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Cartoon Art Museum Launches Community Support Initiative

As it continues its search for a new home, the Cartoon Art Museum teams up with Patreon to help extend its reach to Bay Area and non-local patrons alike.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The Cartoon Art Museum teamed up with Patreon as part of Patreon's intentional effort to reach out and support arts-based organizations. The Cartoon Art Museum (CAM) is in transition after having to vacate their Mission Street location. The museum has been in the process of securing a new space. That's where Patreon comes in.

“We love what we do, and we suspect that our audience loves what we do too, and want to do more,” explains Executive Director, Summerlea Kashar. “When Patreon first approached us, we had been looking for a model to implement ongoing supporters and a way to reach out to audiences beyond the Bay Area.  We think it’s a perfect fit.” 

With support through Patreon, the Cartoon Art Museum can extend its reach to provide more benefits to both Bay Area and non-local patrons. With enough support, The Cartoon Art Museum will be able to expand and provide additional opportunities leading up to their reopening. The more the contributions grow, the more the museum will be able to do; making the future museum facilities better, offering more programming, creating educational opportunities for underserved youth, and creating a place for artists and patrons to connect and get involved both remotely and at the future location.

When patrons pledge $5 or more to support the Cartoon Art Museum, they will get access to a membership discount at the Cartoon Art Museum store and the exclusive blog. Patreon nurtures CAM's growing partnerships with local organizations.

During the transition, CAM has teamed up with other Bay Area institutions to continue providing partnered exhibits, such as “MazeToons” (at the Children’s Creativity Museum through August 28, 2016) and “Alphabet,” an anthology exhibit of LGBTQAI comics published by Stacked Deck Press as part of CAM's Queer Comics Expo (at SOMArts Cultural Center, June 18 and 19, 2016), and events, such as CAM’s Traveling Third Thursdays (hosted at a variety of museums in the Yerba Buena neighborhood) and educational opportunities, including monthly classes (at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center) and Cartoon Boot Camp (at the American Bookbinders Museum).

Additional funding through Patreon will allow the museum to do even more. Check out the Patreon page and sign up!

Source: The Cartoon Art Museum