Conscious Party: A focus on fundraising

WHAT: The Silver Social, a fundraiser for The Asheville Darkroom

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Crow and Quill, 106 Lexington Ave.

WHY: The Asheville Darkroom is hosting a night of revelry and nerdy photo fun to support art education and public darkroom access — and supporting its efforts to “expose” photography as public art form. In order to keep the night’s focus on photography, revelers are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite photograph or photographer.

The Asheville Darkroom, located in the Phil Mechanic Building, was once a privately owned film studio, but, since June 2012, director Bridget Conn has been working to develop the location into a business and public space.

“It’s an otherworldly, dark space where people can get away and use their hands creatively,” says Conn. She adds that funds from membership and participation have increased this year, but the Darkroom is still “busting out of our seams right now.” It order to properly function as a classroom, organizers hope to effect renovations and maybe even expand their space in the future.

The Silver Social, featuring costume contests, a raffle, a silent art auction and live music, will support the activities and needs of the Darkroom in the coming year, helping to offset rental and renovation costs and establish a scholarship for local students who want to work in the darkroom but cannot afford it.

Entry fee for the event is $5 and all funds raised during the event will support The Asheville Darkroom. For more information about The Silver Social, contact Conn at avldarkroom@gmail.org.

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