Amber Love 05-MAR-2012Â (UPDATED 08-MAR) The Pittsburgh TOONSEUM needs immediate help after suffering from water damage in the warehouse. While I lived in Pittsburgh, the Toonseum became an important part of my life. I was far away from home and in need of new friends. I found what I was looking for at various events held at the Toonseum. I was excited to read about their plans for expansion but I’m saddened tonight to see they suffered damage and lost valuable inventory and equipment.
This video from WTAE TV shows the warehouse’s damage:Â http://bit.ly/ArZqUJ
A note from Director Joe Wos:
Dear friends of the ToonSeum,
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 Pittsburghâ€™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 Eisnerâ€™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 ToonSeumâ€™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.Â There are several ways to give and links are provided below.
On behalf of the ToonSeum, our board, volunteers, staff and myself,Â Thank you.
We exist because of fans like you.