BROOKINGS – This year, Mayor Keith Corbett and the Brookings Committee for People who have Disabilities will present the the ABLE Award to the City of Brookings for its renovation of the Carnegie Library.
The ABLE (Ability, Belief, Leadership and Equality to Achieve Access For All) Award is an annual award program designed to recognize the outstanding commitment of a business or public entity in fulfilling the goals of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Highlighting the efforts of an outstanding business or entity may motivate others to provide improved accessibility to goods and services.
The ABLE Awards presentation will be held in conjunction with the Butler Human Rights Award, Human Rights Commission’s Youth Ally Awards, Mayor’s Sustainability Awards, Mayor’s Awards for Historic Preservation and the Mayor’s Generational Leadership Award from 5-7 p.m. Aug. 30, with the program beginning at 6 p.m. at McCrory Gardens Education & Visitors Center, 631 22nd Ave.
The public is invited to attend. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.
The City of Brookings, and in conjunction the Brookings Arts Council, are being recognized for rehabilitation work on the Brookings Community Cultural Center.
The building at 524 Fouth St. served as the Carnegie Library until 1976 and is now home to the Brookings Arts Council. Built in 1914, it is on the National Register of Historic Places and mixes historic charm with necessary updates to ensure the space is functional and welcoming to serve the public.
In 2017, the building underwent a complete renovation that included the rehabilitation of an existing bathroom into an ADA compliant, accessible family restroom. This addition to the building brings significant value to the space as it fosters the BAC’s mission of providing a welcoming space for all individuals to make community connections through participation in and access to the arts.
These changes undertaken by the City of Brookings are commended for the continued effort to support inclusion for all individuals through the successful renovation of this space to enhance public accessibility, while preserving the historic value of the building.
Since 1996, there have been 78 nominees for the ABLE Award.