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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