Silent auction is live through Jan. 23

 Albany Barn, a creative arts incubator and community arts center, announces the first-ever virtual anti-gala to raise critically needed funds for their creative communities in Arbor Hill and Hamilton Hill. 

The event, rebranded as {dif}FUSION, takes place 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, will be emceed by Sectrum News reporter Tamani Wooley. Features include music by DJ Trumastr and DJ Nate da Great, interactive workshops in collage and mixology, led by artist-in-residence and mommy-blogger Nicole DeSantis Robins and local organizer, activist, and artist Jammella Anderson, a “Battle of the Brushes” live painting competition between artists Alex Waters and Christie Olson, as well as live artist talks and studio tours with artists-in-residence and members at both Albany Barn and Electric City Barn.

Tickets are available online, as well as an optional “anti-gala in a box” package filled with gift cards from Druthers Brewing Company and Bard & Baker Board Game Café, supplies for interactive workshops and limited edition merchandise.

An online silent auction is live now through Saturday, Jan. 23. Proceeds support operations and programming at Albany and Electric City Barns.

“In the midst of a global pandemic, we knew we would have to do FUSION differently, but the idea of not bringing together our artists and patrons to celebrate the creative energy that make Albany and Electric City Barns the unique, collaborative communities they are was never an option. We’re very proud of what we’ve put together, and look forward to welcoming guests to experience the event they love in a whole new way!” said executive director Kristen Holler.