Being Nice and Doing Good with Colectivo TAN 473

Kyle and I are miss­ing our sec­ond home and the sub­ject of my new Reli­quar­ies series, Gua­na­ju­a­to, Mex­i­co, a lot this year. Not because of the foot of snow and sin­gle dig­it tem­per­a­tures here in Kansas City, but because of our beau­ti­ful friends there that are doing good work. Since this year we can’t be there to vol­un­teer, we were hop­ing that you could lend a hand by Being Nice and Doing Good. Find out the cam­paign details to win free art­work.

What can you win this month besides the smiles on some precious faces? This!

update (3/5): This month’s winner has been selected. Congratulations Bruce!

As bright­ly col­ored as the city of Gua­na­ju­a­to these daisies are Polaroid emul­sion trans­fers onto alu­minum. The organ­ic nature of the flow­ers and the irreg­u­lar edge of the polaroid are con­trast­ed against the clean lines of the sand­blast­ed bor­der of the alu­minum. This piece is 8“x20”, wired for hang­ing, and clear coat­ed to make it appro­pri­ate for any room in your house. (And con­grat­u­la­tions to Tom from Texas for win­ning last month’s art­work!)

Polaroid Emulsion Transfer on Aluminum

Polaroid Emul­sion Trans­fer on Alu­minum by Chris Dahlquist


To be entered for a chance to win give to our friends at:

Colectivo TAN 473

IMG_7943Colec­ti­vo TAN 473 is a com­mu­ni­ty-based arts orga­ni­za­tion locat­ed in the city of Gua­na­ju­a­to, GTO in cen­tral Mex­i­co. Four years ago it was a fledg­ling art orga­ni­za­tion work­ing in only one inter­na­do (home for girls) when Kyle and I met founder and fel­low pho­tog­ra­ph­er Katie Clan­cy and vol­un­teered in her first class­room. It was imme­di­ate­ly appar­ent that Katie’s art work­shops were hav­ing a pro­found effect on the girls she was work­ing with, and she gave them guid­ance and activ­i­ties far beyond what the aging nuns in the home could pro­vide. Katie’s bound­less ener­gy and abil­i­ty to inspire vol­un­teers has allowed the orga­ni­za­tion to grow, and it cur­rent­ly offers work­shops and com­mu­ni­ty projects in four unique com­mu­ni­ties, two are insti­tu­tion­al liv­ing sit­u­a­tions — a home for girls and a home for boys, and the oth­er two are mar­gin­al­ized com­mu­ni­ties locat­ed with­in the city of Gua­na­ju­a­to. TAN 473 works with rough­ly 85 chil­dren and has a team of 10–15 ded­i­cat­ed vol­un­teers at any giv­en time. Through­out the school year, the group offers an aver­age of 18 unique work­shops and col­lab­o­rates with the com­mu­ni­ty to devel­op and com­plete 1–3 com­mu­ni­ty-based art projects.

You can have a huge impact, because Katie and her team know how to stretch a dollar — and when we give in dollars and they spend in pesos, it really goes a long way!



Send me your name and the amount of your dona­tion. (I don’t care how much your dona­tion is. I know that what­ev­er you give is your best effort. But I’d like to know the amount that you gave so we can see how doing good adds up.)

The first week of March, I will draw a name at ran­dom from all those that donat­ed in Feb­ru­ary. Watch your email box and the blog to know if you are the win­ner, and I will con­tact you to get your address and put it in the mail to you. Then next month we will go again! I’ll select anoth­er piece of art­work to give away, and some good peo­ple to intro­duce you to that I know could use your sup­port.


Ques­tions? Com­ments? Ideas? Sug­ges­tions? Please give feed­back in the com­ments, and togeth­er we will make this project nice and good!

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