To the editor:
As a proud member of the Berkshire Museum, I just spent the morning outside the museum protesting the sale of the 40 art treasures. The museum staff was hospitable, offering protestors water and doughnuts. Cars slowed down and honked loudly in support of our protest. While I was outside, my grandkids had a ball inside, playing with the big blocks set up in the main hall, in an interactive activity that may reflect some of the vision for the future of the museum.
Our family loves the Berkshire Museum; we want to see it thrive. I am sure it was an agonizing decision for the Museum's board to decide that the only way the museum could survive was to sell these irreplaceable works of art.
Their decision has created a crisis, and this crisis holds within it a new opportunity.
Now it is time to use the passion the decision has ignited in the community and harness the energy of all those who want the museum to survive and reinvent itself and come up with a plan that saves the treasures while creating a foundation of financial support.
What is necessary to harness this outpouring of care is for the museum's leadership to courageously acknowledge that their decision had an unintended outcome and to work constructively with the voices that have been unleashed, especially with those in the art world who are wanting to help.
In our interconnected world, only collaboration will bring about good will and long-term enthusiastic support for the museum. As a museum member, I appeal to the museum's board to put a pause on the sale and begin a real community dialogue. In the long run, this is what will save the museum.
Ani Nadler Grosser,