MALC Award

2018 MALC
“Champion of Artists” Awards

November 14, 2018

This award is given in the memory of the late State Representative Chris Walsh. Chris strongly encouraged artists to become organized then to advocate civically for issues important to them. The artists who co-founded Save the Art–Save the Museum (STA-STM) did exactly that.

MALC supported the advocacy of Save the Art–Save the Museum (STA-STM) to protect important art treasures at the Berkshire Museum from auction, especially work that artist Norman Rockwell donated to the Berkshire for future generations in the Pittsfield area to be able to enjoy forever. STA-STM artists gave up treasured time from their creative practices to advocate for the protection of all artists’ rights with regard to their legacy wishes, from donating work to their designated collecting institutions to protecting work held in the public trust by art museums.

Opening remarks by Anita Walker, Executive Director, Mass Cultural Council
Save the Art MALC Award speech


A grassroots citizens group established in 2017 with the intent of stopping the sale of the Berkshire Museum’s treasured art collection in order to find an alternate solution to its continued financial shortfall.


The mission of Save the Art is to advocate for and protect the Public Trust — the art and objects belonging to all of us that document humankind’s creative and social history through time.


We thank the Berkshire Eagle for their extensive investigative coverage, the journalists, op-ed writers and our community for their hundreds of letters of concern and applaud Larry Parnass / Investigations Editor for his 2018 Outstanding Journalism award. See The Berkshire Eagle page located in Press menu.