When a small group of women started Diorama-O-Rama a few years back, it was in effort to raise money for an ill friend. They came up with an idea: invite their network of acquaintances to build everyone's favorite quirky, art project medium, a diorama, and bid on one another's. Very little promotion was done, the address wasn't posted publicly and still several hundred folks showed up, cash in hand, ready to plunk down their dollars in exchange for tiny renderings of other worlds.
Their next edition funded Resolana, an organization that offers art programs to incarcerated women. They wound up with 100 dioramas, made out of everything from high heels to electrical boxes and event raised $5,000 for the cause, a darn remarkable feat.
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Now in its third installment, this "little fundraiser that could" collects dough for Café Momentum, a group that teaches culinary skills to underprivileged kids in the Dallas community. "Here's a great organization that's helping youth at risk, and giving them the confidence and skills they need to better their lives," said co-organizer Holly Jefferson.
While any and all are invited to participate, the ladies ask if you'd please drop them a line today, Friday May 4th should you wish to donate a diorama to the cause. The event itself will take place on Saturday, May 12 at Bolt Studios (2408 Converse), a photography studio that donated the space for the day's affair. It runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and is a $5 donation for adults. Drop off for dioramas is next Friday so they can look their best for Saturday's silent and live auctions. Want to make a diorama? Email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.