Professional Organizations

Professional Organizations


Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD)

May 25, 2018
AAMD Statement on Sanction of Berkshire Museum and La Salle University Art MuseumPress Releases & Statements

April 5, 2018
Statement on Court Approval of Berkshire Museum Settlement
Press Releases & Statements

February 9, 2018
Statement on Negotiated Agreement in Berkshire Museum Case
Press Releases & Statements

December 15, 2017
Statement on December 15 Rally by Save the Art / Save the Museum in Cambridge, MassachusettsPress Releases & Statements

November 11, 2017
Statement in response to the November 10 action by Massachusetts Appeals Court to delay the proposed sale of artworks by the Berkshire MuseumPress Releases & Statements

November 7, 2017
Joint Statement on Berkshire Superior Court Decision Regarding Berkshire Museum DeaccessioningPress Releases & Statements

July 25, 2017
Statement on the Berkshire Museum Proposal to Deaccession Works of Art for its Endowment, Operations, and to Fund Capital Investments
Press Releases & Statements

About AAMD:

The Association of Art Museum Directors advances the profession by cultivating leadership capabilities of directors, advocating for the field, and fostering excellence in art museums. An agile, issues-driven organization, AAMD has three desired outcomes: engagement, leadership, and shared learning. Further information about AAMD’s professional practice guidelines and position papers is available at www.aamd.org


American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

August 7, 2018 / ETHICS
Museums and their Observers Debate the Field’s Deaccessioning Ethics
by Steve Dubb, Non Profit News | Nonprofit Quarterly

April 5, 2018
Statement on Supreme Judicial Court Ruling in Berkshire Museum Case
Press Release

February 9, 2018
Statement on Negotiated Agreement in Berkshire Museum Case
Press Release

February 2, 2018
Don’t Raid the Cookie Jar: Creating Early Interventions to Prevent Deaccessioning CrisesResearch and Reports

December 15, 2017
Statement on December 15 Rally by Save the Art – Save the Museum in Cambridge, MassachusettsPress Release

November 11, 2017
Statement in response to the November 10 action by Massachusetts Appeals Court to delay the proposed sale of artworks by the Berkshire Museum Press Release

November 7, 2017
Statement in response to the decision by Berkshire Superior Court Judge John A. Agostini regarding the proposed deaccessioning by the Berkshire MuseumPress Release

July 25, 2017
Statement on The Berkshire Museum Proposal to Deaccession Works of Art for Its Endowment, Operations, and to Fund Capital Investments
Press Release

Questions and Answers about Selling Objects from the CollectionEthics, Standards, and Professional Practices

About AAM:

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org



August 18, 2017
A Statement from NEMA on the Situation at the Berkshire Museum Regarding Professional Standards – New England Museum Association (NEMA) *Note: as a point of disclosure, NEMA board member Mark Gold is attorney for the Berkshire Museum and has recused himself from deliberation and vote on this statement. Mr. Gold’s views on the subject of deaccessioning are his own and not reflective of NEMA’s position as an organization

August 10, 2017
Deaccessioning and Capitalization of Collections
by Darah Fogarty, The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)

August 2, 2017
Museum Associations Opposed to Berkshire Museum Plan to Sell ArtworksPHILANTHROPY NEWS DIGEST / A Service of Foundation Center

July 27, 2017
Berkshire Museum to Sell Art to Fund $60M Strategic Planmassnonprofit news

July 24, 2017
Feigenbaum Foundation Pledges $2.5 Million To Berkshire Museum
by BusinessWest Staff, BusinessWest.com

July 20, 2017
Laurie Norton Moffatt: Inviting a pause on sales of art – by Laurie Norton Moffatt, The Berkshire Eagle ~ Laurie Norton Moffatt is the director/CEO of the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Massachusetts Cultural Council

September 20, 2017

Mass Cultural Council works to elevate our rich cultural life in Massachusetts. We partner with communities across the Commonwealth to expand access, improve education, promote diversity, and encourage excellence in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Through our efforts, we make our state a better place to live, work, and visit for everyone.

American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Code of Ethics for Museums.
Adopted 1993 by the AAM Board of Directors and amended in 2000