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Dinner in the Desert Kitchen III: from Borders to Bridges
December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Join our 3rd Annual University of Dayton Student-organized Art Auction, Can Drive and Exhibition to
benefit the Gem City Market! New student photographic works will be available in our silent auction for
Dinner in the Desert Kitchen II: from Borders to Bridges on December 7th from 6-9pm @Index Project
Space, Front Street Warehouse Spaces. Small editioned prints will be gifted to those who donate a non-
perishable food item (while supplies last!).
For this year’s exhibition, we have partnered with both the Gem City Market, Hall Hunger Initiative,
Welcome Dayton and Latinos Unidos to explore immigration issues and stories through the theme of
food. In a time of great division within our country, we see food as means through which we can
connect and find compassion. Students will share art and research about local Latin American
immigrant-owned businesses while also raising awareness about the benefits of member-owned
cooperatives and food justice initiatives.
Guests may also become member-owners of Gem City Market cooperative by purchasing community
shares at the event. GCM will be a full-service grocery store in West Dayton offering quality, affordable
food and a community-ownership structure (www.gemcitymarket.com). Come learn more about this
innovative co-op initiative! Enjoy food and drink from local suppliers! Contribute to the fight against
hunger! Find the perfect, unique piece of art for that difficult holiday gift!
This exhibition is organized in part by The Desert Kitchen Collective, a growing group of local artists and
activists who seek to eradicate food deserts and build awareness around multiple food-related issues.
Our event was made possible through the support of University of Dayton’s Office of Experiential
Learning, The Department of Art & Design and the College of Arts and Sciences. The producers and
organizers include University of Dayton Professors Glenna Jennings & Julie Jones (Photography), Martha
Jeanette Rodriguez (Welcome Dayton) and Claudia Cortez (Dayton Hispanic Chamber). Student artists
are Allison Burns, Emily Busch, Elli Capellupo, Grace Elliott, Maia George, Katie Gross, Alison Hiatt, Lydia
Kladitis, Maggie Lessel, Wenshan Lu, Andrew Lynch, Jillian Parker, Allison Perry, Sophie Wilson and
For further information contact Glenna Jennings: [email protected], (626) 676-0627