Beshear presents grant to improve handicap accessibility in art museum

Posted at 2:53 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 14:53:13-05

CADIZ, Ky. (LEX 18) — Currently, the Janice Mason Art Museum in Trigg County isn't compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

That is expected to change after Gov. Andy Beshear and Department for Local Government (DLG) Commissioner Dennis Keene announced a $340,227 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to improve handicapped accessibility at the museum. The funding will bring the building up to code by eliminating architectural barriers at the entrance that inhibit accessibility.

“No Kentuckian should be kept out of public spaces,” Beshear said. “The approval of this project ensures inclusivity and access to the arts for everyone in the Cadiz area.”

The free of charge museum had over 3,200 visitors in 2019 and is a staple attraction in Trigg County.

“The Janice Mason Art Museum strives to provide quality arts opportunities to Kentuckians. The approval of this grant will make access to those opportunities a reality for a significant portion of our community,” Museum Director Paul Fourshee said. “Because Cadiz is a tourist destination and retirement community, a large percentage of our guests, whether pushing strollers or wheel chairs, will find improved access to the museum helpful.”