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Warwick Art Museum needs new wheelchair lift

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By: Liz Tufts



The Warwick Museum of Art is free to the public, but its been forced to turn people away after vandals destroyed the only way for the disabled to get in.

Carol Sapcoe has a list of health problems and needs a wheelchair to get around, but the one thing that helped ease her pain were the moments she spent inside the Warwick Museum of Art. "I like going to the events, seeing the arts, I take classes there, " says Sapcoe.

Carol hasn't been able to visit the museum since last year. The handicap wheelchair lift is locked and out of service since vandals destroyed it last year.

Deborah Mercer is the president of the board for the Warwick Art Museum. She says the city's seniors and disabled are being turned away. "We can't reach out them they way we want,  people who attend art workshops who are in wheelchairs need to be physically lifted up the steps, " says Mercer.

The museum launched the "Arts For All" campaign last year, hoping to raise money to replace the lift So far, they've received a 10 thousand dollar grant from the city. The new lift will cost 28-thousand dollars.

To make matters worse, many organizations that used to rent out the space have pulled out all together. "We had a wedding cancel because they had some elderly guests, another group needed a ramp, " says Mercer.

Because the museum. is actively working on raising funds, the city says it's not in violation of any codes. We also found out the city of Warwick owns the building and it's still unclear what their responsibility is in all of this.

If you would like to donate money to the Warwick Museum of Art, head to their website http://www.warwickmuseum.org/




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