Letter: Art must have role at Berkshire Museum

To the editor:

In response to Joan Hunter's Sept. 6 letter about interdisciplinary exhibitions at the Berkshire Museum, she is right on.

But I might ask — if you give away all your art, how can you display interdisciplinary exhibits?

The museum should hire a professional curator of education, who could juxtapose science, technology and art as a reflection of the cultural history during the different periods in which they were made. When I worked at the Berkshire Museum from 1979-1991 as curator of education with my assistant Marion Grant, we trained 25 docents to teach art to every school in Berkshire County (assisted by grants from the National Education Association and the Massachusetts Humanities Council). Not only did we have in-school programs for fourth graders on "What is art," but we also had programs in the museum with the Egyptian collections, the Roman and Greek statues and artifacts, the American art collection and the Native American artifacts that presented and discussed art and artifacts from the perspective of historical history.

Without art, what will students learn? Art is the the soul and history of our country. Without art, students will only learn science and how to make a bomb.

Maureen Johnson Hickey,

Naples, Fla.


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