Stockbridge: Laurie Norton Moffatt to receive Strattner Award

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STOCKBRIDGE — Laurie Norton Moffatt, director and chief executive officer of the Norman Rockwell Museum, has been selected to receive the 2018 Lawrence Strattner Distinguished Citizen Award sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The award will be presented during a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Norman Rockwell Museum.

This annual award is presented to a recipient chosen for renowned community service and civic participation as evidenced by involvement and leadership given to worthwhile organizations and causes, as well as for the respect and esteem in which they are held by their colleagues.

The award is named for Lawrence W. Strattner Jr., past president of the Berkshire Life Insurance Company and respected community leader. He served on many local boards including the local Boys Scouts Council as president.

A leading scholar of American illustration art, Norton Moffatt authored the Norman Rockwell catalogue raisonne and led the growth of the museum from a small house in the artist's hometown to be a global leader in illustration art exhibitions, scholarship and digital collections connectivity.

She founded the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the nation's first art history scholarly institute in American illustration art which is a hub of illustration art collections, museums, libraries, universities, scholars, curators, and professors across the country. She has served dozens of community organizations.

In recognition of the Museum's national service, President George W. Bush bestowed the National Humanities Medal to the Museum and President Barack Obama invited her to the White House with Norman Rockwell's painting "The Problem We All Live With" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement.

Norton Moffatt was a cultural specialist to Ethiopia and Russia with the U.S. State Department. A national arts leader, she has served on the boards of the American Alliance of Museums and Association of Art Museum Directors, and convenings with National Arts Strategy. She currently serves on the boards of Berkshire Bank, Berkshire Health Systems and Connecticut College.

Those interested in attending the reception can purchase tickets by contacting Gail Wojtkowiak at the Boy Scout Service Center in Pittsfield at 413-594-9196, ext. 7018, or Gail.Wojtkowiak@scouting.org.

All funds raised through this event are tax deductible and will directly benefit young men and women served through Berkshire County of the Western Massachusetts Council.

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