Who We Are
Founded in 2010, the National Museum of Animals & Society (NMAS) is the first museum of its kind dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people through exploration of our shared experience. Until NMAS, animal protection was the only social movement that lacked a museum presence or institution of its own. We address the living history of the animal protection movement, animal studies and humane education in our exhibitions, collections, public programming, and educational efforts. Annually, we reach over 1,300 students with our humane education program in Southern California schools, open 2-3 online and traveling exhibitions, acquire hundreds of artifacts for our growing collection, archive and library, welcome 10 interns through our internship program, hold a successful Fall Lecture Series and other local events, and continue to develop essential on-line resources for teachers, students and members of the public.
Help us open our first museum space with this exhibit, My Dog is My Home! www.museumofanimals.org
My Dog is My Home: The Experience of Human-Animal Homelessness
NMAS is preparing an interactive online and its FIRST physical exhibition that draws upon the personal stories of homeless human-animal families and the providers who assist them with accessing services. Our curatorial team is focusing not only on chronic homelessness, but also that cause by natural disasters and domestic violence. We seek to illuminate the importance of keeping the human-animal bond intact in such desperate circumstances and to establish the idea that the areas of human homelessness and animal homelessness are not mutually exclusive phenomenon. Homelessness is a shared experience across species which needs to be accounted for in our attitudes, knowledge, and services.
Stories will be derived from families and providers in the Los Angeles area, although the exhibit aims to have both a local and national appeal. A variety of mediums including video interviews, paintings, and photography will be used to capture the experiences of homeless or formerly homeless human-animal families.
What You Will Help Us Achieve
Your contributions will help us bring the discussion of the "no animals" trend among service organizations to the table and ultimately start the discussion to change the culture of homeless services. Continuing the usual separation of services as human housing programs or animal control without recognizing them as overlapping affairs threatens to maintain the homeless status among human-animal families. This exhibition will call attention to the intersectionality of human and animal welfare and the possibility of maintaining inter-species relationships in the famliy pursuit of the basic rights to housing, food, and medical care, which you can be a part of by becoming a sponsor.
What We Need & What You Get
We are asking for $10,000 in support from the indiegogo community to get the exhibition into a physical space accessible to the masses. To be the spark that creates a wild fire, we need to make sure the message gets seen in a location with a big audience. Our ideal exhibition space is 3,000 square feet. A large physical site will include space for extensive programming, which includes a service fair (to provide veterinary care, "pet" supplies, grooming, and housing case management to homeless human-animal families), film screenings, lectures, and a panel discussion. The funds raised here will also go to the nuts and bolts of the physical exhibition, like altering the site to best display the artifacts.
Because this is an effort to change the way people and providers think about homeless human-animal families, contributing to the cause gives you the satisfaction of knowing you are part of a movement to enable better lives for animals and people who live together without a permanent place to call their own. But to give you a tangible sense of our appreciation, we also want to provide you with tokens from our exhibition that will remind you of the powerful and life changing bond between homeless people and their animals. Among the "incentives" we have My Dog is My Home gear, prints of the original artwork created by homeless people exclusively for this exhibition, and public recognition at our grand opening in Los Angeles.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please help us meet our goal and get this truly one-of-a-kind exhibition into a much needed venue. If you can’t contribute financially, please get the word out and make some noise about our fundraising campaign and exhibition. Use the Indiegogo share tools!
For more information, visit: museumofanimals.org or mydogismyhome.com.
Contact the curator, Christine H. Kim, for volunteer opportunities at Christine@museumofanimals.org.