• AG Healey reaffirms opposition to Berkshire Museum Art Sale

    by  • January 5, 2018 • News

    The Berkshire Eagle reported on Jan. 4, 2018, that Attorney General Healey filed a 32-page legal brief on January 3, 2018, in response to arguments by the museum’s attorneys, adding further rebuke to the museum’s plans to sell 40 valuable works from its collection.

    The state’s brief makes plain the Attorney General’s Office believes museum trustees would commit a hat trick of legal errors if they carry through with the controversial art sale they announced July 12 — which has drawn international attention and remains snarled in litigation.

    The state’s argument includes citations from legal cases dating to 1850 and even further back, to before American independence. Even in Colonial America, the brief says, attorneys general played a role in overseeing charitable trusts “from the application of the [English] Crown’s powers.” ~ Berkshire Eagle, Jan. 4, 2018, “Attorney General’s report reasserts opposition to Berkshire Museum art sale

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    MALC is abundantly grateful to Attorney General Healey and her office for their ardent, steadfast support of the people of Pittsfield and the many petitioners (state, national, and international) opposing this sale.

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    The goal of the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition (MALC) is to ensure that Massachusetts artists of all disciplines have a voice in public dialogs, decisions, and key public policy initiatives that impact the artists community and the creative economy. MALC works to ensure that artists have a permanent place at the policy making table.