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Hanley Sustainability Institute

Dinner in the Desert Kitchen fundraiser for Gem City Market is Dec. 6

By Mark Gokavi

The fourth annual art auction, can drive and multi-media exhibition to benefit the Gem City Market is from 6 to 9 p.m Friday, Dec. 6 at the Index Project Space, 1001 E. Second St., Suite 1000 in Dayton.

The University of Dayton student-organized event is titled: Dinner in the Desert Kitchen IV: No Space like Home. Hanley Sustainability Institute (HSI), Gem City Market and Welcome Dayton are sponsoring the free, public event.

Register here for general admission. To participate in the interactive meal and conversation about landscape, migration, and systemic injustices, select the “Experiential Dinner Participant” add-on. Bring a non-perishable food item in exchange for a limited-edition numbered print.

For more information, contact Glenna Jennings at, call 626-676-0627 or visit

Student photography will be available via silent auction. UD students will share information about places that highlight immigration, land use and practices creating systemic societal inequities.

Organizers hope to use the event as a forum to discuss opportunities for creating community and enacting opportunity in a time of widespread division.

Guests can become member-owners of the 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.

The Desert Kitchen Collective is a growing group of local students, educators, artists and activists who seek to eradicate food deserts and build awareness around multiple food-related issues. 

UD’s Department of Art & Design,and College of Arts and Sciences also are supporting the event. Visit the HSI and Sustainability Program websites for more sustainability information.

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