ARTS & CULTURE

A section of mural at the Seuss museum in Springfield, Mass.
Dave Roback / The Republican

Facing increasing pressure for how it's chosen to handle the legacy of a children's book author with a mixed record on issues of race and prejudice, the new Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, Mass., has acknowledged a change is needed.

The painter Jasper Johns wants to leave a gift to the town of Sharon, Connecticut – his estate – to be used as an artists' retreat.

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

Our panel of journalists looks at the big stories in the news. 

The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
Berkshire Museum / Creative Commons

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is joining the outcry against the Berkshire Museum's decision to sell 40 works of art from its collection and is putting a hold on the institution's upcoming grant.

The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield
Springfield Museums / via MassLive

Since it opened in June, the new Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum has attracted thousands of visitors to Springfield. It features murals and statues of some of the author's most famous characters, like Horton the Elephant and the Cat in the Hat.

Tochi Onyebuchi of New Haven, Conn., is the author of "Beasts Made of Night."
Joyce Skowyra / NEPR

We wrap up our back-to-school book series with a tale of good versus evil.

A kitchen showroom in an Ikea store.
David (randomwire) / Creative Commons

Amherst, Massachusetts, author Catherine Newman set her first middle-grade novel, "One Mixed-Up Night", in an unlikely setting -- the giant Swedish furniture store Ikea. 

In a small church in one corner of Connecticut, a massive musical project has been underway this summer.

Author and poet Rich Michelson owns an art gallery in Northampton, Mass.
Jerrey Roberts / Daily Hampshire Gazette

By the late 19th Century, Hebrew was a language spoken only in prayer. But one man in Jerusalem, Ben Yehuda, went to great lengths to bring it back into common use among Jews around the world.

Author David Hyde Costello with the clay models he referenced while illustrating his book "Little Pig Saves The Ship."
Carrie Healy / NEPR

"Little Pig Saves the Ship" is the next pick in our annual back-to-school book series.

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