MoRUS’s original grand opening plans for November 17 were dashed when its basement space was immersed from floor to ceiling in the waters of the East River. MoRUS volunteers and the East Village community were able to clear out much of the water, but there was already serious damage to the walls, and some of the museum’s archives were damaged or lost.
What We Need
With the help of our neighbors and our all-volunteer staff, we’ve been able to clean up and are preparing to open our doors on December 8. To make this happen, we need your support! We’re repairing floors, replacing emergency materials, repairing and replacing electrical equipment, replacing and restoring sheet rock. With your help, we can make it happen!
MoRUS aims to preserve the rich history of grassroots movements in New York City’s East Village and showcase the unique public spaces for which the neighborhood is renowned. Over the last forty years, East Village community members and local organizations have come together to transform abandoned buildings and vacant lots into vibrant living spaces and thriving community gardens. Today, these urban sustainable practices, inspired by the work of the East Village community, can be observed worldwide.
The museum also organizes workshops on a variety of sustainability-themed DIY projects and maintains an archive of photographs, videos, and articles, many of which have been shared and donated by community members as well as by local grassroots, nonprofit organizations such as Time’s Up!, Earth Celebrations, More Gardens, The Lower East Side Collective and Green Map.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please give what you can, and if you happen to be in New York City on December 8, please stop by and make a donation of any size! Bring friends — it promises to be a wild night!
Also if you would like to be a volunteer, MoRUS can always use help with construction, IT services, museum staffing, marketing & PR.
You can also help by sharing this page with people you know, or encouraging new folks to get involved. We’re a young organization and every bit of effort helps!