THE CARTOON ART MUSEUM IS MOVING.
After 14 years at 655 Mission Street, the Cartoon Art Museum closed its doors on Saturday, September 12, 2015 to prepare for a move to a new location. The museum, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, began preparing last year for the closure and is now searching for a new long-term home. “This is just another challenge in the life of the Cartoon Art Museum,” says Summerlea Kashar, the museum’s Executive Director. The first announcement about the museum’s relocation originally cited a closing date of June 28, 2015, but the museum’s landlord, Brad Bernheim of Coast Counties Property Management, and Matthew Cuevas of Cappa & Graham, Inc., a San Francisco Event Management Company, granted an extension through the summer to allow the museum to gain maximum benefit from the tourist season. In a booming commercial rental market where many other businesses have been priced out of their spaces, The Cartoon Art Museum’s tenancy and relationship with its landlord has been more than amicable. In fact, they have been one of the largest donors to the museum since it moved into the location at the end of 2001. “Coast Counties Property Management is a family run business that takes a genuine interest in our tenants,” says Bernheim. “Over the years, we have contributed significant monetary support to the Cartoon Art Museum as well as our other valued tenants.” “We knew that we could not sustain our location as the economy skyrocketed and have been looking for a more long term space for a while,” says Executive Director, Summerlea Kashar. “I was really touched when Cappa and Graham came to me with the offer to help extend our current term in our location, even just for a few months. For all of the businesses that feel like the economy and the landlords have been pricing us out, it was heartwarming to hear that Matt and Brad were willing to support us.” During its closure, the Cartoon Art Museum will continue its educational programs through classroom outreach, and seek to partner with other institutions in a series of traveling exhibitions. To enquire about educational programs, please contact email@example.com. To discuss exhibition opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Cartoon Art Museum staff members are also available for speaking engagements or presentations about cartoon or comic art. Please contact email@example.com to enquire. The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to promoting a greater appreciation of cartoons, comics, animation, and illustration. Through exhibitions, artist appearances, and community outreach programs, the museum demonstrates how cartoon art entertains, communicates diversity, and champions self-expression. Thousands of young people have benefited from the museum’s programs and classes in creativity. Over the past three decades, the museum has produced more than 180 exhibitions on topics ranging from politics and sports to children’s literature and Latino culture. This summer, the museum took part in the inaugural San Francisco Comics Fest and hosted the second annual Queer Comics Expo. Among the hundreds of artists that have been featured are Kate Beaton, Mary Blair, Roz Chast, Robert Crumb, Dan DeCarlo, Will Eisner, Phil Frank, Dave Gibbons, Edward Gorey, Los Bros. Hernandez, Lynn Johnston, Chuck Jones, Jack Kirby, Keith Knight, Tom Meyer, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, John Romita, Stan Sakai, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schulz, Raina Telgemeier, Garry Trudeau, Morrie Turner, Mort Walker, Bill Watterson, and Wally Wood. The museum’s final exhibition at 655 Mission Street was a showcase of original artwork from Jeffrey Brown’s popular series of Star Wars books, including Goodnight Darth Vader and Darth Vader and Friends. “We’re one of San Francisco’s most original educational institutions and a magnet for visitors from around the world,” says Board Chairman Ron Evans. “The staff and board are committed to maintaining the museum as a vital part of the city’s cultural fabric. We welcome any and all support from those who would like to help us do so.” For information on becoming a museum member, making a financial or in-kind donation, or enlisting as a corporate sponsor, please call 415-227-8666 or visit cartoonart.org/join-support. Supporters are also encouraged to contribute to the Cartoon Art Museum’s Annual Fund.