Los Angeles, CA – A museum for animal lovers of all ages, the new National Museum of Animals and Society (NMAS) opens Fall 2015 near LA’s Museum Row and need the public’s support to help make it happen.
Founded in 2010 by nonprofit executive, Carolyn Merino Mullin, this first of its kind museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people by exploring our shared experience. In their collection, exhibitions, public programming, and educational efforts, the museum centers on animal studies (our relationships with, and perceptions of other animals), the history of animal protection, and the importance of humane education.
NMAS opened its first gallery space in 2013 in Hollywood and presented landmark exhibitions such as “My Dog is My Home: The Experience of Human-Animal Homelessness,” which profiled the lives of four homeless families and their animal companions from across LA. Some of their guest speakers and supporters include: actresses Tippi Hedren, Elaine Hendrix, and Alexandra Paul, DJ Moby, Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler, author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (“When Elephants Weep” author), ethologist Marc Bekoff, songwriter Diane Warren, among other legendary writers, filmmakers, and celebrities.
Underway is a capital campaign to move the museum to a larger, more permanent space near LACMA and the Tar Pits, which will enable the museum to continue presenting innovative exhibitions of historical, artistic, or interdisciplinary themes and hosting inspirational programming for a wider audience, such as film screenings, lectures, classes, and animal adoptions.
On their agenda for the new space is to tackle important global issues as pet overpopulation and wildlife conservation in a permanent exhibition on animal protection. Debuting in the new building is the museum’s much-anticipated ‘Crazy Cat Ladies’ exhibit.
The public is encouraged to support the museum’s fundraising efforts by sharing the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign with friends and making a generous donation. The museum is just $20,000 shy of its $100,000 goal towards its expansion project.
In other fundraising initiatives, LA’s foremost art critic, Peter Frank, will be curating an art exhibition on all things rabbits – BUNNYMANIA – with Delia Cabral. The exhibit opens March 27 at Chungking Studios in Chinatown and will feature a weekend of rabbit-inspired talks and bunny adoptions.