Thank you for supporting the museum and all of our programs over the past several years. Without you, this Palestinian landmark in Washington, DC wouldn’t exist! We wish that we could welcome you for a visit this holiday season, wherever you may be. As 2020 comes to a close, we are reflecting on all that we have accomplished together as a community.
Despite this year being unlike any other, our community’s support continues to inspire us. Together, we are creating a new conversation in Washington, DC where the Palestinian voice, history, and culture are being amplified.
The museum was forced to temporarily shut its doors for almost 5 months, something we never imagined when we opened our doors to the public in June 2019. And when we re-opened late this Summer on a limited basis, we could only safely allow 5 people in the museum at a time. By the end of this year, we predict we will have lost 10,000 visitors. Yet, as the Palestinian people are resilient so is the museum.
We adapted to COVID-19 and shifted to online programming and exhibitions. We were among the first museums in the nation to launch a virtual museum (only 5 weeks after the pandemic hit the United States).
When we had to shut our doors in March, our community went above and beyond to bring MPP into people’s homes: We coordinated virtual tours, artists talks, online education and cultural programming including a concert with Noel Kharman, series with Hasan Hammami, a Nakba Survivor as well as conversations with Palestinians in Chile
and Columbia, cooking classes with Laila el-Haddad, a Tatreez class, and a concert with Ramzi from 47Soul. This brought together over 2,000 people from the US and over the world to learn about Palestinian history and culture. We even launched a new online exhibition about intersections of Palestinian and African American stories considering recent events in the US and Palestine. Your support helped us be resilient in the face of unexpected odds.
“There are 15 million other stories out there and they need to be told…The Museum of the Palestinian People can tell these stories.” Quote from Hasan Hammami, Nakba Survivor from Jaffa
Every day, your support makes this possible! SO THANK YOU!
We are stepping into 2021 with a global perspective. With your partnership, our space on 18th & T Street NW will continue to be the hub for Palestinian arts, culture, and history both in Washington DC and globally. In 2021, we will continue building the infrastructure to make the museum sustainable and expand on the conversation we are creating
about Palestine and the Palestinian people.
Your continued partnership will enable us to do the following in 2021:
• Expand our online museum to include unlimited exhibitions that would not normally fit in our space. And offer digital content in both English and Arabic.
• Curate two main exhibitions both online and in person focused on Gaza and intersections between African
American and Palestinian art and social justice.
• Build our collection by collecting artifacts, as well as store and digitalize materials that dive deeper into
Palestinian family stories and provide educational opportunities for both American and Palestinian audiences.
• Expand our opening hours to accommodate more visitors under restricted pandemic procedures and sanitizing
and prepare the museum to host big groups once things go back to normal.
• Expand our partnerships locally and internationally with universities, high school, and educational institutions.
• Raise the visibility of the museum by inviting new members of congress to visit.
• Upgrade the space by creating a new signage and beautiful art murals that attract more foot traffic from the area.
• Hire professional curators and designers and expand our reach to global community of artists and creators around
Since our launch just last week, we’ve raised over $48,000 toward our goal of $100,000! We are so grateful for those of you who’ve pitched in to get our campaign off to a great start!
The first $10,000 in donations will be matched by 2 generous donors, you can double your impact today!
Thanks to the CARES* Act, any gift you make before December 31 is eligible for a higher deduction than ever before. Individuals itemizing their taxes can now deduct up to 100% of their adjusted gross income for cash contributions and those filing a standardized deduction qualify for an additional “above-the-line” deduction for charitable gifts up to $300. *Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security