We here at BBBS have been burning the midnight oil to prepare for one of our favorite events of the year: Art for Kids' Sake. As an organization that loves both (a) doing things for kids' sake and (b) celebrating local makers. So, we created a fundraiser that combined both a & b, and became more than the sum of its parts. AFKS is now an annual event -- and we think of events as parties with a purpose --where marvelous people aged 21+ come together while enjoying creative exhibitions & demonstrations, silent auction and yummy local food & drink. We hope you'll gain a new art technique or artist whose work you love in the process. Local makers will be present to chat about their work, share their process and our talented musical guests will impress, too. 

This year's AFKS theme is Speakeasy, which guarantees to be the bee's knees. Although it would be pretty awesome if some fellas and dames showed up in their best Gatsby suits and flapper dresses, everyone is free to be as 1920s or 2010s as they please. After the auction, swing dance demonstration (and lessons for those with two left feet) will be provided by Sarah and Whalen Schaffer. As for music, bluesy band Oldfield and the New Birds describes themselves as having "soulful vocals, three part female harmony and a kitchen sink full of instruments," and is sure to tickle your ears with their live set starting at 9pm. We're also excited to host not one but FIVE skilled acapella groups. Vocalists from The Parallels, Unexpected Resolution, Sedoctave, Note to Self, and Ladies’ Choice will all be performing throughout the evening.

Listening to great music always makes us hungry, so we asked around and found some friends who graciously agreed to supply some bites & brews. Savory bites from VKA Catering and sweets from Sea Salt & Cinnamon are sure to satisfy, especially when appreciated with brew-skies from the Guardian Brewery and heavier libations mixed by our friends at the Heorot. Prohibition is for squares!

It makes perfect sense to throw a Speakeasy party at MadJax, a renovated makers-space on the corner of Madison and Jackson Streets in downtown Muncie. Let one of our fantastic valets park for you, as it can be complicated to find a spot.

Food and art pair well, too. Here's a list of the artists attending, donating, or exhibiting at AFKS this November 11th:

  • Bards on the Run
  • Assoc. Prof of Metals Jessica Calderwood
  • Suzanne Clem Designs
  • Dave DelaGardelle
  • Chris Flook
  • FoxFly Art & Illustration
  • Ginger Snap Design Company
  • Denise King
  • Let There Be Art
  • Erica Markley
  • Assistant Professor of Art John P. Morris
  • Shad Peters, custom guitar maker
  • Queer Chocolatier
  • Molly Schaller
  • Brandon Shawver
  • Speak Muncie
  • Julie Thorson
  • Tribune Print
  • Lyn Whitesell
  • Jay Zimmerman

Our wonderful silent auction donors include:

  • Heidi J Hale Designs
  • Lotus Yoga Studio
  • Lois Pearl Designs Boutique
  • Thirty-One Gifts
  • Mary Kay
  • Muncie Crossfit at the Arsenal
  • Olive and Slate
  • Redhead Salon
  • Cornerstone Center for the Arts
  • Olivia Fellows

Perhaps you are thinking to yourself that you are a marvelous person (we agree) who enjoys food, music, and art. We would truly love for you to join us at AFKS 2017. Tickets and tables are available here. Hope to see you this weekend!

Many thanks also go to our Gold level sponsors: Meridian Health, Mutual Bank, and Pizza King. We're grateful for our event venue at Mad Jax, publicity from NASH FM Radio, and photography provided by See Jane Click.

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