Art Museum Delays Decision on Accepting Rockwell Paintings

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FILE – In this Feb. 4, 2013 file photo, shows a close up detail of a Boy Scout uniform worn during a news conference in front of the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. The Boy Scouts of America says it is exploring “all options” to address serious financial challenges, but is declining […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – An art museum board in Ohio that was offered $130 million worth of Norman Rockwell paintings from Boy Scouts of America, but has voted to wait a year before deciding whether to accept the works because of a recent report detailing the scouting organization’s problems involving child sex abuse allegations.

The Warren Tribune-Chronicle reports the recent decision by trustees for the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown was prompted partly by fear of a community backlash over the Boy Scouts’ problems.

Butler Executive Director Louis Zona says the museum must consider whether accepting the paintings will damage the museum’s reputation in what he called a conservative-minded community.

Butler board member Ned Gold has worked to bring the collection from Boy Scout headquarters in Texas. He called the decision “incredibly disappointing.”

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