Hill House Association Kaufmann Center

May 17
VIP event: 6–7 p.m.
General admission: 7–10 p.m.

Tired of the same old fundraisers with auction items you either can neither afford nor have room for? Why not bid on a date with an artist?

Set your sights on this creative prize at Assemble’s MakerDate. Rewriting the book on the nonprofit benefit, MakerDate repurposes the concept of date auctioning by pairing local artists with skill seekers of all ages. Matching accomplished creators with anyone who want to learn something new, MakerDate invites the public to bid on “dates” with artists, crafters, designers, musicians, technologists and innovators, who will then work with winning bidders to make a piece of art, create a personalized piece of technology, or practice a new skill. And it’s creativity for a cause, as all proceeds from the one-of-a-kind benefit bash support’s Assemble’s mission to build community through active learning.

Featured in Assemble’s live MakerDate auction are more than 20 local makers, including Amir Rashidd, Pittsburgh Track Authority, Cafe Con Leche (Tara Sherry-Torres), Nathan Bell, Matthew Buchholz/Alternate Histories, Anya Weitzman, Jakob Marsico, Magic Organs (Julie Mallis + DSKinsel), Sylvan Hemingway, Harvest and Gather, and Assemble founder, Nina Barbuto. Attendees will become the assemblers, as they connect with local makers and learn skills as diverse as furniture making, craft cocktail mixology or smartphone application design. The lively hands-on evening also features a silent auction, maker stations, music and hors d’oeuvres.

All proceeds support Assemble’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) initiatives, such as gallery shows, community talk backs, learning parties and workshops. More than $10,000 was raised in 2013. A community-based space for arts and technology located in Garfield, Assemble has hosted a variety of learning and creative experiences in Pittsburgh since its inception in 2011. Purchase tickets.