BELCHERTOWN - Janet Anne Kamien, 64, passed away from cancer March 11, 2013, at her home in Belchertown.
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Janet was a woman of passion and intelligence. Her professional life was dedicated to expanding human understanding through her career as a leader in creativity and innovation in museum exhibition and program development. Possessed of a great talent to make the unknown or the feared more understandable and comfortable, she sparked curiosity and appreciation for people and cultures through time and around the world.
Her stellar career spanned dozens of museums around the world including her iconic work at the Boston Children's Museum. Her exhibition, What If I Couldn't... ?, addressed for the first time the wide range of disabilities some face and helped us all learn about the abilities possessed by all children. She broke ground again with the exhibition, Endings, that brought light to all aspects of death and loss.
Born in 1948 in Chicago, Janet returned there to help reshape the Field Museum of Natural History's exhibition program. She developed Inside Ancient Egypt, a new interpretation of death, burial and afterlife and led a large team of professionals in creating sweeping exhibitions on Africa, the Pacific, evolution and others.
As a consultant, she took on the human and scientific story of Katrina, brought into being such institutions as the National Constitution Center and mentored emerging museum professionals from all over the world.
Janet leaves a beloved husband Anibal Cicardi, two treasured step-sons, Aldo and Dario and friends around the world.
Her life has enriched ours.
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Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 28, 2013