Have you been to The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles lately? Weíve done a little rearranging and we have a great new exhibit up on the walls. The Museum offers visitors a warm welcoming space with a unique experience where visitors can view compelling fiber art exhibits that provide an unparalleled opportunity to see fiber art up close and to talk with staff and artists about the works.
Donít let our size fool you. Beyond working to identify, celebrate, collect, and preserve historical and modern textiles, the Museum creates exciting collaborations among community members, artists, and fiber art lovers. We are educating youth to understand and appreciate fiber art, and art in general, through on-site school tours and programs. We collaborate with Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence by teaching women the joys of quilting and the self-confidence it brings.
This year the Museumís operating budget is $598,000 dollars. It is the smallest budget the Museum has ever had. We have shrunk it down as far as we can and still maintain the Museumís programs and exhibitions. Our occupancy costs alone are more than $100,000 a year. It is a historic fact that arts organizations rely more heavily on contributions than any other nonprofit sector.
The competition for dollars to support the arts is more than fierce. We work extremely hard to raise as much money as we can from foundation, corporation, and government grants, but that accounts for only 11% of our total budget. Memberships and Admissions account for 12% of the total required to operate the Museum, pay staff, and pay the bills. To continue making a large impact in the quilt and textile community The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles needs your support.
The best part of donating to the Museum is getting to see the immediate impact of your gift every time you visit or attend a program. By making a gift you are helping the Museum become sustainable and continue to allow us to share quilts and textiles with you.
We really wish we didnít need to keep asking you for money, but thatís how non-profit organizations survive, with financial support from people like you. We're counting on you to help ensure that the Museum has the necessary financial resources to continue to be an important and beautiful part of the fabric of the quilting and fiber community at large.
Our goal for this campaign is $75,000!
Thank you for your generosity and support!
|Marie C. Strait|
Board of Directors, President
| ||Joan L. Phillips|
Interim Executive Director