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We Are Art | 2022 DAI Masquerade Gala

  • 27 Oct 2022
  • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • St. Louis County Depot Great Hall, 506 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN 55802


  • Admission to the DAI Masquerade Gala for DAI artist members
  • Admission to the DAI Masquerade Gala
  • Early-bird discount admission to the DAI Masquerade Gala
  • Admission to the DAI Masquerade Gala and VIP Afterparty


Early-bird registration is now open for the 2022 DAI Masquerade Gala!

Only 50 early-bird general admission tickets available.

Claim your $50 ticket today!

Make an appearance for an evening of music, comedy, drag, and art featuring DJ Lee Engele, emcee Dan Hanger, drag performance by Zenith City Horror, and special appearance by Ru Paul's Drag Race Season 13 star, Utica! Turn your self-expression up to 11 with wild outfits, intricate makeup, dramatic hairstyles, and artist-made statement pieces. Find one-of-a-kind treasures in the silent auction and play fundraising games with a host of colorful revelers.

We Are Art: The 2022 DAI Masquerade Gala

October 27, 5:00PM–9:00PM

St. Louis County Depot Great Hall

Early-bird tickets: $50 (50 available until September 30)

General admission: $75 (available October 1) 

VIP tickets: $100 (available October 1, VIP afterparty details to come)

Masks covering mouth & nose required when not eating or drinking.
Costume masks encouraged but not required!


What is Drag?

Drag is an art form intersecting performance, fashion, dance, makeup, and a vast array of personal artistry while celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ+ experience. Through its decades of history, drag has built a safe space for LGBTQ+ community through its "found family" structure, economic support, and joyful, collaborative creativity. Drag performance is a versatile art that can be catered to any context, from Drag Storytime at the public library, to Drag Brunch at a local restaurant, to parades, nightclubs, and theater stages. And now, the DAI Gala!

What can I expect at the Gala?

The Gala is an evening of fundraising and celebration for supporters of the Duluth Art Institute. Frequent gala guests expect a comfortable & classy atmosphere with socializing, drinks, creative costumes, and unique entertainment to compliment the evening's fundraising program. This year's gala will focus on celebrating art, fashion, and self-expression, and our lineup of drag performers are ready to showcase their most fashion-forward (often handmade) looks with beginner-friendly performances!

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