February 28, 2018

Save the Art – Save the Museum Group Continues Efforts
to Save the Art at the Berkshire Museum

The citizens’ group Save the Art – Save the Museum (STA) announced today that its efforts to save the art at the Berkshire Museum are not over.

When the Attorney General stepped in to pause the sale and investigate the Museum, STA endorsed the process. But the group remains troubled by the outcome: a proposed settlement that allows for the sale of Norman Rockwell’s Shuffleton’s Barbershop to an as yet unnamed institution for an undisclosed amount and permits the unrestricted sale of the other 39 works of art, all without scrutiny or oversight.

This proposed agreement between the Attorney General and the Museum will be accepted, rejected, or modified by the Supreme Judicial Court. Two amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) briefs have been filed in opposition by Berkshire citizens, and an active appeal asserting the right of museum members to protest the sale awaits a hearing date. STA vigorously supports these eloquent statements, which explain in detail why the group opposes the Berkshire Museum’s extravagant and unnecessary “New Vision” and disputes the AGO’s proposed agreement that would allow it to go forward. For more information, see legal filings on our website.

“No matter the outcome, the course this case has taken will be precedent setting for all museums, charities, and not for profits in Massachusetts and throughout the country,” said Leslie Ferrin, one of the group’s leaders.

STA has resumed its GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to support these legal efforts and continue its public outreach.

STA also continues to advocate for a public forum where the community can engage with the Museum in frank, open communication about the Museum’s future and that of the art treasures that given in the Museum’s care to the people of Pittsfield and Berkshire County.


SAVE THE ART– SAVE THE MUSEUM is a citizens’ group dedicated to serving and preserving the integrity of the Berkshire Museum and its collections. It began as a grassroots effort on social media shortly after the Museum announced plans for the sale in July 2017. Members meet regularly to organize opposition to the deaccession as well as to educate the public on viable alternatives.


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