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(On April 7, an open letter was placed on the Save the Art- Save the Museum Facebook pages and website. Readers were invited to sign if they agreed with it. Within three days, over 300 people had signed, and names are still being added. This is the complete updated list of signers).
 
 
The goal of strengthening the Berkshire Museum could have united the community as a source of local pride, if the Board of Trustees had transparently and actively sought support and alternative ideas from the public. By promoting its great art collection, the museum could have become a valuable engine for Pittsfield’s revitalization and the city’s identity as a vibrant regional arts center.

The museum’s present board and staff are not the owners of the amazing art collection that was built over generations for the public. They are merely temporary stewards. True stewardship would have allowed community dialogue and engagement to develop a real strategy to enable the museum to survive and thrive and protect the art at the core of its mission, as well as supporting its other roles.

Unfortunately, the museum leadership chose the opposite course, by secretly pursuing a massive selloff of much of its irreplaceable public art collection. It then rigidly presented it as a stark either/or choice of “sell or close.” The suddenness of that announcement last summer, and lack of true engagement with the public since then, aroused dismay and opposition that has been shared by many people – far more widely than those who most actively and visibly opposed it.

The lack of opportunities for true dialogue about the museum’s plans also undermined the consensus and momentum of efforts to connect Pittsfield to the Berkshires’ cultural life and economy. It has caused needless divisiveness in the community. It also created false dichotomies between old and young, art vs. education, science vs. culture, heritage vs. progress, and “art loving elitism” vs. “progressive” populism.

The city’s overall revitalization efforts are also collateral damage. The museum’s public-relations campaign led to portrayals of Pittsfield nationally as a declining community that cannot support its public resources. And the Berkshire Museum’s name has become a national symbol of the destructive prospect of institutions selling public art to the highest private bidders in the global art market.

Although the Berkshire Museum has won the legal challenges, its “victory” may become a pyrrhic one. Unfortunately, as the hammer drops at Sotheby’s for the sell-off of Pittsfield’s artistic heritage, the public trust is also being lost.

The museum now says it’s time to come together and “constructively” support its future. Where have they been for the past several years? Why did they brush aside the ideas of a thoughtful and concerned public, and the offers of assistance from experts and organizations?

Is it too late to mitigate the damage? Unless the board truly reconsiders the nature of its plans and engages the public to find a better solution for our community, the damage to the Berkshire Museum and the unfortunate impact on Pittsfield, will not be easily healed.

 

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Jean Alibozek
Tom Anderson
Nancy Armstrong
Ellen Arndt Mendel, Lenoxdale, MA
Alan Appelbaum, Plainfield, NJ
Barbara Arpante, Pittsfield, MA
Judy Asbury
Joan Baldwin, Lakeville, CT
Cindy Barber
Olive Barber, Amherst, MA
Wilson Barber, Great Barrington
Prudence Barton Lanesborough, MA
Raymond Bass
Rebecca Bazell, Alford, MA
Karin Beebe
Catherine Beer-Rankell, Pittsfield
Slade Begley
David Belcher, Pittsfield, MA
Melanie Belcher
Steven Bello, South Lee, MA
Daniel Bellow, Great Barrington, MA
Morris Bennett Pittsfield
Linda Waterman Bentz
Kathryn Berch, Pittsfield
Lila Berle, Stockbridge, MA
April Jean Bertelli, Pittsfield, MA
Nancy Bertelli, Pittsfield, MA
Steve Birmingham
Michele Bogart, Brooklyn, NY
Rose Bohmann, Pittsfield, MA
Stephanie Bordeau
Jeanne Boudreau, Adams, MA
Sherry Hochman Boullt
Robert Braddick, Great Barrington
Peggy Braun, Pittsfield, MA
Ann Breeden, ME
Gisele Breton, Pittsfield, MA
Jane Broderick, Louis, CT
Mark Brodeur, Pittsfield, MA
Donna Broga, Becket, MA
Susan Bronson
Miriam Brownewall
Joan Bruno, Lenox, MA
Lawson Buckley, Milton, MA
Laurie Burdick
David Burt, Pittsfield, MA
Donald Campbell, Becket, MA
Paula Cardillo
Karen Carmean, Richmond, MA
Leslee Carsewell, Syosset, NY
Agnes Cartier
Mary Chandler, Pittsfield, MA
Roselle Chartock, Great Barrington
Julie Chase, Monterey, CA
Karen Chase, Lenox, MA
Candice Cimini-Farrell, Dalton, MA
Sarah Clark
Beth McInerney Clarke, Carlisle, MA
Aidan Clement, Pittsfield, MA
Sara Clement, Pittsfield, MA
Linda Cleary, Springfield, MA
Elizabeth Rathbun Cogswell
Joyce Conlon, Novato, CA
Julia Constas, Pittsfield, MA
Kerlin Conygham
Jeanet Cook
Bobby Coon Pittsfield, MA
Charles Corcoran, Hartford, CT
Jane Costa, Great Barrington, MA
Elizabeth Cross Catipovic
Janice Cullen, Pittsfield, MA
Jim Czarnecki
Myk Daigle
Barbara Dahlman, Monterey, MA
Dale Davis
John Davies, Stockbridge, MA
Gwendolyn Davis, Pittsfield, MA
Hope Davis, Great Barrington, MA
Helen Davies, Stockbridge, MA
Terri Davis, Hinsdale, MA
Katherine Dean, Great Barrington
Gretchen DeBartolo, Pittsfield, MA
Agnes deBethune, Jersey City, NJ
Charles Demarais, SF, CA
Beverlee Denneen, Dalton, MA
Andrew DeVries, Middlefield
Joan DiMartino, Pittsfield, MA
Evan Dobelle, Pittsfield, MA
Kit Dobelle, Pittsfield, MA
Paul Dodds, Pittsfield, MA
Bill Dodds
William F. Dodds, Great Barrington
Michele Dodge, Worthington, MA
Jody Donald, Richmond, MA
Gail Downey, Hinsdale, MA
Shaun Downey
Keli Dowler, Farmington, UT
Penelope Duus, Housatonic, MA
Brenda Durrin, Lenox, MA
Joe Durwin, Pittsfield, MA
Karen Prendergast Ebbeling
Susan Edwards
Max Ehrlich
Laura Endacott
Eileen Enright
Chris Erb, Lanesborough, MA
Karen Essency, CT
Charlotte Fairweather, South Lee, MA
Pete Farrell, Dalton, MA
Barbara Finkelstein, Fort Lee, NJ
Jessica Fisher, Williamstown, MA
Roberta Fitzgerald
Bill Fitzpatrick
Lori Flynn, Hinsdale, MA
Tammy Foley
Dorothy Forrest, Pittsfield, MA
Jayme Forsyth
Roberta Fortini-Curran, Williamstown
Gillian Fournier, Amesbury, MA
Kate Fox
Martha Freedman, Lanesborough
Russell Freedman, Lanesborough
Jim Ganz
Kate Garcia
Cynthia Gardner, Pittsfield, MA
Boots Garrett, ME
Rhonda Gartland
Patricia Gebarowski, Cheshire, MA
Anna Gershenson, Pittsfield
Ann Getsinger, New Marlborough
Kelly Hickey-Ghani
Jill Gianatasio
Nina Gifford
Marsha Ginsberg, NY
Bruce Gionet, Fort Lee, NJ
Alan Gionet, Evergreen, CO
Cynthia Glendon, Windsor, MA
Helene Gould Gajda
David Grant
Paul Graubard, Lenox, MA
Charles Green, VT
Elena Green
Ken Green, Pittsfield, MA
Laurie Green, Pittsfield, MA
Kathy Griffin Maconga, Pittsfield, MA
Ani Grosser, Lenox, MA
Joan Grossman, Pittsfield
Linda Gunderson, Pittsfield, MA
Rose Hall, Shelburne Falls, MA
Sandra Hall
Mark Hanser
Jonathan Hanson, Pittsfield, MA
Kyron Hanson, Pittsfield, MA
John Harrington
Richard Haskins

Sara Hathaway, Pittsfield, MA
Sharon Hawker, Nahant, MA
Alan Hayes, Buffalo, NY
Lisa Haywood Bowers
Joseph Healey
Margaret Heilbrun, Housatonic, MA
Robert Heilbrun, Alford, MA
Rich Herchenreder, Deerfield, MA
Debra Herman
Drew Herzig, Pittsfield, MA
George Himmel, Albany, NY
Susan Hartly Himmel, Albany, NY
Wavelyn Hine, Cheshire, MA
Cecilia Hirsch
Ghetta Hirsch
Donna Hitchcock
Ann Hitchins, Philadelphia, PA
Bess Hochstein, Graton, CA
Jon Robert Hogan, Boston, MA
Lucy Holland, Lenox, MA
Terry Holland
Lawrence Davis-Hollander
Diana Holmes
Grier Horner, Pittsfield, MA
William Hosley, CT
Margit Hotchkiss
Carol Travers Hoyda, Great Neck
Sandy Gorton Houseman
Carol Hoyda
Jane Hudson
Betsy Huber Port, Longmeadow, MA
Matthew Hubley, Pittsfield, MA
Carol Beth Icard, SC
Jeanet T. Ingalls, Lenox, MA
Debbie Ingles, Scotia, New York
Sandy Ingalls
Sherrill Ingalls, CA
Lynn Jablonski, Sheffield, MA
Ellen Jacobson
Kathy Johnson
Randy Johnson, Pittsfield, MA
Robert Jones
Melinda Jones Moore
Don Jordan, Lenox, MA
Margot Clark-Junkins, Rye, NY
Susie Kaufman, Lenox, MA
Jamie Keller
Caroline Kelley
Diane Kendig, Canton, OH
Sandra Kennedy, Valatie, NY
Dash Kerswill
Joan Khat O’Brien, Pittsfield, MA
Susan Kiebl, Santa Cruz, CA
Rick Kielman, Pittsfield, MA
Henry Kirchdorfer, Stockbridge
Melanie Kirchdorfer, Stockbridge
Patricia Kirkbak, Lenox, MA
Vickie Kisko Lea
Arthur Kittler
Celia Kittredge, Tyringham, MA
Valerie Kohn, Windsor, MA
Sarah Kohrs
Marilyn Konefal
Jennifer S. Kotter, NY, NY
Mitch Lee Kruszyna, Lenox, MA
Diane Kvidera, North Adams, MA
Lou LaBelle
Fred Landes, Pittsfield, MA
Larry Lane, Lenox, MA
Rose Lanigan, Pittsfield
Rae Langsdale, Dalton, MA
Matthew Larkin
Alison LaRocca, Dalton, MA
Trixie LaRue, Lee, MA
Cara Lauzon, Pittsfield, MA
Hannah Lauzon, Asheville, NC
Marc Lavietes, New York, NY
Laura Lebowitz, Carmel, CA
Pat Lennon, Pittsfield
Lillian Lennox, Lenox, MA
Martha Lenz, Pittsfield, MA
Judith Lerner, Lenox Dale, MA
Katy Levesque
Louise Levy
Louise Lloyd Prescott
Ann Loehr Tyler, Pittsfield, MA
Frank Lowenstein, Harvard, MA
June E. Lucido, Pittsfield, MA
Donald Lykkebak, FL
Linda Lykkebak, FL
Susan Lyman, Lenox, MA
Margaret MacDonald, Glasgow, UK
Sarah Maclennan, North Adams, MA
Kathy Griffin Maconga, Pittsfield, MA
Vivienne Mann, Ridge Spring, SC
Cindy Manney
Peggy Marcus, Bradenton, FL
Cristina Markham, Lee, MA
Barbara Martin, Sheffield, MA
Thomas Marin
Maryellen Rose Marino
James Martin, Pittsfield, MA
Dave Martindale, Dalton, MA
Florence Mason, Stephentown, NY
Roberta Manson
Steven Mason, Pittsfield, MA
Theresa Massacani
Flavia Mastellone
Charmaine Masters
Stephanie McCarthy
Marsha McDermott, Pittsfield, MA
Marsha McDermott
Jan McDonough
Sarah McFalls
Sandy McNight, Lee, MA
Monique J. Menard
Ellen Arndt Mendel, Lenox, MA
Pam Mercer, Great Barrington, MA
Jamie Mezzack Sullivan
Phyllis Middlebrook
Noni Middleton, Otis, MA
Gary Miller, Stockbridge, MA
Emily Miller, Pittsfield, MA
Madeline Miller
Michael Miller
Sally Underwood Miller, Stockbridge
Marley Mills
Scott Mills
Edith Mingalone, Pittsfield, MA
Alan Monasch, Pittsfield, MA
Katherine Montgomery, N. Adams
James Collins Moore, NM
Terri Moore, Copake, NY
Carolyn Moors, Bennington, VT
Lorraine Moresi, Pittsfield, MA
Willy Morey, Ontario, Canada
Michael Morin, Newton, MA
Alan Morin, Hyde Park, MA
Nancy Morin, Houston, TX
Erin Joyce Morse
Bruce Moseley, Hubbardsville, NY
David Peter Moser, Panama City, FL
Linda Kaye-Moses, Dalton, MA
Christine Moyer, Adams, MA
Toddy Munson, Richmond, MA
Arlene Murdock, Pittsfield, MA
Colleen Murphy Jakacky, FL
Laura Murphy-Glover
Lynn Myers
Marka Neary Deleo, Pittsfield, MA
Jim Nelson, Pittsfield, MA
Jeffrey Neumann, Hillsdale, NY
Truc Nguyen
Clark Nicholls
Paul Nichols, Pittsfield
Shannon Nichols, Pittsfield, MA
David Noel Edwards

Sandy Nortier
Tom Norton
Kellie O’Boyle, Fairfax, CA
Nora O’Keefe
Fay O’Meara
Carl Olson, Pittsfield, MA
Joni Guerette Olsen, Lenox, MA
Lithgow Osborne
Kim Ostellino, Lenox, MA
Beverly Osterhout, Adams, MA
Carole Ott, Williamstown, MA
Christina Pacosz, Kansas City, MO
Alex Palma
Barbara Jurgensen Palmer, Tyringham
Charmaine Paquette
Jared Palens, North Adams, MA
Marianne Maxwell Parise, Lanesborough, MA
Cynthia Dillon Payne, Williamstown
Edward Pelkey, Pittsfield, MA
Rebecca Petrie, Plantation, FL
Donna Parise Phair
Jon Pixley
Jared Polens, North Adams, MA
Andy Poncherello
Chris Post, Pittsfield, MA
Allison Prete, NY, NY
Carol Price, Lenox, MA
Alicia Primer Niantic, CT
Lisa Provencher, Pittsfield, MA
Lisa Pulver, North Reading, MA
AG Putnam, Pittsfield, MA
Dan Pytko, Pittsfield, MA
Joanne Quattrocchi, Pittsfield, MA
Thomas Quayle, Ventura, CA
Leonardo Quiles, Dalton, MA
Wendy Rabinowitz, Pittsfield, MA
Kimberly Rawson, Pittsfield, MA
Georgia Urbano Raysman
Kate Reade Rosenblatt, E.Hampton
Tom Reardon, Pittsfield, MA
Emily Rechnitz
David Reed
Jane Reed, Keene Valley, NY
Jim Reed, Great Barrington, MA
Arline Reilly
Kathy Wood Regalmann, Pittsfield
Stephanie Isaak Ricchi, Pittsfield
Jackie Watroba Ricci, Pittsfield, MA
Michael Paul Richard
Peggy Richard, New Marlborough
Tony Riello, Pittsfield, MA
Eve Rifkah, Worcester, MA
Margaret Robertson
Karen Roark, Pittsfield
Peter Rogers
Anne Roland, Pittsfield, MA
Terry Rooney
Gwendolyn Rosemond
Laura Rosenthal, Pittsfield, MA
Dan Rouse, KS
Mary Roussin, Hinsdale, MA
Roberta Russell, Lenox, MA
John Ryall, Hinsdale, MA
Catherine Ryan, Gloucester, MA
Lucy Sacco, Pittsfield, MA
Diana Sadighi
Melody Salamone, Great Barrington
Janet Sallaway, Pittsfield, MA
Jackie Salvaggio
Pat Sanginetti, Pittsfield, MA
Lisa Sauer
Susan Sauve, Pittsfield, MA
Scott Wright Sawyer
Steve Sayres, Pittsfield, MA
Kristy Sayres Methe, Lee, MA
Michael Schiazza
Denise Schine, Pittsfield, MA
Kate Barber Schultz, Newark, DE
Charles Schulze
Charles Schweigert, Pittsfield, MA
Anita Schwerner, Stockbridge, MA
Beatrice Selig, Pittsfield, MA
Regina Selig Mason, Pittsfield, MA
Jill Senecal, Pittsfield, MA
Deb Senger, Pittsfield, MA
Julie Shapiro
Dan Shaw, Falls Village, CT
Stephen Sheppard, Williamstown
Sura Sheldon, Lenox, MA
Dorrie Silverstone, Lenox, MA
Phil Simon, VT
Reikka Simula
Martha Sloper, Pittsfield
Ted Sloper
LuAnn Smith
Pamela Smith
Jack Solari, North Adams, MA
Kathy Sort
Monika Sosnowski, Windsor, MA
Deirdre Spencer, Oakland, CA
Rosemary Starace, Pittsfield, MA
Michael Starenko
Nannina Stearn, Lenox, MA
Lorraine Staton
Chris Steiner, New London, CT
Danielle Steinmann, Pittsfield, MA
David Stevens
John Stomberg, Williamstown, MA
Karen Strassler
Patricia Strauch, Otis, MA
Paula Sullivan
Susan Sultan, Great Barrington, MA
Maureen Sweeney, Pittsfield, MA
Michelle Sylvester, Pittsfield, MA
Janet Taft, North Adams, MA
Mary Angela Talbot
Richard Taylor, Lenox, MA
Adell Thomas, Pittsfield, MA
Meryl Thomson
Nancy Timmons, Great Barrington
MaryJane Tiska Lucido
Patrick Tool
John Townes, Pittsfield, MA
Peyton Townes, Indianapolis, IN
Marie Towle, Lee, MA
Bill Tremble
Regina Walsh Troast, Carlisle, MA
Mark Tully, Pittsfield, MA
Diane Valenti
David Valenti, Chandler, AZ
Jan Viner
Joan Wachtman Barber
Carolyn Wade, Lenox, MA
BlieuxCoyote Wagner, North Egremont
Barbara Wanat
James Warhola, Tivoli, NY
Barbara Faecher Watkins
Adria Weatherbee
Thomas Webster
Elizabeth Weinberg, Lenox, MA
Peter Weissenstein, Pittsfield, MA
Diana Wellington
Ruth Wheeler
Gregory Whitehead, Lenox, MA
Jeff Whitehouse
Judy Williamson, Pittsfield, MA
Pat Winkle
Marion Wolf, Pittsfield, MA
James Wood
Elizabeth Woodbridge
Nina Wyskiel Wojcik, Pittsfield, MA
Leo Yakutis, Cincinnati, OH
Delores Watt Yeats

 

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