Letter: A bold step forward for Berkshire Museum

To the editor:

We are artists, small business owners, parents, and Berkshire community members, and we support the Berkshire Museum's bold plan and vibrant vision to bring the museum into the 21st century so it can continue to creatively serve all of us.

Thoughtful, proactive change is the only thing that will save our Berkshires from a rapidly declining population and rising income inequality. We have watched the Clark Art Institute, Mass MoCA and Barrington Stage Company take bold steps to expand their footprints and their missions to better serve our community in recent years, and we are excited that Berkshire Museum will be next.

We are impressed with the museum's extensive two-year master planning process and welcome the significant infusion of funding into our creative economy to go towards the renovation of the museum and the expansion of their endowment, allowing them to focus on serving our community. We trust the Berkshire Museum.

We understand and sympathize with the sadness among some that 40 works of art will no longer live in the Berkshires. But they will not be forgotten, and their departure will bring about something so much more priceless than what they're worth — enriched experiences for a changing community.

We are excited to imagine the possibilities that will come to life with this bold step forward, and will let the museum lead the way with our full support.

Alan Bauman,


Jenny Benson,


Melissa Bissell,


The letter contained 195 signatures. Among those who signed were, in alphabetical order:

Jenny Benson, Pittsfield, business owner; Melissa Bissell, Pittsfield, parent and photographer; C J Bolster, Pittsfield; Regina Burgio, Pittsfield, designer/business owner; Sandra L. Burton, Lift Ev'ry Voice; Carolyn Butler, Lenox; Paul M. Byrd, Pittsfield, structural engineer and appointed member of the Pittsfield Historical Commission; Parker Chandler, Pittsfield, educator, parent; Matthew Chester, Stockbridge, business owner; Lindsay Codwise, Pittsfield; Phil Coleman, business owner; Christine Condaris, Williamstown, educator; Phyllis Criddle, North Adams.

Cathy Deely, Pittsfield, community volunteer; Julia Doyle, Pittsfield, business owner and parent; Mr and Mrs Gerald S. Doyle, Jr., Pittsfield; Marissa Dubecky, Pittsfield; Rose Ellis, Williamstown; former superintendent of schools; Renee & Steven Erenburg, Richmond; Marcia Z. Feuer, Richmond, grandparent; Joe & Laurie Gallagher, Pittsfield; Emil J. George, attorney; Jenn Gomez, Pittsfield; Anne Goodchild, Pittsfield, artist; Robert Grien, board member of IS 183 and fine art photographer;

Lola Jaffe, Stockbridge; Frances Jones-Sneed, Williamstown, educator.

Kim and Dennis Kinne, Pittsfield; Gail Krumpholz, Pittsfield; Peter Lafayette, Pittsfield; S. Lanning, pro-science & pro-solvency parent and engineer; Kat Lockridge, Lee, 1Berkshire Board member, owner, Classical Tents and Party Goods;

Rachel Mabee, Colin Mathews & Michael and Lynne Mazzeo, Pittsfield business owners; Seth Nash, Lenox; Claudia Perles, Lenox, philanthropist.

David S. Rosenthal, Stockbridge; Richard Rowe, Dalton, President, U.S. Government Products, Crane Currency; Gary Schiff, Lenox, Berkshire Museum investment manager; Jules Seltzer, Pittsfield business owner; Andrea Sholler, managing director, Jacob's Pillow Dance; Jennifer Gaenzle Smith, Sheffield; Holly Smith-Bove, Hatfield, former museum director; Jeffrey St. John, M.D., Pittsfield, parent and museum member; Jonah J. Sykes, chair of Berkshire Young Professionals; Laurie & David Tierney, Pittsfield, business owners; John Toole, business owner, Lee; Cara and Lance Vermeulen, Tom & Suky Werman, Lenox; Megan Whilden, former director of cultural development for the city of Pittsfield; Christina Wynn, Pittsfield; William Yehle, director, WordXWord.


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