I Will Create for DAIS

Some good news came my way Mother’s Day and I’m not talking about Listen To Your Mother, which was incredible but is still filtering through my pleasure centers down to my keyboard.  I’m talking about I Will Create for DAIS.

“In the summer of 2014 a new facility for the victims of domestic abuse will open in Madison.  More rooms, more beds, more space and a tremendous amount of new blank walls.

This is where you, the Wisconsin artists come in. The staff of DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services) will continue all the exceptionally important work they do with the victims and family members that find themselves spending time in the shelter.  You can help by donating your work to adorn the walls of the new facility.”

A couple of months ago my friend and fellow blogger Allison told me about this project and in my effort to get as many creative irons in my 2014 fire, I submitted three photographs.  On Mother’s Day I received a congratulatory e-mail stating two of my pieces had been chosen by the DAIS Art Selection Committee.

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Duck Pond, 2014, Sun Prairie Sweet Corn Festival

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Sunshine, 2012, Millenium Park, Chicago

I am so honored to have my work hanging in a haven of safety and support.  I hope the whimsy and color of those rubber ducks bring cheer to a child’s corner and that “Sunshine” elicits a feeling of peace and renewal.

If you are local and free this Sunday, come to the High Noon Saloon for a DAIS benefit party:

“This event is open to the public, kid/grandparent/everyone friendly…so bring your friends! Door cover will be a suggested small donation to the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services new shelter

2pm – DJ Tom Kay, free El Pastor taco bar & free Pabst/Lake Louie/Sprecher root beer start
3pm – The Cool Kids dance group perform
4pm – Cowboy Winter performs
5pm – Dancing to DJ Tom Kay!
6pm – Party’s Over!!

Cowboy Winter band, THE COOL KIDS dance group featuring Michael Wishuwould Simpson and DJ Tom Kay from WSUM will be spinning some old skool funk and R&B records! Plus taco bar from El Pastor Mexican Restaurant!”

***Please note this party has nothing to do with the “I Will Create for DAIS” project itself, – it’s just something fun to do with the kids on a Sunday afternoon that benefits the shelter.***


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