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

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

Closed Monday and Tuesday

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Spring Annual Fund

 

Dear Friends,
 
During this long, worrisome spring, people all over the country have turned to children’s books in search of peace and hope. The wisdom of Pooh and Piglet. The courage of Meg from A Wrinkle in Time. Poetry about resilience in The Undefeated. The power of transformation in The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
 
These books remind us in uncertain times that there is still so much we do know. Kindness matters. Laughter is essential. Caring for each other is everything.
 
Since our closure, the staff at The Carle has been doing our best to bring comfort. We are sharing our knowledge of books and our experience making art with teachers and parents who were tasked—almost overnight—with schooling children at home. Through videos, we’re giving online visitors behind-the-scenes introductions to some of our collection’s early illustrations, knowing these artworks are especially prescient. We’re reimagining our partnerships with schools and libraries as online outreach programs. We’re organizing a virtual exhibition called ART in PLACE: Social Distancing in the Studio, co-curated by Mo Willems, so picture-book artists around the world can share the art that is sustaining them.
 
Doing this work has also brought us comfort, as we collaborate with each other remotely and receive feedback and encouragement from supporters like you who we miss so much. We may be sheltering in place, but we are not isolated. Thank you for standing by us.
 
When we’re finally able to safely welcome you back to The Carle, we’ll focus on producing the inspiring exhibitions and creative programs we’re known for, recognizing that these will be needed now more than ever. We’ll re-open with your safety as our first priority. And we will keep our commitment to making the Museum more equitable and accessible. This pandemic will shape a generation, and we need all children everywhere to have the opportunity to heal and find themselves in art and stories.
 
Many of you have told us you want to give to the Museum as we navigate this closure and the uncertain months ahead. Thank you. We recognize that this may be a challenging time financially for many of our supporters, as it is for us, and that you have many worthy non-profits to support. Please know that a donation of any size is a meaningful way to show how much you believe in our work.
 
Our annual appeal is a critical fundraiser for us every year, but especially this year. A gift from you today will provide us with the resources we need to continue to nurture this creative community. Together we can be a beacon for everyone who believes that children’s books make this a better world.  
 
I’ll close with an observation from Piglet, one of my childhood heroes: “…even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”
 
Always,
 
Alexandra Kennedy
Executive Director
 
P.S. You can make a gift online at the give button on this letter or call Rebecca Miller Goggins, director of development, at 413-559-6308. Thank you!

 

E. H. Shepard, Illustration for The Pooh Storybook. Courtesy of Penguin Young Readers Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. © 1965 E. H. Shepard.




 

Piglet, Eeyore, Pooh and Christopher Robinson on a walk
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