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Toonseum

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews 153

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

ToonSeum at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh 10 Children's Way Pittsburgh PA 15222 USA

Mission:

The mission of The ToonSeum is to celebrate the art of cartooning. Our goal is to promote a deeper appreciation of cartoonists and their work through hands-on workshops, community outreach, cartoon-oriented educational programming and exhibitions of original cartoon art.

Results:

ToonSeum opened in October of 2007. We have since had two exhibitions, several guests cartoonists, and offered cartooning workshops. We continue to grow and the response has been wonderful.

Target demographics:

Families, children 4-18, adults, college studentsEveryone

Direct beneficiaries per year:

200,000 estimated

Geographic areas served:

Pittsburgh, NorthSide, Pennsylvania, Tri-State, National

Programs:

Exhibits are presented in the Main Exhibition Gallery and the Collection Gallery of the ToonSeum.
The Main Exhibition Gallery presents up to six exhibitions annually featuring a broad range of mediums and genres related to comics and cartoons. All exhibits have strong public programming components, including workshops, performances, and family oriented activities. The Collection Gallery features displays of original cartoon and comic art held or owned by the ToonSeum. Some of the world’s most iconic characters are represented. A special emphasis is placed on the creative process and the artists behind the work. Representative works of the various media and genres are presented, including but not limited to: comic strips, animation, editorial cartoons, illustration, comic books, greeting cards, and gaming.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Toonseum is a great place for an intern or volunteer to spend their time. Never living in a city the team is very nice and made me feel welcomed right from the start and helped me with what ever matters came my way, Toonseum related or not. They are knowledgeable in their fields and are not afraid to share it with others. You can definitely tell they love what they do and really want to pass on their love and excitement about the Toonseum to everyone, young or old.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Toonseum contributes to Pittsburgh's vibrant cultural scene by providing a series of thought provoking programs and exhibits. The Toonseum is another great reason to visit the Downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

As the founder and director of the ToonSeum it often surprises people to realize I have been a volunteer for the past five years. The reason is I deeply believe in the power of the cartoon arts and the ToonSeum's mission. The ToonSeum provides a rare venue to showcase one of the world's most popular art forms: The Cartoon and Comic Arts. While the ToonSeum is relatively small venue, in it's brief five year history it has grown by leaps and bounds, providing both quality exhibitions and programs. I am honored and proud of the work done by the amazing volunteers, board, employees and fans of the ToonSeum.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Toonseum is an intimate space with friendly and helpful folks in the gallery. The exhibition would have been nice on its own (especially with the additional video clips and interviews about the art/artist) but the personalized service made it so much more special, entertaining and educational. I really felt welcomed. And everyone there was SOOOOOO knowledgeable on a range of topics and eager to share their love and appreciation. With exhibits that change frequently, special guests, movie showings and other events, there is always something new to enjoy. I wasn't even all that interested in cartoons! But I had such a positive experience that I am a dedicated fan now!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being educated and entertained as a visitor.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put a ton of money into marketing to make it more top-of-mind for the general public.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Toonseum is a great museum, but more importantly, it's a fantastic community resource for cartoonists and comics fans in Pittsburgh. As an amateur cartoonist in the city, the Toonseum has connected me to all manner of other cartoonists, from those internationally known to those toiling away silently out of the public eye. Their community events, release parties, and more have gelled the once-disparate Pittsburgh comics scene into a tight-knit, active base of people who love the cartoon arts and participate in frequent gatherings. I mean, there was a decent community before but it existed as smaller circles of people who rarely joined into one large group. But now, thanks to the Toonseum, our comics community has become smarter and stronger.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A wide range of events, from fundraisers to release parties to community gatherings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make them do even more! Move them into a larger space! Give them a bigger budget! Have them hold weekly community events!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Found them online and by word of mouth.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

The ToonSeum is just getting started, but has already made its mark on the area. We're in the process of building our board and becoming a full non-profit. We're currently housed within the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, and are planning off-site exhibits. We're the Pittsburgh branch of Dr. Sketchy's Anti Art School, and our first event attracted a lot of local attention. In the first week of December, we had our first full Board meeting, led by our President Rob Rogers. So far, he seems to be a benevolent dictator.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the reaction of the crowds at our grand opening, and the attendance at the first Dr Sketchy school night.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting people other than cartoonists who share a passion for all of the cartoon arts.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, supportive and friendly. I have already learned a lot from this diverse group.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

become a major destination on Pittsburgh's North Side, complementing the Children's Museum, the Carnegie Science Center, the National Aviary and the Andy Warhol Museum.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The ToonSeum is a new gallery within the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. The are just starting the non-profit process with the hopes of opening a seperate museum of cartoon art in Pittsburgh. The gallery they have now is small but they have a great enthusiasm for the cartoon arts. They feature original cartoon art on display. It would be great to have a full museum in Pittsburgh dedicated to one of the world's most popular art forms, cartooning. They have a great board with many well known cartoonists and business owners. They could use a lot of help to get things off the ground and I know donations, volunteers and services are all needed. Check out the gallery to get a glimpse of their vision for their future museum.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Children and adults alike share a passion for the art. They make an effort to display art across the generations. Its all authentic and original cartoon art!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Kids and parent and grandparents sharing their memories about the cartoons they grew up with.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Open a full hands on museum dedicated to cartoon arts!

Ways to make it better...

The gallery were larger.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Fundraising, but isnt that always the case?

One thing I'd also say is that...

be sure to visit them sometime at the ToonSeum Gallery at Children's Museum of Pittsburgh

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-11-01

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