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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Wednesday-Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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Carle Fall Annual Appeal 2019

Dear Friends,

As I write, The Carle’s collections team is finalizing plans for our newest exhibition, Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art. Co-curators Grace Lin and Jarrett J. Krosoczka, award-winning artists themselves, invited 17 of their contemporaries to share a drawing from their childhood and juxtapose it with one of their published illustrations.

The exhibition isn’t even installed yet, but I already know it will be one of my favorites. Each of the pairings reveals, in poignant detail, the hope and creativity in all children, and the very human need—no matter what our age—to express ourselves and be seen.

Thanks to your support, The Carle is a place where we can all come together to immerse ourselves in art and stories and discover what resonates most deeply in our lives. Over 50,000 visitors a year benefit from our picture-book exhibitions, hands-on art programs, and story times, as well as presentations by today’s most exciting artists and authors. Outside of Amherst, The Carle’s educational outreach programs and traveling exhibitions reach another 500,000 people around the world.

Will you join me in making a generous gift to The Carle this fall? I know you too believe in “now and then”—and in the importance of giving children the chance to open their eyes to the unlimited possibilities of imagination. Your donation will directly support our innovative programs and growing reach.

Melissa Sweet, this year’s Carle Honors Artist, said in her acceptance speech: “The Carle was designed for kids like me.” She quoted the esteemed museum educator Victor D’Amico: “The object of art in education is not to produce artists, nor to prepare the child for a profession. It is to make life richer and more meaningful.” I couldn’t agree more.

I hope you’ll get behind picture books and support our annual appeal. Your gift can help ignite a passion, offering a child the chance to see what might lie just beyond the horizon.


Alexandra Kennedy
Executive Director

Artwork by Jason Chin in Now & Then: Contemporary Illustrators and their Childhood Art. Left: Childhood art at age 7, 1986. Right: Illustration for Pie is for Sharing by Stephanie Parsley Ledyard (Roaring Brook Press). © 2018. Both pieces collection of the artist.


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