Durk Dehner, President and Cofounder
We’re a nonprofit educational foundation with a mission to preserve and promote the erotic arts. Tom’s work is really the main vehicle. Tom of Finland, the artist, has definitely contributed to the whole acceptance that Gay love is good. He moved to California in 1980, and we became partners. He’s been gone for 29 years, but he has stayed vibrant and very much alive in my heart and in the hearts of fans all over the world. TOM House is a very magical place.
I feel like we’re in this amazing amusement park, and it’s all shut down. We have a huge permanent art collection of several thousand artists, we do a yearly art fair, and we have an artist-in-residence program. Because of restrictions, we can’t have our volunteers here cataloging material. We can’t provide tours because people live here, and we’re trying to protect their health.
We’re used to having to tighten our cinches, but we’re going to have to start laying people off and reducing our programming and go down to a more spartan level.
As we all face these unprecedented times, everyone here at TOM’s Foundation hopes you are doing well and are safe. If you can at this time, please consider giving us your support tomoffinland.org/giving -DD
Published: 27th July 2020Tags: Chris Nichols, Los Angeles Magazine, Memberships, Richard Villani, TOM House Forever
Categorised in: Friends of Tom