*UPDATE! A generous and anonymous donor has pledged a matching fund of up to $5000 for all donations made to support the ToonSeum's recovery from the recent water damage. A dollar for dollar match!!!
A recent warehouse mishap has caused the ToonSeum some devastating losses, and we are turning to you for help! Here is a plea from museum Director, Joe Wos:
"I am writing to you today in a personal plea. Over the past five years the ToonSeum has had a great many successes with your help and support. We have grown from a tiny space inside of another museum to a unique independent attraction in downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. We have brought in some of the top cartoonist in the nation and exhibited over 40 exhibits! This New Year brings exciting new exhibits and opportunities including our newly opened Will Eisner’s New York exhibit on loan from Denis Kitchen and our friends at MOCCA. I know as members and fans you will enjoy our summer exhibitions, which include Care Bears 30 Years of Caring, and Pittsburgh is Gotham! We also have a great line up of programming and workshops.
As we enter another phase of our growth we have hit a small setback. Last week during the heavy rains, our warehouse began to leak and flood. While no original artwork was stored at this site we did lose a great number of books, comics, exhibition reproductions and equipment. Much of these items were awaiting transfer to our new ToonSeum library on site. This was a temporary offsite holding storage where we kept books and equipment awaiting cataloging and transfer. We also used this space to store event and workshop supplies and equipment.
The damage and clean up will be extensive. During this time the ToonSeum’s day-to-day operations will remain unaffected however the cost of replacing what was lost and the clean up will be difficult.
We are reaching out to you, our fans, for your help.
Your tax-deductible donation will help support the ToonSeum is this tough time. Any amount is deeply appreciated and will help greatly.
There are several ways to give and links are provided below.
You can donate via Razoo at http://toonseum.org/
Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by sending a check to:
945 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
On behalf of the ToonSeum, our board, volunteers, staff and myself,
We exist because of fans like you."
I've made it even easier for you to make your tax-deductible contribution. Over at the right you will see a new widget where you can donate in just a few easy clicks!
Also, one of the best ways to support the ToonSeum is to attend one of the many events. Please join us this evening for the opening of "Will Eisner's New York: From the Spirit, to the Graphic Novel." According to Wos, the exhibit "allows audiences to explore the artist's most intriguing character - the ever-changing landscape of New York City from pre-Depression to bustling modernity". The opening reception is tonight from 7-10pm, and tickets can be purchased here. We'll see you there!
I am a proudly serving member of the ToonSeum Board of Directors. Ask me how you can get involved!