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The Eric Carle Museum, Fundraiser

November 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Please join us November 4 to honor Alix Kennedy and celebrate her 15-year tenure as executive director at The Carle.

Since 2008, Alix Kennedy has dramatically raised the profile of The Carle, now an important champion for picture book illustration around the world. She has been a dynamic leader, trusted and respected by colleagues, staff, and the picture book community. Alix’s deeply held belief in the power of picture books—to bring joy, to encourage creativity, to unite people of all ages—combined with her passion and vision has propelled the Museum through an era of dizzying accomplishments (read details). Thanks to her efforts, the Museum is ready to soar to even greater heights.

We want to pay tribute to Alix’s tenure in a meaningful way that reflects the conviction she brought to her work. We’ve created a special, honorary campaign focused on three priority areas chosen by her:

  • Supporting Inclusion
  • Collections Care
  • Free Access to the Museum

What a vision! Please help us build an even more inclusive Museum through staff development and public programs, with funds to support its collection, where everyone is welcome, regardless of ability to pay. We are thrilled The Carle’s current and former board members have come together to offer a leading gift of $100,000 to inspire matching funds toward these priorities in honor of Alix’s leadership. Our great hope is that you will join in celebrating Alix and this seminal moment for the Museum.

We will host a special reception to celebrate Alix, enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks, and meet her successor, Jennifer Schantz, on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 6-8 pm at the Museum. All donors to this campaign to honor Alix are invited to attend. We will announce the gift total at the event, so please make your commitment early. We would love for you to be a part of this celebration!

All donors to the campaign are invited to attend. We hope you will join us! We will announce the gift total at the event, so please make your commitment early.


Please RSVP to Jenny Stasinos at [email protected].

Under Kennedy’s leadership, the Museum created innovative exhibitions and award-winning education programs, grew its collection to more than 9,000 objects, and built a traveling exhibition program that reaches as many as 750,000 museum-goers around the world each year.


November 4, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT


The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
125 W Bay Road
Amherst, MA 01002
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(413) 658-1100
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