Calling all crafty archivists and crafters who support archival workers! The crafting collaborative Persistent Stitches and the AWE Fund Organizers have teamed up to host an online silent auction July 1-4, 2020.
As the covid-19 pandemic unfolds across the United States, many cultural heritage institutions and other organizations that employ archival workers have reduced staffing, pay, and hours, throwing many households into financial chaos. Administered through the Society of American Archivists Foundation, the Archival Workers Emergency Fund was created to provide mutual aid grants of up to $1,000 to U.S. archival workers in acute financial crisis. Since it was launched on April 15th, the fund has provided cash assistance to 88 individuals. We anticipate that, as the economic impact of this crisis continues, many more colleagues will be in need of aid. If you are a crafty archivist or a crafter who would like to support archival workers with your creativity and labor, please consider donating your work to our silent auction!
The deadline for submission of items for auction is Monday, June 15th at 11:59pm ET (UTC -5).
The auction will accept all handcrafted items (excluding food or bath/body products for health and safety reasons). Examples of the type of items you might think of crafting:
- Greeting cards
- Knitted scarves, hats, shawls, socks …
- Crocheted baby blankets, washcloths, pocketbooks …
- Original artwork in any medium
- Quilted wall hangings, table runners, pot holders …
- Cloth napkins, pillow cases, aprons, tote bags …
- Poetry chapbook, graphic novel, short story collection …
… please let your creativity shine!
We ask that the item(s) be completed at the time of submission to ensure prompt delivery following confirmation of the winning bidder’s donation to the Archival Workers Emergency Fund.
Crafters should submit their items using this online form and will receive an email follow-up to confirm their donation details. Items will be posted to the auction site with a minimum bid. We will contact crafters after the auction closes and the donation is verified, so that they may send their item(s) to the donor(s).
Please direct questions to auction coordinator Anna Clutterbuck-Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for considering a donation to the auction,
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