Delicious Donations – Mini-grant for Arts Projects

June’s Call for Artists – Deadline June 16th

Posted in Call for Artists by Delicious Donations on May 20, 2009
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So I am sending out the call for artists now! Deadline is June 16th

The event is being sponsored by Dave and Andy’s Ice Cream store, we will have delicious Ice Cream and Great Projects, especially since we are teaming up with local artists Heather Powell and Gavin Kenyon for their exhibtion Wear & Tear at UnSmoke Systems 

To Apply:

Send your name, email address and your artist statement/project describtion to

To Win:

At the Event on June 20th from 7 – 10pm , people will vote on what project they like the most and the one with the most votes win.

The Winner MUST be present to win, if the artist who’s project won is not there at 10pm the grant will go to the runnerup.


And we’re off! with a Belgian Waffle Brunch

Posted in Events,The Winners by Delicious Donations on May 19, 2009
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For some reason I thought it would be a great idea to do the first full fledged Delicious Donations the weekend after my finals for graduate school which happened to be the weekend before I graduated…but apparently this is how I like to function, no time for a breaks. 

There was 6 projects for this Event that happened on May 9, 2009 ranging from Victory Gardens to a project that wanted to recreate Pittsburgh City Council meetings by using handmade dolls. There was truly a great array of projects and its exciting to see that such a diverse amount of work is being created in Pittsburgh. 

Since this was a little bit of a transitionary period for me I guess I didn’t plan as well as I should for what needed to be done for prep…Jodi and I ended up staying at UnSmoke till 3 am because we spent too much time lazing about in the early evening when we thought we had all the time in the world. 

But even with all of that, we got there bright and early and started making waffles. We had Vegan belgian waffles as well as just belgian waffles, with way too many strawberries and homemade whipped cream! it was delicious [guess thats why I picked the name]…We had arranged the gallery to look like a loft, with a living area and a dining room as well as an indoor/outdoor patio. 

Throughout the afternoon plenty of people came and ate and voted, and helped me raise $197 for One Take Pittsburgh here is a description of the project that Cody Darling was given the money at 2pm when the event ended!

We are interested in coordinating a bi-monthly screening series that will eventually manifest in a permanent live/work art-space in Pittsburgh. In addition to providing a platform for contemporary media art that is not currently being screened anywhere in the city, this series will serve to bridge resident film/videomakers and the international filmmaking community as a whole, presenting locally produced work within a wider context. To inaugurate this series, we’d like to host a ‘One Take Super 8’ event in August.

The rules are simple: each participant will receive one roll of Super 8 (approx. 3 minutes in length) to shoot whatever they wish.   The filmmakers are not allowed to edit or view their films prior to the screening. Everything they shoot in the camera is what will be shown. Soundtracks (which are optional, but highly encouraged) must be produced separately, without the opportunity to see the footage beforehand, to be performed at the screening. With live (and by necessity, improvised) scores, combined with the always-palpable chance of failure associated with projecting an unseen film, the event assumes a performative edge, and added anticipation for the filmmakers and audience alike.

The One Take Super 8 Event is unique in that it spawns 20-30 brand new films by people near enough to attend.  The roster of filmmakers will be determined on a first come, first served basis; a call for submissions will be circulated among a wider than usual pool, with the hopes of encouraging non-filmmakers and artists working in adjacent mediums to also participate, placing first-time amateurs alongside seasoned auteurs.  The event thus expands the role of a film screening beyond curating/programming to the production of original works.

The One Take Super 8 Event was initiated in 2000 in Regina, Saskatchewan by the Canadian filmmaker and programmer Alex Rogalski.  Since then, Rogalski has brought the event to cities across North America, including Montreal, Syracuse, Toronto, Ft. Lauderdale, Ottawa, and Oberlin, Ohio, among others.  In the process, he has helped foster over 300 films by a variety of artists while providing local communities an opportunity to view this work collectively. These events have been wildly successful, regularly drawing audiences of 100-300 people, while renewing excitement for the Super 8 format.

With the success of this event we aim to build momentum and engage an audience interested film programming beyond the standard gallery fare. As a relatively low-cost affair, this seems to be an ideal event to kick-off a regular series and drawing an interested crowd, one of the most daunting obstacles of a screening.  

Here are some photos of our delicious Vegan Waffles and the ‘You’re A Woman Now’ waffle iron was made by Gavin Kenyon:


Taken by Jenny Fremlin

Taken by Jenny Fremlin


Taken by Jenny Fremlin

Taken by Jenny Fremlin




Hope to see everyone at the next one, June 20th from 7 – 10pm Ice Cream has been donated by Dave and Andy’s!


The Trial Run: I Made It! Union Project

Posted in The Winners by Delicious Donations on May 17, 2009
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On April 4th, 2009 at the I Made It! Union Project (IMI), Delicious Donations held its first trial run to see how this grant could work in Pittsburgh. I had heard about these self generating grants in other towns like Sunday Soup in Chicago and there are similar ones in New York, and I was curious if someone here in Pittsburgh could adapt these ideas for our town. So I talked to Carrie from IMI and she let me share her table at the entrance and try out my idea. 

Since I had decided that every event is going to be planned around some sort of food dish I had to pick a food that could be handed out easily but wouldn’t compete too much with the cafe that was two feet away from the entrance. I chose cake. I knew how to make it, I knew I could afford it and I thought people might enjoy a slice of cake as the wander around the market.

With only a few things left to do I now had to try and get the crafters at the IMI to submit projects for Delicious Donations. Carrie was kind enough to include a small blurb and a call-for-artist in her email to the vendors and I recieved 5 project descriptions. 

The day of the IMI was a little hectic, I had been busy the day before baking cakes with my friend Jodi, making signs, designing take aways and all the other last minute tasks that I hadn’t gotten to yet. Once the event started, I was in prime position to tell everyone who walked in the door about Delicious Donations and offer them the opportunity to vote and support the vendors at the festival in a new way. 

After 5 hours of chatting up everyone that walked past the table the votes were in, and the winner but just a few votes was River Rats Design! They recieved $230 to go towards their project: 

River Rats Designs is a Pittsburgh based art and craft business focusing on anti-litter campaigns and community awareness. Recently, Stacey Magda of ‘River Rats’ has collaborated with like minded folks to create a group called ‘Bringing Every Soul Together’ (BEST). B.E.S.T. is a local grassroots organization focusing on getting the community together, and raising awareness and donations for local charities. In the past we have created opportunities for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and Project Bundle Up, using local music, art, communities, and entertainment as the generator. We are currently planning our second event to take place June 20 at La Casa Winery in Gibsonia. This event will be to promote local arts and music education. We operate on a shoe string budget of donations and out of pocket support. This monetary boost could make this event even better than before, and provide a jumpstart for our bright future!


How to Apply:

Posted in Apply by Delicious Donations on May 17, 2009
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Its as simple as pie!!!

Just email your,

1. Name

2. Email Address

3. Project Description/Artist Statement


To Win: The people who attend the Delicious Donations’ event will vote on what project they would like to see the money go to. At the end of the event the votes will be tallied and the project with the most votes recieves the grant! But the artist of the winning project must be there to accept the prize to win, or else the grant will go the runner up.