When Patty Shenker learned there is a SPAM Museum, she decided that animals deserve a museum too. She teamed with friend and fellow activist Prabhat Gautam to find a spot to turn their vision for the Animal Advocacy Museum into reality. After over a year of searching, the founders discovered space in Pasadena, California in a building that is part of the veg-friendly Throop Unitarian Universalist Church.
The Animal Advocacy Museum's mission is to educate the public about the many important issues that surround the way animals are treated. Among other issues, the Museum shows the suffering in puppy mills, fur, animals used for "entertainment," animal testing, and farming animals for food. So it's exciting that the Museum includes not just room for exhibits, but also access to an events space.
The first exhibit launched March 30, 2013. In the short three months since then, the Museum has put up new exhibits and already sponsored powerful speakers and fund raisers for other animal advocacy groups, and is planning a variety of ways to get people together and inspire them, including social events and a best vegan pizza contest.
The first exhibit, Art Is Activism, was a big driver of the hard work to find and open the Museum. Cofounder Patty Shenker, an animal rights activist and vegan, had been collecting Sue Coe's art for years and wanted to share the power of these moving images with art students and the public.
When I visited Patty in the Museum a few weeks after it opened, I was stunned by the power of Coe's work.
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