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Our Desires: A Fundraising Event for Project Grant

On Thursday, January 14, the community is invited to attend a free showing of Our Desires – a curated collection of anonymous “DESIRES” from people who have been asked to submit handwritten works that represent their wishes and wants, to make the world a better place. 100 handwritten desires will be presented at the Big Orbit Gallery show.

The goal of the show is to present a series of earnest sentiments that will make people think about the micro and macro issues that we face today. Project Grant founder and coordinator Tina Dillman addresses myriad issues that the community faces on a regular basis, by providing art outlets to those who don’t typically have access to creative endeavors. Funds raised through works purchased during the show will allow Tina to continue on with her West Side programming.

12510144_10153905150473453_985131709_o“It is the mission of Project Grant to serve disenfranchised communities in Buffalo, by providing free art based workshops that empower the community members through access and engagement,” said Tina. “Project Grant values the power of art, and its potential to act as a vehicle for social change. Project Grant also values the role of artists, and believes that their time has a worth equated to that of other professionals, such as lawyers, doctors and architects, and believes they should be appropriately compensated for their time.”

Our Desires: A Fundraising Event for Project Grant

Thursday, January 14, 2016 | 8 PM – 11 PM | Facebook

Big Orbit Gallery | 30D Essex Street

All drawings will be sold for $25/each, but there will be a limit of 3 “Desires” per person. Benjaman Gallery will be on site, offering framing services for those that purchase drawings, with a portion of the framing sales being donated to Project Grant. There are only 5 limited edition handmade hardcover artist books that will be available for purchase at $750/each. Each book is 6″x9″ and features archival ink-jet prints of each desire. If you would like to reserve a book, please email Tina Dillman at:

Our Desires, is sponsored by CEPA Gallery, Savarino Companies and Western New York Book Arts Center.

Photo: A summer Project Grant project at the Old First Ward Community Center

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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