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Lynn Museum/LynnArts

aka Lynn Museum   |   Lynn, MA   |  http://www.lynnmuseum.org

Mission

Since 1897, the Lynn Museum & Historical Society has been the repository and custodian of Lynn’s history. With a collection that boasts nearly 10,000 objects, a large archive and a priceless photography collection, the Museum chronicles Lynn’s rise from early American settlement to industrial powerhouse. In 2014, the Lynn Museum affiliated with its neighbors on Exchange Street, LynnArts. Offering studio space for contemporary artists and other rental spaces, such as the Neal Rantoul Black Box Theatre, LynnArts is housed within a former banking building. With history as our guide we are engaging the region’s ever-changing community through exhibitions and programs that illuminate the past, celebrate the present and inform the future.

Ruling year info

1942

Director

Ms. Doneeca Thurston-Chavez

Main address

590 Washington Street

Lynn, MA 01901 USA

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EIN

04-2269520

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Our programs

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MESA: Museum Enrichment Series for All

MESA: Museum Enrichment Series for All is a free lunchtime series featuring guest speakers, authors, films and activities, open dialogue and deep discussions about local history, current events and more. Events are every second Wednesday of the month at noon and attendees are welcome to bring lunch and enjoy the program. Generously supported by the Lynn Cultural Council.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

The Lynn Museum History Detectives program is an object-based learning program for third grade Lynn Public School students, designed to support classroom learning focused on the history of industry in Lynn. This program is based on our exhibit Industry and Craft: People at Work in Lynn which brings into conversation the connectivity of different industries through materials (the clothes worn and tools used), the workers (ordinary people and inventors), and the industries (one-room workshops and large plants) to explore their impact on Lynn's development.

The curriculum uses primary source material to teach our “History Detectives” to read visual sources such as photographs, objects, maps, and structures for clues about our past, enhancing students’ critical thinking and analytical skills. The program is an essential way to bring students out of the classroom, giving them a fresh perspective on the city around them and a rare opportunity to physically reach out and touch the past.

The program includes:
1) A student workbook with worksheets to complement information learned during in-class and museum visits
2) An in-class visit to introduce students to the Lynn Museum and how museums function, and to build visual literacy skills (1 hour)
3) A museum visit where students will engage with objects, photographs, maps, and architectural structures to learn about Lynn’s past (2 hours)
4) A second in-class visit to recap topics and themes covered in the museum visit, and to complete an exercise in analyzing primary source documents (<1 hour)
5) An optional free open house for students to introduce their friends and family to the museum and to show off their skills as “History Detectives”

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We offer four free family days a year, typically during school vacation weeks, inviting the families of Lynn and the Greater North Shore to the Museum for a fun day of themed-activities, exhibit exploration, and special programming. Generously supported by the Lynn Cultural Council.

Population(s) Served
Families

‘Final Fridays’ began in July 2020 when Lynn Museum/LynnArts, Lynn Main Streets, and the Downtown Lynn Cultural District teamed up with a wealth of local artists, gallerists and businesses to collaborate on an Art in the Park event with a mission of activating spaces in downtown Lynn through vibrant, arts and culture-based programming while lending support to, and shining a spotlight on, our small business community. These events highlight the value of arts and culture in Lynn and the need for future opportunities to bring the community together and support the local business scene.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families

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Lynn Museum/LynnArts

Board of directors
as of 05/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Scanlon

Steven J. Babbitt

Joseph E. Scanlon, III

Steven M. Walsh

Cheryl Crounse

Pamela Scangas

Iris Kimber

Joe Boyd

Gayle Richardson

Michelle Kane

Sandra Forziati

Marki Conway

Harry MacCabe

Rosario Fresco

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Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/14/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.