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D.Art Co. Arty Party

  • Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: T-Bocks on Water St.

Driftless Art Collective is planning an “Arty Party” October 22, from 7 to 10 pm as the second part of “Take it to the Streets”, a month-long fundraiser for the newly re-branded organization. The Arty Party celebrates the spirit of re-building in a perfectly fitting space: T-Bock’s Second Floor while it is still mid-renovation. This means Arty Party-goers will get a sneak peek at the beautiful building’s restoration before it’s complete. Guests will enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, local art, and fun, but are reminded that the space is not handicap accessible. Silent auction items that have been part of the Driftless Art Collective (D.Art Co.) ArtWalk will be on display at the Arty Party, with opportunities to bid on favorite pieces continuing until 9 pm. A small handful of pieces will also be part of a short live auction – work by local artists such as Carl Homstad, Elisabeth Maurland, John Snyder, Lisa Lantz, George Lowe, Ben Moore, John Kjome, and more. The Arty Party also represents the launch of, an easy-to-update local arts website. It will host details on mission, membership, and resources, and will be a platform for members to network and gain exposure through an artist directory, regular arts updates, and outreach opportunities. This will be a new benefit for D.Art Co. members – the organization will be accepting new and returning members at the Arty Party and Fundraiser, and ballots will be available for members to vote on arts council board positions for the 2011/2012 year. The new board will be announced following the Live Auction. The Driftless Art Collective’s mission is to empower the community to network and foster partnerships, so together the region can create stronger art-related events, cultural activities, and educational opportunities. As a membership organization, D.Art Co. provides promotional, business, and community-building support to artists and arts groups hoping to get off the ground, grow, and improve life in the Driftless Region. D.Art Co. plans to use funds raised during “Take it to the Street” to hire a central administrator for the organization. As a fiscal sponsor organization – currently for ArtHaus and the Oneota Film Festival, and more projects on the horizon – D.Art Co. must process paperwork and checks for current projects, and accept and review applications for future projects. An administrator would work with the board on these tasks and also assist in grant writing, regularly update the upcoming website and social media, and help organize art business-related workshops and events. The arts are important to everyone: art-related events equal tourism and tourism equals dollars for the community. Come out and “Take it to the Streets” with the Driftless Art Collective! “Take it to the Streets” is sponsored by Inspire(d) Media and T-Bock’s Sports Bar and Grill with support from ArtHaus and Oneota Film Festival. If members of the public would like to volunteer at the Arty Party and Annual Fundraiser, contact D.Art Co. board member Aryn Henning Nichols at [email protected] Sidebar: The first part of Take it to the Streets is the Driftless Art Collective ArtWalk. It continues through the day of the Arty Party – visitors and residents alike are encouraged to take a walk through the downtown Decorah window gallery to see local artist’s wares.

Questions? Contact Benjamin Moore, 563-387-1112

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