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Museums, collectors share their bounty


Letter writer John de Leon is sincere but just plain wrong when he says that our local museums are “disconnected from the neighborhoods in which they sit” ( Art world must be more inclusive, Readers’ Forum, Dec. 19).

Over the past years we have seen the Bass, the Wolfsonian, MAM (now PAMM) and, most notably, MOCA knock themselves out to connect with and enrich the surrounding communities. MOCA, for example, has absolutely stellar programs for women at risk, children and teens, including inspired art, photography and junior docent programs. These have motivated countless kids and young adults to go on to success in life and higher education.

South Florida is blessed with private collectors who have created amazing art spaces and give generously of their own resources to share the product of their passions with the public. More important are the unsung people who spend their time and money to help fund the public museums. These include the dedicated staffs and dues-paying members of the museums, but also the boards of trustees, committee members and volunteers who create and work tirelessly on fund-raising programs. Granted, some of these activities are expensive to participate in, but how else is a museum located in a municipality with a limited arts budget to survive, thrive and offer enriching programs?

Estelle Berg, Aventura

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