The Mount Receives Two Massachusetts Cultural Council Designations

(Lenox, MA) Edith Wharton Restoration, the nonprofit that oversees The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in Lenox, MA, has been awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Gateway grant in the amount of $3,000. This news came days after The Mount learned that they had been accepted in the MCC’s UP Inclusive Design Initiative and received UP designation from the state agency. UP stands for Universal Participation.

The Gateway Program is a highly competitive grant program which provides two years of unrestricted operating support and is the pre-requisite to move into the MCC’s Cultural Investment Portfolio (CIP). The CIP provides unrestricted general operating project support grants to nonprofit organizations that provide public programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities in Massachusetts and have an established record of programmatic service and administrative stability.

The UP Designation is applied to organizations that have made a commitment to learn, take action and embrace inclusivity as a core institutional value.

“Receiving both the UP designation and the CIP Gateway grant from the MCC means that the work we are doing here at The Mount is being noticed, not just locally, but across the state,” said Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount. “Now that our financial house is in order, we are focused on creating programming and experiences that are accessible, open and engaging.”

According to the MCC, over 80 organizations applied to the CIP Gateway program and only 17 grants were awarded.

For additional information and high-resolution pictures, please contact Rebecka McDougall at 413-551-5115.

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our programs and the preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 43,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information visit or call 413-551-5100.

About The Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

For more information about the MCC, visit