Unique NIAD fundraiser readies for sixth rendition


By Zach Chouteau

One of Richmond’s most vital artistic hubs has unveiled the details for its sixth annual Win Win fundraiser—with the festive function all set for Saturday, March 3 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Clif Bar & Company, located at 1451 66th Street in Emeryville.

A progressive art studio fostering successful independent living for artists with disabilities, NIAD relies strongly on support from the community to keep thriving, and its annual Win Win event is key to its fundraising efforts—and survival.

“Our annual fundraiser Win Win is just that: Everyone’s a winner!” NIAD Curator Tim Buckwalter told the Standard. “Supporters get a terrific piece of art from a NIAD artist. NIAD gets to keep our doors open for another year. And all of us get a swell party.”

It all works like this: NIAD Art Center artists have created an amazing array of works—including paintings, photographs, sculptures and other media in a standard 6 x 6” format. The purchase of an admission ticket for $50 entitles each guest to one randomly selected work of art as well as all the party fun. All proceeds from the evening go to the NIAD Art Center general operating fund.

The event also includes a live auction showcasing works specially commissioned by a number of local and national artists exclusively for Win Win 6. And when it comes to time to party, soul and jazz tunes spun by deejay Bill Zindel will enliven the main floor. Beer and wine will be served and guests can also hang out in the lounge and watch a short film about NIAD artists.  Party-goers will even have the chance to meet some of the talented individuals highlighted in the film.

Doors open at 4 p.m. and an immediate highlight for attendees is checking the randomly assigned number on their admission ticket and exploring the sprawling exhibition of innovative artwork for their own personal piece.

You can find out more and/or purchase tickets at NIAD’s website.