deCordova Partnership

The deCordova/LNS partnership is the first of its kind at an American contemporary art museum and was recently named one of the “most innovative projects in the country” by the American Association of Museum’s Center for the Future of Museums.

September 2010 marked the dynamic beginning of a unique partnership between deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, overseen by the Trustees of the Reservation, and Lincoln Nursery School (LNS), a cooperative preschool. Children thrive in an environment of exploration connected to the Park and Museum.


As part of being on the deCordova grounds, LNS children and teachers regularly use the campus and surrounding conservation land as their classroom. Throughout the year, children observe and respond to changing installations of sculpture, the work of staff and visiting artists, and the seasons. The children’s voices have come to inform the deCordova’s interpretive installations and programs with a creative and collaborative spirit–an approach focused on discovery through experience rather than delivery of information.