construction getting the house available for music students of all ages –all of which has been made possible by our loyal supporters,” said Reynolds. “Whether through time or dollars, the generosity of Lowell Mason House supporters is bringing us closer to preserving Lowell Mason’s birthplace and transforming it into an active space for music making. We are grateful to our anonymous donor for investing in a way that encourages both current and new donors to help preserve Lowell Mason’s Medfield legacy.” Scotti explained that the next phase of construction will encompass installing new windows, exterior doors and re-side the entire house, at an estimated cost of about $50,000.
To make a tax-deductible donation, checks can be made payable to the Lowell Mason House and mailed to PO Box 913, Medfield, MA 02052. Donations can also be made online at www.lowellmasonhouse.org. “Thanks to the match, donors large and small will allow us to proceed with the next round of construction and then move forward more quickly on the interior of the house.”
Lowell Mason was born in Medfield in 1792, and is considered the Father of Music Education in America due his efforts in teaching both students and teachers of music. In 1838, he became the first music superintendent in the Boston public schools, and was instrumental in making music a part of the regular school curriculum in America.
Through the work of a team of volunteers, the Lowell Mason House was saved from demolition in 2011 and moved from its original location on Adams Street.
“We’re one step closer to making the House a major cultural hub in Medfield where it will serve as a living museum that not only honors the father of music education, but also provides practice and performance space to further encourage artistic expression, and strengthen the value of the arts in the community,” noted Reynolds. For more information, please contact either Tom Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or Tom Scotti at email@example.com.