Calling all snowbound and stir-crazy archivists and crafters who support archival workers!
As we head into what is projected to be a difficult and hearbreaking season, in the midst of the raging COVID-19 pandemic here in the United States, the AWE Fund Organizing Committee has, once again, teamed up with the crafting collaborative Persistent Stitches to host a reprise #Auction4AWEfund online auction to benefit the Archival Workers Emergency Fund.
Our July 2020 auction raised $2,165.50 for the fund, with 24 crafters donating 62 items to the auction … we’d love to this amazing group of craftivists back for round two, and hope to see new crafters and their work as well! The auction coordinators are accepting submissions to the auction between now and Monday, February 1st at 11:59pm ET (UTC -5). The auction will take place February 5-10, 2021.
Between April 15 – December 15, 2020 the Archival Workers Emergency Fund approved 161 applications for assistance and disbursed $140,875 in cash grants to archival workers across the country who had been plunged into financial distress due to COVID-19. Initially approved by the Society of American Archivists for a pilot period ending on December 31, 2020 the fund has proven viable and clearly met a need in our community. Therefore, the AWE Fund has been approved for an extension until June 30, 2021 … and we want to ensure the fund will continue to be able to meet the needs of all qualifying applicants with cash assistance as swiftly as possible. You can help!
The auction will accept all items made by donors (excluding food or bath/body products for health and safety reasons). Examples of the type of items you might think of crafting:
- Greeting cards, bookmarks …
- 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 …
You also can check out the items we featured in our first auction for inspiration. Please let your creativity shine!
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). Crafters will be responsible for shipping within the United States.
Please direct any questions to auction coordinator Anna Clutterbuck-Cook at email@example.com.
Thank you for considering a donation to the auction, and please share the call widely!
Artwork CC-BY-SA 2020 C. DeSimone.